holy wow, anybody feel like helping a noob? Pretty please!?!?!
So here's the sequence I started to get you up to speed:
Started heirlooms in jiffys under aerogarden grow lights (great results)
~3-4 weeks later moved to 5" planters with "bumper crop" potting mix underneath a 400W MH grow light.
Initially had decent results (growth, color looked good), but after about a week and a half in their new bed the lower set of leaves started wilting (not referring to the first cotyledons).
At that point I started using miracle grow once a week, which hasn't done much of anything.
Right now the plants are about 6-8" tall. Almost all plants are very very leggy, and they still have dying lower leaves (tops of the plants look good but have lost the deep dark green they had a few weeks back).
I want to move them to full sized grow bags i bought off of amazon and move them to my roof because I think the big issue is the grow light. I live in an apartment in chicago and I don't have many other legit options for full sun exposure. I know it sounds like I might be using a good grow light, but I feel like the legginess and lack of deep foliage might be because of the light (and to a lesser extent the lack of space for root growth).
My biggest concern with moving the plants to my roof is the heat that the surface will create. I want to put particle board down on the roof and then place the grow bags on top.
Can anyone help guide me on this experiment here? I've hit a wall, and I don't want to risk my plants on the roof if there's another way around this. Either way, I'll basically run out of room on my grow shelves in the next week or so if I leave the plants as is.
Any help is so so so so much appreciated. Thank you in advance!!!!
One of my sad leggy plants: