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Problems with Eggplant seedlings

Posted by wlynnp_TN 7a (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 31, 14 at 9:57

I have six eggplant.Three are showing some sort of damage to the leaves and the other three look perfect. They are under aquarium/plant florescent lights for 14 hours a day. I have a light fan that oscillates. I'm watering from the bottom. I use actinovate when I water. I did recently re-pot them and I used my own mixture of peat, vermiculite and compost with a small amount of added lime and bio-tone fertilizer. could the damage on the leaves be fertilizer burn? anyone recognize it?

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RE: Problems with Eggplant seedlings

here's another leaf.

RE: Problems with Eggplant seedlings

Looks more like ultraviolet damage to me (the first pic anyway). The lights may be too close or they may be getting light when it is too cool. Ensure that it is at least 70 degrees during the photoperiod.
The leaves also look very tender. On warm days, try exposing them to some sun and wind to harden them off a bit.

I had this problem with eggplants in the past and it went away when I exposed them to some sunshine to force some hardening off.

This post was edited by Slimy_Okra on Mon, Mar 31, 14 at 11:02

RE: Problems with Eggplant seedlings

ok. that makes sense. I keep my house on the cooler side...I don't run the furnace unless it gets below 60. I thought the lights would keep it warm enough. I can set them out on the porch this week since the weather will be in the 70's all week here.

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