I transplanted 3 days ago into 5 gallon fabric pots here
I am already starting to see some droop in the leaves. I am also concerned that I may have soil compaction. Some of the pots seem pretty hard on the bottom. Whats the best way to tell and what can I do about it if anything now.
Soil level is where it was 3 days ago when I transplanted. I just think I may have shook the bag a bit much when adding soil. I saw a thing where they said dont do that of course that was today. I also think my perlite might be a bit small. It’s the lowes brand
Compacted soil is typically really high in clay or fine powdery sediment. If you have just transplanted I would remove the plant from the new material carefully and replace it. Depending in the soil youbare using you could cut it with 30 to 50 percent promix hp or simply add perlite. The downside of perlite alone is it tends to surface after awhile and you need lots of it, like 30 percent by volume. Your plant will grow WAY better with higher porosity mix.
I am in Ocean forest with what I had originally wrote down as 8quarts to a bag of soil. However going back today and looking at my inventory I see that I used 10-12 quarts per bag of ocean forest.
I went back and felt the pots and the hardness on the bottom wasn’t that hard after a few light squeezes.
I see you mention porosity I have been watching several videos this evening regarding soil porosity is mentioned often in connection with various mediums. So many soil choices. I just watched a video about subcools super soil which was extremely interesting. My wife just reminded I have been in the grow room/my new office for 14 hours. lol
Super soils are excellent providing you have enough light to utilize the nutrients. I tend to use moderate light levels so I normally cut super soils with promix. I never have burn and I can run my led at around 150 watts during veg.