Self-Proclaimed Don Quixote
I like that approach. It’s hard to say how much a plant needs since there are so many variables with enviornment but increasing the food little by little until you hit the sweet spot is part of the learning curve when it comes to soilless/hydro type mediums. It’s a much safer idea than bombarding them with a strong feed.
Yup. With fertile balanced organic soil you don’t really need to check pH or add additional nutrients. However I believe in MissBotany’s case the “soil” that was used isn’t truly soil but actually what is called a soilless medium. It’s ment to be flexible. It’s up to the gardener to amend it into a soil or to use it as a hybrid hydro medium. I really dislike how some companys label bags of perlite and peat as soil just because they added earth worm castings. It’s just not enough diversity to be true living soil by itself IMO.
Agreed. It is real easy to ammend the soil tho and just let it do its thing without the hassle of phing and adjusting correct amount of nutes and so on.
But as i said if you are phing you should do it at 6.8, imo it will be better for your plants. When you do 6.5, as the organic material decomposes it becomes acidic and at 6.4 P is not available for the plant according to the chart i posted above.