Deformed / mutated leaves, small bud sites - help?

Hi, my ILGM Blue Dream Auto has always had deformed fan leaves, but now in flower - it doesn’t have a centralized cola and just small stretched-out bud sites. I’ll let the pics speak for themselves, but I’ve searched the forums and all of google and can’t seem to find an answer, or many people with a similar problem.

Blue Dream Autoflower from ILGM
Method: A Pot For Pot system
Vessels: Fabric pot (supplied by APFP)
PH 6.0
No nutrients added - following A Pot For Pot instructions/guide
Outdoor: Zone 7, Washington DC. (Steppe?)
Sun: 8 solid hours of sun a day, 12 if include dappled light.
Temps; Day temps: 75-90, Night: 65-75
Humidity; Day = 40%, Night = 80% (averages)

Your pH is a little low and can cause some wonky things to happen. Try to get closer to 6.5.

You’ll have more experienced people chiming in as well. Good luck


PS - I’m pretty positive it can’t be over-watering, as I let the soil dry to 3-4 on my moisture guide before watering again. I’ve been very careful to let her dry out between waterings. ThanksI

I don’t know much on moisture meters. I lift my pots and water by weight.


TBH it looks like watering issue(can’t trust those probes), needs fertilizer(regardless of what “they” say at p4p) and not enough light.


Your s look better than mine, but you’re right. It does look off. I’m about to put a post about my seedling sprouts and their deformities.

My fan leaves looked that way initially too until I bought a ph pen and started religiously checking and aiming for 6.5-6.8.


I use a moisture meter, but I let mine dry out between 2-3.

Even hellraiser showed in one of his journals a moisture meter can be used, but you need to check the soil with the meter in different spots in your pot.

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Thank you UGrowGIRL. What PH Pen do you use? I’ve read that they can be unreliable, (I guess just like anything), so if you like yours, I’ll totally take your suggestion. It has to be the APFP soil mixture, (PH, nutes, etc), because I have her sister seed in Stonington Blend next to her and her sister looks perfect.

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Thanks HMGRWN. I’ll start experimenting. :+1:

@AnniePants You can get a good one from Apera for around $55! I started with a $25 from VIVOSUN and it was really inconsistent.

Apera Instruments AI209 Value Series PH20 Waterproof pH Tester Kit, ±0.1 pH Accuracy is on Amazon.

@UGrowGIRL Yeah, my $10 soil meters from Home Depot have never worked at all. Thank you so much, and have a great day!

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No problem! If I could go back, I wish I would have just spent the money and bought the good one from the start! I hope you have less troubles than I did!!! Good luck :four_leaf_clover:

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Thought about you when I read this.