Providing the seedlings an excellent start is very much important and making use of the proper growing method is the key in raising a healthy plants coming from a seed. Starting with a clean, fine, fertilizer free seed starting method will assure good seed germination as well as decrease damping off or seedling rot. The most effective soilless seed starting methods are simple and also contain nothing more than fine peat, vermiculite and perlite. Mixes containing fertilizer must be avoided simply because many specialty seeds are sensitive to fertilizer salts and would not germinate whenever subjected to them even at low concentrations. Fertilizer salts disrupt water uptake, among other things. Pots along with other pop up peat seed starting tools usually yield poor results and therefore should also be avoided.
Sterile and clean seed starting mix is also a vital key. Seed starting mixes usually harbor two of the worst seedling killers, Phytophthora and also Pythium. Both of these soilborne fungal diseases cause rot on the base of the seedlings, a common condition usually called “damping off.” Quick, simple mix sterilization can keep damping off away. Steam sterilize on the oven and clean all of the pots before planting and never experience seedling damping off.
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