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All was going well with my Carolina reaper seeds using the baggy method. After it had grown its second pair of leaves I decided to plant it in a pot with some of the paper since the roots had grown through it.

Say two weeks later it hadn't grown very much but looked fine. But when I got home one day the leaves had all dropped down. The day after they're even worse and seem to be curling and maybe slightly yellow.

What's caused this and what can I do to fix it?

  • The soil was always this wet? – Alina Oct 26 '17 at 17:09
  • @Alina I guess so I spray it a few times everyday – Aequitas Oct 26 '17 at 20:59
  • roots are rotted, pull out and check. – Graham Chiu Oct 26 '17 at 21:01
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    @Shule I have a 40w lamp on it all day, and turn it off at night, it's indoors, but would get some light from the window too. – Aequitas Oct 27 '17 at 0:07
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    Whatever size container you have this growing in, its too large - a seedling that tiny should be in a small pot, then potted on into larger pots as it grows. Keeping it sufficiently well watered without rotting will be very difficult with that much empty soil round it, and it won't form a good rootball either. Next time you grow, pot your seedlings (when they have two sets of leaves) into small pots first. – Bamboo Oct 28 '17 at 23:32
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I think there is too much moisture and the seedlings can't absorb it. If the very top of the stem is not wilted, then there might be a chance for the seedlings to stay alive under the condition of reducing the moisture. If the top has wilted as well, there is nothing to be done. Next time when you grow them, moisten the soil only when needed. Too wet soil promotes rot in addition to overwhelming the root system of small plants.

  • The stem is not wilted at all, it's quite sturdy so i'll stop watering it and we'll see how it goes. Do you think it was a bad idea to plant it with the paper? as that probably retains some more moisture then it would otherwise. – Aequitas Oct 26 '17 at 22:32
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    A sturdy/strong/tough stem is a sign that the plant has a good supply of potassium. If there are lots of wood chips in the soil, they can add a lot of potassium and calcium (potentially too much). – Shule Oct 27 '17 at 0:06
  • @Aequitas Not necessarily bad to plant with the paper, but also not optimum. Many books teach us to keep the soil moist in permanence, but in my experience this is risky. If you have more than one container, next time try to mist one of them less and by watching them grow you'll figure how much moisture is best. – Alina Oct 27 '17 at 6:08
  • @Shule Thanks for sharing this, I didn't know about it. I don't fertilize my seedlings and I use regular potting soil instead of special starter mix because it has worked perfectly so far, so I' not familiar with symptoms of fertilized seedlings. – Alina Oct 27 '17 at 8:08

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