Bone Meal and Hosta Seeds?
I noticed there just were messages about hosta seeds and seedlings on this forum, here is mine which I have also posted in the Hosta Seed Growers Forum, have no reply yet:
I wonder if you could tell me what I did wrong. In one of the readily available articles for hosta seed growing I read that using bone meal in the seed starting medium and even over the seeds is very good for germination and growing hosta seedlings. So I went to HD and bought a bag of Miracle Grow Organic Choice Bone Meal.
Since some seeds had not germinated yet, I applied a dusting of this bone meal on top of covered seeds and around seedlings in one of my trays. The next day I noticed which looked like a white lawn, probably a mold or fungus, wherever I had put this bone meal. So I sprayed a Bonide Zineb fungicide solution. Next day that mold or fungus had even spread. I gave it a stronger fungicide spray, which did not help. So today, having seen enough of that, I scooped carefully this coating out of the cells, around any seedlings, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep, and replaced it with fresh starting mix.
Did I use the wrong bone meal? Perhaps 'organic' means that it was not sterilized?
Did I use the wrong fungicide? I also have Bonide Fung-onil available.
Thanks for any help!