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Yellowing Leaves, Brown Tips? (photos)

Discussion in 'Marijuana Plant Problems' started by nomaninsf, Sep 20, 2010.


    nomaninsf Well-Known Member

    Some of my plants leaves are turning yellow with the tips turning brown. Does anybody know what this could be from?

    They were in 4x4 rockwool cubes in an ebb and flow flood tray receiving about 1100ppm nutes. I had lots of these plants receiving the same light, in the same tray, with the same nutes, and same flood time but only a portion of the plants started to yellow. The rest of the plants are healthy and lush green. My water is always at 5.8 when the plants are in cubes.

    I recently transplanted into coco. I'm going to foliar feed today with Thrive Alive B-1 (red) to see if that helps with the yellowing.

    Any help would be happily received.

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    thwack Member

    Key on Nutrient Disorders

    To use the Problem-Solver, simply start at #1 below. When you think you've found the problem, read the Nutrients section to learn more about it. Diagnose carefully before
    making major changes.

    1) a) If the problem affects only the bottom or middle of the plant go to #2.
    b) If it affects only the top of the plant or the growing tips, skip to #10. If the problem seems to affect the entire plant equally, skip to #6.

    2) a) Leaves are a uniform yellow or light green; leaves die & drop; growth is slow. Leaf margins are not curled-up noticeably. >> Nitrogen (N) deficiency.
    b) If not, go to #3.

    3) a) Margins of the leaves are turned up, and the tips may be twisted. Leaves are yellowing (and may turn brown), but the veins remain somewhat green. >> Magnesium (Mg) deficiency.
    b) If not, go to #4.

    4) a) Leaves are browning or yellowing. Yellow, brown, or necrotic (dead) patches, especially around the edges of the leaf, which may be curled. Plant may be too tall. >> Potassium (K) deficiency.
    b) If not, keep reading…

    5) a) Leaves are dark green or red/purple. Stems and petioles may have purple & red on them. Leaves may turn yellow or curl under. Leaf may drop easily. Growth may be slow and
    leaves may be small. >> Phosphorous (P) deficiency.
    b) If not, go to #6.

    6) a) Tips of leaves are yellow, brown, or dead. Plant otherwise looks healthy & green. Stems may be soft >> Over-fertilization (especially N), over-watering, damaged roots, or
    insufficient soil aeration (use more sand or perlite. Occasionally due to not enough N, P, or K.
    b) If not, go to #7.

    7) a) Leaves are curled under like a ram's horn, and are dark green, gray,
    brown, or gold. >> Over-fertilization (too much N).
    b) If not, go to #8…

    8) a) The plant is wilted, even though the soil is moist. >>Over-fertilization, soggy soil, damaged roots, disease; copper deficiency (very unlikely).
    b) If not, go to #9.

    9) a) Plants won't flower, even though they get 12 hours of darkness for over 2 weeks. >> The night period is not completely dark. Too much nitrogen. Too much pruning or cloning.
    b) If not, go to #10...

    10) a) Leaves are yellow or white, but the veins are mostly green. >> Iron (Fe) deficiency.
    b) If not, #11.

    11) a) Leaves are light green or yellow beginning at the base, while the leaf
    margins remain green. Necrotic spots may be between veins. Leaves are not twisted. >> Manganese (Mn) deficiency.
    b) If not, #12.

    12) a) Leaves are twisted. Otherwise, pretty much like #11. >> Zinc (Zn)
    b) If not, #13.

    13) a) Leaves twist, then turn brown or die. >> The lights are too close to the plant. Rarely, a Calcium (Ca) or Boron (B) deficiency.
    b) If not… You may just have a weak plant.

    Solutions to Nutrient Deficiencies

    The Nutrients: Nitrogen - Plants need lots of N during vegging, but it's easy to overdo it. Added too much? Flush the soil with plain water. Soluble nitrogen (especially nitrate) is the form that's the most quickly available to the roots, while insoluble N (like urea) first needs to be broken down by microbes in the soil before the roots can absorb it. Avoid excessive ammonium nitrogen, which can interfere with other nutrients. Too much N delays flowering. Plants should be allowed to become N-deficient late in flowering for best flavor.
    Magnesium - Mg-deficiency is pretty common since cannabis uses lots of it and many fertilizers don't have enough of it. Mg-deficiency is easily fixed with ¼ teaspoon/gallon of Epsom salts (first powdered and dissolved in some hot water) or foliar feed at ½ teaspoon/quart. When mixing up soil, use 2 teaspoon dolomite lime per gallon of soil for Mg. Mg can get locked-up by too much Ca, Cl or ammonium nitrogen. Don't overdo Mg or you'll lock up other nutrients.
    Potassium - Too much sodium (Na) displaces K, causing a K deficiency. Sources of high salinity are: baking soda (sodium bicarbonate "pH-up"), too much manure, and the use of water-softening filters (which should not be used). If the problem is Na, flush the soil. K can get locked up from too much Ca or ammonium nitrogen, and possibly cold weather.
    Phosphorous - Some deficiency during flowering is normal, but too much shouldn't be tolerated. Red petioles and stems are a normal, genetic characteristic for many varieties, plus it can also be a co-symptom of N, K, and Mg-deficiencies, so red stems are not a foolproof sign of P-deficiency. Too much P can lead to iron deficiency.
    Iron - Fe is unavailable to plants when the pH of the water or soil is too high. If deficient, lower the pH to about 6.5 (for rockwool, about 5.7), and check that you're not adding too much P, which can lock up Fe. Use iron that's chelated for maximum availability. Read your fertilizer's ingredients - chelated iron might read something like "iron EDTA". To much Fe without adding enough P can cause a P-deficiency.
    Manganese - Mn gets locked out when the pH is too high, and when there's too much iron. Use
    chelated Mn.

    Zinc - Also gets locked out due to high pH. Zn, Fe, and Mn deficiencies often occur together, and are usually from a high pH. Don't overdo the micro-nutrients- lower the pH if that's the problem so the
    nutrients become available. Foliar feed if the plant looks real bad. Use chelated zinc.

    I'm thinking possibly N issue. Also... http://www.rollitup.org/general-marijuana-growing/1469-marijuana-plant-problems-cures.html for reference material.

    Problem Solver and Solutions were taken from weedfarmer.com (http://www.weedfarmer.com/cannabis/nutrientdisorders_guide.php) . I take no credit, just hope it helps.
    Larzbarz8992 likes this.

    Prosperous Member

    this was a great post thwack. good stuff

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