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Discussion in 'Absolute Beginners' started by SoNe_OnE, Aug 7, 2002.

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    If you need a good safe organic fungicide simply mix 2 tablespoons of Baking Soda per gallon of water, spay the plants liberally. This puts an alkaline coating on the plants which doesn't allow the fungus to grow and is completely safe for both plants and animals.


    There is an effective, safe, completely organic pest control that is easy to make and use. Simply mix 2 tablespoons of dish soap and 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil per gallon of water. Spray the plants liberally with mixture. This solution works by blocking the insects ability to breath, smothering it. The mixture is a contact killer, which means that you have to spray it directly on the pests in order to kill them. So you may have to make repeated applications.


    To help insure a better success rate with your cuttings it is a good idea to "purge" the nitrogen out of your mother plants before taking the cuttings (clones). Simply drain your reservoir and water the mothers with pH adjusted water only (no nutrient) for a few days, this forces the plant to feed off the excess nitrogen that the plant stores within itself. The end result is that the cuttings will root quicker, and start growing faster.


    When you need to adjust the pH of your nutrient solution and you're out of adjuster you can use white vinegar to adjust your solution down, and baking soda to adjust it up. NOTE: Using these to control pH is fine on a temporary basis, however, they are not very stable and could cause problems if used on a full time basis


    The success rate for cuttings can be greatly effected by the temperature of the plant and the temperature of the root zone. For most plants the air temperature around the plant should be between 70 - 75 deg. F. The root zone needs to be a bit warmer, with a temperature between 78 - 80 deg. F. Propagation mats are available that will raise the root zone temperature to the proper levels.

    When you are mixing a spray for your plants, weather it's for pest control or folier feeding, add a teaspoon per gallon of ordinary dishsoap to the spray. This will break the surface tension of the water and allows the spray to cover the plants completely instead of "beading up"


    Beer makes an excellent organic compost activator, pour a couple of cans on the compost pile every couple of months. The yeast in the beer is the active ingredient.


    Using organic nutrients in hydroponic systems is becoming very popular. The addition of organic fertilizer is reported to drastically increase both the flavor and/or aroma of the plants. When using organics it is very important that you provide good aeration of the nutrient solution. Aeration is important in any nutrient solution, but lack of it in an organic solution can mean a stinky, stagnant mess. Remember- there is no such thing as too much aeration.


    An easy way to add many types of organic fertilizers to you hydroponic reservoir is to make a "tea bag" out of an old pair of panty hose. Put the fertilizer into the panty hose and tie it shut. Hang the tea bag in the reservoir and suspend it directly over the air stone.
    Aeration of the reservoir is very important, especially when you are using organic nutrients.

    For more usefull tips check out www.simplyhydro.com
  2. That fish soap scared me... I do use an organic hemp oil based soap, still soap (Lol) but that dish soap part scared me. I use an organic, citric acid being the active ingredient and it takes care of pests and any powdery mildew you may have. Better to treat for than try to beat a problem. Great site Grasscity!

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