NEED HELP WITH INDOOR GROWING HERBS


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Hello guys!



Ive been getting all sorts of advice and honestly, I’m very confused. I just took up gardening and I’m starting an indoor garden. I was wondering if any folks could help me out by sharing their wisdom and answer some of my questions! I started growing chives, oregano, thyme and parsley. I grew them in two different types of mediums, one being in a pot and the other via peat pellets.

For the seedlings being grown in the peat pellets, when do I start thinning them? These have been growing for about 2 weeks.

For the seedlings in the pot, I started seeing some mold on the top of the soil… are these done? Will they all die? Is there anyway to save them? How do I prevent mold? It’s been about 2 and half weeks.
 

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Hello, welcome to the Forum.

You can can begin to separate out the seedlings in the flat when they have 2-4 true leaves, not counting the cotyledons (seed leaves). If seedlings are extremely close together it is safer to pinch the smaller ones out than to try to salvage every seedling. Gently extract the ones you want and plant them into individual 3-inch or 4-inch pots. Old dining utensils make good tools for lifting sand separating seedlings in a flat, especially a table fork, but a table spoon or knife can also be useful. The mold isn't necessarily going to harm the plants, but you don't want to let it take over. Give the seedlings bright light, good air flow, and partial drying between watering. all the plants you mentioned will grow best in full sun.

Seedlings in the peat pellets are more difficult separate. it's not impossible but doing so also defeats the point of the peat pellets. In truth, I rarely use them myself. In this case thin the pots initially down to two or three seedling, and as they grow larger select the largest and most vigorous seedling to survive. You can re-pot or even plant a peat pellet pot as is when it is large enough, though you may wish to lightly score the mesh lining before doing so.
 
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A mild antifungal drench would be 2 tbsp betadine in a gallon water. The fungal is coming from somewhere outside and so may return in time. Betadine is a contact killer so be sure to saturate and drain.
 

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