i think i can prevent it from happening again next year. sorry for being kind of dumb about this i just haven't had much experience with fungal diseases before..
Not dumb at all- just haven't needed to know about it until now! Damping off is usually due to cold-wet soil. Be sure to bottom water your starts.
Chamomile tea is a classic remedy used for damping off. I've had good success with it It is an anti fungal. You need to make a weak tea. It can be fresh flowers, leaves, and stems in room temp non chlorinated water- about 1 part chamomile to 3 parts water. Make a sun tea , steeping for a day. Or use dried chamomile about 1/4 part dried chamomile to 3 parts boiling hot water and steep for a day. Then strain. It should be pale tea. Can be used as a daily spray on the soil and/or emerging seedlings, also as a foliar spray on bigger starts for prevention, or bottom water the tray of starts. Can be used to treat and/or prevent damping off.
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Post by pepperhead212 on Jul 12, 2021 21:54:53 GMT -5
All of my pepper plants are getting peppers on them, some of them, like the Thais, loaded with them. Even the chinense peppers all have some full sized ones on them. Nothing is ripening yet, but soon, the superchili will have some ripening - the first ones almost every year to start. Here are some photos, of some of the peppers on the different plants.
Post by pepperhead212 on Jul 17, 2021 16:35:40 GMT -5
I didn't spend much time out there today, given that heat! I got a couple more bitter melons and bottle gourds, and picked 2 Hong Gochu - a Korean Chili pepper, that is loaded with peppers, and one is just starting to ripen. The green one is good, and not bitter at all, not too hot, sort of like a serrano pepper - maybe 20k. Next, I'll see how well they dry. One I planted in a covered Earthbox, the other uncovered, and the uncovered one has no pepper maggot eggs, which is good. Looks like a keeper. Hong Gochu, one just starting to ripen. 7-17 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
First peppers here are Big Jim. There's one at least 10" out there. And Red Marconi is doing well, golly those plants are tall. Had to stake them, actually used bungee cord to hold them toward the fence.
Post by pepperhead212 on Jul 20, 2021 18:38:06 GMT -5
It seemed like most of my Numex peppers had stopped growing any more, so I uncovered them, and harvested the full sized ones. The Big Chili plants seem determinate, and the all of the peppers were pretty much the same size. And there were no flowers on the plants. The Giuzeppi plants had a bunch of pretty much the same size fruits, plus a few new ones, with a few new flowers, but it doesn't seem as indeterminate as some. 16 Chiles from 4 Giuzeppi Numex - 44 oz. on 7-20 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
After this, before re-covering the tubs, I added some "maxi bloom" fertilizer to each Earthbox - something that I rarely use, but with these things, or tomatoes or eggplants, that have stopped flowering, due to heat, I put a small amount in the reservoir. I only use inorganic fertilizers occasionally in the Earthboxes and other SIPs - the 24 oz of that bloom fertilizer I've had for close to 10 years, and haven't used even half of it.