Seedlings overwater, steps to recovery?

Discussion in 'Marijuana Plant Problems' started by hughesbuddy, Oct 25, 2010.

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    hughesbuddy

    hughesbuddy Member

    so i biffed up overwatering my first grow. Running under 2' 8 bulb T5, organic soil mix in 3" jiffy pots. i'm quite certain this is all from overwatering but i'm wondering if i should be doing anything besides letting them dry out.. They about 2 1/2 weeks old, and less than a week ago they starting drooping and after a day or two i realized what happened. As you can see there are two plants which seem to be rusting as well as drooping heavily, but others aren't looking too bad, just a little sagging. Growth has seemed to come to a hault for the last 5-6 days, and i have only watered once in the last week. Is there anything i can do besides dry and wait? Also should i do anything with the heavily damaged leaves or just let the plant hopefully continue with new growth and just let it run its course? Thanks in advance.

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    daisydobey

    daisydobey Active Member

    stop watering as far as i know nothing else u can do, better overwater then underwater. only bad thing is for a plant this small to overwater that means roots where not being formed so that stalled root formation, probably why they are still so small.. i underwatered 3 sprouts and they dried up and died

    why are the leaves burned like that? did you overfeed nutes? or lights to close/too much heat?
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    stumps

    stumps Well-Known Member

    No it's not beter to over water. you should have watered once at this point mybe twice. when you over water seedlings they tend to rot from the root up. let them dry out and see if they recover.
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    hughesbuddy

    hughesbuddy Member

    it almost does look like certain types of nute burn/deficiency, but i haven't used any, and only minimal were in the soil mix. From what i read after the fact, once overwatered the roots cant absorb the nutrients they need from the soil, which is why i was wondering if starting some type of nutrient treatment would help in recovery, but i guess i'll just wait and hope the roots aren't rotted.. Will things just continue to get worse if they're shot?
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    stumps

    stumps Well-Known Member

    some will tell you nuted soil is ok for seedlings. I'm not one of them. I use a no nute seedling soil. I start adding nutes with a very light mix at about week two. If you have a nuted soil the extra moisture most likely kept the nutes working and caused a bit of burn. MJ is a great plant you can screw it up and it keeps on going. I've had some ugly plants produce some great weed.
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    plaguedog

    plaguedog Active Member

    The leaves look burned because the root syste is drowning and unable to transport nutrients. Classic over watering.
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    hughesbuddy

    hughesbuddy Member

    so i checked on them today and the leaves on a couple of the better looking ones were flat to the floor limp. not sure if they're gonna make it now..
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    stumps

    stumps Well-Known Member

    Is the whole thing limp?
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    hughesbuddy

    hughesbuddy Member

    stem's still standing tall but all the leaves were limp on 2 of them that weren't that bad.. and the 2 really bad ones are still at the same level i'd say..
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    kingofqueen

    kingofqueen Well-Known Member

    You could set a heat pad under them to speed up drying and it raises soil temp . As long as your not having any heat issues.I run a heat pad under my clones till i put em 1 gallon containers.
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    stumps

    stumps Well-Known Member

    Also might try getting some air into the soil. use like a ice pic or a poker and punch a bunch of holes in the soil. be sure to stay away from the roots. don't know what else to tell ya. you might have fried them.
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    hughesbuddy

    hughesbuddy Member

    ok, so i've been really confused.. So things all went to hell with what i thought was overwatering and underwatering and all sorts of fail. Well a little before all this, one of my seeds germ'd twins, so i transplanted one into a regular party cup since i was out of jiffy pots. After all the plants starts going downhill, the one i transplanted just exploded in size and was doing great. I pondered for a while and i transplanted 2 other plants that were looking like death from the jiffy pots into party cups and a few days later they sprang back to life and started growing again. It seems the only thing that was killing them was the fact they were planted in jiffy pots... Same watering schedule, same soil, same light, same everything, just different pot... Any thoughts on this??? Since then other plants transplanted to cups have been doing good..
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    stumps

    stumps Well-Known Member

    ez to keep to much water in the jiffy pots.

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