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Plants dying in Jiffy peat pallets  RSS feed

 
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I have started some vegetables in these Jiffy peat pellet trays. I am finding that some of plants are getting long and then the stem looks like it has been stretched. It then dies. I am keeping it watered. I did have a fan on them while they were inside. Now I am putting them outdoors during the days.

Pictures is the Brussels Sprouts but the Rutabagas have done the same thing.

Does anyone have any ideas?
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It looks like damping off, despite the fan. I'm not sure what you can do except try to make it a little warmer and dryer (but keep the soil moist).
 
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To me, those plants appear what is called "leggy". Extremely looong, skinny stems.

That usually indicates insufficient lighting. They are stretching out, looking for their lifeblood...the sun.

When I raised a bunch of seedlings under some standard florescent lights, they all looked like that.
When I switched to 'Daylight' bulbs (full spectrum), they almost immediately began 'normalizing'.

Some people swear that 'full spectrum' bulbs are a waste of money, and are not necessary.
My personal experience shows that they promote a healthier plant, ready for x-planting much earlier.
In my opinion, using an improper bulb is the true waste of money. You get what you pay for.


 
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My experience with the jiffy brand is that it does not hold the moisture.
 
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This exact same thing happened to me once before but I am unsure if my tap water from the city supply had some effect. I would definitely invest in a full spectrum light though.
 
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