Remember – when you are flushing, you are trying to get rid of that buildup of nutrients. Most of that buildup is NOT above the ground. You are trying to flush the roots and soil. So try to do it at the beginning or end of the day when you can mist the plants with plain water. This will lower their transpiration and keep them from sucking up more flush water than they need. This step is not required, but its on the Clearex label so I do it.
Drain your res and refill, saturate the system for 5-15 minutes with plain distilled water then allow it to drain back to the res. Repeat at least 3 times. Check your ph on the last go round. Drain and fill with nutes. That’s it.
Once the plant is at least 12″ (12-18″) begin flowering. Flower plants as soon as they root to keep them short. Flowering, 10-13 hours of dark (equal parts day/night 12hours). A high P plant food such as Stealth Hydro or Peters 5-50-17 plant food is used for flowering, blooming and fruiting plants when beginning 12 hour days. Flowering, the plant will be induced to fruit or flower with dark cycles of 11-13 hours. This simulates the oncoming winter. A schedule of covering the plants for 2 weeks will start your plants to flowering. After the first 2 weeks, the schedule can be relaxed but it will still be necessary to continue this routine for the plants to completely flower without reverting back to vegetative growth. Early flowering is noticed 1-2 weeks after turning back the lights. Look for 2 white hairs emerging from a small bulbous area at every internode. 3-6 weeks after turning back the lights, your plants will be covered with the white pistils emerging from every grow tip on the plant. Some plants will do this indefinitely until the lights are turned back yet again. At the point you feel you are ready to see the existing flowers become ripe (you feel the plant has enough flowers), turn the lights back to 8-10 hour days. Now the plant will start to ripen quickly and should be ready to harvest in 2-3 weeks. Look for the white hairs to turn red, orange or brown and the false seed pods to swell with resin. Most of the pistils have turned color (about 80%), the flowers are ripe to harvest. Do not touch the buds. If you do the THC will come off on your fingers and reduce the overall yield if mishandled.
Pruning encourages the plant to produce as much as possible and remain healthy. Pruning the lower limbs creates more air-flow under the plants in an indoor situation and creates cuttings for cloning. It also forces the plant effort to the top limbs that get the most light. Plants that are regenerated need to have minor growth clipped so that the main regenerated growth will get all the plant energy. This means that once the plant has started to regenerate lots of growth, the lower limbs that will be shaded or are not robust should go. The growth must be thinned on top branches such that only the most robust growth is allowed to remain.
Cloning is asexual reproduction. A grow tip is the part that can be cloned or propagated asexually. They are located at the top of the plant and every major internodes. Cuttings are taken from a mother plant in vegetative growth, and rooted in hydroponic medium to be grown as a separate plant. Take cuttings for clones before you move plants from vegetative growth to flowering. Low branches are cut to increase air circulation under the green canopy. Use these cuttings for cloning. Take cuttings from the bottom 1/3 of the plant. Rooted clones are moved to the vegetative growth area, and new clones are started in the cloning area using the low branch cuttings. Cut young growth tips from a vegetative stage, mature plant 3-5 inches long with a stem diameter 1/5-1/10 inch. Rootlets will appear at the bottom of the pods in 2-3 weeks. Each cycle of growth will take from 4-8 weeks, so you can constantly be growing in 3 stages, and harvesting every 6-8 weeks.
On the second attempt the only thing I changed was using the seed (only one this time) from the freezer. The seed popped nicely and even produced a seed leaf but never went beyond that, Again, bad nutes?
Lights out during germination! Germination should occur between 2-7 days up to 14. No fertilizer during germination? Wash hands every time you play in your garden! Soak seeds in solution of bleach to kill off any fungus, Â½ tbsp of bleach to a gallon of water. Soak for Â½ hour. Then soak seeds in plain water (distilled) for 8-14 hours. Seeds will sink to bottom of glass when they are ready to move on to next stage. Seeds then can be placed in wet paper towel or pod. For the towel cover seeds with another wet paper towel and let sit for another day or two till tap root appears then move to pod or move from glass to pod and start machine. Once sprouted, and the seed has broken ground or clears the pod the plant starts vegetative growth. Move to grow light cycle. This means the plant will be photosynthesizing as much as possible to grow tall and start many grow tips at each pair of leaves.
The more plants you have and the less reservoir space you have will lead to huge fluctuations in a short period of time. Unless you want to stand over your reservoir constantly monitoring and adjusting for pH and PPM then you should plan on 5 gallons or more of reservoir volume per plant.
Do not cure pot in the sun, it reduces potency. Slow cure hanging buds upside down in a ventilated space. Drying in a paper bag works and may be much more convenient. Bud tastes great when slow dried over the course of a week or two. Dry buds until the stems are brittle enough to snap, and then cure them in a sealed Tupperware container, burping air and turning the buds daily for two weeks. Dry in an un-insulated area of the house (garage) so that the temp will rise and fall each night.
I had already bought my garden a year before but of course was actually using it as it was intended. to grow herbs and vegetables.
I have the AeroGarden Pro100. There are several spice, herb and vegetable settings; I use the tomato/peppers setting like the article did. There are LED’s for Germination, Initial Growth and Mature Growth stages. Once you plug the machine in it starts with the germination stage. The light setting for tomato is 18/6 during germination and 16/8 for the mature growth, for whatever reason it skips the initial growth setting. The beauty about this machine is you can set it for 24hr light and then control light with a timer for that all important flowering stage of 12/12. And that’s it. NOT.
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- Plant “Soft-ties”
- Homeade trellis system.
I would use a chicken wire for the aerogarden plant that would grow taller and wider. I suggest chicken wire because it is flexable and easy to cut and maintain.
One of the most important things your can do when your AeroGarden is just starting is to trim your plants. There are far too many types of plants that you can grow in your Aerogarden to discuss them all here…so we will only give you a few basic pointers that apply to most all plants. We highly recommend you follow the trimming instructions in the guide included in your AeroGarden Seed Kits. Here are some basic trimming principles you can use:
Trimming your AeroGarden roots will not only allow your plants to thrive and be healthy, itll also allow your AeroGarden to continue functioning properly for years to come. So don’t be afraid to trim your roots!
In order to have a thriving and healthy AeroGarden, you need to have the correct amount of water in your AeroGarden. If the water level gets too low, your plants will suffer. One of the things we have learned in our several years of AeroGardening, is this: DO NOT TRUST THE WATER LEVEL INDICATORS!
Although the plants you will grow in your AeroGarden will be smaller varieties than ones you might grow in your outdoor garden, they will still need to be supported if they produce heavy fruit (such as tomatoes, peppers, etc).
As they grow, the tiny little roots can easily find their way into small, but important parts of your AeroGarden – like the pump! When these roots get bigger they can actually stop (and break) your pump – which will temporarily break your AeroGarden until you can find a replacement pump.
NEVER trim more than 1/3 of your plants at one time.
There are lots of ways that you can create your own trellis system for the AeroGarden, so we will not be discussing this in detail.
We know this is a very basic tip, but believe it or not, it is one that most people ignore. If you do not read the manual, you will not know how to set the AeroGarden lights to go on (or off) when you want them too. You will not know how to super-charge your garden using the 24-hour light cycle…