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Old 09-14-2018, 06:10 PM #1
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Need nute for Perlite/Vermiculite Hempy

What Nutes could I run using this medium?
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Old 09-14-2018, 06:21 PM #2
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Pretty much anything. But I suggest keeping it simple (KISS method) and using General Hydroponics Maxibloom.
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Pretty much anything. But I suggest keeping it simple (KISS method) and using General Hydroponics Maxibloom.

Thanks for the reply! I am using MB and having a problem. I thought I might try another to see if I had better luck. I need something easy like MB. what other one would you suggest I try?
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The other popular all-in-one that is also used in the same manner is Jack's classic. I've never used it though. MB just works for me. What kind of problem are you having?
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I'm having bad problems. drooping leaves, shock, yellow variegated leaves and burnt tips.


I have other suspects like my tap water but it's been fine in the past.



My tap water is about PH 7 and the MB brings it down to about PH 6. That's still the same because I tested it today.



At first I thought it was shock from too cold water but even if I let it sit over night it still shocks the plants.


Something else could be wrong like roots too wet when I transplant from my veg pot to flower pot that the root sit in nutes.


I don't have a reliable ppm meter and plan on ordering one today. I didn't need one until lately. It could be that I'm just drowning my roots.
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I have found out the hard way; that virgin perlite/vermiculite mix works better with a nute soak, first.
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Have you looked at your municipal water quality report? Just wondering if there's some weirdness there. You might try using a different water source. But yes, you are exhibiting some nute burn AND some lock out at the same time. That almost suggests that there's a pH problem. Are you sure you can trust your pH meter? Have you tried liquid drops or test strips as a second opinion?

That said, if your pH is fine, then it's probably overwatering. But since you're using hempy buckets, that's kind of odd. It makes me wonder if maybe the perlite you used in the mix was too fine? Extra coarse perlite is the best thing to add to vermiculite for a hempy mix, in my experience. When the perlite is too fine (particles too small), such as the kind that Scott's sells, it can actually cause compacting and drainage issues.
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Have you looked at your municipal water quality report? Just wondering if there's some weirdness there. You might try using a different water source. But yes, you are exhibiting some nute burn AND some lock out at the same time. That almost suggests that there's a pH problem. Are you sure you can trust your pH meter? Have you tried liquid drops or test strips as a second opinion?

That said, if your pH is fine, then it's probably overwatering. But since you're using hempy buckets, that's kind of odd. It makes me wonder if maybe the perlite you used in the mix was too fine? Extra coarse perlite is the best thing to add to vermiculite for a hempy mix, in my experience. When the perlite is too fine (particles too small), such as the kind that Scott's sells, it can actually cause compacting and drainage issues.

I use the drops for PH and tested my tap again today and then tested my water with nutes and it was fine. This is my perlite mixed 3:1 with vermiculte.
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I use the drops for PH and tested my tap again today and then tested my water with nutes and it was fine. This is my perlite mixed 3:1 with vermiculte.
I recommend a weak nute soak for Vigoro.

That's what I am using now; because MG perlite/Sta-green vermiculite has disappeared around here.
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I run jacks and calnit through my ppks with perlite and mini hempy buckets.
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