I Popped 8 seeds 2 weeks ago. Seeds are “Soul Mate” by Bodhi. 3 look funky, 2 are severely stunted, and 3 appear to be normal.
Thought it might be low humidity so I put a dome on for a couple days and that didn’t help so I checked pH yesterday and pH read 7.5 so I calibrated my pH pen, re-measured, and realized pH was really at 6.4… so I ph’d it down to 5.8.
I’m still not sure if pH of 6.4 would do this to seedlings though as I have three other seedlings that seem to be fine (shown in last photo).
This is the second pack of Soul Mate I’ve popped, and I’ve popped several other seed packs by Bodhi in the past several years, using the same methods/cloner… but this is the first time I’ve had problems with seedlings at this early of a stage. I also don’t remember ever starting out with high pH though. Any idea if it’s most certainly the pH being too high or is it definitely something else like russet mites?
(I had russet mites about 6 months ago and threw all plants away and took a break from growing since. Now I’m worried I may still have russet mites even though I don’t see anything under the microscope on these seedlings)
Medium is all perlite with a fabric wick inside the perlite cup that goes down into a nutrient reservoir below to wick up 200ppm nutrient water as the perlite dries. The perlite is definitely not too wet. It is NOT overwatering I am experiencing… I took one of the cups out of the reservoir so the perlite could dry out overnight and the seedling did not respond… so I highly doubt its a case of overwatering. Any ideas? Please help!