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Chamomile for Damp Off

Pot and the sun and clouds

If you’re starting some–or all– of this season’s plants from seeds don’t forget to water your seedlings with chamomile tea. Cool chamomile tea of course! Doing so about every third watering will help prevent the dastardly dreaded damp off; a disease that causes your baby seedlings to topple over, gasp a couple times and expire. Nobody should have to see that.

A bunch of baby plants growing inside of pots inside of a greenhouse nursery.

Other tips for preventing damp off include using sterilized potting soil and allowing your seedlings to dry out a little between watering times. A little known fact is that roots need to breathe too. You don’t want the soil to dry out so much your seedlings start to wilt, but if the soil is continuously soggy for days on end or if your pots are always sitting in a saucer of water, the roots never get a chance to take in any air along with their H2O. When you stick your finger into the soil it should feel moist…sort of like a baked cake.

Happy planting and when you’re done don’t forget to treat yourself to a (hot) mug of chamomile tea. You deserve it.

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