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Watering to runoff

I have actually never done this on a regular basis, In the past I never had problems, I would do a good flush every 2-3 weeks.

How many of you water to runoff on every watering (soil)

I might have to change my ways, I love learning :slight_smile:

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Personally maybe once a week I’ll water till I see runoff… I flush once a week on weekends but I usually just give just the right amount of of water for the size pot I’m using… I made the mistake of overwatering before so that was one of my first mistakes I learned from lol

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Thanks, I’ve never overwatered before, but, have been guilty of underwatering, that can be bad also.

I’ve just been doing a lot of reading and see that a lot of people water to runoff, just wanted some opinions. :wink:

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Absolutely and that’s what makes it so fun… So many styles so many products now a days! I love it! :call_me_hand:

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Hhmm i have done that every watering. And i feed nutrients every day. I do just use water 1x a week to give the plants a break sometimes 2x a week. And i hit them with a foliar seeweed every night also and there doing very well. I divide 2 gallons between 6 plants in the flower tent and another gallon in the veg tent and nursery tent.

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what are you feeding your plants organics or salts base? If organics then you are removing alot or the nutes. And wasting money. Now with salte base then you need to remove the salts to keep them from building up in the soil.

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I like watering til runoff every time once they are old enough to handle it. Usually a gallon will give you a few cups of runoff, just to let you know where your media is sitting. Once you get an understanding of the leaf’s and what they are saying then runoff isn’t really that important. Runoff also allows you to catch problems before they happen. And in soil, the ph seems to really go on a downward spiral late in flower.

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I am using ffof right now, my auto’s are only 12 days old, tiny things, but haven’t watered to runoff yet as ffof is “supposed” to have enough nutes to last awhile, I am itching to feed them, but don’t want to burn them, I am waiting for my tiger bloom and botanicare cal-mag to come in on Monday, and I just shook my old bottle of grow big and it sounds like it has chunks in it, so I probably have to toss that out, I will inspect it later when I have time, I have to hit the dispensary and get my meds yet, having a bad day, hard to type today.

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I watered to runoff in ffof every feed once they were big enough. And I still didnt feed them until mid flower. The nutrients in that soil will last for 2 months almost. Just watch your ppm runoff, and once it gets below 900-1000 then you can pick up in the feeding schedule wherever your plants are.

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These 2 autos were in ffof from seed to harvest. Never fed them until their flower stretch was over

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Damn, those are purdy, thanks a lot for the input, I am going to do the same.
Did you top them or just lst (I have never done lst, just a lot of topping)
I have so much to learn yet, as I only have (looks at notes) 7 indoor grows to my name and this being the first with auto’s. (and my first grow in 15 years)

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The purple colored plant was topped once in between the 5/6 node. The other one was only lst’d

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I am debating about topping on these since it’s my first time with auto’s. if I were, I was thinking about the 4th node, but now what you said above, the 5th might be a better choice.

I’ll see what they look like at the 4th node and decide then, again, thanks for the input for this old noob.

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I use salt base and some organic nutrient. I dont waste anything if i can help it. I have a run off tub and rag i soak it all up with and then i take it out to my garden and give it to those plants.
@tinker Ive been gardening for 30+ years and its always good to learn new things. I have a lot of nutrients to play with. I am almost out of the dakine420 salt base. And i have a master line of roots organics and they have a great feeding chart.
I also have to water every day or my plants will wilt fast. I have a lot of fans and fabric pots and hot lights lol. Im currently at 4 gallons of water and or nutrients mix consumed per every 12-14 hours. These runts are awesome and thirsty. My very 1st batch was only 1 gallon for 3 plants. I find these fabric pots dry much faster than plastic. But the plants are way more vigorous and active.


I try and alternate the nutrients and water. So they get just water every 2nd or 3rd day. And they get a misting evry night and every 3-4 days they also get a folier seaweed spray. Thats why the looked wet and droopy in the pic. I had just hit em with the mist and folier.

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I think im going to up my nutrients a little just because of the fact that after watering my ppms are are at 528 with nutrients. My water by itself is at 225 ppms. I cant tell if its too much by watching plants leaves.

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You might want to top auto it will slow them down and they have their own set schedule that they are running. You will not have the time for them to recover from the stress that topping causes.

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Well, yeah, that I know :wink: why it’s important to get things done before they show first signs of pistols.

I am in Happy Frog soil and only gave my plant some veg nutrients once. It’s been 10 weeks and my ppm is still up around 1700. I’m glad you mentioned that. I was wondering if they needed anything.

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Looks great @imSICKkid! Would that method be different for Coco? As that medium isn’t charged with any nutes before hand.

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Absolutely. Now that I am in coco myself I start germinated seeds in 300ppm/6.0ph coco. I dont wait like most do for the cotelydons to fade, as I think there is a fine line waiting to long and stunting the plant.

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