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help some impatiens seedling dying

Posted by grenthum z5 MI USA (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 2, 05 at 10:51

I am growing several varieties of impatiens from seed. I have excellent germination under lights on heating pads. Germination is not the problem. Some of the seedlings are loosing their first leaves with none to follow. They look as if burnt away. The little leaves turn brown at the edges and curl up and wither away. I do not believe it is damp off as they are still standing straight up. After the majority sprouted, I shut off the bottom heat so I don't think they are too warm. They are about 4 inches from flourescent lights. Others in the same tray are thriving and about to be transplanted. Any ideas?

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RE: help some impatiens seedling dying

Did you spray them with anything? Imps dont like oil based sparys and will cause a burning like affect so will over fertilizing.

RE: help some impatiens seedling dying

No, I did not spray them with anything. I have taken off their humidity domes and just now have been spritzing them with water thinking they might need that. This started before the water misting.

RE: help some impatiens seedling dying

It could have been the taking off the domes. One should take them them off slowly just a little at a time until the leaves have a chance to harden off. The misting should help.

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