Tomato Plants
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what is the essential to do in a tropical country to grow vegetables

Zone province of dinagat islands philippines | mameremarianna added on November 9, 2018 | Answered

i try many time seeedling tomato, chinese cabbage,parsley,escarole etc....they don't growth and juste disapear, how to prevent that

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drtreelove
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Answered on November 10, 2018

It could be birds, rodents, insect pests, or plant disease. I suspect it may be a soil-borne disease, called "damping off". I'm in Thailand and it is very common.

You should start your seeds in a sterilized planting medium and then plant them out in the garden when they have grown a little and will have more resistance. Or use a soil that you have pre-treated with a biological fungicide like Trichoderma harzianum.

Check with this Univ of Philippines department for recommendations of a local product. https://biotech.uplb.edu.ph/products/biofertilizers

And I just found this source: http://bswm.da.gov.ph/Products/LaboratoryProducts

Here's an article that has other tips:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/propagation/seeds/what-is-damping-off.htm

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