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All Natural Seedling Spray Recipe

All Natural Seedling Spray Recipe

When you start seeds indoors, the little seedlings are vulnerable to fungus and mildew (called damping off).  Damping off will make your seedlings look wilted and they’ll start to rot around the base of their stem.  Fortunately if you catch this early, it’s pretty easy to fix.  Every day when you water your seedlings, look for wilted plants and/or rotten stems.  If you notice seedlings looking like this, immediately throw away all sick plants to help stop the spread.  Very gently rake the soil around the remaining plants being careful not to disturb their roots.  Make sure they’re in a location that gets good light and air circulation (both of which also deter damping off).  Then mix up this handy spray to help keep your remaining seedlings strong and healthy:

Seedling Spray

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 cups water
  • 3 chamomile tea bags

Directions:

  • Boil water and brew a large mug of chamomile tea.
  • Steep it for an hour or so until the tea is quite strong and has cooled completely.
  • Remove the tea bags and pour the tea into a clean spray bottle (store in the fridge for up to a week)
Use:
  • Give your seedlings a good misting every day to prevent problems (this can help prevent problems from even happening in the first place).
  • If your plants continue to wilt, continue the steps outlined above: remove sick seedlings, gently rake the soil, move to a location with ample light and air circulation, mist every day with the chamomile spray AND once a week make an extra large batch of the above recipe to water the seedlings.

 

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