Still micro green troubles

mtgs(6)October 11, 2012

I am still having trouble with damping off of my bulls blood beets, carrots and cilantro microgreens. Not sure what I'm doing wrong. I am growing them inside my home under lights. I am using a sterile potting mix, and growing them in the styrofoam containers I get my strawberries and mushrooms from. I water from the bottom , and use a heating pad to aid in germination. I have used the typical 6 pack black containers, but still have this problem.Is there anyone who might know what I' m doing wrong?or could share with me the way they grow micro greens in a soil mix. Thank you.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
little_minnie(zone 4a)

You use carrot tops in micro greens? I have never tried that.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 10:06AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
myfamilysfarm

too much moisture???

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 10:52AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
cole_robbie(6)

Damping off is pythium, which grows when roots are too hot. Is the heating pad on all the time? You only need the heat for a short time until the seeds sprout. After that point it will encourage pythium, which is basically root rot.

If you get the soil temps down, you're not overwatering, and you still get pythium (I hope you sterilize those cups before re-using), then you might try experimenting with beneficial bacteria.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 2:03PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mtgs(6)

When I was talking about carrot tops I meant when starting for outside planting. Sorry.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 4:22PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
stevegr

Damping off is always because of lack of air circulation and often too much moisture. Do watering at the beginning of the day and only as much as necessary and provide air circulation however possible. Damping off can occur in even so called "sterile" potting mixes. Steve Gruenke

    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 10:04PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
curt_grow

OK Here is what I do. I grow greens all winter(four years no damp off yet) Micro and up. I start with a potting mix. Use standard ball test for moisture. make a dibbled hole in the center of cell and add vermiculite Depth of hole depends on seed size. With micro greens I spread a layer of vermiculite over the whole surface. Now I plant the seeds and spray with my hand spritzer. cover with clear plastic and put under lights.I do leave the plastic on a lot longer after germanation than recommended, but I have a very dry house due to my heating system. I do not use a heat pad as the lights keep the soil over 70 F. The grow area is at 82 F. while the lights are on and drops back into the 70 F. range when off. Humidity is around 50% One thing I do not water very often when the plants are young, and like you water from the bottom. You can see the moisture on the plastic so no need to worry. So I would ask you what are your soil temps. Beets and carrots like it cool so do most greens. If you are running in the 80F. range germination might suffer. Hope this helps I have had damp off when I first started planting seeds indoors - frustrating. Keep working at it you will fix it

Curt

    Bookmark   November 4, 2012 at 12:27AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
amanodigma

what about moisture..?

    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 2:02AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Growing ginger in northern areas
This is my first year growing ginger, I have 10 pounds...
mdfarmer
I had my best germination/seedling growth ever this year....
Well, instead of buying my plug mix this year, I made...
theripetomatofarm
Sustainable Online Farm Summit | March 18-21 | Free*
Summit features 18 speakers. It appears that these...
chardy_har_har
The new season has started
First planting of carrots are planted. Sorry the picture...
jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)
Tomatoes looking good!
I went "all in" and planted my big tomatoes...
jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)
Sponsored Products
Waterproof RGB LED Neon, by the Meter
EnvironmentalLights.com
SunStopper Sun Haven 10 x 8-ft. Motorized Retractable Awning - SUNHAV-10X8-MOTOR
Hayneedle
Mat Orange Globe White Green Rug - 60" x 84"
$321.00 | Viesso
Grohe Towel Bar - Starlight Chrome
Modern Bathroom
Sovet Italia | Bridge Hall Console Table, 50x16 Inch
YLiving.com
Heirloom Green and Creme Rectangle: 5 Ft. 3 In. x 7 Ft. 6 In. Area Rug
$192.95 | Bellacor
Celtic Heritage Tumbler Set
$14.99 | zulily
XP Lasso Pendant
Lightology
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™