I was killing my plant


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Fixing some deficiencies

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Over the last week or so I have been noticing some of the leaves in my larger plant changing colors. At first I thought it was some nutrient deficiencies, but I noticed that my soil wasn't drinking up the water like it used to. That is when I realized that the container was too small for my plant.

I had originally been planting my cannabis in a 5 gallon grow pot, but after I was harvesting them, I thought that I was wasting so much soil, so I began to look at how I could not use so much soil in my pots. So I found something saying that your plants should get about 1 gallon of soil per month that they are in the pots. Well with my autoflowers, they go from seed to harvest in about 3 months or so, so I figured that a 3 gallon pot should be fine.


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Well, I think that was a pretty big mistake that I hope doesn't cost me this plant. Cannabis grows extremely fast, especially autoflowers. It seems that my plant had pretty quickly grown and its roots filled up the whole 3 gallon pot and it was slowly beginning to die.


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Luckily I had a 5 gallon pot that I had some flowers growing in, so I dumped the flowers out and transplanted the cannabis plant into it. Transplanting autoflowers is something that is risky, especially when it is a couple weeks into flower stage.

I ordered some more 5 gallon grow bags and I will be transplanting each of my plants into them once they come in. The photo period Big Mac's I will wait a bit longer before doing it, but the rest of my autos will be moved within the next couple days. I just hope that it isn't too late for them.


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@jonyoudyer sent me this a while ago and I have been using it to monitor the health of my leaves, but I hadn't thought of my plant being root bound until recently. Hopefully it isn't too late because this bubblegum was doing awesome.



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murdererer

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Yah right, Murderer!...that was exactly what I was thinking lol Talk to your plants, tell them to get healthy, encourage them to grow and thrive. Plants love attention and maybe some love with words helps 😉

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I talk to my plants all the time. She told me her roots were cramped and that she needed a bigger place to live and if I didn't get her one, she wouldn't make anything to smoke.

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In your face lol. Well in that case you better figure out how to please your little diva, some suggestions 💐 🍰 🎁 💍 just to name a few 😅

I wish your plants well, they will make it 😉

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I didn't know you grew them!
Glad to know!

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I started growing about six months ago. It has been a lot of fun so far.

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I follow this guy, and he started planting one. Yours is definitely healthy.
Oh, and he killed the first one!

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One time I had the idea of doing a Seo of green grow, which is basically having plants in small pots, and letting them grow un topped. Well it did not turn out the way I wanted, and had to transplant. Since they where in fabric pots, i just threw them into bigger pots as is, and it worked out great, with zero shock.

I think transplanting any flowering plant is risky, but it could be a good move. One reason why autos are no good to transplant, is because usually you will have to transplant while there still in that small window of veg, and if they get shocked during that period, they will not grow to there full potential.

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Wow! Incredibly detailed post! I can’t wait to start our indoor grow so I can share my experiences with you guys!

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beautiful plants, they are really beautiful roses and sunflowers. i would KILL anyone who harms those beautiful sunflowers and roses, i love them.

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I had a similar problem on one grow with Northern Lights auto from Zamnesia. I found a neat way after to deal with small containers and root bunging by creating oxygen traps on my next grow. Basically before planting I took a few plastic drinks bottles (500ml) and cut them in half, I then pressed the two bottom cut halves together and taped them creating a shortened sealed pod. After this I poked holed about a centimetre and a half all around the capsules bottom so water wouldn't leak in. When I sowed my next autos I placed these pods in the dirt towards the middle of the pot and covered them. The logic was as the plant grew and the roots reached downwards they would find these oxygen rich traps. Root rot or root bind causes a number of issues, but the end game is the roots suffocate, stop taking up nutrients, die, rot, bye bye plant.

If your sneaky growing you may have height in a cupboard or closet but not width to put big pots so this was the work around I used as it was my dilemma at the time. The grow was huge, and when I harvested and checked the roots they had really wrapped around the little air traps to a crazy extent. Looked sorta sci fi. The end result was a massive yield off of my two autos (blueberry and cbd auto 20/1) that was my best yield ever at that time. Any grows after that I incorporated that trick in after have had brilliant results.

The only other ways to ensure they are getting proper nutrient uptake with bound roots due to small pots is using hydrogen peroxide in your watering solution but it does kill healthy microbes in the soil which brings its own issues. Or transplant your girls which is always nerve racking if they are autos. Sorry for the lengthy reply btw. Figured I'd share a little trick I picked up back when I used to frequently grow. It's still illegal here in the UK so all my grows used to have to be really low key back when I did. I did a lot of small hidden planting with a lot of auto growing basically. Hope your girls transplanted well and the yield is good. Best of luck. :)

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Oh man! That sucks! I think you caught it soon enough though. I bet your plant will still do well. Maybe not ideal but at least its not all lost.

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Yeah, I'm new to growing and I went through a similar experience. The last two plants I harvested(my first attempts) I had in 3 gals. I decided that they were too small.

This year a coworker asked me if I knew anyone who wanted 6 plants. I decided I'd take them and give a few away(I ended up keeping them all). When I told him I had bought some 5 gal bags his eyes went wide and he said that was too large. He's extremely experienced when it comes to growing cannabis, so I took his word for it.

Just last week I said to hell with your experience and transplanted them into the 5s. They're looking happier now. My friend gifted me a tent and some LEDs and it's my first real go at it.. the last two were just in my living room window(and actually did surprisingly well there). Excited to see how they turn out!

Side note; I remember your name from when I was active on Steemit in 2018. I think we were cyber-friends back then. Not sure if you remember me as well but I couldn't be less offended if you don't- for real haha. Your name just sparked that memory in my brain and I had to point it out haha

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