APT Grow Guide : First Plant Food & Water


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Atlas Plant Trainer: Grow Guide Series Phase 3

First Veg Food and Water

If you have been following our grow guide series you will know that we are using multiple nutrient systems. While we have been using Advanced Nutrients for the last half-decade, we have added two different nutrient programs to our grow guide: Sohum Living soil as well as Success Nutrients.

 

Supplies


🌿
Water

🌿 Nutrients

🌿 Medicine Syringe

🌿 1-gallon bucket

🌿 Solo cup for watering

Testing, testing! This is a part where you must stay focused and do not forget to test. Just like us, plants are unique and require individual care. Think of a mother who has birthed multiple children, say, octuplets. Just like eight babies who have different personalities, their feeding schedule will be quite similar. Everyone needs food and water to survive, the same thing goes with your plants.

We are day six of planting our clones and it is time to water them.

Step One: Check Your Soil

As the plant uses up water the soil becomes dry and the cup becomes lighter in weight. Once you become a more experienced grower, you will also begin to understand that the moisture tends to rest in the bottom of the cup. You want your soil to go dry to encourage the roots of your plant to stretch. Encouraging this behaviour will give your plant a strong and stable root system. Even if the bottom of the cup seems moist, it is best to water your plants if the cup is light.

 

Step Two: Prep the Water (Food)

For creating the most valuable food for your plants, It is important to shake your nutrients well before adding them to your water. If you do not know the nutrient program off by heart, consult the feeding guide that comes with most nutrient programs. We are starting out with Advanced Nutrients and with our medicine syringe we are adding six millilitres each of part A and part B nutrients.

Mix the solution together after adding each nutrient. Next, you want to balance out your Ph levels. Using a ph pen, or a device similar, test the ppms. Shoot for around 800 ppms and a ph level between 6.1 and 6.2. If you notice your ppms are low, add one to two more millilitres of your nutrient solution. Our solution tested below the 800 ppms mark so we added two more millilitres of both part A and part B. This brought our ppms up to a solid 820 parts per million. If your ph level is over 6.2, ad a little bit of ph balancing solution a little bit at a time.

 

Step Three: Add-In Optional Enhancements

There are many additional nutrients you can add to your feeding chart. We recommend using a root enhancement product that will encourage your plant to grow strong and durable roots, which gives your plant a great base for when it is transplanted into larger pots.  Having a supplement added to your mixture like a micro hiza that acts as a root inoculant is one of many ways you can support your plant’s ability to flourish.

 

Step Four: Start Watering

Using a red solo cup, or any other container you have available, you can begin watering your clones. We purposely left room in the top of the cups for watering when we transplanted our clones from the cloning machine. Pour the water up to the brim of your clone’s container. Continue this process two to three times. The perlite in the soil acts like a sponge that absorbs water, but it takes a moment for it to soften up. Fill each plant up to the brim around two times, or when until you see a small amount of water coming from the drainage holes you made in your cups prior to transplanting them.

 

 

PRO TIP: Just like us, plants are unique and require individual care!

 

Final Thoughts

If you follow directions, take your time, and start small, feeding your clones will become like second nature to you in no time. How heavy is your clone? Is it light? It may need to be fed. If it is dark and on the heavier side of the scale, it may be best to wait another day. Always be sure to shake your nutrient products very well to ensure you are adding a balanced amount to your water. Fill your clone cups to the brim at least twice per plant or until you see moisture coming from the drainage holes. Feeding your cannabis plants should not be intimidating. With a little time, knowledge, and practice you will have the newfound ability to care for a medical plant that can in turn care for you- full circle.

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