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Thanks loads!  This is a big

Thanks loads!  This is a big help for my buckets.

Maybe you could help my Ruby Toms in an AG6+??  The undersides of the leaves are turning purple.  They were 3 weeks old last Saturday. (today is Monday)  Should I feed a tablet early? 

J

 

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How do you 'tweak' the

How do you 'tweak' the numbers when there's 3 different nutes to add??

If your plants need more of something, decide what nutrient the plants need. My bloom mix was originally 2.4 EC and my peppers and tomatoes started yellowing a bit. Nitrogen usually fixes that and I saw that Micro had more N than the others so I added 1ml to my bowls and got the EC up to 2.5-2.7, they love that range. So now when I mix a gallon of bloom mix I'll add a little more Micro until the EC is in the range. Once I noticed they weren't flowering like I thought they should so I used a few ml of Bloom to up the EC instead of Micro. Every once in a while I'll still have to add a few drops to bring the EC up but I usually have the opposite problem, the EC goes up so I add some 6.0 water, otherwise I just top off with my Bloom mix.

Here's a neat little guide that shows symptoms and gives solutions. It's not always right but pretty darn close. www.advancednutrients.com/articles.php

Edit - missed something..... I'd say you would want vertical t8s for tall plants, my blinding horizontal T5s couldn't get enough light to the bottoms of my chiles.

Orlando Jude (not verified)
What about when you have to

What about when you have to add nutes?

 

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To tweak the EC, just add

To tweak the EC, just add plain water to dilute to the level you need, maybe start off with a more concentrated solution?

Orlando Jude (not verified)
Hi Bruce!  Just found these

Hi Bruce!  Just found these msgs.  Don't know how I missed them.... but anyway, in reference to:

peppers like a little more so I keep them at 2.5 to 2.7. PH varies but as long as it's between ~5.5 and 6.5 I'm happy.

How do you 'tweak' the numbers when there's 3 different nutes to add??

 Hey Jude is just fine!!  lol

Now you've got me worried about my lights for the bucket crop.  Won't my T8's be ok if I add verticals?

Enjoy!

jessijordan (not verified)
6 to 8 weeks ? Looks like

6 to 8 weeks ?

Looks like I'm going to the "Depot de la Home"... I need instant gratification.

Might as well get it while I am there picking up my miracle grow & extra pots.

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Presto flowers - growing them

Presto flowers - growing them from seed isn't too quick, but...

a. you should be able to buy baby petunias at a garden center / Home Depot / Walmart soon.

b. petunias clone well - you can turn one into 6 fairly easily.

c. my monkey flowers (mimulus) first bloomed in only 5 weeks from seed in the AG mini, in a cold room. They'd go faster in a warm room with the lights closer to them.

d. in a warm room, the English Cottage garden flowers might bloom in 6-8 weeks.

I love flowers...

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We are on the same page Beth!

We are on the same page Beth! I was just standing over my garden thinking that I dont exactly need the lights yet. Everything is pretty much still germinating and the tomato plants are enjoying the day in my sunny bay window (till the sun moves from East to West round 1 or 2).

Meanwhile I cant get this pic of Ellen's flowers out of my mind!

Nothing says spring like fresh flowers. I was telling my bf I have to have them now!

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My $0.02 - if you can top off

My $0.02 - if you can top off rather than dump & refill 5 gallon buckets - that'd be good. Draining and carrying 20 gallons is not my idea of fun.

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Hi Jessi,   Glad you found

Hi Jessi,

  Glad you found the lights!  I think you will be happy with them.  They are bright!  Equivalent to an ag 3 bulb?  Hmm, now I'm thinking that I could use one to grow flowers like Gisette's...  

Beth

 

 

 

 

 

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