just popped 30 beans...25+ALL popped from there initial start w/ good tap roots and HELMET~HEAD...where the seed shell is split but still attached to the seedling...requiring a bit of delicate hand and tweezers work to flush off the shell thus allowing the initial leaf set to emerge an show....and grow
my question is what causes this......????
* not planting the seed deep enuff as to cause the shell to be removed as it grows up and out of the soil...???
* seeds being harvested too early by breeder...???
* seeds not being dried and matured enuff before selling...???
* too much light...???
* too much warmth...???
* to much H20...???
* ph problem w/ starter soil...???
* excessive air flow...???
* OVER pampering the babies...???
these are the majority of my guesses.... BUT would like to hear sum real reason... for this common problem...w/ seedlings?
******* this being said we need a tutorial w/ pic's on
"how to remove helmet head".... *******
i got a river for a soul...
Darlin' I'm a nightmare...
Dressed like a daydream~~~
I plant my seeds into soil and never get this problem. only if its a really light soil, I've heard people say to add extra clay to your soil to prevent this from happening. do you all germ into root riot cubes or something?
I now pop all seeds in a disposable lasagna pan with lid, filled with 60% organic potting soil and 40% coco. My tomatoes all sprout within 5 days of planting using this method.
The only time i get the dreaded "helmet head" is when i remove the lid too early due to the faster ones stretching towards a tiny pinhole of light from the lid.