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Some causes of slow plant growth

Discussion in 'General Marijuana Growing' started by mogie, Jul 2, 2007.


    mogie Well-Known Member

    Soil moisture that is not absorbed rapidly turns stagnant; the plant quickly uses up any oxygen within the water, then is unable to respire further, resulting in moisture low in o2. Pythium thrives in low-oxygen (anaerobic) conditions.

    In short, overwatering will slowly suffocate your roots, preventing sufficient oxygen uptake by the roots, and ultimately causing root rot.

    Soil with high bark content
    This can cause a “bonsai” effect. The roots will not be able to grow through the bark, preferring to grow around the chunks of bark. This slows down root growth and most obviously plant growth. Ive encounter this recently; once transplanted into proper soil, they have shown remarkable recovery.

    [Editor's note: bark is quite acidic, may may afect soil water pH]

    Light deprivation
    Although your plant may be receiving light, particular strains may require higher light levels than others. A recommended light level for full bud development is 50 watts/m2. Full sunlight is 100,000 lumens max.

    Low nutrient strength
    The plant is unable to acquire the necessary amounts of nutrients to sustain high growth rates. Large and mature plants can take higher nutrient strengths.

    Nutrient strength is also related to the light intensity; plants under fluorescent lights usually require a lower nutrient concentration than under HIDs.

    Nutrient lockup
    Adding too much of a nutrient (ex. Magnesium) can “lockup” one or more nutrients, rendering them chemically unavailable to the plant. Nutrient lockup can occur at extreme pH ranges (ie. under 5.0, over 7.0).

    by Ranger2000:

    Light spectrum
    Light that does not contain enough red spectrum (too much blue)
    Light spectrum can have a dramatic effect on plant growth, with different ligh frequencies affecting different photosynthetic processes within the leaf. Selecting a blue spectrum in a vegetative growth phase is preferred, with red spectrum in flowering.

    pH is too high or too low (ie. acidic soil. The plants come out as mutants).
    Plants are unable to absorb nutrients, or in adequate quantities within certain pH ranges. Optimum pH varies with each medium. Hydroponics and aeroponics: 5.6-5.8. Soilless: 6.0-6.3 Soil: 6.5-7.0.

    Many soilless mixtures can be fairly acidic, due to their high % bark content.

    Low temperatures
    Plant metabolism will decrease at low temperatures. Chemical reactions within the plant will take longer. Optimum plant growth often requires close temperature regulation; daytime temperatures between 25C and 30C are preferred. Differences in daytime and nighttime temps should not be dramatic, as this difference may shock the plant.

    by 10K:

    Low soil / medium temp
    Evaporation from a medium (i.e. peat pots) tends to chill the medium quite a bit due to the evaporative cooling effect. As the peat pot warms, it draws moisture outward, the evap effect cools the peat (like sweating). New growers often make the mistake of adding excessive amounts of water, resulting in cold soil, poor root formation and slowed growth
    docd187, sb101, desertrat and 2 others like this.

    Butthead08 Well-Known Member

    very good stuff thanks

    VirginHarvester Well-Known Member

    On soil acidity, on ph testing with the aquarium "dye" kits, a higher ph like 7.0 is acidic and lower number like 5.5 is alkaline, right? Or do I have that backwards.

    If I'm using a mix that's a little high in bark I can add some dolomite lime to the water once in a while to balance that out, right?


    pacman123 Well-Known Member

    No, the lower (6.9 and below) numbers are acidic and the higher (7.1 and above) are more basic. 7.0 is nuetral.

    desertrat Well-Known Member

    great post. maybe a stickie? + rep to you

    CMcNugget Active Member

    doesnt get enough o2? oxygen is a waste product for plants, do you people know how a plant works?

    sb101 Well-Known Member

    roots need oxygen

    coomsual Active Member

    i believe it is YOU who doesnt know how a plant operates....

    plants also take in oxygen ALL the time even when photosynthesizing, at night it takes in more o2 than it gives off while respiring, and thats besides the roots

    123eddie2 Active Member

    thanks for your info :D

    docd187 Well-Known Member

    great post. very informative +rep for you

    ThatOne1977 Member

    I have a plant flowering that is not doing to good . The growth has stunted . What can I do to get it back on track . I just recently done a flush and I notice no difference . Thanks

    Ringsixty Well-Known Member

    how long into flowering?????
    post a picture.:leaf:

    hmmmmm..... Member

    you read my mind, i was just going to post a stunted growth thread, outragous. i have some bonsai looking ladies, in 6 litre air pots, not looking so good considering the time of the grow, though my excuse is cold temperatures. is there any advice on a natural smoothie that can be made to create a growth spirt??
    also does the 2 litre bottle sugar and yeast work?

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