Dried out salads' leaves (Aerogarden Harvest)

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Dried out salads' leaves (Aerogarden Harvest)

Hello evreybody this is my very first post here as i have just started my new adventure with Aerogarden Harvest.

It's been exactly 8 days since i have started the garden but i am starting to see things which i think are not a good sign. In particular i can clearly see the salads' leaves to be dry or kind of burnt (i think i might have to lower the lights?) or eaten by insects in the worst case scenario. Are you guys able to form any advice given the pictures below? Thank you very much!

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They look good. Their roots

They look good. Their roots look good. Some red lettuce has freckles, some look redder.

Seriously, decrease the nutes. Basil doesn't need strong nutes, either. Basil grows happy and fast. It just isn't harmed by slightly stronger nutes. It doesn't need them.

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Thanks a lot, maybe next time

Thanks a lot, maybe next time i will go with half of the plants (3 plants with 6 pods) and without Basil that could have different needs when coming to nutrients. Regarding the freckles i am worried that it could be something else as it looks very different from the mixed/red salads i have. What do you think? I have also included the current situation of the roots as it might give you some additional clues.

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Lorenzo.

 

 

 

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Congrats on your first

Congrats on your first harvest, Lorenzo! :)

Lettuce really dislikes strong nutrients. They look OK so far, but whenever in doubt, aim low on the nutrients, a little less than the Aerogarden bottle recommends. Note that the leaves will probably develop freckles as well as browned edges. That's red lettuce, not a disease.

There's a chemical explanation for this. But basically, unless you're using absolutely pure water, there's stuff already in it. Lettuce can only handle so much stuff in its water.

 

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Hello Ginger, thank you very

Hello Ginger and thank you very much! My salads rapidly recover and today (3+ weeks) i've got my first harvest. : ) Regarding the nutrients i have refilled the whole tank with water but this time, as the plants should now require more, i have added 1.5 cups (little less than the 2 cups) but again some brown/black spots are popping out from the lettuce and other salads. Do you still think it might be related to the nutrients or is it just normal? Picture: https://ibb.co/j0eZ2c

 Thanks again.

 

Lorenzo.

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I would thin to one plant per

I would thin to one plant per pod - eventually. But you can get away with two for a while. Then eat one and let the other grow.

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Yeah i will try that too,

Yeah i will try that too, already changed the water and domed all the plants. So in my garden now i have 5 salds (including lettuce) and 1 genovese basil which on the top right corner. I am missing some terminology for sure but how come can i have more lettuce plants than pods? (in my case i have 6 pod-holes with 6 sponge-baskets which for me are 6 plants, does it make sense to you?)

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Oh, that's also possible,

Oh, that's also possible, that the lettuce is just adjusting to dry air. If you used very light nutes in the first place, that could be all it is. If you want, you could put the domes back on them half the day to baby them. But they'll toughen up.

By "pod" I meant one of the sponge-baskets. So if there are 7 pod-holes in a Harvest, you'd want 7-14 lettuce plants.

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Thank you very much Ginger i

Thank you very much Ginger i will try to do as you suggested! ( i was also thinking about himidity as the salad i still have under its dome is seems to be doing fine). By 1-2 lettuce plants per pod do you mean that i should have in total two lettuce only my Harvest garden?

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Hi Lorenzo, welcome!

Hi Lorenzo, welcome!

Two things. One, your nutes are too strong. That causes the browning you see. Baby lettuce can't stand much nutrient. So, you should dump the reservoir and refill with plain water. After a day, add back about a quarter of the normal dose of nutrient for the next two weeks. That's enough for lettuce seedlings.

Two, thin to 1-2 lettuce plants per pod.

Your lights at this point should be at their lowest possible setting.

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