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Growing pumpkins from seed, dead seedlings?


 
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 11:47 am    Post subject: Growing pumpkins from seed, dead seedlings? Reply with quote

I've had a go for the first time at the above but I've had some problems. I planted some seeds in a seed tray and some in small pots. They all grew well and fast until I transplanted the seed tray ones into pots to grow on before planting out. I followed the instructions with regard to keeping them indoors and putting them outside for a few hours each day to acclimatize bur, as I say, the transplanted ones have all died. I haven't planted any out yet and intend putting them in grow bags.
I put some polystyrene packaging in the bottom of the pots first for drainage and used peat free bark compost. When I was emptying the pots out today the polystyrene seemed to have rotted away and there was an awful smell from it. Should I have used polystyrene in this way or has it perhaps poisoned the plants? Any other theories as to why the plants might have died?

Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2007 4:20 pm    Post subject: Growing pumpkins from seed, dead seedlings? Reply with quote

Yorky wrote:
the transplanted ones have all died. I haven't planted any out yet and intend putting them in grow bags.
I put some polystyrene packaging in the bottom of the pots first for drainage and used peat free bark compost. When I was emptying the pots out today the polystyrene seemed to have rotted away and there was an awful smell from it. Should I have used polystyrene in this way or has it perhaps poisoned the plants? Any other theories as to why the plants might have died?

Thanks in advance.


Never heard of polystyrene to rot away easily. Usually it stays with us for too long, taking many years to degrade.
It sounds to me like your pumpkin seedling fell prey to a fungus or a mould. The seeds are quite big so they would create quite a smell when attacked by a fungus or a mould. Over-watering is a big contributing factor in these ills. Did you over-water, was the soil or compost sodden.
Watering with an anti fungicidal solution such as "Chestnut compound" will be helpful in preventing a fungus attack again on further seedlings.
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