Thank you so much for the detailed response, this is extremely helpful! Just a few questions for clarification, especially on the usage of growlights!
I've already flushed it out with distilled water when watering it yesterday, just basically poured water in until it started coming out the bottom, so I think I'm ok there?
For the ziplock bag method, do I keep it permanently bagged until it starts growing new leaves, or do I open it up to the air once a day just to give it some fresh air?
I've never used a grow light before, so is there a certain power level or wattage I should look for when getting one? Should I keep the light a certain distance away from the plant at the start? When using the growlight, how many hours a day should I keep it on for? Do I need to have the plant in a dark room that only has the growlight on, or is it ok if there's sunlight coming in as well?
Thanks so much for your help, just getting used to these crazy little babies haha.
You're probably fine on the flushing thing. When you tray water, the water wicks up as do any residual minerals in the water. As the water evaporates, the minerals stay and compile over time. Flushing it allows those wicked minerals to exit and cleans it up. Be surprised at how much of a difference that can make. If you find your plants are looking ratty and you use RO water or even distilled over time, it's a good place to start.
As Panman said, open that bag every day or two just to recycle the air so it doesn't get stale. Becomes easy for mold to develop with no circulation. You can go longer so don't think its a death sentence if you don't open it every day and don't keep the bag open. Idea is to just push fresh air into it. Prolonged exposure will likely shock the plant.
Honestly pings are pretty flexible. If you have a place to mount a light, a cheap yescom panel will do the trick but even a full spectrum gooseneck grow light on amazon will do the trick in the here and now. Others may take a while and require someplace to mount them. If it's LED you can keep the light as close as you want honestly but I'd keep it in the 6-10 inch range on those goosenecks. I keep mine about 10 inches under my yescoms and about 18 under my T5s and the grow/color up fine. Gooseneck lights are weaker so you'll want them closer. You'll notice the plant turn that blue hue over time with decent light intensity.
I keep mine on anywhere from 10-16 hours a day depending on the time of year on a timer. As I said, it's important to be consistent. You don't want to turn it on at 8am one day and then noon the next. Pick a stable timeframe that works for you. In theory it's replacing the sun. An alternative would be to put it back by the window and let the sun handle it and use the light as a supplement for what it's missing through the window. I never noticed any drastic shift in plant behavior from the light in the window (my plants aren't by the window itself). They reacted when I changed their light photoperiod. No need to overthink it.
Pings aren't that temperamental.
No problem. I hope things work out.
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