Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» AUGUST 23, 2017, 6:00 PM EASTERN -- LIVE STREAM
by sfg4uKim Yesterday at 9:38 pm

» Sweet Potato "Toast" -- MIND BLOWN!
by sfg4uKim Yesterday at 9:37 pm

» Do you fertilize? If so, what do you use?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:49 pm

» New England August 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:28 pm

» Beets; Don't be intimidated!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:25 pm

» Eggplant - (Japanese) Millionaire
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:15 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in August 2017? 2017
by sanderson Yesterday at 8:14 pm

» Avocado toast with garden tomato
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:11 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 7:33 pm

» What to do with fallen unripe tomatoes?
by Fiz Yesterday at 7:31 pm

» Plumeria ?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 7:29 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 7:22 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 4:42 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 2:32 pm

» Time flies when you are having fun
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 2:05 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 1:50 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 12:10 pm

» Any Strange and Wonderful Visitors? Photos please!
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:58 am

» Newbie Oldbie
by dixie Yesterday at 10:47 am

» 2017 corn pictures
by dixie Yesterday at 10:21 am

» Total lunar / solar eclipse
by dixie Yesterday at 10:19 am

» Anyone growing fall peas in zone 7 TN
by dixie Yesterday at 9:50 am

» Cutting back on my SFG about 75%
by Kelejan Yesterday at 12:35 am

» N & C Midwest: August is here!!! 2017
by Scorpio Rising 8/21/2017, 9:17 pm

» Composting Particle Board?
by BeetlesPerSqFt 8/21/2017, 4:18 pm

» Hello gardener's
by sanderson 8/21/2017, 1:58 pm

» The Best Steps for Storing Tomatillos
by donnainzone5 8/21/2017, 11:36 am

» What I've learned this year
by countrynaturals 8/20/2017, 9:17 pm

» How Many Square Feet Do You Have?
by llama momma 8/20/2017, 1:58 pm

» Baba Ghanoush
by sanderson 8/20/2017, 12:04 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Problem with my Seedlings

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Problem with my Seedlings

Post  milton_gardener on 5/9/2013, 10:10 am

Hi all, I am getting my garden going for this year, and this year for the first time I decided to try starting Tomatoes and Peppers inside.

Everything was going ok for the first few weeks, but lately I have noticed the Tomatoes are not looking too healthy. I tried adding some Bonemeal to the surface of the soil then watering it in, then a week later I added some 5-30-5 liquid diluted to half strength to see if that would help.

Here are some pics:









Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Not sure whether these can be saved for this year, but would like to do better next year for sure.

milton_gardener

Posts : 14
Join date : 2011-07-15
Location : Milton Ontario

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Problem with my Seedlings

Post  camprn on 5/9/2013, 12:03 pm

I would use a general liquid fertilizer or compost tea to feed them. And get them either into bigger pots or the garden ASAP.

____________________________

41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



avatar
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14165
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Problem with my Seedlings

Post  mschaef on 5/9/2013, 4:27 pm

looks to me like they need a bigger pot.
avatar
mschaef

Female Posts : 598
Join date : 2012-03-12
Age : 31
Location : Hampton, Georgia

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Problem with my Seedlings

Post  twodaend on 5/9/2013, 4:47 pm

Mine where looking like that too. I started them off in 2" peat pots and after a while they did not look as healthy. I moved them to 4" peat pots and gave them some weak liquid ferterlizer and after about 2 or 3 days, they perked back up. I also try to take them out and get some real sun shine on nice days.
avatar
twodaend

Posts : 66
Join date : 2012-06-10
Age : 37
Location : Plainfield, IL

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Problem with my Seedlings

Post  milton_gardener on 5/9/2013, 10:38 pm

Thanks for the replies. I just checked and I am using the 3" square peat pots. I only transplanted them about 10 days ago, so I would be surprised if the roots have already outgrown the pots. Is there any way to confirm it?

Also in terms of fertilizer, can you tell me any product names that you would recommend?

I did take them outside for the first time the other day, but only for an hour or so since it was the first time. I'll try that again.

As you can see the Peppers are doing fine in the same pots. Worst case I will have to hit up the nurseries for some Tomato starts.

Thanks.

milton_gardener

Posts : 14
Join date : 2011-07-15
Location : Milton Ontario

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Problem with my Seedlings

Post  twodaend on 5/10/2013, 9:14 am

Someone with more experience may be able to answer the fertilizer question better than me, but I ended up borrowing some Miracle Gro liquid fertilizer from a neighbor. I know, I know, it is a chemical fertilizer and not ideal, but the way it was explained to me and the way I took it was that I would rather give my seedlings a little boost now so I don't lose them and give them a proper feeding from now on which seems to have worked and they appear to be doing fine now.

There are some organic liquid fertilizer out there, I just was in a pinch and needed what was handy. I believe there are some liquid seaweed or kelp fertilizers and I've read on the forum about compost tea.
avatar
twodaend

Posts : 66
Join date : 2012-06-10
Age : 37
Location : Plainfield, IL

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Problem with my Seedlings

Post  milton_gardener on 5/10/2013, 10:13 am

I think I can pretty much rule out the pot size issue. I pulled one of the more dead looking plants out of the pot and the roots haven't even grown out of the peat pellet mesh yet.

I did this partly because I realized that I did not rip open the mesh at the bottom when I transplanted them, and thought maybe the roots can't get out of the mesh, but if that were the case I would have expected to see lots of roots pushing out the mesh, but I did not see that. Seems to be not too much root growth at all.

milton_gardener

Posts : 14
Join date : 2011-07-15
Location : Milton Ontario

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Problem with my Seedlings

Post  twodaend on 5/10/2013, 10:30 am

Are you bottom watering or top watering? I bottom water so that the roots are forced to grown down and seek out water. I only top water or really just use a spray bottle to mist the the top of the soil to keep it somewhat moist.
avatar
twodaend

Posts : 66
Join date : 2012-06-10
Age : 37
Location : Plainfield, IL

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Problem with my Seedlings

Post  twodaend on 5/10/2013, 10:40 am

I'm not sure if this is similar to what you see, but I read this post a few days ago about edfhinton who had some trouble with his tomato plants and he used fish emulsion.

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t15509-thanks-to-this-forum-tomato-seedlings-on-the-mend
avatar
twodaend

Posts : 66
Join date : 2012-06-10
Age : 37
Location : Plainfield, IL

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Problem with my Seedlings

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum