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FerretWrangler

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Ph problems are KILLER. Soil wetness is 5.5 out of 10. She'll be dry enough for me to help her out soon.

On the bright side she looks tidy after her trim, and as long as her shoots don't die they may actually get some good light.
Ph is around 7.4
 
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FerretWrangler

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Don't worry @FerretWrangler She's still alive and kicking and as soon as you get a handle on the ph issue next watering she'll come good :)
It's driving me bonkers, as you can probably tell :weary_face: but I have faith in her. I broke up the top layer of soil and added alot more vermiculite today and after a couple hours the wetness meter had went down. I should've gotten perlite long ago.
 

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Hello @FerretWrangler I think it's getting to the point where you have little choice but to repot her into fresh compost with 25% perlite and 15% vermiculite and if possible add mycorrhizae in the new planting hole.
Without some drastic actions your ph will continue to swing and you will be constantly chasing it which will hit your yield hard:sun:
 
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FerretWrangler

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I really can't afford the perlite for the foreseeable future, I'm gonna try to balance Ph and measure runoff and I will update. I probably shouldn't give her any feed huh? I'm not sure I could get her out of the bucket without hurting her.
 

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I really can't afford the perlite for the foreseeable future
They sell it at $ stores here, you may be able to get it for less than you think ;)
I probably shouldn't give her any feed huh?
Agreed. I wouldn't add anything, this will only compound the issues you're experiencing.
I'm not sure I could get her out of the bucket without hurting her.
She's hurting, moving her to a more hospitable medium might be the kinder option :)
 

FerretWrangler

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They sell it at $ stores here, you may be able to get it for less than you think ;)

Agreed. I wouldn't add anything, this will only compound the issues you're experiencing.

She's hurting, moving her to a more hospitable medium might be the kinder option :)
I will call the store tomorrow, I've been flushing, had to stop and eat but I'm gonna continue after I'm done. Runoff is 5.1 now. How do I get her out without hurting roots?
 

FerretWrangler

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I did some reading and lots of people say peat moss is acidic, and becomes even more so the longer it's wet, and that vermiculite retains unwanted salt. I think imma let her dry some and top dress with a few tablespoons of lime.
 

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Good luck with the liming @FerretWrangler hopefully she'll turn around :)
No easy way to repot but it's best done when the soil is dry so the heavy wet soil doesn't tear the roots.
The pain will be worth it to put her in new soil with plenty of perlite, go with 30% perlite 70% compost ;)
It's always a good idea to add dolomite lime to a peat based mix to assist in maintaining a good soil ph:idea:
Keep us posted :sun:
 

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Good luck with the liming @FerretWrangler hopefully she'll turn around :)
No easy way to repot but it's best done when the soil is dry so the heavy wet soil doesn't tear the roots.
The pain will be worth it to put her in new soil with plenty of perlite, go with 30% perlite 70% compost ;)
It's always a good idea to add dolomite lime to a peat based mix to assist in maintaining a good soil ph:idea:
Keep us posted :sun:
I will, we were gonna go get perlite but I just woke up to a bunch of other crap going on and my gf already a bottle of wine deep, so it may be a few days at the least before I can try to get perlite and a repot done.
 
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