You guys, SLG and Moe, are inspiring me to keep pressing on. I've had a couple of minor setbacks lately. The pH, ppm and temp monitor/meter I orderd, ....well it was listed as new, unopened and unused. It was none of the 3, so after a round with the seller, I have a full refund. Nice refund, but now I'm waiting on a new meter, from another vender on Amazon. No biggie, right? So I ordered all my Jack's and they all arrived. I wish they had all arrived dry. The 15-6-17 Clone arrived wet, sopping wet. The package was factory sealed and wasn't compromised. No holes or any way I could find the water got inside AFTER it was factory sealed. Yes, I complained to Amazon and was issued a refund, but honestly, I believe it came from Jack's this way. So I also contacted Jack's. Thay wanted to know who the vender was and said :
"The nutrients are still good to use though, we recommend increasing your amount by 10-15% to compensate for the moisture in the 15-6-17. Once you open your nutrients the key to proper storage is to keep them in a cool dry area."
SERIOUSLY! and then added that if I want my water tested, they have a lab. Look at this picture of it after opening it. and no, I had no idea it was that soaking wet before I opened it. I will be sending another email to Jack's with this picture of their product. It's likely about 1/2 water by weight and yes, I weighed it, 1098gr with packaging.
Seriously, you can see water(?) puddling up on the top of it, see?
OK, enough of the problems! As you can likely tell from my post, I think of myself as a "measure twice, cut once" person. So with that in mind, I've tripple tested my - surprise!, extra parts setup. I've also rooted up a tomato cutting from the veggie garden I posted about here,
I've been growing my pot in soil for years and have, for years, thought that the leaf 'burn' I always see towards the last half of bloom was a Potassium deficiency, although adding additional 'bloom' fert didn't really help. Fast forward to this winter. The wife and I decided to have a small...
that's ready to be my "canary in the coal mine" to learn on before I go busting $10 beans.
Here is what I've got that I THINK is ready to start with. Please feel free to add things I'm missing.
15-6-17 Clone(wet), 15-0-0 B, 5-12-26 A, 10-30-20 Bloom, 7-15-30 Finish, Potassium Silicate, Epsom salt, Orca, Citric Acid (pH down), Potassium Bi-Carbonate (pH up), and RO water that is testing at 11ppm.
And since I am working in the spare bedroom, I'm taking extra mearures (pun intended) to insure no water leaks in the bedroom. I have my reservoir bucket inside a large tote, as shown in the video below. All hose connections are inside it and the tent. Everything, except my chiller/heater, is up and running and the chiller will arrive by Friday. I guess I have to use the tried and true frozen water bottles until then. My current water temp is 72*.
...and will someone leave a list of order of when to add things. Does the Orca go in first or last???? How many gr of Silica per gallon of water? and then pH down to 5.8? This is about 6 gal total.
...and for the record, here is what a bell pepper plant looks like that has been overdosed with Calcium. The tomato plants looked just as bad before I stripped them. SHAME ON ME!!!!!! Guess that explains why I practice on on veggies...
and again, THANKS for your time and expertise!!!!!!