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#1 of 3 Old 07-02-2002, 04:06 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi all! We live in an Apt., and even though I'm not very good with plants, I LOVE growing them. I bought a salad-growing kit a la Martha Stewart last time I was at K-Mart. The seeds have mostly sprouted. It basically has 4 different salad types in one pot. One hasn't sprouted yet, and I'm noticing little fuzzy spots on the soil. Could it be mold???? Yuck! If yes, what do I do about it? Also, I can always get seeds to sprout, but once they do, they don't typically thrive with me. I don't know very much about how to thin them out. Could anybody pass on some tips so I can actually get past the sprouting stage!!!
Thank you so much for any help.
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Sounds to me like you are keeping the soil too moist and they are damping off. taht is common with seed starting. Seeds are a real pain because they need to be consistantly moist, never dry out yet not get too wet to allow for fungus.


I would suggest sowing some more of your seeds in a try with a lid. Do not water heavily. The best way to water is to spritz with a bottle of distilled water. THe tray will keep humidity in and help keep them from drying out. Once they germinate they will need fresh air and lots of light. The more light, the shorter and stronger the stem.
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I've had problems before with "damping off" due to fungus. I sprinkled the surface with cinnamon powder and it was very effective.
The best way to avoid it is to make sure you don't overwater.
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