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Hey everyone! 

On Saturday we transplanted all of the girls into a much bigger new pot. they were growing quite slowly since they had no room and most of them were root bound. Also on Saturday we gave them a mega feed, first we got the medium very wet until drainage and then added more water with a very good amount and mix of nutrients. The plants LOVED this, the new space and super feed has them looking better than ever. Today they were slightly drooped since we haven't given them any water since Saturday, we checked every day and the medium was still moist so we wanted to see how long with super feed / watering would last. This got me thinking and I want you opinion on this: What If I give them their super feed every Saturday and just generously water the pots mid week? meaning today or yesterday or give them to good feeds / watering a week?

Here is a pic of the girls and how big the pots are (15L): 

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Is this watering method ok? What do you all suggest?

Thanks! 

 

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Topic starter Posted : August 5, 2020 2:20 pm
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In order to answer your question ima need to make one assumption, you didn’t specify your media so by your watering practice I am assuming you are growing in soil and not coco. It is very common and even recommended that when you grow in soil to alternate your watering schedule between ph adjusted water only and nutrients in the water. In soil cannabis plants seem to thrive on this cycle so yes, alternating feed and water isn’t a bad thing, it is a good practice.

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Posted : August 5, 2020 2:27 pm
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@monkeydo you are right, sorry! 

Yeah its a mix of soil, coco and perlite. Im keeping my pH in high 6s for both the feed and the watering. 

I got some Bruce Banners that I will be plating today and these will go on just coco / perlite. Im sure the watering / feed for that will be diff, what do you recommend we do for these? Its our first time going full coco and no soil.

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Topic starter Posted : August 5, 2020 2:56 pm
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Growing in coco is very different from soil. In coco the media should NEVER dry out and the plants should be fertigated at least once a day. Some growers like to add even more fertigation per day in an attempt to increase the yield. I personally use an auto water system and fertigate 4x daily in flower for regular size 3 gal pots and 9x a day for my mug grow experiments. The three gallon pots would grow fine with one daily watering but I prefer multiples to try to boost yield and keep the coco flushed better. Soil needs to cycle between wet and dry for best performance, coco stays wet for best performance. Coco also requires the use of cal/mag every fertigation to keep the plants healthy and the media buffered correctly. The cal/mag needs are highest during early/mid flower. Also be aware that when growing in coco your ph needs to be between 5.5 and 6.5, I aim for 5.8 in veg and 6.0 for flower. To get the most out of growing in coco a ph meter and an EC meter are very important. I would advise against using it if you don’t have these because problems can occur if you are out of range with your feed. Coco is a great media but there is a small learning curve. Once you master it it’s very easy to use.
Here’s a link on coco nutrients

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Posted : August 5, 2020 3:57 pm
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@monkeydo thanks! 

I have both my pens and pH up and down. 

Running RO water.

These are the nutrients that I have:

Sensi coco both grow and bloom.

Great White powder for my roots.

B-52 

Cal Mag 

Revive 

Overdrive 

Big Bud 

This is what we have been buying to switch to full coco. 

Yes I understand that coco never needs to dry out and must water daily with cal mag. What about the other nutrients? how do you feed on coco? 

Thank you so much.

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Topic starter Posted : August 5, 2020 4:48 pm
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So after taking 30 min to detail a reply the forum reset on mobile and I lost it..... here’s the fast version 

Seedling till the first serrated leaf appears, only ph water

First true serrated leaf, 1/4 strength A+B plus .25ml/liter cal mag

Veg growth, 1/2 strength a+b plus 0.5ml/liter cal mag

Bloom (don’t switch till after stretch is over and you can see actual flowers beginning to form) change to Sensi Bloom and feed at 1.0ml per liter plus .75 ml cal mag and 1/4 strength big bud

3-4 weeks left, stop big bud and substitute overdrive

1-2 weeks switch to ph water only till chop.

I feed at a low rate every day, sometimes 3 or 4 times a day if the plants are rapidly growing and only raise nutrients if there is a deficiency. My plants are averaging about 100g of buds each right now with some strains going almost 150g and each plant only has 18x20 inches of space. Low nutes and frequent fertigation are my keys to success 

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Posted : August 5, 2020 5:49 pm
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@monkeydo this is amazing. 

For seedlings only pH water if the coco has been properly buffered correct?

What about B52?

These rates are for a daily feed? Thats what I can aim for since I do not have a fertigation nor automatic watering source, I will water / feed once a day.

When you say (1/4, 1/2 ) this is a fracture of the recommended dose? for example in veg grow 1/2 of the recommended dose per liter? 

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@danizeap can’t give you a recommendation on the B52. I’ve simplified my grow and eliminated stuff like that. Can’t say that it’s good or bad either way.

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@monkeydo got it!

What about this part:

These rates are for a daily feed? Thats what I can aim for since I do not have a fertigation nor automatic watering source, I will water / feed once a day.

When you say (1/4, 1/2 ) this is a fracture of the recommended dose? for example in veg grow 1/2 of the recommended dose per liter? 

Thanks!

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Yes, 1/2 and 1/4 do refer to the amounts listed on the bottle.

You can fertigate coco as often as you want but the concentration on the feed is the same. I don’t increase feed unless the EC output says the plant needs more.

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So after taking 30 min to detail a reply the forum reset on mobile and I lost it..... here’s the fast version 

After the same thing happened with one of my college reports....for any detail/lengthy write ups...I now use Word pad which auto saves every few minutes, then copy n paste it to the right media when finished. Or, on a mobile phone, use an email draft to write it first.  Hope this helps avoid it for you too, Bro. 

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