It’s been 3 days since the transplant and the girls are doing well and growing quickly. Current conditions 29RH 79F. No water has been given since the full watering/feeding after the transplant. The soil is starting to dry on the surface but no where near ready to water. Pots are still heavy.
Remember the watering method we used since the beginning, flood and drought. Water fully and let it dry . Wet dry cycles is what we are after.
Let’s take a look at the over watering experiment. She’s been sitting in wet soil for about 7 days now and is starting to not look so good to me. A little droop starting, irregular leaf growth, uneven coloring, ‘splotches’ in the leaves, all signs that something bad is starting to happen.
Over watering is not something that happens with a one time event of giving too much water at once, except in tiny plant/big pot situations - which is not the case with our transplants here, the girls are big enough to dry the 3 gal pot before any over watering issues occur, and I’m not going to water til that pot of soil is dry and light. It will take 5-6 days for this to happen and that’s not going to be a problem. It won’t take that long for the next wet/dry cycle, days will be less as plants grow until we’re watering these girls every couple days, which will then be time to do another transplant.
Over watering occurs when plants are given water too often, and takes a while for symptoms to show up. This girl looked great for a week, making you think all is good so you keep on giving it some water everyday and she looks happy, til she’s not. It’s the pattern of watering too often that keeps the roots constantly wet and eventually leads to root rot (or damping off when you’re dealing with small sprouts).
Also, fungus gnat problem under control, rarely see one any more. Thanks Mosquito Bits!