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When your in flower stage when is it to late to add a compost tea?? I’ve heard you don’t want to do it late in flower. I am just starting week 3 of flower is it to late for me to brew up some tea? 

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Topic starter Posted : September 2, 2020 10:11 pm
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I’ve heard some growers claim it’s bad in flower, probably because it has easily accessible nitrogen but not a lot. Maybe an organic grower could offer an opinion. I only use commercial concentrated tea blends, not fresh brewed tea and use it anytime it’s needed all the way till flush. I’m sure the living organics are very different in this instant mix and the real thing.

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@monkeydo thank you, the tea I would be Using is a pre made bag that I brew up. It’s bu’s brew biodynamic compost tea, is that kind of what you use or the one that is bad in flower? And thanks again!! 
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I run compost tea right until the end-ish. Use it like Frank's Red Hot - put that shit on everything! Usually just water for about the last week-week and a half tho.

A fresh brewed ACT shouldn't have much in it beside a shit ton of microbes anyways - it's not really for fertilizing the plant per se, but more to 'feed the soil' which in turn feeds the plant some really delicious shit (for a plant).

Googling that Bu's Brew tho, it looks like there are some other ingredients besides compost (dandelion, chamomile, stinging nettle, yarrow, oak bark, valerian) - and having only heard of the stinging nettle being used (nettle has low levels of a bunch of different macro and micro nutes), I can't really speak to what the other ingredients might be providing you with. But I'm sure it'll be okay..

 

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@templegrower thank you! I will definitely brew some up for my next watering, Now when using mammoth p And fish shit should I just add it to the tea brew or use that on a different watering?  And thanks again for the help!!

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@okiephil

I'm sure you could mix it all together and water it in, but maybe add it to the finished tea and water that in, rather than brewing the tea with that stuff in it. The microbes would love the fish but not sure about the other stuff..

For a really thorough explanation on compost tea tho, you should definitely give this a read - Tim Wilson - Compost Tea. Tim is a guru when it comes to the finer points of ACT so, highly recommend reading thru. 👍 

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Posted : September 4, 2020 5:30 pm
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@templegrower awesome thank you I will definitely read it, I appreciate the help

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Topic starter Posted : September 4, 2020 6:50 pm
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@templegrower do you ph you tea after you brew it or just Let it stay where it is?

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Topic starter Posted : September 14, 2020 12:38 am
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Well, I always use pH neutral-ish water (mainly rainwater) to make it so, no I don't adjust it at all. It usually only drops a few points, if any at all anyways so, I don't worry much about it. You do want to use water without chlorine or chloramine in it though - those are meant to kill off bacteria/fungi/microbes.. and they work quite well.

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Posted : September 14, 2020 4:51 am
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  1. @templegrower ok thank you, how long can you keep rain water? I’m sure it grow bacteria if just setting there, So how do you store it? And yeah use tap water but I let my water sit for 24 hours to let chlorine evaporate out.  
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I don’t take any special precautions with rainwater other than putting a cover on it to keep out tadpoles, mosquito larvae, and to keep light out inhibiting algae growth. Plants are very used to any microbes that might be in rainwater and because there is almost no food for any microbe to consume the water stays very good for a very long time. No matter how old that rainwater is, your plants will really respond better to rainwater than processed city water because it is so much more pure. You will no doubt use up the water long before it could ever develop a problem.

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Yep, I agree with monkey. If you keep it covered and inside an opaque (doesn't let light in) barrel, it should keep for a long time.. and like money mentioned, you'll most likely use it up before it can go bad.

Tap water is bad bc there are nasty bacteria and shit in the pipes that gets in the water.. if I use tap water to fill my jug in the winter, unless I aerate it, I can only keep it for about 4 days.. after that it starts to smell like literal shit.

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Posted : September 14, 2020 5:36 pm
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@monkeydo awesome thank you I will definitely give that a try, yea I know our city water here is not the best. But it was getting expensive buying jugs of water, especially since I have more plants this time

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Topic starter Posted : September 14, 2020 7:52 pm
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@templegrowero o wow!! our water isn’t that bad here but I know it’s not good, way to much chlorine and chloramine it. 

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Topic starter Posted : September 14, 2020 8:16 pm
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I gave my OG kush a tea in week 3 of flower. It's now week 7

Kelp, alfalfa, worm castings with molasses and some of the Lactobacillus I made. I also added some guano and I think I may have added too much of the bat crap because she definitely looks burnt. Maybe the soil just didn't need the phosphorus boost as I cooked it with lots in there.  So caution with the guano for organic growers its strong!  Just going to use plain rain water until harvest

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