Hello again ILGM,
So I am in the process of starting my 2nd grow currently switching up quite a bit from my 1st grow. To begin with, I opted for coco coir this time around after so many incredible growers i’ve been watching. Drawing inspiration from a specific grow that i’ve been watching I opted to give dry amendments a shot this go round as well. So I bought a couple Plantonix coco bricks and broke down 1 of them for my 3 gallon pot. In addition to this I added about 1/2 cup Dr. Earth grow/bloom dry amendments directly into the coco with probably 10% MG perlite added to the medium as well. Taking this into consideration i’ve lost two seeds in this soil already, one essentially popped a taproot and not much else, the other broke the surface of the soil but the root structure/taproot growth of the sprout just seemed frozen after over a week after popping the surface of the medium. After some time I noticed by pushing on the top of the medium near the sprout that it really did not seem to be building any solid root structure to speak of. Stumped and quickly growing to hate the germination stage at this point I began to think something had to be wrong here. I was hitting the sprout daily with tap water with a pH around 6.8. Eventually after thinking through the process I realized some cases where growers would flush the coco thoroughly prior to the grow due to excessive salts from the manufacturer with some brands of coco. This got me thinking so I ended up taking a PPM reading with my EC pen of the runoff from this pot with the seemingly frozen in time seedling that refuses to grow and low and behold the runoff was over 1800 ppm. So I ended up pulling another possibly destroyed seed out of the medium and flushed the crap out of it until I got a runoff around 300 ppm. I really don’t think I washed all of the dry amendments out with the flush but I know it changed the composition of the medium to some degree so i’ll probably need to top dress sooner possibly due to this. Moving forward i’m just waiting to see if this seedling that just barely popped it’s taproot that I dug up is going to be a loss or if it will persevere.