Getting Back to the Basics

July 21, 2020

TOP 10 TIPS ON HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR PLANTS.

  1. Research and be familiar with the equipment you're buying. What is it designed for and why are you choosing that particular light or that pump. If you’re a small grower you don’t need a controller that does 100 light system, do you? If you don’t know, ask and make sure you’re comfortable that it is what you want and more importantly what you need!
  2. Know the pH of your media. If your pH is “out of whack” (not between 5.8-6.3) your plants might not be able to assimilate (devour) the nutrients they are being fed and growth will be inhibited. Get a pH pen and learn how to calibrate it.
  3. Get a notebook and keep notes. You might ‘think’ you will remember everything next year but I guarantee you won’t and having accurate notes with specific numbers, measurements, times, dates etc. will really come in handy down the road and you won’t have to second guess yourself.
  4. Know the nutritional requirements of your plants. Every strain is unique and you need to learn how to properly feed them for maximum output. Are you growing Indica, Sativa, Ruderalis (auto flower)? They are like Porches vs. Audis- VERY different.
  5. Know the purpose of the additives you’re buying, what they are for and why you want to use them. Also if you’re a “newbie” don’t include too many new things as it will be confusing at the beginning and you have nothing to compare it to, as more experienced growers would have. Just add one or two things.
  6. Know your ECs or TDS (amount of fertilizer salts dissolved in your nutrient tank). What does the manufacturer recommend or what do experienced growers suggest and what is the reading in your fertilizer reservoir or tank? This can be critical if you go too high or too low as it can affect the performance of your plants.
  7. What is the lighting photo period for your strain of plants? It can differ greatly from strain to strain or indoor to outdoor. Should you veg them for two weeks or four weeks? Who did you get your plant material from and get them to help suggest what is best.
  8. Always use a high quality two or three part plant nutrient. Why? Because high performing plants have special nutritional requirements and a one part generic plant food is like feeding cornflakes and macaroni to an elite athlete. The performance will suffer!
  9. Talk to experts and experienced growers. Your local indoor gardening store will usually have staff that are experienced and trained on the various products and save you a lot of time, money and disappointment.
  10. Unless you’re doing this strictly as a business and even if you are - have fun! Gardening is supposed to be relaxing and therapeutic so don’t make it all work. Learn to experiment and try new techniques and products and see how far you can go.

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