Running on from Part One of ‘Prevention Is Cheaper Than The Cure’, I’m going to take you through another problem you should be trying to prevent when growing – nutrient deficiencies or feeding problems.
We get at least one customer a day who says “my plants aren’t looking too good” or “my leaves are going yellow, what should I do?” As we said in Part One, prevention is easier and cheaper than the cure…
These are 3 main factors you need to pay close attention to for this:- 1. Temperatures. We’ve said it before but we cannot stress enough the importance of temperatures……. Environment is everything!! If your plants get to0 cold this is going to effect how the plant feeds, as it will shut down the plants internal systems in an attempt to protect itself. The bi-product of this is that if you continue to feed your plant during this time you will then over water it as it will not be drinking at the same rate. This leads on nicely to factor two…
2. Over watering and under watering . Like humans, plants don’t want to miss meals… and they also don’t want be force fed!
When plants are left too long before feeding the soil or medium will dry out excessively causing the nutrient salts to form on the roots, often leading to nutrient burn or what you will see as yellowing or damage on the surface of your leaf. The same applies if you try to feed your plants to0 much water in one sitting. Many growers get lazy and don’t water their plants everyday, instead giving the plant extra water one day, missing a few days, and then going back and doing the same again. PLANTS DON’T APPRECIATE THIS… A drowned plant is suffocating in its root zone – if it can’t breath then problems will occur. Yes, you guessed it… More yellow leaves!
A much better way to feed your plants is little and often. This is why plants thrive in hydroponic systems because of the regimented feeding schedule.
So now for a great tip! Please remember this next time you are feeding/tending for your plants. We want you to become a better grower and get amazing, huge results! Here is what you do to prevent nutrient problems on your plants…..
3. Foliar feeding……. In commercial horticulture foliar feeding or overhead feeding is used as a way to correct problems in sick or unhealthy plants. On a smaller scale, or hobby level, a foliar feeding schedule, say once Monday and again on Friday, can keep all problems at bay but also lead to the healthiest, best plants you’ll ever see.
By foliar feeding you are forcing the plants to take on the nutrient that you are feeding. If growing under lights we recommend doing this when the lights are off. If this can’t be done then use Dutch Master Saturator to give the plants the ability to be foliar fed with the lights on without causing damage to the leaves. Without this product there is risk of burning the leaves when spraying with lights on. Using this method, the plants will use the extra nutrient. By spraying nutrients/additives onto the leaves, they cannot refuse to take it on.
It is the most effective way to supplement feeding to prevent nutrient deficiencies. Canna Rhizotonic used at half strength is another great product for spraying onto your plants. But most nutrient companies have a foliar feed in their range. USE THEM, YOU WONT REGRET IT….