[nafex] continuing - seedlings - overcome drying losses

Jay Cutts orders at cuttsreviews.com
Mon Mar 5 12:48:39 EST 2012

Water wicks are some kind of cotton wick and you put one end in a 
reservoir of water and the other end is buried inside the pot.

Personally I'd start the seedlings indoors, maybe in a sunny window or 
with a lamp over them. I think the conditions outdoors are too intense. 
Indoors would also reduce your drying out problem.

I think keeping the pots damp all the time would probably kill many of 
the seedlings from fungus (damp off).



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On 3/5/2012 7:07 AM, alden at waldenwinds.com wrote:
> <<How about water wicks? They bring a steady supply of water to the soil
> without causeing waterlogging. Also maybe have the pots inside a large
> plastic bag to keep in humidity.>>
> Please do tell about water wicks.
> As for inside bags to retain humidity, this certainly is a good small-scale
> water retention method, but the reason it can't work at all outside is
> these young developing seedlings need sunlight, and the sunlight would
> overheat the seedlings first sunny day they were out.
> To again ask others, do you think my guess there are some species who would
> resent the water at their feet, others who would tolerate it, might have
> any truth to it at all?
> Charlie in Massachusetts
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