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Karen Fletcher fletcher at prairienet.org
Tue Feb 16 07:27:02 EST 1999


Paul&Teresa (teresa at yesic.com) wrote:
: Thanks for caring,
: 
: My datura stramonium has been growing for a week now, and is a few
: inches tall, with the two primary leaves.  Today another seedling has
: appeared; there are four seeds, in a margarine container, planted two
: weeks ago.  This plant is considered a weed and is fragile to the touch
: like the dandelion, although it is reportedly a survivor.
: 
: Now it seems the primaries are WILTING.  They have become soft and
: floppy, just today!  What can cause this?  Too much sun, not enough? 
: Too much water, not enough? Nutrients taken from other seedling (seems
: unlikely)?

If you've hit upon a way to get jimsonweed to die, you may have something
marketable there ;-) Not sure why you would want to grow this poisonous
weed in the first place.  Have you seen mature specimens?  Furthermore,
have you smelled them?  This is not one of nature's more attractive
plants although it does have a kind of Little Shop of Horrors appeal.

Sounds like your seedlings are suffering from damping-off.  It's fungal
and there's not much you can do once it's started.  If you're determined
to try again, use good-quality seeds (not broken or cracked) and dust them
with a fungicide like captan or thiram.  The fungus thrives in damp, cool
soil. 

Cheers!

-- Karen 

Karen Fletcher                              fletcher at prairienet.org
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