Trichomes missing

Appreciate advice please.
This is Northern Lights fem auto. It looks like it’s missing trichomes and the edges of leaves turning dark and start curls upwards.
It’s in around third week of flowering.
Does anyone have similar conditions?
The lights are 200 watt cfl, water is good and pH ok.


I picked this pic because I believe its your problem. As always check your p H

Having to little of Potassium in your plants causes the plants leaves to show retarded growth and show a scorched tip and edges around the leaves. Plants may stretch and your branches can be easily broken or weak. Don’t get this deficiency confused with iron, because it almost acts like iron but to tell the difference in the two is: for potassium the tips of the leaves curl and the edges burn and die. Older leaves may show a red color and leaves could curl upwards. Dead patches (Necrosis) can happen on the margins of larger fan leaves thus, the leaves will eventually die off and turn brown. The Older leaves will show different patches of color (mottle) and turn yellow between the veins, following by whole leaves that turn dark yellow and die. The plants overall growth slows down, mostly when they are in vegetative stage. To little amount of potassium also slows the growth of buds during flowering stages. Dark edges will appear around the edges of the leaf when the deficiency is starting to happen. When your Relative humidity is low, you can almost bet your going to soon get a potassium deficiency from your plants perspiration.
Potassium can get poorly absorbed when having too much Calcium or ammonium nitrogen, and maybe cold weather. Having to much sodium (Na) causes potassium to be displaced. SO keep those in mind… Parts affected by a Potassium Deficiency are: older leaves and leaf margins.

When you have too much Potassium in your soil, it can lead to big troubles, like salt damage and acid fixation of the root system, as well as too much potassium can cause a calcium deficiency. Your fan leaves will show like a light to a dark yellow to whitish color in between the veins. Due to a molecular imbalance, potassium toxicity can cause a reduced uptake and lead to the deficiencies of Mg, and in some cases, Ca. Also leads to the other nutrients to not be absorbed properly leading to lots of other deficiency such as: magnesium, manganese, zinc and iron and can cause problems with calcium as well.

Problems with Potassium being locked out by PH troubles
Soils with excessive Leeching and High ph soils and or water.Soils that are potassium fixated. An excess of kitchen salts (sodium) in the root system/enviroment.


Potassium gets locked out of soil growing at ph levels of 4.0-5.5
Potassium is absorbed best in soil at a ph level of 6.0-9.5. (Wouldn’t recommend having a ph of over 7.0 in soil) anything out of the ranges listed will contribute to a Potassium deficiency.

Solution to fixing a Potassium deficiency
Any Chemical/Organic nutrients that have potassium in them will fix a potassium deficiency. Again Peters All Purpose plant food 20-20-20, will cure the potassium deficiency , Miracle grow Tomato plant food, Miracle grow All purpose plant food.( Only mixing at ½ strength when using chemical nutrients, or it will cause nutrient burn!) Some other supplements of potassium are: Wood ashes, which are fast absorption, Kelp Meal, which is medium absorption, Greensand, which is slow absorption, granite dust, which is slow absorption. Sulfate of Potash, Sulfate of Potash Magnesia, Muriate of Potash, which are medium absorption. FOXFARM GROW BIG HYDROPONIC CONCENTRATE, which is fast absorption. (FFGB can bring your ph down as well) Earth Juice Meta-K, which is fast acting. (Can bring down your ph as well) Leaves will never recover, but the plant will show recovery after about 4 to 5 days when using a fast acting nutrient.

Note: Wood Ashes, can make your ph go up a bit, so please monitor your ph when using it.
Now if you added to much chemical nutrients and or organics, (which is hard to burn your plants when using organics) you need to flush the soil with plain water. You need to use 2 times as much water as the size of the pot, for example: If you have a 5 gallon pot and need to flush it, you need to use 10 gallons of water to rinse out the soil good enough to get rid of excessive nutrients.

Hope this helps?


Thanks you very much, appreciate a lot :ok_hand:.
Any possibility of home remedies for this ( not close by to shops for getting chemicals).

Your plant can be root bound ? Root bound plants has cause more headaches , than any other part in growing ?

Root bound?

The bottom of the plant is still green, but the top pick little yellow colour, plus the brown marks on leaves. I just sprinkle some garden lime to improve pH level. The funny thing is that another plant using same soil, same lights, same pot size is perfect. No problem there.

1 Like

This is the plant, out of the bucket. You can see slightly different colours, top and bottom.

Disregard my last response , it’s not root bound , actually it looks very healthy . Maybe from the direct sunlight ?

Omg @garrigan62 did you just write that off the top your head? I like how that’s worded. Awesome thank you for more info.

@garrigan62 when correcting ph of my soil and flushing how soon can i feed again ? When i have to i have waited till 3rd watering then feed after flush.

1 Like

Ok, i just wait and see, after the lime, which i added to improve pH level. At the moment is a little to wet.
I have also moved away from light :bulb:. It’s auto, so possibly it won’t hurt just a delight for time being.
Or maybe use just one 100 Watt globe.

Fix my pH level, it’s seats on 6 at the moment ( added lime to the soil - increasing pH level).

But can’t see any trichomes yet on my Northern Lights.
Looks like much more of time.