Beginner...what am I doing wrong?

I purchased beginners complete grow kit. It is white widow auto flowering. I planted 5 seeds in the soil feb 20th. It has been over a month and the tallest is only 2-3 inches tall. I started seeds in fox farms ocean potting soil and transplanted to the same soil. Only 1 plant is doing well. 1 seed never came up and 3 just aren’t growing. I used seed starter that came with kit and now using grow fertilizer. I started seed under led lights and set up hps lights in closet after transplant as recommended by growers bible. I am not sure what I am doing wrong. I do know that it was too much light when I first transplanted as some of the leaves on 3 got a bit burned. Don’t know if they will recover from this or if I should just start over. On the plus side one of the plants looks great and growing well. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


How much fertilizer are we talking here? Are you watering everyday? And do you have any pics?

I think someone around here has a support ticket you can fill out. @Countryboyjvd1971


Here you go.

Support Ticket

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 = NA

Strain; Type, Bag seed, or NA

Soil in pots, Hydroponic, or Coco?

System type?

PH of runoff or solution in reservoir?

What is strength of nutrient mix? EC, or TDS

Indoor or Outdoor

Light system, size?

Temps; Day, Night

Humidity; Day, Night

Ventilation system; Yes, No, Size

AC, Humidifier, De-humidifier,

Co2; Yes, No

If you can, upload a picture of your plant. It helps the diagnosis, if needed.

Add anything else you feel would help us give you a most informed answer. Feel free to elaborate, but short, to the point questions and facts will help us help you



I don’t know how to copy and paste.
All I know is white widow auto flower
In pots with fox farms ocean soil
Not sure what system type or ph. Although I did order ph control kit
Nutrient is flower power all in one fertilizer. Used 2 1/2 gram per gallon of water
Planted indoor in closet using 600 watt hps light currently have set on 400 and use small fan (leave closet door open)
Leave light on 24 hrs.
Need to purchase something to measure temp and humidity
The only ventilation is a fan (I guess)
Not sure about co2. This is my first try so I am true amateur…lol
Thank you so much for answering !

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Thank you country boy. I used flower power seed starter that came with beginners kit. Have used all in 1 fertilizer once and planned on using weekly. Have watered a little everyday ( just transplanted 3 days ago. Attaching pics. Thanks for answering!


I don’t use flower power. Your healthiest plant seems to be flowering already. Maybe some of the others can pitch in


Temps? And pH?
You need to start pHing your water and nutes bfore watering/feeding.
Light is too low would be my guess on the burning and the foliage looks very dry
You need to get your humidity up

Sorry @Minnie59
Get your pH meter with some pH up and down
Get a temp/humi monitor
And get your lights up off your plants some

The first one looks ok but stunted
You will get it we just need to get ya on track
This grow is certainly not over you have options to try and get em healthy

What size are the pots?
They seem shallow
How many inches of soil are they in?

I moved light up after 1st day. Here is what my closet looks like. Thanks so much for help!

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I’ll throw in that you probably should turn the light off for 6 to 12 hours s day. Plants need the dark period just to grow.


I’m guessing a ph lockout causing them to starve. THEY’RE HUNGRY. Do NOT feed them until you know what your ph is! If it’s off (and I suspect it is) you will only add undissolved nutrients to your soil and when you finally get the ph in correctly it will overload the plants. In the meantime you could use distilled water which should move to your soil’s ph fairly readily.

That first one is indeed flowering as @TDubWilly pointed out.

It looks like you are doing a good job on the watering and your lights are in all probability fine. In fact you are doing most things perfectly but you really need to get a handle on the PH. 6.5 is nominal and strips or drops or soil probes are generally not worth the money for this. A decent digital ph meter is available on Amazon from $12 all the way up to a new car lol. The Apera PH20 is very popular; I have one and it’s my main one.

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No prob that is what this place is all about we will get ya there

They are 7 gallon grow bags. But ran out of soil so they r only half full. Thought I could add more soil as they got some larger

Well put I am glad you chimed in on the lighting
I do not know much about lighting and probably should have kept the lighting q’s to the experts

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You can and it should be enough for your plants to be good.
I was only asking cause the first few pics I saw they appeared to be small and a plant being rootbound can stunt growth

Let’s see what @Countryboyjvd1971 has to say; he has more experience with autos.

I’m guessing a ph lockout with hungry plants stalled out. What do you think, John?

Thanks I order everything from amazon. So I will get that ordered. I purched one but it is supposed to measure moisture, ph and light. But I think it is a piece of junk…lol


If it is a pronged probe do not waste your money
They a complete junk