Posted by greengobblin | Jan 13, 2021 | Grower Questions | 8 |
Looks like root rot starting from a lack of drainage. Do the containers have any holes on the bottom?
I see what you did there 🙂
Do any of those buckets have drainage in the bottom? Are the roots drowning or rotting? How frequently do you water?
alot of those repurpose buckets have these lips underneath them that kind of acts like a suction , especially if there are no holes and water gets under from splash, no air flow, pop those plants up on a wire shelf and take their advice! you will be successful
When pots of that size are dry they should almost have NO WEIGHT… like dry earth dust. A good tip, don’t water until one wilts, then lift the pot. THAT is your wilt weight, so just before it hits this weight water to a bit of runnoff. But you need holes, you need wire racks, air flow. Fabric pots never let me down. And they are cheap!
All solid comments, my input is the same as others, been there done that. My only other advice as well as drainage holes is your medium, what are you growing in there. If coco or a coco perlite mix, make sure you have enough perlite in there as well. Roots need oxegen so no drainage wholes along with dense compressed soil, only compounds the issue. You may get the pots to dry out, but even if ran dry, when you re-water, it may not take much to suffocate those roots in a medium without good aeration. Add some number 2 or 3 grade perlite to your next mix (20-25%) this will help create air pockets which will keep those roots more happy. Also water the plant not the pot. For example, small plant larger container could result in small rootmass sitting in a lot of medium, what this does is the plant does not have roots out to the walls and bottom of container and no need for the plant to send shoots in search of water if the center is really wet. Water in a ring at the perimeter of the pot and go light, make the roots search for that water supply and pack the pot out. You can always add water but you can’t easily remove it so a soaked pot will rely on evaporation to dry out as the smaller plant can only drink so much and transpire.
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