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Posted by perrynewbegining MD z7 (My Page) on
Thu, Feb 23, 12 at 22:38

We planted peppers 2-11-2012. We planted Totally Tomato: Sweet Heat, Golden Treasure, Super Hvy Wt. Hybrd., Burpee: Golden Giant 2 Hybrd., Great Stuff Hybrd.
They are in a room where the temp. is approx. 74-76 degrees. We have a double T-8 32 watt cool white light as well about 2" - 2 1/2" above the plants.

We started them in a "seed starter greenhouse kit 50 peat pots". They sprouted on 2-17-2012, 6 days later. They looked great, and were doing fine so we took the dome off and just a few hours later (4-5 hours at most) noticed that a few of them looked like they were nuked! They had started wilting. The others seemed to be fine? Can anyone tell us what we did wrong and why only some of them were affected while others remained strong? Was it because these ones were "weaker" and the light was a little too strong yet without the dome ? Maybe we should have kept the dome on a little longer?

Thanks,
Rhonda, Confused
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I think it was because the dome was left on after germination. Right after the seeds show sings of life of break the surface the dome should be removed. The plant went into shock in my opinion. From super humid and hot under the dome to the correct climate of less humid and 75* and direct light. I would keep the dome off and see how they do. Don't over water and maybe start a few more if you need more. Just be sure to remove them from the dome as soon as they germinate, they will have much better chances.

FYI- domes are just used to keep the top of the soil moist while they germinate.. that is their only 'job'.

Good luck!

Keriann~


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