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Lake county CA
Jessicasummers707
May 4, 2020 12:53 PM CST
This is my first garden so I've been relying heavily on internet tips, all has been going well until today.
I am growing my squash in a 200lbs grow bag, they have started producing fruit about a week ago, so I started adding miracle grow performance organics which is 11-3-8, and yesterday I flushed them (watered until water came out of the bottom of the bag) it seemed to be going well but today when I went to water the leaves had turned a dark green and curled upwards, what is wrong with my garden babies?
I've included 3 pictures the first 2 are the plants today and the last is them day before yesterday.
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Milpitas, CA
SoulReaver009
May 4, 2020 3:02 PM CST
Did your grow bag have fertilizer in it? You may have overfertilized it.

I don't think that's the only thing, though.

Are these in the ground?
Or suspended in a bag?

Do you water them thoroughly everyday? That's a lot, if you do. You may be overwatering them.

And I think it's prematurely flowering. Which usually happens when the plant is root bound. I thought squash plants were supposed to get a little bigger before they produced fruit. Maybe someone can confirm or refute.

Regular size squash grow roots 2-4 ft deep. Hope deep is your grow bag?

Maybe another pic of the grow bag? Did you mean 200 gallon grow bag?

EDIT: it just hit me. The leaves symptoms may be from root rot.

Post here with more info, and be patient. Don't pull the trigger too hastily, on anything yet. Unless you KNOW what to do. As someone may be able to offer advice that could make your plant happy!!
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Lake county CA
Jessicasummers707
May 5, 2020 11:11 AM CST
I water daily if it needs it, I have a probe that tells me the moisture of the soil. I did fertilize it with mircle gro performance organics, but I followed the instructions.
I've included a picture of how the garden is set up, the crookneck today, and now the zucchini next to it is starting to get funky so I uploaded a picture of them too, they were just fine yesterday 😭😭😭
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Milpitas, CA
SoulReaver009
May 5, 2020 2:05 PM CST
Don't fret. You may have caught it early enough.

Water your plants with 1-2 liters of water in the morning.
You can pour it around the base of the plant. You dont have to water all of the dirt.

You can pour a liter of water in a spot where no plants are, like you are watering an imaginary plant. And then check it 2 days later. Dig up the top 1/2 to 1 inch of soil, and see if it is still moist. I would do this in different spots so that you can see how the water evaporates differently from the middle than the edges.

Wait at least 2 days in between watering. Since this is a raised bed with plastic, it may heat up and evaporate the water faster.

Don't add fertilizer. I'm hoping that your watering may have diluted the fertilizer already. Which is something you would have had to do, but you did it already. Yay.

Your grow bag may be fine. I can see now that it is about 2 ft in height.

The one that has wilted leaves shouldn't have water for at least 3-4 days. So the roots can dry, and the plant can discard the rotten roots. The leaves that are not healthy should be broken off from the base. As the stem and leaf are taking away from the rest of the plant. It is also advisable to break off the flowers. This may save the one with the discolored leaves.

The others look fine, but plants respond over time. They may be stressed, and won't show it for a day or two.
Don't fret if the plants take on bad form. This is a possibility.
With this, in 7-10 days the plants looks and progression (good or bad) will be your indicator. Plants are resilient.

I don't know when the last time you watered was, so try to apply this to the last time you watered.

Plants like to have water, but also like to dry out.

EDIT: maybe someone else can chime in. And add or adjust.
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