Sick Plant Drooping/Curling Leaves
Hi all, hopefully someone can help me. I've been given a good start to growing by all the helpful posts and replies on here and from listening to the High on Homegrown grow guides, but I'm noticing issues that happened to my last, failed attempt to grow are happening again.
I have a Northern Lights strain (left pot) and a Sweet CBD (right pot), both from Ali Bongo's. I'm about 2.5 weeks in from when I successfully germinated both and the tap root emerged. I popped each seeds in a pot each. But now I'm starting to see drooping leaves.
I'm using Biobizz light mix with added perlite. I'm adding a couple of drops of PH down to take my tap water from 7 down to around 6.5. Watering started very small, building up to slight run-off, and then when soil drys I water again. That left about a 5 day gap. I have recently started to feed nutrients, but only twice so far, those were very small amounts of alg-a-mic and bio-grow (to slowly introduce nutrients, as recommended here). The droop started well over a week from first feed, so don't think it's that.
I've read and watched so much on under and overwatering, that I can see signs of both, but I honestly don't even know if that is the issue.
Any help would be greatly appreciated, honestly don't know whether to water or not.
I think the medium is too dry mate, you need to water them : )But they look great, youre doing a good job man, keep it up. Welcome to Percys too : )
I'm doing my nut in reading and watching too much
Don't make it any more confusing than it needs to be man. Listen to the grow guides episodes Everything is covered in that series mate. Just stick to one source for info and it wont get so confusing. Just try and enjoy the learning process of growing. Don't get too stressed about it 😉
@pistoleer You've had a lot of good advice here, maybe even too much to process, but I agreewith @Macky that your soil looks way too dry. Yes, they probably are root-bound and should be potted up if you want bigger plants. However, you can keep them small if you want, you just need to give them more frequent waterings. Really small (micro) pots need several waterings a day.
Personally, if they were mine, I would not flush them at this point because I am fairly certain they are just dry, and flushing messes with O2 and loss of soil nutrients.
With waterings, its important to keep them evenly moist (not wet). Letting them dry out then watering heavily causes problems with the root hairs that we don't need to get into here. Yes people advocate doing it, but it is outdated info -- as long as you have enough aeration in your soil (e.g., perlite, etc.). Just stick you finger into your soil, 1 knuckle deep, half-way between the stem and rim of the pot. It should be lightly moist, not wet.
Hope that helps!
Welcome to percys,
Firstly I just like say your plants look great .
Looking at the pictures and reading some of the comments, I would say they need water and a bit of a feed .
Small pots and big plants need watering regularly.
Big pots and small plants need watering a lot less
Also when your lights are off your leaves will droop a bit but as soon as the lights come on again they will pick up again
Some strains like hazes are naturally droopy
It's best to keep your grow medium moist but not wet or to dry . Weighing your pot and plant can give you and idea of your moisture content but can be a bit misleading as your plants grow
Keep things simple don't get to hung up chasing ph and ec. Follow the feed guide with your choose nutritiants , although Personally I would just water roughly after 3 feeds .
Water feed slowly , use a watering can with a rose attachment, if you add water to quickly you can get your soil to compact .
Try not to stress to much, enjoy your grow . Let your plants do there thing . Watch how they go through germination veg stretch flower and as you gain more experience Try new things be it different mediums strains techniques Lst sea of green topping etc
Soon your have a harvest, cure your weed and happy days
Sincerely your doing great , happy to help .
I dunno what everyone else said I skipped it read it later
to me the plant looks like it’s begging for water & it’s far to dry
5 days between watering no should be more like 3 days in veg in flower 4-5 ok but not in veg state & not just seedlings anymore
sounds very much like your drowning them witch makes them droppy as well then having to wait that long for them to dry
The dry droopy looks different to droppy from to much water
unsure on that part however it definitely looks like it needed watering yesterday
btw if it was mine I’d repot them into bigger pots
Thanks for getting back .
I think if you like cannabis then really the best thing is to grow your own . I get lots of pleasure growing and of course I love to vape cannabis .
There are some very experienced and skilled growers here and what is really wonderful is they are happy to share there knowledge. I have been growing 30 plus years and since joining percys and listening to HOHG I have learnt so much and have been inspired by the guys and gals here
What I would say is everyone started where you are now. I know I felt overwhelmed by all the different growing techniques, feeds equipment, and if like me if you live in a probitited place it's not easy to get advice or hands on experience etc.
The best advice I can give is start simple and as you gain experience you can try different things
Don't be afraid to ask if you have questions
As mentioned, here's an update photo, following watering 12 hours ago (just after lights on). Both are looking much perkier, hopefully the curling near the top will recover in time following your advice.
Long story short, the small size of my pots mean I was leaving it too long between watering and they were drying out.
I'm going to measure my waterings and find a good balance between more water each time to give me a suitable gap between watering, or less water but more frequent watering.
Bit of yellowing on lowest leaves, but I'm trying to not worry about chasing perfection, on the whole they're on the right track.
Thanks again everyone for all your help, very much appreciated 👍
Looking good , happy days 🙂
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