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by maja24 on February 23, 2006 02:15 AM
When i raise plants from seed, sometimes after a couple of days the soil can get spots of fungi. It looks harmfull to the young plants! Now i've raid that Superol tablets (used for your throat) can help as a disinfectent against fungi and bacteria attacks! Mix one tablet with water and you can spray it over the soil. Is that true, and has anyone tried it before?
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by Buglady on February 23, 2006 02:20 AM
I would not do it because you do not know if it is phytotoxic to your seedlings or not. Also if it kills bad fungus it it can kill good fungus too.

Is it fungus or algae on the soil surface?

What type of media are you using?

Are you fertilizing?

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by maja24 on February 23, 2006 03:20 AM
Hi Buglady,
Thanks for your reply, it's a sort of fungus with little grey hairs. I use ordinairy potting compost and i'm not fertilizing the seedlings.

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by Buglady on February 23, 2006 03:25 AM
if you are using a compost and not a peat / pearlite bagged media it is just some opportunistic fungus living in the compost. I would not worry, I personally would not treat.

Might want to start you seeds in a little cleaner mix if it bothers you.

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by tamara on February 23, 2006 07:56 AM
Would sterilizing your soil in a hot oven work. Or is that just for weeds?

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by Buglady on February 23, 2006 08:05 AM
well first of all that will make a skink like you don't want to smell... also that will kill the beneficial bacteria and fungi that are the part of the benefit of using compost.

I used a very light seed mix for starting seeds then move them up into a compost blend.

and yes cooking soils will kill most weed seeds.

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by Ironside on February 25, 2006 02:26 PM
I use a sterile seed starting mix when starting seeds. Potting soil tends to hold in moisture and cause disease more then a sterile seed starting mix. I also spray my seedlings after they have their first set of true leaves with a product called Soap Shield. All seedlings need air circulation also. use a small gentle fan to keep the air moving.

by weezie13 on February 25, 2006 10:21 PM
What about using a peroxide??? [dunno] [dunno] [dunno] [dunno] [dunno]
Diluted??
Isn't there like a stronger peroxide and a household one too???

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by Buglady on February 26, 2006 12:23 AM
there are medical grade peroxides, but again it will kill everything in the soil. Also high concentrations can be caustic to handle on your skin. Now granted once in the soil after about 15 minutes it breaks down into H20 and oxygen. Also it would have to come in contact with every part of the soil.

I don't use sterile seed starting mix, mine has beneficial bacteria in it but I made sure to use seeds starting mix. it typically is finer then potting soils so that the seeds can have more surface contact with the media, allowing moisture to penetrate into the seeds better. (its actually the water vapor that gets the moisture into the seed)

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by weezie13 on February 26, 2006 12:34 AM
Alsoooo, what are the watering practices..
and heat amounts???

*now that I went back and re~read..* [Embarrassed] [Embarrassed]

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by Buglady on February 26, 2006 12:42 AM
Heat depends on the seed species. I am sure if you google what you are growing and germination temperatures you can get what you need.

Also it help seeds if you imbibe them, pre soak the seeds in water.

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by weezie13 on February 26, 2006 12:48 AM
I meant the heat for growing that fungus....

Like don't they like it really moist and really warm.. and if you kept the seeds a bit more cooler and drier, the fungus may not [dunno] [dunno] like those conditions??? not sure..

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by Buglady on February 26, 2006 12:53 AM
Some fungus can grow in cool environments. Plus you will get slower germination and less chance of the plant out competing the pathogens.

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