HELP! I had a clogged tailpiece on one of my PPK sites and it led to the clogged roots in the tailpiece going anaerobic with root rot
! I fixed the clog but the plant doesn't seem to be recovering and I'm assuming its the root rot.
I was 5 weeks into flower when the problem presented itself last week. When clogged, every time the pump would fire the water would just pool in my 3.5 gallon bucket and not drain all the way.
3.5 gallon buckets are 11 inches tall and i filled them up with perlite/turface to about the 7 inch mark. So there was enough room for 4 inches of water in case of overflow. When the pumps would fire the water level would come to about 2 inches below the rim of the bucket. And when the pumps turned off it would barely drain water; it would drain just enough water where the water level would fall to about half an inch above the medium. So my roots were basically drowning. The buckets never overflowed and flooded my room thankfully, but i let it go on for a week hoping the problem would correct itself but never did. Main reason i didn't take immediate action is because i had a SCROG net over the plant and it was 5 weeks into flower. Also because the plant didn't start showing any signs of symptoms until about a week of being clogged. After a week of drowning i decided i had no choice but to intervene. I did the PITA task of cutting the SCROG screen off and basically re-potted the entire plant into a fresh new 3.5-gallon PPK bucket. The roots had grown into the tailpiece and formed a pretty solid mass in there. I tore this "mass of tailpiece roots" that had black stinky-like-shit mold all over it and threw it away. Placed the root ball and plant in its new container and it is now draining properly whenever the pump fires.
In hindsight, i probably should have taken my time to ensure every piece of root that had black mold on it was removed but water was spilling all over my grow room, the plant was getting heavy holding it with one hand, and so i rushed the job of tearing the root mass off but im pretty sure i got MOST of the black mold shit off.
Its been about two days since the re-pot and she doesn't seem to be getting any better. if anything she seems to be slowly dying. her leaves are slowly going yellow and feel soft and very flaccid.
Here is a photo I took of her just now:
Here is a photo of her identical twin (same phenotype) who gets treated exactly the same. Only difference is this twin didn't get clogged which didn't lead to root rot:
1.) Current Tailpiece is 1.5" diameter-sized. In 3.5 gallon buckets using chunky Xtra Large Perlite. Should I change to 3" tailpieces to avoid these clogs in the future?
2.) Or is there a better solution to preventing the roots from growing down into the tailpiece in the future?
3) I'm pretty sure I got most of the black stinky root rot that was on the roots but not entirely sure. Should I be worried that the root rot can spread via the PPK plumbing system to my other three plants???
4.) any recommended solutions to maybe "kill off" what root rot mold i may have in my tailpiece, medium, bottom bucket, or PPK system? should i maybe dump H2O2 into the affected plant in hopes of killing off as much anaerobic bacteria as possible? any other suggestions?? Can't seem to find much info on root rot in PPK (ultimately a good thing )