Bringing Life To Your Malnourished Plant
It is important to understand that wilting and drooping leaves means that there is a deficiency somewhere within the plant. A deficiency can come from one or multiple areas. The primary areas a plant receives nutrition from are: light (photon energy), atmosphere (CO2 and O2) and medium (H2O and mineral nutrients).
Generally, a good watering routine entails that you water each plant once, at the start of the day when the sun comes up or when you turn on the lights. Saturate the medium well, until you see the first drops seep out of the bottom of the container. That will be enough water for the day. It is also a good idea to let the medium become fairly dry—at least near the surface of the medium—before attempting to water the plant again. It is important to remember that while the plant itself breathes in CO2, the roots beneath the surface breath in oxygen (O2) during the night cycle.
This is an essential part to healthy plant growth and development. And a dry, aerated medium goes a long way in allowing air to permeate the root zone and roots to breathe in their precious O2.
To fix the drooping, allow the medium to dry out overnight (completely) and use a thin stick (i.e., a skewer) to gently poke holes around the surface of the medium to help aerate—taking care not to damage any roots below. Poke around the edges, about an inch or two down, making a circling motion with the stick to make small holes.
Take another thin stick and use it as a support stake, if necessary. Stake it near the base of the plant and rest or tie the main stem to it. Make sure the plant’s main stem and branches are not thin and spindly. If they are, this could also be a sign they are stretching for light. Make sure your plant is directly under the light source and receiving around 18 hours of light per 24 hours to help it vegetate. Additionally, it is essential that you feed your plant GRO Nutrients® BIO ROOTS. Follow the instructions and double the feed routine until you begin to see signs of revitalization.
You are likely still a few weeks to a month away from being able to switch to a 12/12-light/dark cycle to induce flowering because of this setback with the drooping leaves. However, with some diligence and care, you can easily get your babies to bounce back and have a productive life cycle.
If you are growing in soil, apply GRO Nutrients® ANCIENT BIOME substrates replenisher to rejuvenate your soil with powerful Amazonian organic nutrients. Blend with the soil and sprinkle around the base of your plant. Water immediately.