I topped a couple more times and pruned a couple fan leaves. I pruned two of the newer fan leaves up top because they were blocking new growth sites. I also pruned off some of the lower growth again. Pot feels light again today but I will another 12 hours until watering. The plant still looks happy.
I will be careful to water with less than half as much run off this time. Between this hot soil mix and the excess water it was not ideal last time. Hopefully less water will also result in slightly less nutrient uptake.
I also got some lime maybe I could sprinkle a little on top and see good results. But I may just keep truckin in this pot and try to get the new soil better for that final transplant.
My self assemenet so far is a short list of the biggest issues. Please feel free to add your two cents!
1) soil mix too hot (possibly too low of pH at times, definitely excess nutrient(s) from amendments, no pH buffer to balance those factors)
1.5) OVER WATERING! (I probably did this twice or three times now.... noob)
2) Not enough light (this might be the main reason for slower growth, or it may be all due to reason 1 combined with low quality water and low humidity as well)
3) low quality tap water (hard water, probably rather high ppm... might do a test to see but one of my goals is to try to achieve a solid soil mix to at least optimize pH and nutrient availability within the limits of my tap water, just for ease of watering with hose and watering can)
4) Often 50% or lower humidity
So moving forward I really hope to see better results just by making a better soil mix, adding the lime, reducing the amendments. Also my neighbour has free range laying hens and bags and bags of chicken manure that I will try an experiment with... essentially adding to the worm casting portion of my mix with chicken manure. I think she has some at least year old composted that is ready for use.
So I’m going to get that soil mix done up this week and I’ll let it sit for a couple weeks with the lime and amendments to all neutralize the acidity a bit. I’ll aim to get it a little under 7 on the pH meter but not too close to 6 this time.