If you haven't read the original post, click the link above. This post leaves off, hopefully, where the other stopped.
Budzai-ing is FUN! Out of the 4 seeds soaked, 3 cracked. Currently, only 2 plants are alive due to user error. One is in soil, I'll come back to the soil one, and the other is in a Kratky tub, formerly aeroponic tub. As previously mentioned in the original post, this grow was focused on plant manipulation, therefore death was anticipated. Death from poor water health was not expected. Not mentioned in the previous post is the different growing methods being used. I split the seeds to see if Kratky would be a better method for Bonzai-ing due to direct access to the roots at all time.
After checking and perfecting lights, air and temp systems... growth in the Kratky tubs was stalled yet soil based plants were flourishing. This left the only one place left to check. I measured the nutrient water (Nwtr) with a meter that can measure up to 999 PPM.
The meter error-ed out! ---- 😲 #NotAcceptable
After some non-scientific measuring, I deduced that 25% of the Nwtr should remain before filling with clean water to achieve the desired 600PPM. After 2+ hours... I changed all the tub water and have noticed results instantly; remaining Kratky Budzai is recovering. Though beneficial, it was too-little too-late for, originally, 1/3 of the Budzais. The combination of high-stress training and root burn was too much for the tiny tree to handle. #RIP #SeePictureAbove
During the tub adjustments, I removed the aeroponic sprayer and converted the tub back to Kratky to make things easier on me; one feeding schedule. Additionally, I removed the air stones during the adjustments. I may introduce this back, but I am still learning the system i've created. I have yet to understand the limitations and wont add more moving parts before I do.
This one is doing great therefore not much to blog about. Its about 2 ft tall and under 12/12 light cycle and showing only male characteristics. My plan for this one is to do a root hack next week like a true bonzai. I will post pics on instagram and grab a video for here when I do.