yes they are ready. i am pretty sure i know what happened to mine. i like to flush nute water through them once every 4-6 days or so. too help prevent salt buildup from the nutes. my wife tended for two weeks while i was away. once i got home and saw the issue i flushed them. after doing that, they started bouncing back the next day. I have new coco soaking, and will be up potting this weekend. i am in a jam, fixing to up pot to 1 gal, 12 plants. veg is already bursting at the seams. i'm going to do some re arranging to make it all work. its time to get these young plants under a proper light fixture(illumitex eclipse). they have been under screw in led bulbs since sprouting.