Return to the Growing from Seed Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Newspaper Pots and Tragedy

Posted by chrisnance 7 (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 10, 10 at 11:00

Hey guys, I'm a complete noob here.. Though I did begin my forum stalking about a year ago when I decided to craft my very own garden from scratch. Well, I've waited--what seems to me--a loooong time, so I started some seeds about a week ago.

I ended up making my own pots out of newspaper, they're about as big as a coke can. I then took said pots, put them in a big container (one of those under-the-bed storage containers), I bought clip on shop lights and fluorescent bulbs... well you get the idea.

Anyway... My first/biggest mistake was the soil I used. I didn't realize until I got home that I hadn't bought the correct type of soil to start plants in. I actually purchased some type of outdoor soil that has a lot of fibrous mulchyness to it.

Well, not wanting to wait an additional lengthy 24 hours before I could go back to the store, I went with it. I know, probably a mistake.

Well, my seedlings are coming up! Congrats me!

However, there is mold appearing inside and around some of the news pots. I guess this is a combo of too much water, not sterile soil, bad drainage, no air movement...

Should I replant the seedlings that come up?

Should I just try to find some type of "flat" ?

Should I add a fan to the closet they're in and see how it plays out?

Anyway, sorry about the novel... I just need some experienced advice. I don't want to lose all my plants for the season, but I just don't know what to do!

Thanks in advance!!


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Newspaper Pots and Tragedy

Photobucket
Photobucket


 o
RE: Newspaper Pots and Tragedy

I really cant believe they actually came up in mulch

In saying that, I believe the mold is due to too much water and no air circulation.

For now, I would decrease the water and increase air circulation (space them out and get them out of the tub/container, just put the pots on a cookie sheet for now).

Once they have their first set of true leaves (not the ones in the pictureKwait for the next set of leaves). I would put them into divided plastic flats or Styrofoam cups with drainage holes with NEW seedling soil that has been pre-moistened (rung out sponge damp).

The flat or cups should be placed in a shallow container to catch water run off (no larger than an inch lip) as to keep good air circulation.

Your plants should be quite happy then.

Also remember to keep your lights as close to the plants as possible so they are not reaching for the light and getting spindly.

I hope that helps, happy gardening!

Keriann~


 o
RE: Newspaper Pots and Tragedy

Okay cool. I did put a fan above them/kinda pointed near them. I couldn't put them on a cookie sheet, but maybe I can put them on the lid to the container I have them in.

There are probably like... 60 of these little pots.

Thank you so much for the advice! I think just moving them to the lid will help things, but I'm really not sure how I will do the lights then. I feel like the lights I have are inadequate, but I wasn't really sure how to find the long fluorescent lights/sockets and how to set them up.

I'm thinking I may get one of those wire shelving units and try to set something up with the long bulbs. Currently I have three shop lights, and I can only get them about 5 inches away from the plants. I know they need to be about 3 inches.

I really appreciate the prompt reply!

Photobucket
Photobucket


 o
RE: Newspaper Pots and Tragedy

You should be good with the lights you have. Long (4ft)shop lights you can get at Home Depot or Lowes or Menards and they come with a regular plug. The only tricky thing is that they have to hang or use some other method of fixturing them (I have seen people stack up bricks on each side and rest the light on them with the plants below). Thwy just need to be adjustable so you can raise them as your plants grow.

Your lid would work great as well.

Plants are pretty forgiving, except when it comes to being too wet. They should be fine once you transplant them.

Happy gardening :)

Don't stress, this is half the fun of gardening...it is an experiment and we all learn as we go....just have fun

And you are welcome

Keriann~


 o
RE: Newspaper Pots and Tragedy

I made a simple system with a 5 shelf storage unit from Lowes. Used thin chain with hooks to suspend four fluorescent shop lights (2 warm and 2 cool) from the shelf above. The chain allows me to adjust the distance between light and seedlings. Simple, inexpensive, and it works great.


 o
RE: Newspaper Pots and Tragedy

You said your lights are 5 inches from the plants, and it sounds like you can't lower them further. In that case, raise the plants! Put the container or lid or whatever you have the plants in on top of some books or anything else that would give you those two inches. As your plants grow, you remove those and move your container back down.


 o
RE: Newspaper Pots and Tragedy

Well... The problem is that I have the clip on kind of shop lights and they are clipped onto the side of the plastic bin. So... Until I figure out how I'll light the plants I can't take them out of the bin... I've also been waiting on them to become a bit drier so they don't fall apart when I transfer them to the lid of the bin (for better air circulation).

I really want to do the wire rack thing... I think it would work really well for the space I have available.

Some plants are closer to the lights than 5 inches, but some are def that far away.


 o
RE: Newspaper Pots and Tragedy

Your babies are so sweet! Looks like they're doing fairly well in spite of newbie error. It goes to show that you can do a ton of reading and research ahead of time, but nothing really teaches better than experience.

Good luck with your seedlings. =)


 o
RE: Newspaper Pots and Tragedy

Definately very cute babies! Wish I could start mine so soon!


 o
RE: Newspaper Pots and Tragedy

Try a spatula if the pots are too wet? ;) It SOUNDS like it would work well! lol...


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Growing from Seed Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here