Forum home Problem solving

soil killing plants?

So I have started a bunch of seedlings and some of them are dying.

All the ones I grew in store bought soil are just fine..well one died... but a lot of the ones i started in soil taken from my garden are dying, they start to grow and then a couple of days in the wither and die. last year my garden was crappy, nothing grew in there at all and even plants that i usually have no problem maintaining, like tomato and cucumber, did just awful and after the first transplant a lot of them died


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,112

    Tiny seedlings are very susceptible to fungal infections etc so need sterilised soil/specialist compost.  That's probably why the ones grown in garden soil perished.

    You say that plants in your garden did not do well last year.  Can you give us more information about the garden soil, its situation, the plants and your methods. image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • CarlyannCarlyann Posts: 52

    Last spring was not a good one for germination and for the development of tender plants or seedlings John.It was cold and very wet well into the year and might well be the problem.Try keeping your seedlings back until the soil and weather warm up a bit even if it seems a bit late they will thrive in the warmers soil.

  • johngreenjohngreen Posts: 58

    well i live in canada so I usulaly can't plant until mid may. The seedlings actually look like they are being burned..but in my past experience this usually doesn't happen..and all the seedlings in the store soil are fine..they didn't get burned, but the leaves actually look like they are being burned by the sun..does this happen to young seedlings often? they are by a south facing window

  • johngreenjohngreen Posts: 58

    what i mean the past when i sprouted seeds directly outdoors where there is full sunshine they don't get burned..usually only when they make the transfer from indoor to outdoor

Sign In or Register to comment.