There's no emergency, but for this grow I wanted to be more proactive. Plus, I had never flushed to runoff for a deficiency or toxicity issue before. I'm sure I should have, but I admit I was intimidated before.
Now, I realize I am not going to hurt these plants by flushing, stabilizing pH and recycleing nutrients, especially if I keep the 12-gal rez around (or under) 1.00 EC. The Grow Dots are good for around 16 weeks, but they are designed to finish out in layers of importance for the time period of the grow.
I took a short break to update the Grow Diary, but I'm currently passing goodies (Recherge, etc) through the coco with elevated pH (6.20) in my flush and my runoff is hovering in the 4.xx pH range, but rising.
Pulling out the excess fluids from the Valve compartment is more work than I would like with a turkey baster. So, I bought one of these today for about $19 to help siphon the fluids out, as I keep trying to raise the pH. To get same Same-Day delivery I added some household batteries to the order, so everything should be delivered this evening.
Am I thinking Properly?: I'm not sure if it is the right thing to do, but I am recycling those nutrients dissolved from the Grow Dots in the coco runoff. I'm taking (per batch) and raising pH to 6.20 and adding back into the 12-gallon reservoir. I want these Grow Dots to be the real deal (pun intended). Having said that, the "Challenge" goes out the window if they start fading too early because of all of this flushing. I'm not afraid to whip out the Jacks 3-2-1 at the end if I have to do so.
I'm starting to believe there is no such thing as a "Bone Idle" grow.
Even so, it is not "work" to me. It is a hobby that just involves some problem-solving.
My problem is being so new at growing cannabis that I don't have an established bone-idol technique.
And it could be that I have very "busy" grow diaries (lots of posts and pictures), where I describe every little detail that could make it seem like I am having more going on.
Other than the initial stunting (big deal) everything else seems like standard issues. Problems make for more interesting diary fodder than a "bone-idol" diary.
In the past, I would have just let the Magnesium leaf do its thing and then trim it off when it was finishing up. However, this time I had been logging really low pH numbers in the valve compartment. The first few times, I just raised the 12-gal rez's pH, figuring it would all even out. Everything I had read said that Coco should be around 5.8 pH. So, when I would get a low compartment number, I just inched up the pH in the 12-gallon rez. I was never going to go higher than 6.4.
So this time, when I saw the leaf starting to show signs of something going on, I researched and saw that my low pH could be the issue. Of course, the magical elixir called Cal-Mag was standing by to save the day. But, something told me there were plenty of nutrients in my pots.
Taking on the "flush" was fun for me. I read how people do it all the time for lockouts. That made it a fun challenge to join in on "grown-up" behavior.
What is bothering me is that I'm ready for flower and trichome photography. Right now, at this growth phase, the plants' aesthetics are what's bone idle. I liken this part of the grow to the awkward-teenage years.
Nonetheless, you never know, I could be paid to post problematic grow diaries to help everyone else here feel like championship growers. hehe!
Edited to Add: I said above that what I am experiecing is not that big of a deal. Well, if I don't see some flowers soon this diary is going to take a hard-left turn. I'm supposed to have these hanging to dry by Sep 29. There is very little chance of that happening if these flowers don't start showing soon.