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OfflineBlargIAmDead


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Falling Seedlings
    #51422 - 06/05/08 02:02 AM (8 years, 6 months ago)

So my problem is this. I have seedlings that range from 2 inches up to 5 inches in height. My problem is that some of the seedlings routinely fall over when I water them. The mixture I used to get them started is 2 parts Scotts topsoil, 1 part vermiculite, and 1 part perlite. It drains fabulously and my plants have taken off in their little Dixie cups. But sometimes when I water the perlite shifts and down they go. I prop them back up but is something seriously wrong?


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Re: Falling Seedlings [Re: BlargIAmDead]
    #51433 - 06/05/08 02:35 AM (8 years, 6 months ago)

I would compact the soil a little to help support the roots

see if that helps :smile:


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Re: Falling Seedlings (moved)
    #51500 - 06/05/08 06:26 AM (8 years, 6 months ago)

This thread was moved from Marijuana Cultivation.

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More appropriate for the Doctor\'s Diagnosis forum.


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Re: Falling Seedlings (moved) [Re: Sirius]
    #51528 - 06/05/08 09:40 AM (8 years, 6 months ago)

try to get a little airflow over them to stiffen up the stems.

make sure they're not falling due to soft squishy stems that could be a result from damping off or root rot.


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Re: Falling Seedlings (moved) [Re: Yrat]
    #51624 - 06/05/08 01:17 PM (8 years, 6 months ago)

Well they drain pretty much instantly so I don't think water is sitting around the roots. And when I touch the stems they seem firm and resilient. I mean even the ones that I have outside that have fallen over have started growing upwards again so they have some nifty curves. I'll try to compact the soil a little to give them a better hold. I'll be taking them from their soil homes in a little and putting them into 3x3x4 rockwool cubes with a two tote ebb and flow system when my supplies come in.

Anyone got any suggestions/tips about how to move plants from soil to rockwool? I believe I'll be getting the cubes that have the starter hole in the center. I may just put the roots into the small hole and then use the LECA to support the stems.


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Re: Falling Seedlings (moved) [Re: BlargIAmDead]
    #52063 - 06/05/08 11:57 PM (8 years, 5 months ago)

Seedlings will typically fall over because due to low light intensity and sometimes not enough air movement can play a rule.
It sounds like, for whatever reason, your root system is weak.
It's generally not recommended to go from soil to rockwool, it can cause ph fluctuations and clog up your pumps.


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