Trouble with oregano and rudbeckia seedlings

jardinerowaSeptember 6, 2012


I'm in the San Diego area growing rudbeckia and oregano seedlings outside in small 4" and 2" respectively in breathable pots.

I know it's really an odd time since it's so warm to do seedlings, but we have such a long summer that they do well if I can at least get them to grow more!

I know the oregano are slow but I occasionally lose a seedling to underwatering, overwatering, or due to the simple act of watering. I grow other seedlings but the problem of these is both Rudbeckia and Oregano seedlings are so low to the ground that when watering them, the water often goes right over them. I don't want to give them damping off, or any mildew.

I've had bad luck with watering from below with other seedlings but I will try on these. I know I need to let the Oregano dry out but too dry and and they wilt.

My plan is once they get big enough to move them to their permanent containers.

Any suggestions on how to not lose these? Thanks!


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"dAMPING OFF" is usually a result of poor ot no air circulation>
As for watering use a watering can with a small opening spout.... this allows directed flow of water & minimal damage to seedling. & you will be able to control the amout of water each receives.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2012 at 6:07PM
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Thanks for the reply! My rudbeckia seedlings are growing. They are still small but at least are growing and feel that's good. I'm using Jiffy Pots and bottom watering only, this way I never get water or dirt on the leaves.
My oregano seedlings died but that was my fault..I forgot to water them once when we had our heat wave and they died. I feel more confident that this time it'll work though. Thanks again!


    Bookmark   September 19, 2012 at 1:28AM
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Seedlings need a steady supply of water even if they prefer drier soil when full grown. Use good potting mix so that the soil will absorb water from the bottom. If your soil does not absorb water, then you're not using a good mix. Outdoors, mix in a lot of finished compost with the soil and you should have no problem with absorbency. Growing in pots outdoors requires watching them two or 3 times a day for water needs while they are seedlings.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2012 at 6:13PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

What kind of problems have you had with watering from below? That is the ideal method for young seedlings and usually quite easy to do. Perhaps as Susan mentioned you are using a poor quality soil-less potting mix?


    Bookmark   November 17, 2012 at 7:32PM
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gardenman101(Z6 Spingfield, Ma)

I waas just going to say the same thing Dave. If you are having issues watering anything from above then water from below.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2012 at 11:00PM
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