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    Flowering, pistils all dying or dead. Help!

    Hi!

    I have 4 plants outside in full bloom. They are in separate locations. My soil usually has 6.8 ph, never above 7 or lower than 5.5. I feed MG tomato food every 2 weeks. They get bug sprayed once a week with different types of sprays, mostly organic. Since my leaf tips were also dying, I bought a fertilizer meter. It said all were low on nutrients and I added a lot more MG tomato food and some blooming food with less N. It look a lot of these to get the meter to say they were enough. I made sure it worked by trying it in a pot of miracle grow pre fertilized seedling soil. The meter works fine. The only thing I can think of is I didn't saturate the soil when fertilizing... not sure if I am supposed to?! I have tried flushing the plant in the pics, it did nothing.

    For the past two weeks, my flowering plants have had their pistils die and turn brown. They start dying from the tip to the base and on all buds. The pistils all pretty much dead now. I've looked all over the internet and have posted in several forums about the pistils and dead leaf tips, but have few answers and no ideas for this problem. Someone said nutrient burn for the dead leaf tips, but my nutrients were very low when I checked. These are only into 4 weeks of flowering and no one yet seems to know what is wrong! :-(

    What causes the healthy white pistils to suddenly die?
    Can I still save these plants and buds?
    If not, should I let them keep growing, harvest what little there is, over even try to make the plants veg again? (most are too large to bring in, but digging them up and cutting 1/2 of them off might be possible)

    Please help! This is my first grow. These were started in May, first signs of sex in mid September. The pistils weren't alive long enough to turn orange... just dead. :-(

    Here's the photos.

    The first and last photo are of the same plants, 5 days apart! Second pic is also of the same plant
    The 3rd pic is of a 2 week younger plant that was in the middle of dead pistils.
    Except for dead leaf tips, a few yellow leaves, and a few white flies, these plants look healthy. The plant in the 3rd pic has no signs of bugs a all!

    15Oct plant bud 1


    15oct plant 1another bud


    15Oct plant 2, younger plant


    10October same plant as pic #1, 5 days earlier!! The pistils are just starting to die. It was at this point I started looking for help.


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    Re: Flowering, pistils all dying or dead. Help!

    if you are still spraying for bugs this far into flower, the bug spray will kill the pistils, whether organic or not.

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    Re: Flowering, pistils all dying or dead. Help!

    It will!!??? Oh no! The bugs are coming out worse now that they are blooming! Is not even insect soad or garlic spray ok? How can I kill the bugs and not damage the plants? Can I still save these buds, or get new ones to grow if I cut off the old? Do I just leave them like this and see if they still get more THC?

    I spray the with a hose every week to try and blast bugs off. I'm losing the battle. ;-(

    Please let me know if there is a way to keep the bugs away. Each night I get more of them.

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    Re: Flowering, pistils all dying or dead. Help!

    cold water sprays will knock the buggers off, with a hard spray from a pressure sprayer. hose pressure seems a little to forceful to me. you may damage the bud. also you gotta consider the possibility of bud rot if youre spraying them all the time.

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    Re: Flowering, pistils all dying or dead. Help!

    I don't quite understand... When you say pressure sprayer, I think of the kind to clean your patio and car... ?! Since we don't have rain here, I've been using the hose, but on the spray setting, not the hard blast from a stream. I have no visible bugs on these plants except white flies, just the damage from bugs that I can't see. :-( I don't know what is doing this damage, but it has to be something that flies. I see many white butterflies and moths. Each night, something flies about all of my plants and leaves flea sized single egg all over, leaf tops, leaf bottoms, buds everywhere. Water does not knock them off and there are too many for me to find them all each day. Do you know what these could be? I think the stippling might be caused by the white flies, but have no idea since it happens in 24 hours from a healthy leaf to spotted one.

    When you say pressure sprayer, do you mean the mist from one of those pump bug sprayers? Is even hand soap and garlic too much for the buds?

    The humidity here is low and I don't see any signs of mold or fungus. In my veggy garden, everything but tomato plants are covered in powdery mildew. i have to give up on spraying for this and just dig it all up and compost it. No sign of this on my MJ plants or flowers. Is bud rot the same fungus as powdery mildew?

    Is it possible to still save my buds and plants? What happens to the buds now that all the pistils are dead? I thought about cutting them off, but it is already late in the season and the girls are too big to bring inside. This is frustrating after 5 months of work to have the plants sick now. :-(

    Does bug spray also cause the dead leaf tips? I've checked again and my plants are still under fertilized. I'll keep feeding them with every watering until the meter says it's enough.

    Thanks for the help!

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    Re: Flowering, pistils all dying or dead. Help!

    sorry, i have no experience with the the flies you are describing. mites, from my experience, the mites spend the majority of there life on the underside of leaves. ant sign of what these single eyes hatch into?

    yes,i was referring to a hand pump up sprayer previously. you can try water and garlic, but you have to see if the spray kills the pistils. it may take days for the pistil growth to come back. most of the time we spray the hell out of the plants in the first two weeks of flowering, when there isnt ant pistil growth, and thats the last spray they get til harvest.
    bud rot and powdery mildew are not the same thing. bud rot doenst seem like an issue where you are.
    i wouldnt cut your bud yet, hopefully someone from your region will pipe up and come to your rescue. good luck

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    Re: Flowering, pistils all dying or dead. Help!

    Pistils start turning that reddish brown late in flowering no matter what you do, if this is happening early it is because of the spray. The bug spray will burn the leaf tips as it collects on the tips of the leaves before drying. You should not be spraying any chemical insect killers at this point. Don't spray flowering plants with any sort of garlic spray unless you really love garlic flavored smoke.

    The moths you're talking about lay eggs in your buds which turn into caterpillars/budworms. Go to a local garden center and find a BT (Bacillus thuringiensis) product in a spray or dust. You can use up until the day of harvest. This is a natural bacteria that is lethal to moths and caterpillars. If the damage you're referring to is eaten leaves and you're seeing those black dots you call "eggs", then you definitely have a caterpillar problem IMO. The black things aren't necessarily eggs but caterpillars crap as they eat.

    Examine your plant closely for the little green bastards. If they aren't there but you have alot of moths, they will be sooner or later so get out ahead of the caterpillars before they hatch and eat up your bud.

    Also, I'm not crazy about the ferts you're using. See if you can find some Jack's Classic Bloom Booster in your area. By far the best for the price IMO.

    This could all be worthless info for you though, pics are necessary to diagnose what's going on. Get some up asap.

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    Re: Flowering, pistils all dying or dead. Help!

    I don't get the claims regarding the spray...how would the spray only affect the pistils and not the leaf or bud?
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    Re: Flowering, pistils all dying or dead. Help!

    looks normal , i wouldnt spay them with anything . you may have a sooner chop time than you think .
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    Re: Flowering, pistils all dying or dead. Help!

    Thanks for the advice again. My local stores don't have any type of powder, let alone one this specific. They don't even carry a kind of neem oil! The only things they have are chemicals I've never heard of, insect soap I already have, and an insect oil that is 94% Canola oil and 6% mystery ingredient. I don't see how this is possible and neither did the woman in the garden section. She said no one buys this stuff for a reason.

    If you can think of soemthing online, it's the only option left!

    If you guys can't see the photos of the pistils, let me know. The last photo on the post is of a a plant where the pistils were just beginning to die the first two were 5 days later! As of yesterday, all 6 plants have dead pistils. They are completely dried up and 100% dead. They went from alive to dead skipping the amber and other colors they should have gotten later in bloom.

    It gets worse.... Now that I have my jewler's loupe, I find hundred of tiny eggs all over the one plant I can't reach with a hose. If I can't spray my plant, what do I do before these hatch?? If they didn't already hatch this morning... On top of that, this one plant shows a possible magnesiumm deficiency. A few of the leaves are yellow except fo the green veins. I'll try for a pic.

    So... what to do about the eggs and magn. for one plant, plus the dead pistils for the others? I've looked carefully at them with my 30x galss and the pistils are all 100% dried up and dead. They when from white to this in just a few days!

    I'll try for more photos

    TY!

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    Re: Flowering, pistils all dying or dead. Help!

    the canola oil will work. it clogs the mites breathing apparatus and they suffocate. any type of oil, whether canola or plain mineral oil will work. it also clogs the plants respiratory system on the underside of the leaf, so after a couple canola sprays, you are going to have to rinse the leave off of your plant. warm soapy water ( like a teaspoon dish soap(non bacterial) in a gallon) will wash your plant. i learned this the hard way. lost a couple mothers.
    growing and watering the plants are the easy part, it comes down to how well you keep the critters away to see if you get good harvests!

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    Re: Flowering, pistils all dying or dead. Help!

    OK, oil I can do. Is this safe while the plants are blooming? What mix of oil to water... or other do I need?

    I looked again today. I just see tiny white eggs, no bugs. Can I kill whatever is in them before they hatch... and not kill the buds.

    Today, all my efforts the last few days have made things worse. Many brow spots and now the leaves are looking odd. I'll try and get pix up. :-(

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    Re: Flowering, pistils all dying or dead. Help!

    Wow, this problem has really messed up my harvest. I haven't an idea if it was too late or too early, so harvested half.

    Here's the lonk to my thread about that.... Trichs never turned amber

    For bugs, I ended up drowning them in the bath filled with soapy water. The larger plants went into the "hot tub" which has no chlorine and is not usable, thanks to the slum lord land lord. I did al plants but one. All are now 100% free of bugs and show no signs of bud rot or anything else! :-D
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    Re: Flowering, pistils all dying or dead. Help!

    I had bug problems with my last grow. I used a oil/tobacco juice combination that worked very well. Though it did burn all the pistols, and set flowering back by two weeks.

    I would wait out until the tricomes are starting to turn amber.

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    Re: Flowering, pistils all dying or dead. Help!

    Does that tobacco juice help repel bugs, or just kill them? That's one thing I haven't tried yet!

    My soaking plant, soil, and pot in a soapy bath has worked. All of the plants are bug free and are still doing well. The trichs re just now turning amber. I wish I hadn't harvested the largest part last week. :-( I was going on vacation and my back yard is easy to get into...

    I sure wish I knew why my plants don't smell like pot... even the drying branches and freshly clipped leaves smell like cooking herbs?! WIERD I put some early harvested buds in the volcano. Smell yuck and don't knock me out, but it does help the pain. I'm dearly hoping the next harvest will be ones that help me sleep. It's raining now and cold, but I left them out hoping for more... Do the trichs stop maturing when the temps are a low of 38 and a high of 59, with rain rain rain?
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