This plant started as a seed which turned up in an 8th of some dispensary flower called “THC Bomb.” At the time, I had zero equipment and did not expect the seed to germinate, honestly. I used the wet paper towel in a ziplock method and it sprouted. All I had was some basic potting soil and a coffee mug, so I planted it in there and just watered it straight from the tap. Our house only has 2 windows that get any sun and not much of it, so I put it on the sill of one of those. Due to the lower sun exposure, the sprout grew too tall and tipped over, so I used a plastic fork to support it upright until the stalk was strong enough to hold its own weight. The plant never showed any ill signs before being moved into the tent setup.
Despite the less than ideal conditions, the plant seemed to want to grow and this inspired me to research and dive into the rabbit hole. I ordered everything I’d need including 4x2 tent, carbon filter and vent systems, circulatory fans, LED grow light, humidifier, dehumidifier, AC for the room, 3gal fabric pots, pot elevators, drain trays, and all the other little things (sensors, meters, ph up/down, mist bottle, etc). Due to the pandemic and delayed shipping and product supply, the fabric pots were delayed by about a week or so. I had already moved the plant in its coffee cup into the grow tent for better circulation and light when that all arrived. I think this was a mistake doing this as I hadn’t realized the plant had become root bound in the coffee cup (I learned this upon transplanting). This is when the plant first started showing signs of being unhappy, I think I couldn’t keep up with getting it enough water to keep up with the new 18 hours of consistent light it was receiving as compared to the window it had been in prior. Plus I was/am also learning as I go via Google prior to making this post, here.
The fabric pots finally arrived so it was transplant day. I opted for the super soil approach and mixed my own blend of 1/3 Fox Farm Ocean Forest, 1/3 Fox Farm Coco Loco and 1/3 Lava Rock. I also added Down to Earth Organic Vegetable Garden Fertilizer 4-4-4 blended in as per it’s directions, as well as Mycorrhizal Inoculant by Dynomyco again as per it’s directions. I transplanted the coffee mug plant into one of the 3gal fabric pots filled with this super soil blend. I also sprinkled a little extra Dynomyco into the transplant hole to help the roots. I was first watering with distilled water and not checking PH; I didn’t know I still needed to check PH with distilled water. Some of the leaves on the plant started yellowing and a few turned brown. I learned I needed to check the PH of my water, soil and runoff. When I checked this, my soil was at 7.0, runoff was at 5.9-6.0 and the water I was watering with was at 5.6. I began PH’ing my water to 6.3-6.5, soil is now at 6.5. The yellowing seemed to turn back to green for the most part.
I was basically trying to let the nutrients exist in the soil and just use water. I’ve now been keeping it ph’d in a happy range for about the last 2 gallons of watering. Now, I have direct to brown happening, no yellow first and it’s starting in the middle of the leaves, for the most part. Some of the older small leaves near the bottom that were yellow went brown instead of getting better. This new browning issue is random, only some leaves have it, yet leaves directly next to those are fine and new growth looks happy. As far as watering schedule, basically twice a week. I let the soil go dry if I stick my finger in at the top. I water until it runs out the bottom of the fabric pot. Here’s pics taken just now:
As I said, this is my first time and hoping to learn how to translate what my plant is telling me I need to change! I have some White Widow and Black Widow seeds on deck to do next; was treating this plant as my learning experience, especially since I wasn’t able to start it in the tent from the get go. Appreciate any and all help!