I am from mumbai and new to gardening. I got hooked on to gardening and more importabtly vegetable gardening after moving into my apartment which has a small terrace of 8ft x 12ft and researching online got me to his blog and forum.
I have recently started sowing vegetable seeds like okra, cherry tomatoes, bitter gourd, spinach and parsley. I am having some problems regarding the following and would require your advise:
(1) Okra Seeds - I have sowed them in a container filled with a mixture of soil + cocopeat + compost, covered with a plactic sheet and help in a bright spot away from direct sunlight. There are 2 seeds per pot. This is the conatiner in which I plan to grow them without transplanting them and cut them down to one plans per pot. I have been successful in germninating and they grow to almost 4-5 inches and then cotyledons fall off and the stem begins to droop and shrink. This is the 2nd time this has happned. I use a spray can to water them using a fine mist of water. Post germination they are kept in spot that recieves partial sunlight. Initially I used to keep the pot covered with a plastic bag till the seedlings grew to 4 - 5 inches but a few days after I would remove the plastic bag they seedlings used to wilt and die.
(2) Cherry Tomato - I have sowed them in a germination tray filled with potting mix comprising of Coco Peat + Perlite + Compost in the ratio 1:1:1. The tray is then covered with a plastic sheet and once the seeds begin to germinate I ensure that the sheet is removed. The problem I face with the seedlings / shoots are that they grow 2-3 inches and but are very very thin and begin to fall down. This is my 3rd attempt and I dont plan to give up at all. Any idea what I may be doing wrong?
(3) Parsley - I have sowed them in a similar way as my okras (soil and germination process is the same as okras) but theny do not grow more than 2 inches and then begin to wither and die.
I have been successful in growing Bitter Gourd (and transplanting them) and parsley (grown directly in their final container) and have faced no issues so far. So I am confused
May 1, 2010
Thanks for the reply. You are right about the compost bit. I read somewhere on this forum that a good quality compost should dissolve completely in water, mine does not. I am posting the pics with some details that will help you understand my problem better.
Apart from compost, initially I had over watering issues whereby I used to water my seedlings 2 – 3 times a day thinking the media was dry and some seedlings would wilt due to excess moisture I guess. Now I water them only once a day or only if the media becomes relatively dry. Now the seedlings seem to survive but the other problems still persist.
This is 4 weeks old. Initially I had sown 3 seeds call of which germinated but only 1 survived. The remaining 2 drooped off after growing 4 inches tall. This lone survivor’s growth had been stagnant since 2 weeks and there are no signs of true leaves. They are kept in a spot that receives hot direct sunlight for one hour and then bright partial light till evening. They are watered every 2 or when the medium feels dry.
These are 7 to 10 days old. They are kept in a spot that receives hot direct sunlight for one hour and then bright partial light till evening. They are watered once a day with a fine mist. They seem to be growing spindly and no true leaves have been formed as yet.
More to follow in the next post.
I read that these are the easiest to grow. This is my 4th batch with not much luck. Earlier overwatering made them droop / wilt but now I water them only when the medium looks/feels dry. The drooping / wilting has stopped but these too seem to be growing spindly and no true leaves have been formed as yet. One seedling is showing signs that true leaves will sprout soon but not others. These are grown in 4 Tropicana juice boxes, 3 of which consists of soil + cocopeat + compost as medium and one consists of only cocopeat and very little compost. All 4 have the same result.
Tomato (not cherry)
These are 10 days old. Germination rate has been excellent. By mistake I sowed too many seeds. I have thinned them partially and will be thinning them to one seedling per pot once they show signs of true leaves. The thinned ones can be seen on one side of the pot. I am waiting for signs of true leaves but they seem to be growing tall and spindly and no true leaves have been formed as yet. I have kept then in my balcony/small terrace where they receive ample light. This is my 3rd batch and not much luck.
Medium Size Chillies
These are 10 days old. I have thinned them partially and will be thinning them to one seedling per pot. I am waiting for signs of true leaves but they seem to be growing tall and no true leaves have been formed as yet. The initial leaves are growing big though and strong. I have kept then in my balcony/small terrace where they receive ample light.
Please help out.