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Speaking of which, has anyone ever figured out what exactly she did again?
"I controlled my laughter and simple said "No,I am very busy,so I can't write any code for you". The moment they heard this all the smiling face turned into a sad looking face and one of them farted. So I had to leave the place as soon as possible." - Mr.Prakash One Fine Saturday. 24/04/2004
Certainly not a programming questions and probably KSS:
My eggplant (two varieties, one oriental, one white) are have a problem. About 1/3 of the seedlings have their Cotyledon die before they even get partially out of the seed. The little stump, left behind, has nothing at or above an initial leaf node so it's alive but useless.
Online searches turned up various plant diseases and even how to remove seed shells stuck on the leaves (from living leaves). Very frustrating.
Anyone know a cause? Maybe it's a genetic problem? I'll be planting a second round of seeds, there being enough time, yet, before planting - but if any of you have this arcane knowledge, it would be nice to know what I'm up against.
Habanero, Thai, and Jalapeno peppers, sprouted in identical environments, not so afflicted. Jalapeno from home grown ripened peppers. Sprouting environment: heating mat and moist covered vermiculite. Growing lamps when they meet the surface - where they're soon transplanted to fine new soil.
You may have noticed (or not) that I never, not even on the SoapBox, type in "bite me". Being cognizant of genetic engineering, I may find out the a recent development will give me cause to regret those words.
Generally, however, when you are dating eggplant, it's safest go for Italian food so they can order what they want.
just a wild guess but is the air too dry?
I've seen other seedlings fail because the water got sucked out of them faster then the tiny roots could supply (capillarity action has it's limits too).. could be sun/lights too hot, or air-con (even low temp coldness) will also dry the air, even a fan if too strong will increase evaporation. (Yes plants, particularly young soft new leaves sweat a little for the same reason humans sweat - to cool & moisturise.)
Try bagging the seelings (good size bag, not totally enclosed - a little air still needs to move around)... if warm avoid young leaves/shoots getting too wet - leaves literally drown if too much moisture on the surface (looks like rot but it's actually starts as drowning) the leaves/shoots need water AND air.
Good try about the drying - but the seed sprouting is done in a covered Chinese takeout tray. Clear top, too. Internally, nicely moist (condensation apparent). I take pains to make sure it's not too moist (causes rot). I'm a really good seed-starter. Cacti are easy; succulents, with seeds you can hardly see - I've managed a few. The eggplant seeds are starting - yet "this one, but not that one" just does this previously unseen behavior. Better the eggplants than the peppers, but I do like eggplant. Goes well sauteed w/hot peppers, garlic + other nice things.
I'm surprised, pleasantly, to find that someone around here knows plants do a full respiration cycle. Typical leaves have respiration pores on the edges of their leaves - up to a point, it's quite interesting how different types and climates adapt these openings.
Right now, I'm leaning towards a genetic anomaly. It's likely that the seeds in the package (the eggplant are all store-bought commercial seeds) are from a small gene pool, thoroughly inbred. It may, in fact, be these "Casper [^]" eggplant - seeds of which, bought at earlier times from a different source, proved to have a very low germination rate - or perceived germination rate. I'll be replanting only the Oriental variety, so I'll be getting somewhat of a test on which (or both?) type is a fault. Yes- they were sorted - but - an oops rearranged the starting tray quite a bit.
Thanks - I found similar articles - but none seem to discuss what I'm experiencing, which is the shoot emerges from the soil with the seed containing the cotyledon - but they die a at that point, leaving just the shoot. Since the first node hasn't developed, no true leaves would ever come out, either, should I care to keep the stem alive.
Again - thanks. While the mystery remains, I'll plant a lot more and hopefully maintain a half dozen survivors in the garden.
Certainly worth a call - but I don't have high hopes.
My son was studying generic engineering of plants and has quite the background in how they do what they do. Not quite his specialty but he knows an awful lot of 'trivia' in this field. Nada from him. (Alas, after getting the degree, he turned to the dark side and didn't pursue it).
As mutations go, it couldn't be common since it's absolutely lethal in terms of ever producing offspring. It may be that some of our vegetable varieties will need a little gene-tinkering to fix accumulated ills from husbandry/breeding the "old fashioned way".
My disappointment with my son's change of fields is considerable: I wanted him to develop the "Salsato" - a tomato variety genetically enhanced with hot-pepper genes. What a magnificent accomplishment!