red coating on some seeds

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red coating on some seeds

Post: #283953 safronsue
Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:59 pm

Hi, the red coating on some seeds, fungicide apparently; is it said to have an impact on fauna?
Just getting my toms going and the seeds are all pink. Do organic tom seeds also have this treatment?

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Re: red coating on some seeds

Post: #283956 Green Aura
Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:43 pm

I've never heard of it, especially organically grown, but I suppose it can't be ruled out. Ask the manufacturer, they might be able to help.
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Re: red coating on some seeds

Post: #283959 doofaloofa
Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:15 pm

It should list any additives on the packet
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Re: red coating on some seeds

Post: #283960 ojay54
Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:24 pm

Never seen this on even inorganic seeds....which company?

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Re: red coating on some seeds

Post: #283961 Odsox
Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:53 pm

I remember that some seed companies used to supply pelleted small seeds to make them easier to sow singly. I believe they were coated in clay, which of course dispersed in the damp soil.
I'd forgotten about that.
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Re: red coating on some seeds

Post: #283962 diggernotdreamer
Mon Mar 02, 2015 5:55 pm

I have seen the red coating of fungicide on seeds given to me before. If they were organic, they would not have been treated with anything at all

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Re: red coating on some seeds

Post: #283963 tosca
Tue Mar 03, 2015 3:53 am

It seems fairly common here, I believe it is a fungicide and pest repellent but not positive. Unfortunately local seed packets are all in Bulgarian so there is no way of knowing till you open the packet. I get a lot of my seed from the UK, (but try to get them in the sales) but some varieties just don't cope with the conditions here, as the OP has probably found in Greece. Also, being on a low budget, you can get 8 packs of seed with many more seeds for the price of one 2.99 pack in the UK. Not ideal but compromises sometimes need to be made.


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