This is my first serious attempt at growing so I really don't know much, and I'm sorry if this is a dumb question... But is it normal for the stems to turn red? The plant is about 5 weeks old now. They first started to turn red around... 3 weeks. It started at the top and is working it's way down. Not every stem is redding though, but the "original" ones at the top are nearly entirely red now, all the way around. It starts on the top side of the stem and kinda "melts" down around the side. My mom used to do alot of gardening back in the day (not really THIS type though) so I asked her what she though. She says it might be a phosphorus deficiency.
Might I also add that the entire plant is an extremely rich "forest green" color. Most of the plant pictures I see have leaves that are far paler than mine, and the other plant I started 2 weeks ago is also much lighter in color. This plant also had a problem when it came to splitting at the... I think 7th node. One leaf started to grow, but then died, and the other continued to grow large and healthy. I removed the dead one, and 3 more have since started to grow in the same spot, although their growth rate is EXTREMELY stunted (they've been growing for about 10 days now and are still only half an inch at most).
Note: The intense dark green might be a result of the fluorescent grow lights. The box said they "enhance" the look of the plant. When I look at it under a regular incandescent the plant is still fairly dark, but not AS dark. It has been this way from day one though, it's not a recent change.
**I am growing this particular plant in a 2.5 gallon bucket (it's only about 13 inches tall and I don't intend on growing it large) with Miracle Gro potting mix for flowering plants (just switched it to flower after transplant) to which I add NO additional nutrients. I am using two 4ft 40 watt grow bulbs with a total output of around 3900 lumens, and then two 18" cool whites with about 950 lumens each. I also have an additional 18" fluoro tube that's made for kitchen/bathroom use. It's high in the red end, and I have it set on a seperate timer. It turns on for 90 mins, and then off for 30 and then back on for 90, etc. for the whole length of the light cycle while flowering (my mom says red light causes plants to produce larger fruits, or buds in this case). The reason I turn it off is because it seems to generate quite a bit of heat. The temp rose up to about 87 degrees the first day I put it in, but with the on/off cycle it usually doesn't go past 82. I water with filtered well water, to which I add 1 to 1.5 ml peroxide per litre.
Currently the plant is on a 12/12 light cycle for sexing, and I started from bagseed so I have NO clue what strain it is. I've seen a fair bit of plants in my day, and it actually looks alot like Kush or a similar hybrid. The leaves aren't fat enough to be touching eachother, but they're not quite as thin as straight sativa. (the same very dark green color too)
There's a pic of a kush leaf. That's pretty much identical to the shape/color of mine.