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Common Cannabis Seedling Problems

Growing cannabis plants isn’t easy as everyone conceives it would be. It can be a challenging experience especially for those first-time growers who don’t have any concrete information regarding growing cannabis plants. Though it could be frustrating sometimes, it is important to seek help readily when you’ve encountered problems relating to growing cannabis plants.

One of the most basic problems that most users get cringe about is growing seedlings. These babies should be catered sensitively and treated with utmost care as needed. Thus, this is a critical stage for your cannabis plants that should be taken concern with.

How to Tell that Seedlings are Healthy

There are few plant’s characteristics that you should look upon to ensure that the plant that you have is in good and well-established health condition. Most likely, a healthy seedling begins with two small rounded leaves named as cotyledons which will grow as time passes by and form leaves.
Usually, seedlings should have green leaves with great stability to ensure that it will grow as needed. At first, you’ll not recognize the cannabis likeness upon the first few days with the cultivation of your cannabis plants. But nonetheless, later on, you will eventually get a look into this feature upon further scrutinizing it.

Common Cannabis Seedling Problems

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Overwatering Seeds

When your soil medium often moist and leaves easily get withered, then your plants could be experiencing problems with too much water content. Nevertheless, this phenomenon should be prevented to occur because plants need oxygen for it to grow as needed. Most often, overwatering results in oxygen deprivation for which growers do not want their plants to experience.
Likewise, as small as they are, seedlings should not be watered too often. Similarly to a child, this consumes only small amounts of nutrients and water for it to grow. One should only water their plants when the soil is already dried or the water has been already used up by it.
Nonetheless, upon detection of this symptom, then immediately regulate the watering cycle that you have been employing into your plants. Make sure to observe and take note of the physical changes that your plant will show during this process.

Large Enough Container for the Seedling

Facts have shown that seedlings that were grown into bigger pots most likely experiences stunting to its growth. Likewise, too big containers make seedlings harder to absorb water and nutrients to its roots. Thus, it is important to keep things slow and grow your seedlings first into a smaller pot as needed.
If you don’t have any choice, then make sure that you’ve streamlined a large circle around the roots of the plant. You should water it in such a way that it will pour all over the circle being formed on.
Nonetheless, it is important to prevent water from running off into other parts of the system as needed.

All Seedlings Suddenly Die

When you’ve given everything from nutrients, water, to light, there is one immediate reason why your plants suddenly die out. It could be that your seedlings have been infested by an unknown fungal disease. While you can’t do anything about this, you could prevent the occurrence of another attack by making sure that moisture isn’t accumulated into the soil. Excess nutrients or moisture is usually causing this unusual situation.

Improper Lighting

Another problem that could occur is to lights. While most cannabis growers thought that all cannabis plants at any phase need the same amount of light, well, my friend it’s not really true. Nevertheless, as sensitive as these seedlings are, it is essential to not expose your plants to a great amount of lighting. Thus, increasing levels minimally of light exposure is often recommended for the cannabis growers. Though there is no recommended number of hours, most cannabis growers start at 4-6 hours to seedlings.
If you’re experiencing problems with leaves turning to yellow, then it could be a result of overexposing your seedlings to an extreme degree of light.

Nutrient Problems

Most often, growers mistakenly pour over more nutrients as the seedling requires. Nonetheless, it is important to ensure that your seedlings will receive enough nutrients as it needs for it to cope up during its growing phase. Nutrient toxicity is often take noted with tip burn and dark green leaves. Though symptoms could vary depending on what specific nutrient is deficient or in excess, it is important to address this immediately by employing some methods or addition.
For nutrient deficiency, supplying fertilizers or composts is most recommended to add the deficient nutrient to the plant. If you are sure on what particular component does your plant lacks on, then make sure to employ fertilizer specific products. There are a lot of available products in the botanical and agricultural stores.
As for nutrient excess, most growers do the flushing. While this could be a risk to a seedling, this has been proven to be helpful to mediate the symptoms of nutrient excess.

Extreme Temperature

While some users neglect into this, the temperature has been often a problem in growing seedlings. Likewise, the temperature should be maintained at room temperature without exposing your seedlings to any form of heat or cold. As known, seedlings are easily stressed over changes in the surroundings. Thus, it is important to prevent this thing from happening.
Symptoms inducing heat stress include yellowing, wilting, and drooping of leaves. This sometimes could be associated with under watering so better check on the situation of the soil under your cannabis plants. Also, it is important to notice the edges within the leaves of your plants. It could somehow denote curling and its veins of the leaves could redden a bit.
Generally, this phase is a very critical phase. Likewise, it is important to read and research on a lot to start on the cultivation of your cannabis plants. This could be a bit hard, but still doable if you work hard and plan things accordingly. Happy planting!

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