When a “feeding with every watering” schedule is applied (continuously feeding and applying nutrients), the osmotic gradient will continue to exist and the plant will keep producing sugars and other products.
How often should you feed and water your plants?
When growing plants in a drain-to-waste setup and using a nutrient solution to deliver the plant nutrients, it is recommended that you feed with every watering. Many growers follow feeding and watering patterns in which they will feed one day and then use only water the next day (and similar variations) but we recommend against this schedule as it causes plant stress.
Why do we recommend feeding with every watering in coir based media?
How often you should water the plants will depend on several factors including the size of containers used (smaller pots = more frequent watering), and the grow room temperature and humidity. As a rule of thumb, you should start by watering once per day, and observing the moisture of the coco in the pots for a few days. If you have especially large containers (which won’t dry out as fast as small pots) you may be able to get away with watering only every other day. Additionally, with each individual watering remember to water until you get a generous amount of runoff (10-20%).
Why shouldn’t you dry your grow media?
Therefore, by feeding with the nutrient solution at every watering, you can maintain relatively uniform chemical conditions at the root zone. Maintaining appropriate levels of dissolved solutes at the root zone (by following application rates listed on the feed sheet) will create an osmotic gradient between the roots and coco. Having dissolved solutes in the root zone technically causes the water to enter the plant at a slower rate, which may sound like a bad thing, but ultimately results in the plant having to “try harder” to overcome the gradient.
Here is how it works:
We don’t recommend letting the coco dry completely between irrigations. The plants respond better if you provide a constant level of moisture. If your substrate mixture contains a decent amount of perlite (25%) which helps the mix drain, overwatering shouldn’t be too much of a threat, so don’t be afraid to water on days even when the coco has only slightly dried. It is important to note that this “back-and-forth” between moist and dry conditions is very stressful on plant roots. Drying negatively impacts beneficial microbe populations in and around the root zone and creates a greater chance for harmful organisms to take over.
Feeding and watering frequency: Drain-to-waste setups and coir based media How often should you feed and water your plants ? When growing plants in a drain-to-waste setup and using a
CalMag 0.3ml/litre (150ppm)
Ionic Coco Bloom 1.6ec (800ppm)
Buddhas Tree Pk 0.5ml/litre
Buddhas Tree Advanced Metaboost 1-2ml/litre
Great White mycorrhizae 1 scoop/10litres
3rd PH should be between 5.5-6.0 throughout.
Calmag 0.3ec (150ppm)
Ionic Coco Bloom 1.4ec (700ppm)
Buddhas Tree Flower Burst 0.25ml/litre
Advanced Nutrients Voodoo juice 2ml/litre
Roots Excellurator 0.3ml/litre
Great White mycorrhizae 1scoop/10 litres
Advanced Nutrients sensizym 2ml/litre or Cannazym 2.5ml/litre
I will start by adding this feeding schedule. There are variations and more ways to do it but this will 100% give quality results.
Finally a good EC/PPM meter is really important as is a good PH Pen, they will help you know exactly what is going into the nutrient mix and will be a valuable tool for diagnosing any possible problems. Never go off what the bottle recommends especially for anything that effects EC/PPMs.
The schedules will be based on 9 week strains, if running 8 week strains just finish nutes a week earlier. I never grow strains longer than 9 weeks now but a 10 week strain you would add 1 more week of the final boost. Strains over that will be different mix and I wont touch on that today.
Calmag (optional, use if water is RO) 0.1ec (50ppm)
SuperVit 1 drop/4litres water
H+G Roots Excellurator Gold 0.3ml/litre
Great White mycorrhizae 1 scoop/4 litres
CalMag 0.3ec (150ppm)
Ionic Coco Bloom 1.6ec (800ppm)
Buddhas Tree PK 0.25ml/litre
Buddhas Tree Advanced Metaboost 1ml/litre
Sensizym 2ml/litre or Cannazym 2.5ml/litre
1st replace Ionic Coco Bloom with Ionic Hydro Bloom
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