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By Lydia

London, United Kingdom Gb

Help with seedlings - I have never grown seeds before! I sowed some foxglove and aster seeds 2 weeks ago- in a propagator (not heated) with John Innes seedling compost and some vermiculite mixed in. They came up within a week but some are suffering due to some kind of white mould appearing on the soil which is pulling the seedlings over. What am I doing wrong? Not sure if I am keeping them too damp?



Hi lydia it sounds like your seedlings are suffering from something called damping off, basically they are to wet/cold. Do you have a window sill you could put then on? If you can remove the mold with a small artists paint brush from off the top of the compost and let then dry out a little that may help.

Sewing seeds is all about trail and error, if I am using a unheated propagator, as a rule of thumb I start sewing around mothers day, so there's a few weeks for the weather to warm up. I invested in a heated propagator last year so I have started sewing already.

Happy sewing.

1 Mar, 2011


I live in the midlands and even with a propagator will not sow until at least the middle to end march depending on the weather, as you have found they come through quickly but then how can you keep them alive and compact until-- here -- the end of may, so I start much later but they seem to catch up ok

1 Mar, 2011


Thanks both (sorry for dely in reply!), you're right they were a bit too wet and cold I think. I have dried them out a bit now and they seem to be doing a little better so fingers crossed. Thanks again.

7 Mar, 2011

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