Posted 11 July 2011 - 12:22 PM
Here are some rules about growing organic....
#1 NEVER EVER, EVER adjust the ph of your tea, or anything else. Ph adjusting is done by making a proper soil and letting it cook (or using roots soil). Ph adjusters kill your microlife, and that makes your plant very unhappy.
#2 NEVER use tap water, it will killl your microlife and make your plant have to do all the work, and that stresses it out. Bubbling it isn't enough, that only removes the chlorine but not the chloramine (which is chlorine bonded with amonia and it's alot more stable then chlorine). Invest in a Reverse Osmosis filter with a carbon filter, or just buy good R.O. or distilled water.
#3 Don't worry about PPM, PPM readings are not accurate at all for true organics growing, instead follow the feeding schedule, call the company for help tweaking it between their different soil lines, some come hot, and others are fine to use the nutes right away. I have never used a ppm meter for anything but testing my tap water.
#4 get a soil PH meter and throw the liquid ph meter in the garbage ( You can save it, but good luck not letting it go bad) I have never seen my roots soil ph doing anything but staying stable, but I do check every once in a while with a soil ph meter...it looks like a meat thermometer...lol. The acceptable range for Organics is 5.5-7.0 ph.
#5 (for roots line specificly) if your using Revers osmosis water, or distilled, you MUST add cal/mag fromsome other line to your water, I use general organics' cal/mag and it works great.
#6 NEVER EVER EVER use sythetics with organics! It kills me when I talk to guys at the grow store that are doing this, because their pot is going to taste like shit from the sythetic salts that even a flush won't get rid of, and they killed their microlife, so now their plant is stressed, because now it has to digest it's own food and make it's own nutrients (with organics, only some of the nutrients are available, the rest must be broken down). The symbiotic relationship between fungi/bacteria and the plants roots is super important to take advantage of.
It's frustrating to read some of the things I hear on these forums, people are so misguided, I'm only on my 3rd grow and it's very smooth for me with roots line, the reason it goes well for me, is because I read so much. I recommend reading skunk magazine (all of the "THE REV's articles)and best of the rev magazines are the closts thing the a book about growing organic pot, "Marijuana Garden Saver", and "Teaming with Microbes".
-I hope this helps clear things up for some of you that may have had problems with growing Organic Medical Marijuana.