I just started transfering my hand-written notes from my notebook to this Journal page, and I added some photos. I feel like I’m doing something very wrong. Other people are posting how their plants look like small bushes after 3 weeks, and mine just look like small seedlings. Am I under-watering? I really don’t think I’m over watering, because the soil is pretty dry every time I go out to check on them. If you have a few minutes to look at my journal, I’d super appreciate any comments or help. I’m tracking as many individual metrics and variables as I can, and it’s all documented pretty well in my journal, which can be found here:
Today is my plant’s day number 13… as in, I took the seeds out of the package from ILGM, and put them in a cup of water. After about 36 hours I moved the seeds to paper towels labeled with the strain, and left them again for another 36-48 hours. So far, so good, the tap roots were over an inch long, so I planted them in my 5 gallon fabric pots and I’ve been watering with rainwater mixed with a half dose of Cal-Mag, pH’d to about 6.3-6.5, which sits in a 5-gallon Home Depot bucket with a fish air pump and rock dispersers. My soil has stayed around 5.8-6.2 measured with a BlueLab soil/water tester that was correctly calibrated only a day or so before I planted the taproots. The grow media is composed of Coco, perlite, worm castings, and some other ingredients (half strength on everything, bat guano, alfalfa meal, 4-4-4 all purpose and Kelp meal). That was all mixed up in each fabric pot to make sure the mixture was correct.
Since planting the tap roots, I’ve been watering about 60-70 ml of water a day, per plant, 2x a day. The soil is pretty dry at the end of the 12 hours that I leave the plants alone. I’ve been watering at 9a and 9p daily. I just read last night that this is not good, sigh… people say you shouldn’t water on a ongoing schedule, but I really don’t know. So… instead of watering my normal amount last night, I changed it up and gave the plants like 3-4 times the normal water to try and moisten the grow media. i checked the plants this morning, but did not add more water as I normally do. I’m hoping this will help spur some growth, because my seedlings (if that’s the correct term) are less than 3 inches tall at this point (again, today, Jun7, is day 13), they have two main leaves, two super tiny leaves, and the two cotyledons. They just look small, and I don’t know if I’m over watering or under watering… the leaves look nice and healthy green, and they aren’t curling up or down. I feel like I’m missing something or doing something wrong, but I haven’t been able to identify it yet. Maybe it’s on perfect course? Maybe I’m expecting too much? Maybe I’m not patient enough? This is harder than it looks!!!