What to do with plants

Rio_GrandeJuly 1, 2013

I have some 6 day lettuce that I started inside using rock wool and water in a cake pan. They are up. Should I be feeding them or do I just keep giving them water for the next 8 days till they are supposed to go in the system?

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sdgrower

I would start feeding lightly once the leaves emerge.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 11:48PM
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Rio_Grande

Sounds good, nothing leaf wise just long spindly stems with a seed on the end. Probably an inch tall now.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 11:58PM
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grizzman

be careful not to over water them. rockwool holds a lot of moisture.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 7:08AM
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Southpac-hydro

+1 on not overwatering with RW. i tend to not add nutes early on, let the plant struggle a bit and throw off as many roots as possible. they'll transplant better.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 6:41AM
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Rio_Grande

These are dang near 2 inches long now. Very leggy. Maybe 3/4 inch across at the leaves.
Can't wait until we can transplant.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 3:49PM
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Rio_Grande

Do these look right for 12 days? Seem awfully leggy. It is lettuce. Think I can put them in a system at this size? I am just paranoid never done this before.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 3:12PM
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grizzman

Those look pretty terrible. I think you should throw them out and start over.
You container holding the rockwool should not have any standing water in it.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 3:46PM
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Rio_Grande

I have been watering them and pouring off the excess. Had just done that. It is almost like they sprouted and immediately began to bolt. I have never grown this type of lettuce before. I sprouted a bunch of them in a starter bed. If it is dry enough I will look tomorrow and see what the ones started in dirt look like.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 6:04PM
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Rio_Grande

How do I keep this from happening again?

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 6:09PM
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grizzman

To keep them from getting leggy, make sure they have more light. if indoors place a fluorescent bulb directly above them (1"-2")

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 7:13AM
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