Strawberry plant wilt after nutrient change

by Wes
(Illinois)

Every time I change nutrients my strawberry plants wilt and the white roots that were there are brown. After a couple days the plants recover and after a week white roots begin to grow again. When the root system looks healthy it's time for another water change and the process repeats. My PH is right around 6.0 and I'm using Stella's mixing chart and using GH Flora series nutrients. Anyone out there with information on this?

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Feb 11, 2013
chlorine city water?
by: hydrofarmer

If you are on city water it might be the chlorine. ...try putting an air stone in a bucket or buckets depending on quantity required a few days before you use the water so it can off gas the chlorine.
Good luck!
Farmer Mark

Feb 11, 2013
Strawberry Roots
by: Memwl

What type of water are you using, make sure it has no chlorine, I use aerated water(air stone) that I let bubble at least a couple days to get the chlorine out, sounds like the chlorine dissipates then the roots start working again, I may be wrong, this is just a guess maybe someone else may have an idea, its hard to diagnose a problem when you cant see it or know the whole story.

Feb 15, 2013
Thanks!
by: Wes

Thanks for the great feedback. I am on city water with a PPM of about 170. I am also thinking it's either the chlorine or perhaps the water temp shocking the roots. No idea what else it could be. After I add my nutrients the PPM ends up around 1100, so I don’t think the solution is too strong. The last time I did a nutrient change I used water straight out of the tap which was probably 45 degrees. Next water change I’ll allow the water to warm up to room temp and put an air stone in it to get the chlorine out.

Feb 21, 2013
awsome
by: DWC Grower

Chlorine doesn't take days to disapate, in Fact in a bucket it should only take an hour at most. Also Its better to Get your plants used to chlorine as It will help fight any bacteria(not all but alot)

I Generally Fill up my water container and Add my seasol and nutes in, i also have a little air stone in it, By the time im done checking and adjusting the Ph levels its safe

I Personaly Grow Mint(differnt types),basil,parsly and a smoke-able plant ;)

Mar 02, 2013
Shock
by: Cory

I suspect the water is too cold or to warm and you are shocking the roots.

May 13, 2013
Chloramine
by: Anonymous

Most cities have moved to chloramine which is more persistent and will need a few days or chemical help to go away. A water conditioner meant for aquariums would remove it instantly.

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