Dear fellow gardeners, planted methi seeds 10 days back with potting mixture of 1:1 of coco peat and compost. It germinated in 3 days and grew quite well until a few days back and the growth has stunted. Noticed that in a few leaves there is yellowing around the corner of the leaves though not for all leaves. Any thoughts and suggestions will be welcome. I will try posting photo of the plants soon
Providing the picasa link. Photo is not all that great. Nevertheless https://picasaweb.google.com/111592236659681078491/Gardening#
Sure will try a macro shot. But is 50:50 mix of compost and coco peat not ideal for Methi. GG, can i understand what was the mix proportion did you use for Methi. On totally offtangent one i managed to get hold of one company in Chennai who was ready to sell Vermiculite. They charge Rs.10 per KG of vermiculite. Just want to understand if this is the fair price.
Srikanth, GG - Want to understand if 1:1 of Coco Peat and Compost is right mix. I see that you generally use 0.3 : 0.3 : 0.3 of coco peat, vermiculite / Perlite and compost. So if 1:1 ration is too high in compost? May this is the reason behing leaf yellowing. Also another thought is while methi was germinating, since the mix was loosely packed, i could see that few methi seedlings brought the soil mix on top of the seedling (the soil mix was sticking to the seedling). Could this have caused the leaf yellowing since the compost sits directly on the leaves?
One thing I would like to mention here is you are using the mix for seed starting. For seed starting, this can be sometimes too strong depending on the quality of the compost. If it is from vegetable waste, its fine but if it is cow's manure then it is strong. The mix I suggest is usually used for potting mixes where we plant the seedlings. If you find the compost too strong, reduce the amount added. Use just cocopeat for starting seeds. Make compost tea and use it to fertilize the seedlings.
With compost, if there are no microbes in the soil, no matter how much compost you add the plant will still look stunted. That is where panchagavya and other fermented concoctions come into picture by increasing the beneficial microbes which make the nutrient available to the plant.
GG, I have the same issue with chilli leaves as well. I mean yellowing of leaves around the tip. I have uploaded a you tube video of this in the following url feature=youtube_gdata_player. It will be of great help if anyone can throw light on this and give suggestions.
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