9 Replies Latest reply on Dec 6, 2017 2:47 AM by joed

    Swiss Chard Troubles

    dniezby

      joed After my timer problem (grandson) all of my plants seemed to have returned.  With some minor exceptions. 


      Today I noticed that the water smelled like a fish tank. So, I did a complete breakdown, clean and replace of my tower. That was NOT easy.  However, most of my plants seem very happy to have fresh clean water. No more algae smell. 


      There is one exception. My Swiss Chard. The outer leaves seem to have gone limp again. The inner leaves are looking strong. 


      Is it okay to cut out those outer leaves to give the plants some energy to devote to producing more stable healthy leaves? 


      Are there any leaves (aside from the crown area) that I shouldn't remove?



      Btw, that top leaf is damaged, not eaten by any insects. I kinda smooshed it when I was doing something around the cap. 

        • Re: Swiss Chard Troubles
          joed

          Hi dniezby, I would give it a few more days...  ;-)

           

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            • Re: Swiss Chard Troubles
              dniezby

              Okay, you the man.  I'll give it some more days.

               

              BTW, do you think that smell happened because of the timer/pump issue I had or is it something that eventually happens anyway? I have noticed that my Rockwool itself seems to have a similar scent.  It reminds me of my Biofilters when I used to have a saltwater fish tank.

               

              Lastly, there appears to be green algae growing on the Rockwool of one of the seedlings that are still in the seedling tray. Should I avoid placing this seedling into the Tower? I can toss it. I do have another seedling growing. 

               

              Speak to me ol'wise one. LOL.
              -Dave

                • Re: Swiss Chard Troubles
                  joed

                  Hi dniezby,

                   

                  "do you think that smell happened because of the timer/pump issue I had or is it something that eventually happens anyway?"

                   

                  Have a look at my response to a simular question from another TT member:

                  https://towertalk.jiveon.com/message/28357#28481

                   

                  "Should I avoid placing this [rockwool starter plug w/ algae] seedling into the Tower?"

                   

                  Wherever the proper amount of light, nutrients and water combine, you will have algae growth. A small amount of algae growth on the tops of your rockwool starter plugs is expected and normal.

                   

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                    • Re: Swiss Chard Troubles
                      dniezby

                       

                       

                      Is this the reply you're talking about?

                      "I have a new problem - tub is beginning to smell like a stagnate pond."

                       

                      There could be several causes for this. The most common are any one or combination of the following:

                       

                      • Microorganism growth.
                      • Algae growth.
                      • Nutrient pump timing issues (ex: long "Off" cycle).
                      • High nutrient solution temperature (> 75° F).
                      • Decaying / Decomposing organic matter.
                      • Low dissolved oxygen (DO) levels in the nutrient solution.
                      • Improper nutrient solution top-off / complete replacement schedule.

                       

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                      Wherever the proper amount of light, nutrients and water combine, you will have algae growth. A small amount of algae growth on the tops of your rockwool starter plugs is expected and normal.

                       

                      Won't it contaminate the supply water? I thought Algae was a bad thing?