I realize that there are tons of ways to have your grow room set up, as far as growing mediums and the like. I use soil, not soil less, or any type of hydro. Please do not give me those types of techniques unless it will work for my situation in a positive, non-work intensive manner.
I don't have expensive soil, in fact it's a premium blend from a bargain brand. They call it a "Potting Soil". It is spongy, has about 8-10% perlite (White granules), and a fair amount of wood particulate. (Sticks, bark...small chips... the whole tree it seems). It does drain fairly well, however seems to retain a large amount of water. (In a 3 gallon pot, it will hold around 500-700mL of water)
I don't have:
- Testing equipment (I plan to get a Hanna PH/EC/PPM/TEMP AIO when I can set aside $160 for anything other than bills)
(I would really appreciate only having people comment who have first hand experience, and can speak from it)
(lol... But come one come all!! I refuse no ones opinion if it's valid)
Here are my questions:
1) How much do you water you plants at the seedling/fresh clone stage?
(Do they need to be wet, moist, almost dry, or no humidity left in the soil?)
(Or should I sweep through all of those on rotation?)
2) Can you successfully clone in soil?
(Without rooting hormone?)
3) How much do you feed, and when do you start feeding?
(I've heard people who NEVER feed, and grow healthy tall plants...... how can that be?)
4) Is Dasani water ok for my plants?
(I've heard reports of it being anywhere from ph5-ph8)
5) When do you water?
(What do you wait for? When is TOO dry?)
6) Do the cheap testers actually work?
(I am trying to decide if I should get a temporary:PH (Test strips), and soil moisture tester.... again, cost is a major issue, so if it will REALLY help, I will consider it)
Thank you in advance to anyone who will bless me with their knowledge, I'm new, and excited. I know from past attempts, I feel bad for my plants when they hurt, and I almost go nuts until they look healthy again. ( Imagine me without testing equipment yet...lol) So that is why I am trying to be pro-active, to stop something before it starts. The only way I know of to do that, is with knowledge from those with experience.
Keep on smokin,