Damping off generally affects seedlings and cuttings. I use a
half-and-half mix of coarse sand and peat moss with NO added nutrients.
The mix drains exceptionally well, so it's not soggy. It readily
admits oxygen, and it's slightly acidic. All of these help prevent and
even combate damping off.
Added nutrients promote fungus and rot. Damping off is a fungus. I
don't add any nutrients for seedlings until I see leaves beyond the
initial seed leaves. (But see my
<http://www.rossde.com/garden/garden_start_seeds.html .) I don't add
nutrients to cuttings until they are repotted after being well rooted.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
Hello David thanks for your reply. Yes I do all that you have said I
think that this has come from an outside source, Tomato plants I think,
the spores must be airborne because it has infected other nearby
seedlings. I am looking for a quick method to hopefully stop the spread
to existing seedlings best regards Frank 'David E. Ross[_2_ Wrote:
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