Hi everyone. I’m a new grower and have been given a lot of advice (some I’m not so sure was good). I bought six clones for a penny at a new dispensary’s grand opening. Four of them appear healthy and two do not. They’ve all been on the same watering and feeding schedule, and all getting the same thing so I don’t know why these two are not doing well. I am growing them in earthboxes outdoors, and water when they feel light, and here’s the big question. I was told by the person selling the clones to feed once every ten days. I was told on another forum that they appear that they are starving. The pH of the soil is 6.8, and I feed with an organic tea that I make from peat humus compost, earthworm castings, unsulfured molasses, distilled water, and liquid kelp. I recently added a bloom booster because they entered the flowering stage.
I think after research that I may have an idea as to what went wrong and needed someone to give me some feedback. When I first planted my girls outdoors and watered them with rainwater, thinking that rainwater is neutral. Boy was I wrong. I tested a fresh batch of rainwater yesterday and it tested out at 7.61. For the first month, this is what they were getting, and I was also making my organic tea out of rainwater. I noticed that they weren’t taking in much water, but I read they don’t need as much water as new growers think. They still looked good but when I started feeding them they still weren’t taking much water. This is when I decided to switch to distilled water for watering and making organic tea ( I really need to invest in an RO filtration system).
Is it possible that the high pH of the rainwater caused nutrient lockout? Can they bounce back from this? Should I try adding bokashi bran to my tea? How often should they be getting fed? The bloom booster I was using had a ration of 15-35-11. I am switching to an organic heirloom tomato food containing biozome with a ratio of 2-5-3 thinking the other one was too high in nutrients.