Growing with Gaia Green - Shaded's Method

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Shaded_One

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Baby Shark Auto on Gaia Green and Recharge. I will have to amend it before long. It's around 20 days right now and pretty much been on full ignore. The wife has been in the hospital so the grows become unimportant compared to her,,,, there nothing. I can say without a doubt all grows will be on Gaia Green, Earth Dust or the same type of system. The days of bottle crap, mix, waste time and money are gone.

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Sorry to hear about the wife, hope things work out and yes plants come and go there are plenty more important things in life!
 
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Just mix the amount of required nutrients into your 5 gallon container with soil before transplanting, I just use a smaller container to pre-mix with some soil because it's easier than lugging around a 4x5 gallon pots or carrying all of my nutrients close to my pots.



You could do this, nothing says you can't. Personally I like the roots to grow into the nutrient rich soil and it hasn't caused any issues yet. Try it and see if it works for you then stick with whatever method you prefer!
Oh, I'm sticking with your method. My dumbass will screw it up if I mess with it.
 
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Just mix the amount of required nutrients into your 5 gallon container with soil before transplanting, I just use a smaller container to pre-mix with some soil because it's easier than lugging around a 4x5 gallon pots or carrying all of my nutrients close to my pots.



You could do this, nothing says you can't. Personally I like the roots to grow into the nutrient rich soil and it hasn't caused any issues yet. Try it and see if it works for you then stick with whatever method you prefer!
Ty for clarifying i'm a dumbass
 
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Hello and welcome to my "Growing with Gaia Green" guide! Figured I would just make a post that can be referenced instead of constantly writing this out in DM's or threads. Gaia Green products are 100% organic dry amendments for cannabis use. They are a Canadian based company but they also sell their product in the USA as well. They have a lot of products to offer and you may find a specific use for some of them due to your variables but I am just going to focus on what I personally use in my stack.

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Sprout phase, ~1 week: NO nutrients are being added to the growing medium. Earth worm castings & cotyledons provide more than enough nutrition for the first 2 weeks of a seeds life
-transplant to 1gallon-
Early veg phase, 4 weeks: amend 3tbsp of 100% All Purpose 4-4-4 per gallon of medium eg. 3tbsp of 4-4-4 for a 1gallon container
Late veg phase if needed, 4 weeks: top dress 3tbsp of 100% All Purpose 4-4-4 per gallon of medium eg. 3tbsp of 4-4-4 for a 1 gallon container
-transplant to 5gallon-
Early flower phase, 1 week before flipping lights: amend 3tbsp of 50% All Purpose 4-4-4 and 50% Power Bloom 2-8-4 per gallon of medium eg. 8tbsp of 4-4-4 and 8tbsp of 2-8-4 for a 5gallon container
Mid flower phase, week 3 or 4 of flower: top dress 3tbsp of 25% All Purpose 4-4-4 and 75% Power Bloom 2-8-4 per gallon of medium eg. 4tbsp of 4-4-4 and 12tbsp of 2-8-4 for a 5gallon container
Late flower phase, sativa plants: if you have a sativa plant chances are they may need an additional weeks of growing time so you could do a light top dress 2tbsp of 100% Power Bloom 2-8-4 per gallon of medium eg. 10tbsp of 100% Power Bloom 2-8-4 for a 5gallon container
-harvest-

This is the basic feed schedule and this is a FULL STRENGTH feeding regiment meaning you are pushing your plant pretty hard. Certain strains and different growing environments may mean that you might only need to use 2/3 of what I have here for amounts. I recommend starting off with 2/3 of what is listed and increasing to full amounts if you're certain that your plants can handle it.

Additional supplements that I use are:

Mycorrhizae
I generously dust the root ball EVERY time I transplant and I also add a couple scoops into my soil mix any time I amend some soil to be going into a new container. Do not underestimate your rhizosphere

Epsom Salts - Magnesium Sulfate
LEDs increase the demand for Mg and this helps cover that demand. Overall plant health and nutrient uptake seems to improve when adding 1tbsp of Epsom Salt every 2 weeks

Gypsum - Calcium Sulfate
Decreases soil salinity and improves soil structure while also providing Calcium and Sulfate. 1tbsp of Gypsum every 2 weeks

Rock Dust Blend - micronutrients and humic acid
Used primarily to supplement micronutrients that may be lacking. Overall plant health and lushness improved since I started adding 2tbsp every 2 weeks


Pretty much once you get started you are either amending or top dressing in 4 week blocks, adding supplemental nutrients every 2 weeks, and then you just water your plants. Good luck and happy growing!
What are you growing in?
 
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So I already have it in my DM's and your Sig but just incase anyones wondering you just mix this as ur basic soil: Basic Soil Mix: 50% ProMix BX, 25% EWC, 25% Perlite
How are you mixing this? How do you do you the exact amount for 5 gallon pots?
 
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TheeGreatness

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Basic Soil Mix: 50% ProMix, 25% EWC, 25% Perlite - I mix this in a large Rubbermaid container and then fill my pots up from the large bin once it's all thoroughly mixed.
So are you saying half the bag of promix, quarter of the other 2 and mix? Apologies for all the questions. Have been wanting to switch for awhile just wanted more information.
 
Shaded_One

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So are you saying half the bag of promix, quarter of the other 2 and mix? Apologies for all the questions. Have been wanting to switch for awhile just wanted more information.

No those are just the ratios for the base mix! So for example I fill this container half up with promix bx, then a quarter with earth worm castings, and the last quarter is perlite.

18 gallon container
9 gallon of promix
4.5 gallon of ewc
4.5 gallon of perlite

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Shaded_One

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I just fill up the nursery pots with the soil from my large tub of base mixture. All of my pots start with the base soil mix :)

(all of my potted plants outdoors start with this mixture as well & a hefty dose of Mycorrhizae)
 
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Blastfact

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I had a nitrogen spike recently. When that 4-4-4, worm castings and ocean forest geared up all at once it was a bit much. Leaves went very dark green to almost black with the just waxed look damaging some of the early lower three pedal leaves. Did a emergency flush adding a bit of 2-8-4 and they came right back around. It literally came to a head and went in a 24 hour cycle. They have been recovering by the hour. Was interesting to see such drastic changes so fast. Will water them later today with just water ph'd to 6.5 and a 1/2 tsp per gallon of Recharge and move on. I should have a tub of 4-4-4 and 2-8-4 come in this week and if things keep going as good as they currently are I will be ordering the Gaia Green by the 20kg bag. I'm likeing what I'm seeing. Pic was taken 48 hours after the nitrogen spike. Should of got a pic of the spike. I went through the pics and found out when I took this pic yesterday they were on 23 days old from helmet heads. These Baby Shark Autos are a very new and unstable cross done by a buddy of mine.

Plants
 
Baywe

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Damn, should've done more research before starting my first grow lol.

Great thread and thank you for taking the time to educate us newbies.
 
Shaded_One

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Damn, should've done more research before starting my first grow lol.

Great thread and thank you for taking the time to educate us newbies.

Glad I can help others who might want to try this route! It was pretty painful once I hit week 3 of flower the first attempt I had with the Gaia Green, but I was being "careful" and used WAY less than what I should have. I'm sure there will be variance from strain to strain and environment to environment but at least there's a baseline here for people to start with.
 

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