Dying seedlings

ScorpionGrowerApril 16, 2014

I need help with diagnosing what's wrong with my peppers The leaves are curing toward the middle of the plant I am very new to this and I have never grown peppers before right now I am currently growing trinidad moruga scorpions trinidad butch T's and bhut jolokias All of them was doing fine until it got really hot In the house and I am not for sure if its the heat that did it or not

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DMForcier(8 DFW)

See that white stuff on the side of the hockey puck? That is mold and it probably is affecting the seedlings' roots. I bet you still had the dome on the little "greenhouse"; you're supposed to take it off once the seeds germinate.

There's a couple ways you can go now:

* Soak the affected hockey pucks in 3% hydrogen peroxide. That will kill the fungus but could harm the plant (never has hurt mine). That won't reverse the damage but is worth a try.

* Cut them out of the hockey pucks, gently shake or wash off the infested dirt and plant into fresh, preferably sterile, potting mix. That will be traumatic to the plant unless you're very careful.

* Start over, this time without the hockey pucks.

Any of these options resonate?

Good luck,
Dennis

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 12:56PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Heat, drying out? How are you controlling the situation?

Josh

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 12:56PM
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gardenper(8)

When I saw the picture, I thought it might be a bit dry. Watering from the tray may have gotten the bottom wet but it may not be wicking up to the top, where the shallow roots are currently.

The white cloth material on the outside looks dry imo.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 1:01PM
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ScorpionGrower

I watered them and they seem to be uncurling a bit and I took them out of the dome and put them near the window the instant they sprouted the rest seem to be doing fine

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 4:45PM
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ScorpionGrower

I was told to be easy on water because hot peppers don't like being over watered, do i need to water more frequently?

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 4:48PM
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cold_weather_is_evil(9)

These were at day ten or eleven. I soaked them every single day, then drained anything not absorbed. Two seeds each resulting in only three singletons. Never covered with anything, full outdoor sun, and 75 degree underheat. There is NOTHING wrong with peat pellets.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 5:00PM
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ScorpionGrower

ill water daily then thank you all for the help what about fert? when do I start fertilizing them and what do I use I was told 5-10-10 once after you transplant them and once after flowers show up.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 5:17PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Begin fertilizing as soon as they have true leaves.
Use a higher Nitrogen fertilizer - definitely not a 5-10-10.

Josh

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 2:27AM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

That's not mold? Good! Looks like you've got it covered.

Don't leave them in the hockey pucks too long. Right now the roots are growing FAST.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 3:12PM
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woohooman

Cold weather: to START them, you're right...there's nothing wrong with them. Once they get a set or 2 of true leaves, they should, however, be put into something that drains much better.

Kevin

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 4:30PM
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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

That advice about not watering peppers too often applies to full grown plants in their forever homes. Seedlings and young plants in small pots need to be kept from drying out. Many people have trouble with those "hockey pucks." I agree that you should get them into soilless mix in a larger pot as soon as they recover from whatever is causing them problems now. When you move them you'll need to pull off or gently cut through the outside of the white covering so the roots can escape.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 4:37PM
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