• Seedling Saver

    Did you know that seedlings often die from bacterial and fungal infections before they have a chance to grow and mature? Here is a simple tip for saving your seedlings . . .

    Make a light chamomile tea, allow it to cool thoroughly and use it to water your young seedlings. The chamomile works to prevent bacterial and fungal infections in young plants and helps prevent them from damping off.

    Damping off, if you're not familiar, is when young seedlings suddenly die off without warning and is usually caused by a soil borne fungus.

    Chamomile can be purchased at health food stores, in the tea aisle of your favorite supermarket or online at amazon.

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    Comments 9 Comments
    1. benji's Avatar
      benji -
      great site.
    1. bluedemalion's Avatar
      bluedemalion -
      I am going to keep this in mind for next year, when I start my seedlings in the winter. Thanks!
    1. HerbLady's Avatar
      HerbLady -
      I start my seeds inside in February. So far just having a fan set on low so there is air circulation seems to do the trick.
    1. shendrickson8's Avatar
      shendrickson8 -
      Sounds like a great and inexpensive preventative! (and it should keep the little seedlings calm too!
    1. Jenlhk's Avatar
      Jenlhk -
      Quote Originally Posted by HerbLady View Post
      I start my seeds inside in February. So far just having a fan set on low so there is air circulation seems to do the trick.
      I have had bad luck with seedlings and this is exactly what happens. Think I'll give the fan a try - but may add some chamomile, too, just for insurance.
    1. minga's Avatar
      minga -
      ok, what do you do with the chamomile ? spread it dry ? ,ake tea and apply the tea? if so at what strength and how often ?? more info please
    1. MsDebbie's Avatar
      MsDebbie -
      I had know idea, thats why I loose so many seedlings.
    1. KimCM's Avatar
      KimCM -
      Great idea, both the tea and the fan.
    1. tcmcsmom's Avatar
      tcmcsmom -
      my seedlings always end up leaning over, how can I prevent that?

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