I'm still trying to figure out why they are showing such a difference acress the board. 4 are pretty sticky but are showing signs of struggle, while the other 3 are quite a bit behind, wilting, feel dry and stiff at the leaves, and yellowing. I am starting to think that having bad water at the house might be my villian. About a month ago I purchase 10 gallons of RO filtered spring water and had thought I seen a quick turn around with them perking and greening up. So, I am beginning to think that our poor water quality at the house is my culprit. Any thoughts?
From the picture your plants look great! I have never been a fan of r/o systems because they over purify the water. I have installed a lot of water purification systems over the years and the way it was explained to me was that an r/o system completely strips the water of all micronutrients so when you drink it, it will actually pull nutrients from your body to stabilize the water. If that is true then I would imagine it would do the same thing to your plants. Could it be possible that you might have root issues from the soil not drying out enough? That seems to be the biggest issue I have over the years. I really doubt that water quality is your issue because if you see the water I pull out of my pond to use it can be pretty ugly in the summer time and I don't have any issues. What your are describing (imo) sounds more like an over watering issue. Even with coco loco I have to back off my watering sometimes. Hope this helps!
To be honest and fess up I thought I would give Fox Farms "Strawberry Fields" blend as it read to be best for veggies and flowers. Surely a rookie mistake going all in on that one. I should have split it up with different soil blends for a more broad experience.
Ok thanks. I don't think that it is over watering. I have them in 3 gal felt pots and in a drainage table so that all the access water can drain out and be measured. Each plant got a gallon of water this moring and the overage was only about 3/4 of a gallon. So they were dry enough to soak of more than 80 percent of the water. The plants that are farther along seem to be starting to yellow out a bit. is that natural as they mature out?
Personally I suggest water or coco coir but I am a hydro guy. I dont often grow in soil but when I do I prefer Happy Frog for seedlings and transplant to Ocean Forest in Veg. Its pretty common on here with soil growers.
I think the Fox Farm Strawberry Fields experiment was a bust with very mixed results. Just in case anyone wants to know lol. I'll have to look into the coco coir. I heard good things about hydro growing. I'll have to read up on that and see how that fits my growing situation. Thanks CPW