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new gardener from chennai.started with spinach
July 11, 2013 - 7:06 pm
Member Since: July 11, 2013
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Hi all,
Last week I planted some spinach seeds in a container
And covered it with a polythene sheet.
Now the stems are long and flimsy and some died.
what could have gone wrong?

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July 12, 2013 - 11:27 am
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Well if the plant has become leggy then lack of sunlight might be the issue. The moment you see the seeds germinating you should place where there is adequate sunlight is available, otherwise it will become leggy searching for light. Secondly with few dying could be the issue with damping off which is due to excessive moisture in the media and fungus developing due to that which causes the stems to weaken (at the place where stem meets the media) and eventually die. Unfortunately nothing can be done to revive them. Try spraying 2:1 ratio of water to hydrogen peroxide to reduce damping off. Alternatively you can use cinnamon powder on the top of the media to reduce damping of..Otherwise see if you can water the plants from bottom instead from top.

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Sudhir Nair
July 12, 2013 - 1:30 pm
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Good to see that you have started with spinach.It is very natural to loose few seeds when planted .I would always suggest planting seeds in natural surroundings with adequate sunlight, plant them and cover with dry leaves(mulch) and then water them.Nature takes care mostlySmile.I suggest you just sit back and enjoy their growth.

do post pictures here  when they are ready to harvest.

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