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Old 02-18-2015, 10:14 AM   #1
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This is my first year starting a garden and I am having an issue with some of the plants..

I purchased some seed starting kits as I wanted to get a head start growing these so come spring I can transplant them in the beds I built. We planted on the 7th of Feb and 3 days later we already started to see germination on some of the plants. These were on my kitchen table and I didn't have a light at the time so they were growing towards my backdoor and the sun. On the warmer days (65ish) I would take them out in the morning and bring them back in once I got home from work. This seemed to kill the Arugula, i didn't know they like colder weather.. I then built a grow light station and moved them into a darker bedroom and set a timer to run from 6am-8pm. Yesterday I noticed some mold growing on the dirt, I have had the greenhouse lids on everyday. Today I removed the greenhouse lid, as I read that the growing area might be to moist?

The soil temp is around 71 degrees as read with an infrared thermometer, and there is always water on the greenhouse lid.

I have added some pictures below of the setup, notice one of the pictures is of the arugula and it has some mold growing on it (damening off)?
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I always removed any covers once germination occurred. Do that and the mold will go away.
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Thanks, I removed the covers today, hopefully it goes away..
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sunlight-artificial or natural will help clear up any mold. If it continues it means the soil is too wet.
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Thanks I have the same problem, I had the seeds germinating in my basement, just moved them upstairs.
I had them germinating then moved them in tiny pots , now the sprouts seem to be dying and look shrieked and slim, is this from too much humidity.
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Maybe. Read on. What plants?

I sprout mine with a cover in a sunny windowsill and as soon as I have germination I remove all covers. Learned that the hard way. Can be done in the basement with grow lights and a tiny bit of bottom heat to warm the soil.

Most plants should not be moved from the germination tray until they have their first 2 'true' leaves. A lack of enough light can also cause them to be spindly. As soon as the days are warm enough move them outside for the day and back in at night. Keep them out of direct sunlight the first week or so. They need to toughen up gradually.
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