Slow grow on plant

A question from a fellow grower:

Seems my plant is slow growing , I don’t know what I am doing wrong. this is her
(37 days old)

Strain (type, bag seed): AK auto
Soil in pots, hydroponic, or coco?: coco soil
PH of runoff or solution in reservoir?: na
What is strength of nutrient mix? EC, or TDS: plant food 1-15-1 ?
Indoor or outdoor: indoor
Light system, size?: cfls 4 35 watt and one 40
Temps day, night: 77-81
Humidity day, night 27-35
Ventilation system (yes/no, size): no
AC, humidifier, de-humidifier?: humidifier
Co2 (yes/no): no

you have holes in your bucket right? how often are you watering and you need to know ph looks to me like you are using mostly coco so ph needs to be hydro levels 5.5-6.2 with 5.8 being optimum

At that size it is normal for growth to appear to have stopped. This is because the growth energy is being directed to build a stronger root system . When it gets its toe good and dug into the dirt it will take off again

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It’s interesting none of the leaves are going to groups of 5… Maybe that’s normal but I would have expected 5, then 7? I’m a rookie so I’m more curious than pointing out a problem.

You get them just give it a little time I think @Oldstoner is on point growth is just happening below soil right now not above

Thank you for all your comments :)! I am away till tomorrow night so I will take a couple pictures and post them . Hopefully there is a little progress.
I have been feeding her some nutrients, hopefully it’s working. I think I may need some more lights ?? Cfls I am using now, and lower them as well. Any help I will use :)!

Not enough light! She needs more light or better light. The CFLs are not doing it.

My two-cents. :slight_smile:

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You can stick those Cfls like 3" away from your plant and it will grow better. I started mine with Cfls.
This was taken Nov 4the.

And here they are Nov 23rd day before I got my leds.

An here they Dec 5th.
So it can be done with Cfls. Just need to maybe add a couple more bulbs (you want about 45 actual watts per plant with cfls. So like a 150 watt equivalent wattage bulb is 42 watts actual I believe.) and maybe even move your lights closer and then give it a couple of days to do its thing.


Yes, Zero420 makes an excellent point. Try moving the lights closer, about 2-4" away from the plant - don’t burn it! Also add another light, better yet, get an LED. :sunglasses:


I’m a little curious about the nutrient ratio.

I know coco is different than soil, so you give nutrients sooner, but why is the P so much higher? Shouldn’t the N make up the highest percentage?

Just thought I would ask…

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