I started 2 seeds at the very end of June, they were seedlings by July 1st, so I’ll call them 3 months / 12 weeks old now.
The seeds were obtained before I knew about seed banks etc. I was told they were “Jolly Rancher” variety, and that’s it. First I assumed they were autos, but now I know they can’t be.
As soon as they had 5-6 nodes, I did some pretty intense trimming / training. One plant got hacked down to the 3rd node and I began training it into a manifold type arrangement. Photo:
The other I only FIM-ed and then later started leaning it over, originally was going to get it to circle the pot, but since it’s so small I’m just going for a level top and leaving it “leaning” as is. (Note this has since been repotted like the other plant) Photo:
They’ve always been very tiny, almost bonsai-like, but from what I understand, post trimming the plants are supposed to recover & thrive. Mine not so much. The only trimming I’ve done in about 5/6 weeks has been removal of some of the smaller lower leaves to clean up the main stem and lower branches.
I started off using a more coco-based mix and feeding with “Humboldt’s Secret” nutrients. I decided after researching and reading threads by Hellraiser, to switch to super soil.
Currently in 4 gallon pots with FF Happy Frog w/ added perlite and living soil concentrate in the bottom 1/3rd of pot. pH balanced water only now.
Formerly in 1 gallon terra-cotta pots, using nutrients, added cal-mag when I realized the filtered water was causing pale leaves.
Lit by off-brand lights that say they’re 1200W but consume only 120W. I used a light meter app to calculate PPFD and DLI and have the light adjusted accordingly. 18:6 schedule but am thinking of shortening it…
Room is currently heated to 72 at night and 76/77 during the day. Humidity 45-58% naturally this time of year. Room was previously not heated and was 67/68 at night and 72 during the day. Added heat ~3 weeks ago assuming were stunted by the cold.
Fan gently blowing toward the “faces” of the plants from across the room 24/7, leaves just barely move. Second fan that blows at light level 2x a day for a couple hours (auto shutoff).
I follow Hellraisers watering guidelines and they’re not overwatered. I only water every 4+ days until runoff just begins, then I suck the extra water out of the saucer with a turkey baster.
I’m sorry to be an impatient newbie asking “what’s wrong with my plants?”
I had to get over my own ego and realize it’s 100% me, and all the research, reading, and Googling I’ve done thus far hasn’t eliminated my blind spots. Enlighten me, please.