There seems to be some problem with my spinach seedlings, they doesnt seem to be growing and i believe they may have got some decease or insects.
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Request you to see these photos and recommend solution if possible.
May 1, 2010
January 12, 2011
From the pic, the seedlings look rather unhealthy.
Best advice is to pull them out and start out again.
Also the media can be a little finer. Looks rather grainy to me. If you added fertilizer, it could be that the media is over fertilized.
If you wanna try and save them, then inspect the underside of the plants - it could be mites if you see little red dots and some web like formations betw the leaves and underneath, though I've never experienced mites on spinach leaves.
Dry media as GG mentioned is one cause for mite attack so spray the seedlings gently with water, keep the media moist but not drenched, and wait out to see if new growth appears. Then, when the new leaves are fully formed, fertilize with liquid fertilizer as GG suggests - NPK 3gms dissolved in a lt of water.
IF there is no improvement pull them out. In the meanwhile sow another tray with spinach. By the time this problems worsens or takes care of itself the new seeds will sprout and if indeed these existing ones need to be pulled out, you will have another one ready.
May 1, 2010
Thanks a lot GG and BRB for your guidance
Actually i have grown spinach in 2 large size pots.
I pulled out the seedlings from one of the pots in the last weekend, probably i shall sow the spinach again in the coming weekend.
I have kept one for observation, We will see what happens to them. somehow i am not comfortable with the use of NPK, Request if you can recommend alternatives.
I have sprayed small quantity of Panchagavya which i bought from Purnaorganics, not sure if it will have any impact or not.
Also let me know if any of you have used panchagavya sold by purna organics, if i am voilating any of the forum rules then pls email me, i am asking this doubt mainly to get your feedback.
Another query i have, if you can recommend from where i can buy OP quality seeds.