I had sown 5 lady's finger seeds out of which only 3 germinated . But 2 of the plants rotted due to damping. i used to water them only on alternate days since it was kept in a balcony where there is minimal sunlight. does this plant need lot of sunlight from it's initial stages ? please advise
1. Germination rates vary according to seed quality. Three out of five is not bad in terms of percentage of germination. Sow more seeds to get a higher rate of germination.
2. Lady's Finger is a warm weather plant. In soil you sow the seed directly (meaning no transplanting needed) in the bed for it. Same goes for the pot. Sow when night temperatures are not too low - less than 20 deg. Mid Feb here in Bangalore is a good time.
3. Damping off can be prevented by using poison treated seeds. If using untreated seeds, then immediately after sowing, mix Bavistin with water at 2g per lit and completely drench the area and after germination once a few days.
4. Yes as mentioned above, sunlight is crucial for most vegetable and specially for Lady's finger.
And GG has a whole article featured on growing Okra/lady's finger which is very useful.
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