Seedling stem turning white/clear color and dies

Cantaloupe    None Given

I really dont have "green knowledge "and thus need your help.This is my second attempt at growing cantaloupe plants. I live in Miami therefore it's hot and humid here and lately my plants are plagued with gnats. I am able to get the cantaloupe plant stem about 3-4 inches high and then it starts to turn upwards a white, almost clear color, it becomes thinner, leaves curl, and eventually the stem collapses and dies. When I pull out the stem there are no roots. I was able to pull out the strongest plant and repot with the few roots it still had although at this point I am not sure if it'll do any good.

Posted by: Soccerfan (1 point) Soccerfan
Posted: June 29, 2016


Collapse and dying of cantaloupe seedlings may happens for several reasons.

1. Excess moisture causes rotting of roots which leads to seedling collapse. So water only when it is necessary and provide proper drainage to your pots.

2. Insects like wireworm will eat the sprouting seeds and seedlings roots or shoots. So make sure the potting soil is free from insects.

3. The pathogens like Pythium species and Rhizoctonia will infect young seedlings by girdling the stem near soil surface resulting in toppling (damping off disease). Use healthy, certified seeds.

Posted by: Dr. Ravishankar Narayana (11 points) Dr. Ravishankar Narayana
Posted: June 30, 2016

I think that might be infected with Pythium spp. . You can use propamocarb and fosetyl-Al

Posted by: Dr. Raffaele Giurato (6 points) Dr. Raffaele Giurato
Posted: June 30, 2016

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