Damping off [ Resolved ]

Very frustrated, do I even bother continuing? Does she have a fighting chance or am I wasting time and money. Did everything right,but I’m still in the same boat as many others currently. Truly love my precious little girl and would hate to “kill” her, but on the other hand I can’t afford to waste the nutes on something that isn’t going to pay off in the end???


Imho, take her down. Half your base is gone. If you caught her earlier you may have been able to save her. Check how moist your pod is now. You do not want it that moist next grow, so popping it up early will help. If you find the wappa thread you can see how im using toothpicks to recover from dampening off


I have had the same thing happen to me, blamed it on myself and bought a chiller and hydroguard to solve this issue before I saw all of these threads. It must be an issue with the darn pods. Five and a half cycles lost in a row… :pensive:


I have the grobo start coming and hoping the new pods work better.


Realized what has to be done, but it’s a hard pill to swallow after 31 days. I was hoping someone on here could wave their magic wand! Thanks for the feedback, onto grow #2


I hear ya. My first made it to flush before i realized the air stone was dead and plant died.
They dont normally survive. I think im 2 dead 2 lived. As much as im hands off and for the most part leave em alone for a week at timwle, i do pop it open daily to see how they are opening up.


This being my first grow I can’t speak about how the pods used to be, but currently IMHO they are too long and sit way to close to the water and my pod never truly dried out, once I recognized how bad it was the damage was done, so moving forward once germinated I will move the pod up as high as possible and make sure it dries out


Or just cut off a 1/4” to 1/2” of the bottom of the pod. I lost my very first grow to damping and saw it happen to others, so I moved to another medium right away.


That was my first thought then I read somewhere on here that someone had cut the bottom and ended up with alot of “debris” from the pod in the res? What other medium?



Amazing grow! Very interesting, congrats!

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Exact reason why I am getting rid of my Grobo. I had 4 plants in a row die from damping down. What interests me is how silent @Stephen and @bjorn have been on this subject.

As I mentioned in another post, I have a feeling this is why they are switching to peat. However, due to potential liability issues I doubt they will come out and say that.

I can understand damping down in maybe 1 out of 5 grows, but having it happen in 4 out of 5 is unacceptable and needs to be addressed by @bjorn.

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Hey @Highhopes & @VermontGrobo,

Sorry to hear of your constant damping off issues, I know the support team has been in contact with you to assist.

There has been no changes to our coco pods at all and the peat pods are not being brought in to combat damping off. To fight this disease, we fill to the middle water level sensor in stage 2. I’ll work to get some more educational pieces/videos out to help growers fight this. Keeping your plant in early vegetation until the roots are in the water and you are able to raise the coco pod is the best defense.

I have seen some plant that have dampened off make it to harvest and we have a couple in the community fighting that good fight now. Good luck!

If it happens to me early, I will simply restart.

Damping off is similar to root rot in that it is a common problem in all dwc systems. At least we aren’t battling spider mites late into flower! We are here for you.



Could extra air stones cause the pod to stay too wet or not enough data yet?


I can only speak from my limited experience but I’m not using an extra airstone yet, moved my pod up as much as possible w/out damaging roots which only amounted to maybe 1/4" fan blowing directly on the pod and I can’t get it to dry out? Not trying to be negative as I’m still very excited to make this work, but trying to figure out what not to do next time and what will work

Hang in there buddy!

I have been fighting 2 cases of damping off. In each case the plant is recovering so there is hope! @Stephen

Plant 1 - Jamaican Dream showed signs of damping off on Nov 28:

Once I noticed this I pointed 2 small fans onto the cocopod. The stem continued to get thinner and thinner until about Dec 2. I did cut a straw and placed it around the stem as a splint. Lastly, I poured a small amount 3% hydrogen peroxide h202 directly onto the wounded stem and the surrounding area of the cocopod. Lastly, I tied one of those green garden ties to the base of the stem just in case she toppled over there would be a support to prevent that.

Been adding Revive and Recharge as well to give her extra support.

Dec 4th: Stem is no longer thinning out but is now slowly healing:

Dec 8th: Stem continues to heal and is much thicker. Plant growth has resumed


I find the toothpicks work better than then fans inside the grobo
Tbvh, im still not convinced the fans are necessary even a little. But again that i believe is relative to where you live
Good recovery


This plant is so beautiful

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Why did he lift the coco pod with tooth pics

To raise the pod up so it would dry out w/out slipping back down