Auto flowers not really growing at all

My plants are about a month old and not growing at all…

I posted 2 weeks ago here about what appeared to be watering problems. Help Please! First time auto and Im obviously doing something wrong - #3 by Familyman

I have followed the suggestions here; watering in a ring, waiting for the soil to get dry before watering etc.

The plants just arent growing at all now and are all starting to look unusual. Photos below. I have the light about 150cm from the top of them, it is a 1000w LED grow light. They are on a strict 16 on 8 off light cycle. When I do water them they get a diluted mix of my worm farm wee.

I have noticed some fungus gnats around from my other indoor plants so have mixed in some neem oil in the last watering and have the sticky traps to catch them.

I always thought autos were the easiest to grow…last season I planted a bag seed and barely did anything and it was a monster after 4 weeks…

Thank you all in advance for your help.

This was the problem child in my first post :frowning:

This guy was my most promising one but now starting to droop down a bit like the others her baby leaves also died off…

@dictionaryoption…fill out this support ticket. it will help you get better help faster. this way people wont be guessing so much. also i will be starting my gorilla glue autoflower grow soon…LOL i been saying that that for about 6 months now. anyway feel free to tag me and follow along


I didn’t realise you could log a support ticket! How great. Thank you :smiley:

not a problem friend…i’m surprised someone hadnt mentioned it sooner. alot of good people on here willing to help. they just need that basic info so they can give better advice. check out mine and you will see what i’m talking about

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sorry @primus how/where do I log the support case? can you share a link?

just copy and paste to your post

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COPY/PASTE the below list into your forum post.

Answer these simple questions the best you can.
If you do not know, or do not use something; Just say so; Or post
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  • What strain, Seed bank, or bag seed
  • Method: Soil w/salt, Organic soil, Hydroponics, Aquaponics, KNF
  • Vessels: Pots, Grow beds, Buckets, Troths
  • PH of Water, Solution, runoff (if Applicable)
  • PPM/TDS or EC of nutrient solution if applicable
  • Indoor or Outdoor
  • Light system
  • Temps; Day, Night
  • Humidity; Day, Night
  • Ventilation system; Yes, No, Size
  • AC, Humidifier, De-humidifier,
  • Co2; Yes, No

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sorry…guess it would help if i remember to paste it

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Thanks @primus

  • What strain, Seed bank, or bag seed
  • ILGM auto fem blueberry
  • Method: Soil w/salt, Organic soil, Hydroponics, Aquaponics, KNF
    A blend of perlite, coco coir, peat moss

  • Vessels: Pots, Grow beds, Buckets, Troths
    2 x 100mm pots (didnt realise we shouldn’t transplant autos)
    2 x 330mm pots

  • PH of Water, Solution, runoff (if Applicable)
    have not measured.

  • PPM/TDS or EC of nutrient solution if applicable

  • not sure what this means but only nutes that have been added so far are from worm farm run off, a very very mild application of Charlie Carps organic veg fertiliser and some GoGo Juice.
  • Indoor or Outdoor
  • indoor.
  • day 22-24c
    -night 22.
  • Humidity; Day, Night
  • have not measured but assuming very little.
  • Ventilation system; Yes, No, Size
    No - no heat in the area they get breeze though.

  • AC, Humidifier, De-humidifier,
    AC on in the room at night - plants are in an enclosed cupboard.

  • Co2; Yes, No

  1. ph and ppm are very important. also you need to mention which scale you use. 500 or 700. readings will be diff for each range. i believe people on here use the 700 range still. you need to have these in range for each feed. They determine which nutes your plant will up take.
  2. can your lights bee dimmed? and how far above your plant are they?
  3. ppm is a measurement of how strong your feed is.
  4. humidity and temps are very important also. i use inkbird controllers to control my humidifier and dehumidifier. make sure you have at least 1 oscillating fan. aim it to where your girls are just barely dancing.
    i use nectar for the gods. it is alot diff than using salt based nutes. had to relearn everything. but it is lot better.
  5. autos do a lot better with longer light periods. some people go 24/0. some 20/4 others 18/6

here is a link for autoflower grow guide. lots of good info:

youtube has a ton of good videos. check out bill ward…he busts alot of myths about training of autoflowers

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  1. ill need to get a PH testing kit today.

  2. lights can be dimmed they’re 1.5m above the plants.

  3. will do some study on this.

  4. I will put a small fan in the cupboard today.

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You need a good ppm meter also…save yourself head aches. Get good ph and ppm meters as soon as you can

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Do you think this batch is done for? Should I start again or can they be saved?

how old are they now

Hi @dictionaryoption, please don’t lose faith!
Look at the state of mine when it were a nipper, it pulled through with the help of these guys!
They’ll do just fine if you take the advice here, I promise!
Can start to get a little costly but you will reap the rewards in the end.


They look starved to me. And without a pH meter, unless you’re super lucky, you’re almost guaranteed to have a pH issue.

Coco and peet are inert. I start feeding my girls full strength Jacks as seedlings.

You can probably save them still, but you need to get a pH pen for sure (digital pH pens are the way to go, most testing kits and soil probes aren’t actuate/reliable enough) and they need food.


*aren’t accurate

Kinda like auto correct. :laughing:

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Im with everyone uptop so far. Ph pen for sure over all. Ppm u can get away with but ph u need. Adding nutes changes ph of water so it might have changed the ph enough that it locked u out from any nutes at all. I would also see about getting a good nute setup jacks 321. General hydrponics trio. FF. Anything along them lines. Not sure of the fert u are using and what it is goof for. I would run distilled water thru them to wash away anything in them and start over with an appropriate dose and the mix being phd. So ph and ppm pens digital. Good nutes and some ph up and down. Good luck buddy. Distilled water if u dont have r.o. water


Couldn’t agree more. As a beginner, pH was 100% my issue. As soon as I saw how out of whack it was using a soil probe (starting cheap) I needed to make changes, so invested in a pH pen to test the water, and some pH Up/Down solutions.
Started seeing the benefits almost straight away, after 2 weeks she was a different plant!

I don’t have PPM/TDS metre yet and can probably get away without it this time around, as can you most likely, but will definitely invest in one for round 2.

Oh and don’t over-water… also learned that the hard way… :joy:

Good luck, you can do it!

CJ. :v:

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I agree dont lose faith this was my girls at 3 weeks and right now THERE IS HOPE fix your ph increase your light to roughly 400 par if they’re Mars hydro or a mediocre blurple and let your medium dry up to 1-2 knuckles before you water again

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