I love starting plants from seeds. I love the fact that from something tiny comes out something so amazing. I find, though, that I have a very bad survival rate with my seedlings. I would say 90% of them bend and die, which I have read it is because of a fungal disease at the soil level. I was wondering if I could have some tips to avoid this problem.
This is what I do.
- I plant my seedlings in small newspaper pots like these: http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/img_9738.jpg
- I use seed starting mix, not soil.
- I water them from the bottom letting the paper and soil to absorb the water.
- I place the pots in a plastic box and cover them until they germinate to maintain moisture.
- When a pot germinates, I move it to a different uncovered box to increase air circulation.
- The problem happens even in pots that are not overcrowded (2 sunflower seedlings, for example) and with all sort of sizes of seedling (from petunia to sunflower).