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Old June 22, 2019   #1
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Default "Damping off" at three months?

That's the only way I can explain it.

Two maras pepper plants flopped over, and there seems to be something wrong at the soil line. I've never used this starting medium before , and haven't grown these particular peppers before ( a sincere thank you!), but no other change's, and I've been doing this for a minute.

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Seed starting medium?
Unaffected, so far
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Old June 22, 2019   #2
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Obviously some type of stem rot. Was water pooling at the base of the plant? I am thinking it might be related to too much rain if you live where they have been having a lot. To blame the seed starting medium 3 months later seems like quite a stretch to me.
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Old June 22, 2019   #3
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Thank you!

I'm in California, so it never rains here (ha ha). I don't know if blame is the word I'd use, but the "plug" is still quite discernable at the soil line, and I suspect it never really decomposes. The plants are in a sub irrigation container, and I'm wondering if this "plug" keeps the stem moister at the soil line then does my usual Pro-Mix.

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Old June 23, 2019   #4
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Those critters can in the soil and can effect a plant at any time if conditions are right.
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Old June 23, 2019   #5
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Wow... I think you're right, Shrinkwrap. Take away the plugs!
I admit I am one of those who detests the plugs and cannot use them successfully. For my climate, a peaty plug around a transplant in the ground will worst of all go totally dry due to dessicating wind, and then sucks the life out of the plant. But I can see how sub-irrigated it could do the opposite and be too wet. I have the same issue with peaty potting mix, they are either too dry or they are too wet, never a happy medium. I killed a load of seedlings this year with Promix myco... so loaded with damping off, the ones that didn't shuck their seed immediately got cotyledon rot inside the seed. Hate the stuff... never again!
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Thanks everyone!
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