It’s sad to watch beautiful little seedlings suddenly wilt and die – cut down before their time by a disease called damping-off. There is no cure for this soil-dwelling fungal disease, but you can prevent damping-off with chamomile tea.
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoons dried chamomile flowers
1. Bring the water to a boil, then remove from heat and stir in the chamomile flowers. Cover and allow the mixture to come to room temperature.
2. Strain the liquid and use full strength. Dampen potting soil mixtures with the tea before you plant your seeds. And then water with the tea blend, spraying the soil lightly each day with the chamomile tea instead of water.
Yield: About I cup of Seedling-Ease tea
Note: You can also use chamomile tea to water cut tings and to soak seeds prior to planting.
Variations: For a slightly stronger anti-fungal tea, add 2 teaspoons of dried horsetail (Equisetum arvense) to the water and chamomile flowers. (You can buy dried horsetail from many mail-order herb suppliers.)
Use this stronger tea solution on established plants that exhibit signs of fungal disease. Repeated applications of the tea can cure many fungal problems. Be sure to spray both sides of the leaves thoroughly.