Friday, March 14, 2008

Damping Off


Yesterday this tomato seedling was standing tall. Today its stem is shrunken and its top is toppled. It is suffering from a fungus infection that goes by the common name "damping off." I lose a few seedlings to this syndrome every year, but I plant more than I need, so it will all work out. I'm brewing a pot of strong chamomile tea (a cheap natural fungicide), and when it cools I will use it to water the entire tray of seedlings. I will also stop covering the flat at night. The cover worked for the peppers, keeping them warm, but it also made conditions ripe for fungus.
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