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By Sparkly

Cumbria, United Kingdom Gb

Hi, I don't have a greenhouse and germinate most of my seeds in my conservatory usually covering the pot or tray with plastic. Hotel shower caps can be very handy for this.
Often there is lots of condensation and this turns the soil green and, presumably inhibits germination. How can I avoid this-I could take off the plastic and shake off the excess water and then replace but is this not defeating the purpose of putting it on in the first place?



No, as you're using shower caps rather than a proper clear, raised lid which doesn't fit so tightly, you will have to remove them and dry them daily. Seed trays supplied with clear raised lids are best - these don't have an airtight fit and the plastic isn't so close to the seedlings either.

17 Feb, 2011


Thanks-well I thought they were a good idea....obviously no now you have explained!

18 Feb, 2011


If you buy salads (coleslaw etc) in plastic pots from the supermarket they just fit as a lid on the top of a small flowerpot. The deep part can go on top (upside down of course!) and the lid makes a good saucer!! The shape of the pot tends to let moisture drain away down the sides. Use a thin layer of vermiculite over the seeds to prevent algae.

18 Feb, 2011

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