Nile Expedition Day 21:
Been a great week for everyone:
Ank is doing really well. She started out a little frail, experienced a minor trauma and is now outshining her sister.
Nef is looking good also. She shot out of the soil as a sprout but her sister has surpassed her slightly.
Aurora, one week younger than the twins, is catchinig up quickly.
We experienced our first stumble. I was watering our girls with 6.5 distilled water. My runoff was crazy low. Asked a few questions. It turns out I have our seedlings in a “soilless” mix instead of soil. Being such a rookie, I had no idea, and was watering at the wrong Ph.
@dbrn32 @bob31 @Niala @Majiktoker all helped me get back on track and helped me understand a little better. Thanks guys!
Put some Dolomite Lime in the starter mix to help with the low Ph. Over the course of watering this last week, Ph has raised about .02 a day. Today’s watering, 5.8 in 5.2 out. Thanks again guys.
Monday, I started the girls on Rapidstart and they seemed to like it. We’re going to make Mondays our feeding day for now.
I have another inexpensive LED light, just like my “blurple” one, in my Amazon cart and am on the fence about ordering it. The extra light should put me in the upper end of the “sweet spot” 35-50w/sq.ft. I’m undecided because even though my watts per sq.ft. would be higher, I’m not sure that I’d get the penetration that more quality lighting would provide. The money might be better spent towards better lighting and not more lighting.
This leaves me with another question about my soil/soilless situation. When I transplant my seedling pots, with the soilless mix, into FFOF/soil what should I Ph my water to? The soilless calls for 5.8, but the soil needs 6.5. Do I need to do something to my soilless mix to get it closer to the soil?