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#1438089 Help diagnosing my problem?

Posted by solid7 on Today, 07:55 AM

Look at the zig-zagging mid-rib of the leaves in the last few pics. That's a classic sign of a broad mite problem.

#1438087 Low Temperature in Growbox.

Posted by solid7 on Today, 07:40 AM

Well, indoors, obviously, you can raise the ambient temperature. (raise the thermostat) But as stated, if your plants are already germinated and growing, why change anything?

#1436963 When to fertilize potting soil?

Posted by solid7 on 19 March 2017 - 08:24 PM

Those calcium deposits are why most fertilizers don't incorporate complete calcium.  It's very hard to have calcium in the same solution with other nutrients and minerals, due to the tendency for calcium to bind itself to them. 
I've not seen this happen with the CNS17.  But in fairness, I've not stored it long term, either.  This ability to stay unbound in solution is supposed to be one of the big breakthroughs for the CNS17.
I'd be interested to see you grow your plants out full season, in side-by-side comparison with the "bloom" formula, vs solely the "grow", and report the results.  I know what the results are, but it would be great to have my own results validated.

#1436824 Drip Irrigation

Posted by solid7 on 19 March 2017 - 02:47 PM

I saw your last video. How could you possibly reuse those? They seemed completely overtaken with roots. You would have to completely refill them, right?


I can't speak for his system, but I reuse planted buckets all the time, with the old root systems intact.  I just cut the old plant off at the soil line, and replant next to it.  The old roots decaying just feed the plant, as well as creating structure in the media.  Add some worms to feed on rotting roots, and you get another little bonus.


There is nothing wrong with re-using containers that contain root mass.  The earth is a massive web of root systems, both living and dead.  Our containers are just a microcosm of that environment.

#1436674 my experiment with growing pepper indoor in my office

Posted by solid7 on 19 March 2017 - 08:25 AM

Some of the nerds in our office grew Bhut Jolokia.  Nothing more than a south facing window, a little bit of fertilizer every now and again, and that's it.  The plant didn't look great.  But it produced pods.   Over the course of a year, they ended up with about a half dozen or so.


A small fan helps greatly.

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#1436486 When to fertilize potting soil?

Posted by solid7 on 18 March 2017 - 09:32 PM

The interesting part of this story is why overdosing certain nutrients causes different symptoms to other nutrients

I suspect that plants are unable to preferentially absorb one nutrient over another - I've not read into this though so it's just a guess that "seems right"


The concept that you are looking for, is called "stoichiometry".




A nice, scholarly article on the subject:



#1436447 Drip Irrigation

Posted by solid7 on 18 March 2017 - 08:51 PM

He grown in Coco bags.


LOL.  Forgive my reminiscing, then.  :D

#1436440 Drip Irrigation

Posted by solid7 on 18 March 2017 - 08:46 PM


I gotta believe you get results like this because of your constant dosing. I don't know.


As someone who once lived very close to Juanitos' part of the world, I will tell you right now, it is not dosing, it's the amazing fertility of the soil.  I'm guessing that he has the typical OK red clay soil. (yes/no?)


But either way...  I once enjoyed gardens that never saw a single dose of fertilizer, other than whatever I tilled into the garden at the end of the previous season.  Down here in Dixie Land, people don't know what good soil is.  If you could grow with the ease that the midwest enjoys, you'd have a completely different frame of reference for some of the questions that get posted. Us Florida folks have to almost be plant scientists to grow, where guys like Juanitos can practically throw his plants on the ground, and turn the sprinkler on once a day, and watch it grow into a beanstalk.  LOL


Damn, I miss my gardens back home.  The last time I grew a garden in soil, I was living on the east side of Wichita, KS.  I remember that I put 18 tomato plants, and 22 jalapeno plants in the ground - no fertilizer, except a little scrap of bait fish in each hole.  I watered 2X per day when it wasn't raining, and when my crops came in, I  was bringing tomatoes and peppers in by the bucket load.


Seeing that garden made me homesick. :(

#1436409 How to make tiny self-watering wick systems

Posted by solid7 on 18 March 2017 - 08:26 PM

Is something like this worth it if you are just growing plants for transplant to an outside raised bed?


I need a simple method for growing 30+ plants for transplant and currently am using a modified double cup with red solos.... once they get topping size they go through water like crazy though.


Gets a bit tedious watering 30+ plants every 24-36 hours 


It's way easier than that...  Just put your cups in a large drywall mixing tub, and let the water wick up into the single cups.  Not only can you water multiple plants easily, in a self-contained system, but you can also transport them easily, when ready to transplant.  I own quite a few of these, myself.



#1436227 When to fertilize potting soil?

Posted by solid7 on 18 March 2017 - 05:05 PM

Thanks for the advice. I went to the local hydro store and picked up some earth juice grow and earth juice bloom. The guys at the shop had alot of positive things to say about it too.


You can take back the bloom.  It's a waste of money.


If you like a liquid based nutrient, it's hard to get more bang for the buck than Alaska Fish, and Alaska Seaweed. (available at Lowe's, Home Depot, and some Wal-Mart)  Use them together, or alternate at each feeding.


I know that you are relatively new, but hydro stores are one of the worst places for grow advice.  They are in business to sell you products at premium prices, regardless of effectiveness.

#1436212 Drip Irrigation

Posted by solid7 on 18 March 2017 - 04:37 PM

Oh, my God, I miss gardens like that...


If you have the use of your natural soil, never take it for granted.   You don't know what you have, until you don't...

#1436170 The wasps are here!

Posted by solid7 on 18 March 2017 - 03:15 PM

LOL, all good mate.  As one of your neighbors down there recently asked me, "are you serious, or trying to take the piss out of me"?


I suppose I can acknowledge that your points are well balanced.  Carry on. :)

#1436155 The wasps are here!

Posted by solid7 on 18 March 2017 - 02:55 PM


You said "There is still nothing quite as effective for aphid control as a daily spray with the garden hose."


So I said imid based insecticides are greater than / trumps "a daily spray with the garden hose."    

imid>spray with garden hose. 


It may be a good strategy if you don't want to use real sprays for whatever personal reason someone has. But to tell newbies who are reading this that there is nothing as effective as the garden hose for getting rid of aphids is misleading. its ok if your so inclined but its far from the most effective thing we have at our disposal.



What do you think a commercial grower would say if they had an aphid problem and your advise to them was "hey mate just garden hose your aphid infested plants, she'll be sweet mate" 

They want a solution. Not some kind of hippy dont hurt the bugs carry on




My point in labelling something as "effective" was a composite.  I have never heard of Imid before now, and that is certainly not something that I want to use.  But from a cost perspective, there are few things that will beat a few pennies a day worth of water.  From a peace of mind perspective, a hose is far more effective on edibles.


I didn't really realize that I was having a conversation with newbie commercial growers, so I guess I'll have to say "f**k all" to context, and take the hit for that one. :rolleyes:

#1435891 Growing Habaneros Red/Chocolate/white/orange need Help

Posted by solid7 on 17 March 2017 - 10:18 PM


We could go back and forth on this subject all day long and still not agree 100%. It's simply a difference of opinion with no animosity either way.

Your last sentence I believe is completely true, especially when talking about all that crap targeted to cannabis growers.

(Beastie Bloomz @ 0-50-30 had me rolling on the floor. It's real and people do buy it) :crazy: :high:


On the other hand, once the plants mature you can add something like bat guano which is typically 0-5-0 or something close to that. There are other additives that can help also.

In any case I don't think I'm wrong but neither are you.  



Yes, weed growers are responsible for stupid marketing.  No question.


And I don't want it to be a bone of contention either - but it's not an opinion on the NPK plant science.  I understand that many people, for many reasons, believe in dosing in intervals, but the plant only takes what it needs, no matter how much you give it.   If there were a good reason to add extra - like something preventing availability, then yes.  Only a soil test can tell you that.  A plant will uptake the same ratios, right up to the point of toxicity.


When you are talking about organic additives, I pretty much drop out of the conversation.  Not because I disagree, but because, as you say, there are other things that are beneficial.  I use organic amendments that have a guaranteed analysis of specific macro nutrients, but don't even consider them, since what I'm really after are trace elements, or plant specific hormones.  And of course, who ever heard of nutrient toxicity from organic amendments?


Like you said, no animosity.  

#1435561 Help! What's happening to my peppers?

Posted by solid7 on 17 March 2017 - 10:33 AM

OK, since we're taking it THAT seriously... Let me say again... This is 2017. ;)