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Old 02-14-2009, 05:37 PM   #1
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Default Propagation-Seed soaking solutions

I normally use a Hydrogen Peroxide/water mix to soak my seeds. And periodically mist the seedlings with that mixture to help prevent damp off.

I've also recently heard of gibberelic acid and Kirstenbosch, both are new to me. Anyone had experience with those they would like to share?

If you've had experience with them

1) Is one better than the other?
2) If you find instructions for the product how do you convert it over for use for another product? (I don't want to buy all 3)
3) Are there any hidden things I need to research (besides strat periods and seed sources)?

I normally use a 1/4 ratio of HP and distilled water and have good success with it.

Do you sterilize your soil before you start your seedlings?
If so how do you do that? I know what it smells like so I haven't done that again in the house! Whew!
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Old 02-14-2009, 07:51 PM   #2
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Do you sterilize your soil before you start your seedlings? If so how do you do that? I know what it smells like so I haven't done that again in the house! Whew!
hahaha - I guess you're talking about using the oven?
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:15 AM   #3
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A lot of people do use an oven to sterilize. But doc is right it smells awful. To help keep your potting mixture from being contaminated it's a good idea to put in a container you can tightly seal. That certainly helps to keep "unwanted" microbes/fungi and whatever from getting in the soil and causing damp off in the first place.
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Old 02-15-2009, 12:15 PM   #4
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Baking the medium at 200░ works but it stinks.

I bought a bunch of 3% hydrogen peroxide this morning. A bunch. I use it a lot. I also use professional H2O2s at 25%. It depends. I have used GA3 for some seeds but it depends and I generally won't use it unless I feel I have to. I'm not familiar with Kirstenbosch, should I be? I've used bleach for seeds and acetyl alcohol and booze. I think your questions are too broad for the GA3 but here are several sites I found that might help you narrow down what you are asking:
http://www.bio.net/bionet/mm/plantbio/1996-October/012250.html
http://www.crfg.org/tidbits/gibberellic.html
http://www.seedman.com/sstartga.htm
http://www.all-science-fair-projects.com/science_fair_projects/50/650/15cb8cf69ab20ab4a016d6fa733d77ca.html
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Old 02-15-2009, 04:56 PM   #5
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Thanks Lorax. I too buy HP by the boatload this time of year. And yeah, I seal my potting mix bag, fold it over tightly and use duck tape on large amounts. And ziploc freezer bags for smaller amounts. It's worth the extra time and effort to try and keep it "clean".
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Old 02-15-2009, 05:30 PM   #6
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Default Hydrogen Peroxide to prevent dampening off

Could you please let me know the "mix" proportions you use when mixing distilled water and hydrogen peroxide when creating a spray solution to prevent dampening off?

I've always used camomille tea in the past. Works pretty good, but I'm always open to trying something new and perhaps better?

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Old 02-15-2009, 05:35 PM   #7
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Am I the ONLY one who likes the aroma of cooking dirt?:eek:

I'm kind of flustered here to say that I think the smell of cooking dirt is wonderful!

I "cook" (a/k/a sterilize) my seedling dirt in the microwave. Drives my hubbyy nuts.

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Old 02-16-2009, 09:17 AM   #8
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So far you stand alone
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Old 02-16-2009, 12:26 PM   #9
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Please feel free to use my share of the smellivision there also. Yucky!
I use 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 4 parts water and store any extra in an old hp bottle to help maintain the integrity of the hp. HP breaksdown in sunlight.
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Old 02-16-2009, 01:37 PM   #10
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Thanks for the hydrogen peroxide measurements doccat5. I plan to use this when caring for my seedlings this year.

Still can't believe you guys and gals think the smell of cooking dirt stinks. I guess you'll just have to picture me in Scarlett O'Hara form shaking a fist of aromatic dirt at you all.

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