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Are my seedlings OK?

Posted by onthebrinck 6 Central New Jersey (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 8, 11 at 11:53

I started some Echinacia seeds about 7 weeks ago in my cellar, and have about 50 seedlings surviving from about 80 seeds. I planted them in Miracle-Gro starter soil in 3" peat pots. I keep them at about 68-70 degrees and provide them with about 10 hours of fluorescent lights (4) hung to within 18" of the pots. I've been given them about 1/4" of water (I let the water pool to about that depth on the top --- it immediately soaks in) ... twice a week. Generally, the plants have 4 leaves each and are about 1-1/2" tall. Lately, about 8 or so have just shriveled and died over the course of three days. I feel this is a critical time for them ... what can I be doing to assure their survival?

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RE: Are my seedlings OK?

I would get the lights 1-2" away from them, set up a fan and get them out of peat pots into a plastic container. peat pots hae a terrible time wicking water and/or retaining water.

Your watering system and temperature seems to be accurate.

Oh, did they fall over at the stem and die or did the seedlings get crispy/shriveled from the top down and die?

Pictures would help A LOT


RE: Are my seedlings OK?

Thanks for the advice! I have moved the lights down and transplanted the seedlings to plastic pots. The soil is OK ... it's got peat and vermiculite, as well as soil, but is pretty fluffy. I put a little muffin fan at the end of the trays to circulate the air. I'll be watching to see that the transplanting is OK, and then giving them their first major watering later today --- I gave them a bit two days ago. So far, they seem to have tolerated the transplanting and my ham-handed treatment pretty well.

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