Okay, here’s a disgusting topic…soft rot in seedlings. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I hate using plastic pots for seedlings because seedlings require quite a bit of moisture, but the plastic pots don’t dry out as quickly as clay pots and with the frequent misting…you get the picture.
So here’s my confession: I think my large pot of 100+ Dorotheae seedlings, including my ‘Zorro’ cultivars, is experiencing a soft rot problem. This is devastating! I have been going on and on and on for the past year about how ‘Zorro’ is my crème de la crème of Lithops cultivar and I was so excited to finally secure some seeds (which I literally fought for) and now what?
Okay, lesson learned, don’t sow all your seeds in one pot, but what recourse do I have to remedy this situation and salvage as many seedlings as I can? The situation is actually pretty dire. I’ve been losing seedlings from that pot at an alarming rate for the past couple months and now…okay, deep breath…now, there is a smell. Ewwww…I know 😦
So…I have three cotyledons that have renewed their leaves and seem to be doing okay. Do I remove them from the pot and place them in fresh media with the hopes they will establish themselves and be free from bacteria or fungus or whatever else may be causing my problems? Do I leave them and hope for the best? I really truly hoped to leave all of my 2014 seedlings in their original pots for two years before sorting and replanting. Is that still possible or am I about to lose them all and if so, is re-potting my only chance of saving *some*? Can I transplant the three and then, if later on others renew their leaves and seem to be doing okay, can I transplant them to the “rescue pot” also or would that risk contamination??? Desperate times call for desperate measures…is that mantra of the day?
P.S. I didn’t lose ONE seedling in 2013 to rot. Clearly, I am regressing as a Lithops grower 😥