I have several issues I will attempt to outline them all here and will appreciate any thoughts, comments and advice.
Single ILGM Blueberry Regular Feminized: This seed sprouted in a couple days and was planted November 13th in a 5" cowpot in Berger BM1 “All purpose” soil(Peat, perlite, vermiculite) purchased from nursery. I started it out under 18/6 CFL’s as I was waiting for my LED (AdvancedLED DS XML 150) to arrive.
Initially I had PH, climate and temperature issues and I started out with my LED light too close to the seedling. I figured out those issues (Avg: 78f, 50-65% h, 5.8-6.5PH) and then repotted the plant into a larger pot(1g maybe?) on December 8th.
Some leaf tip yellowing occurred and I solved that by adding Cal-Mag. I gave the first proper feeding of Flower Power “Growth” and Cal-Mag on December 31st. The plant responded well and began to grow very nicely but my concern is that it isn’t getting very tall rather it is starting to fill out under the top canopy and is sending out new growth in the intersections of the branches and the main stalk. It just now(Jan 4th) is getting it’s third set of 5 finger fan leaves.
- Is this unusually slow growth?
- Should I prune the undergrowth and top the plant?
- Should I raise the overhead LED? Currently at 23” @fullpower.
- Should I remove side lighting? Supplemental CFL’s pointing in from the left and right on either side of all plants on the table.
- Should I repot into a larger pot? I was intending to end up in a 10g pot but I’m slowly working my way up to it. Though I did notice that there are roots peeking out of the new pot bottom.
4 Autos also growing more under canopy than they are getting tall.
1 Amnesia Haze, 1 BlueBerry, 1 White Widow, 1 Ak-47 (All AutoFem from ILGM)
These were germinated (100% success) and planted on December 11th in the same soil media with the same conditions as the RegBB above. Except that this time I started the seedlings under CFL with a saran wrap cover to keep in humidity. They seemed to appreciate the humidity very much and sprouted much more quickly than the RegBB. I started these all in 3” cowpots. By mid-week all but the ak-47 were sprouting with first leaves. AK-started to look better by end of the first week but was visibly slower than the others. I transplanted all of them on December 24th and everything was looking good the following week with the exception of the ak-47 which remained slow/stunted no matter what I did to change its environmental conditions. These were given their firt full feeding on December 31st of Cal-Mag & Flower Power “Growth”(19-5-20). They loved it. All but the AK-47 which is still just barely still a seedling, are now as large as the RegBB started exactly 1 month prior to these. The concern is that they seem to be filling out under the canopy and not getting very tall(approx 6” tall).
- Is this related to the the LED being too close? There are no signs of burn.
- Should I remove the supplemental side lighting(CFL’s)?
1 Regular ILGM GoldLeaf
Basically same details as the autos except this is a RegFem. She is almost the same size as the RegBB planted nearly 1 month prior. She also exhibits under canopy growth and is not getting taller.
I may be making worry where none is justified. But being my first time at this, I have no clue if I’m doing it right/wrong. I included pictures with identifying markers. Thanks for your feedback.