Need advice after transplanting seeds to Hydroponics

Born and raised in MN myself. Go Vikes!

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What up @Ironjoe?

I live in Texas myself. I can almost manage with no AC during the winters and just occasionally have to break out the heater. Winter growing in Texas is not to bad you just have to watch humidity drops. Be sure to get that AC before about April though, otherwise youll be up that one creek without a paddle

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Vikes are doing pretty good this year

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I wish ac was my issue this time of the year,watching the lakes freeze

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@Bogleg, So before work this morning I pulled our the clay pebbles and made sure the roots were deep in the basket so as to absorbe water. They did seem kind of shallow. what I’m worried about is how they’re starting to shrink and droop. I feel like they’re slowly dying I’m about to re-soil them.

Anymore tips keep them coming.

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try covering them for a few days with a clear cup to make a humidity dome. I wonder how many of us Texas growers there are here?

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That looks a lot like my SSH did. Can you verify the roots are actually getting wet?

I thought mine were, but I was wrong. I discovered this by also removing all the clay pebbles so I could look. I ended up lowering my plant further in the net pot so the roots got water and that worked. But the simplest solution is to top feed that plant until it has roots long enough to be in the water. My guess is it is drying up. Check out my journal if you like:

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@Bogleg Yea my two transplants look exactly like yours did. I did make sure the roots were at the bottom of the basket where the water was coming in. I have a Humidifier right in the tent. I’ll dump the water and refill the Nutrients again.

Can you see the roots through the bottom of the net pot? Are they wet?

Yea they’re wet but not going through the net just laying at the bottom of it.

Is the bottom of the medium the plant is in wet too?

Basically are you confident they are not drying out?

@Donaldj or @kabongster can you take a look?

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hiya @Bogleg @Ironjoe …a question about the roots, were the two plants in that soil/seed starter mix to start and you washed it off before transplanting?

if the roots were disturbed too much or even damaged a little when you looked or during the transplant, they could be stressed needing a few days to recover more

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@kabongster yes they were in some starter soil, and i had to rinse off the roots because the root system was pretty thick with soil really embedded them. I’m hoping that’s all they need is more time but they’re turning yellow now.
@Bogleg I did take pebbles out and replanted the roots deeper and made sure water is running over the roots.

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Just want to clarify do you mean roots are submerged or that water is misting them in netpots? your res looks pretty full by my standards which would 1"-1 1/2" form bottom of net pot.
Transplant shock is quite normal

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@Donaldj lifted the basket and I can see some roots at the bottom. They are pretty thin like Angel hair pasta but appear to be submerged when basket lid is closed.

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the net pot should be above nutrient level 1" or more
and to me looks like they are just working their way to nutrients this usually results in a plant using stored energy to divert to root growth much of the yellowing is the result of being hungry if your ph was out for any duration then they do tend to get hungry too. As for the leaf droop during dark cycle many of my plants do that and perk right up within a few minutes of lights being on :wink: it doesn’t mean they are ill

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@Donaldj Okay thanks man. I have lots to learn. I’m going to reposition the plants in the buckets.

I ended up using a Root enhancer and the plant is coming back to life.

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Your nutrient level still looks far too high even if you used a root enhancer it won’t prevent the biggest reason we keep nutrient level 1" below netpot.
You also use hydroton Clay balls to keep light out of res and dry layer to prevent algae and trunk rot same reason nutrient level is kept lower. Trunk rot isn’t always obvious when plants are young and in veg but if it gets a chance it infects trunk rotting it from inside out cutting off nutrient and weakening trunk. Since plants grow and recover from damage fast during veg it can hide until flower when plant stops using energy to repair and starts to focus on budding resulting in toppling plant multiple deficiencies severely diminished yields if they make it to harvest.
This is why nutrient level is kept below pot and dry layer is important

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