So almost everyone here knows or is beginning to realize how much work growing can be, tie in a busy lifestyle or an unconventional one and it can be a real struggle.
So me and my wifey are always looking to cut out the amount of work yet try and keep decent yeilds. We grow autoflowers to keep things fast and easy and I just recently picked up a autopot system, of course I’m using fabric pots not the plastic ones it comes with.
We have chose to grow in soil because it’s more forgiving/ less maintenance.
The autopot watering system is a God send for our lifestyle but… As some know the salts and leftovers now rise to the top of the soil so you can never water from the top down after you turn it on without risking the health of your plant.
The crazy part of the system is that everyone seems to just toss feed into the reservoir that feeds multiple plants and then they just call it good, but again most growers I see are growing in coco unfortunately there are not alot of people out there growing cannabis in soil autopots with autoflowers. I refer to this as blind feeding because they are going by a scedule and not run off, scary and asking for trouble. Although you can read run off you just pick up the pots and take a sample but then if one plants eating alot and the others aren’t how can you feed it?
You could turn each plant off and water them once dry in their own trays their separate feed but then was that really enough? And you’ll have to do this a couple times thats for sure.
The only other way I see solving this issue is to run each plant off its own reservoir in order to control what plant gets how much food.
Between week 4-6 I have to start feeding bloom nutes depend on my soil mix.
I first tried 2/3 FFOF with 1/3 FFHF, mixed with perlite and Mykos but I was informed that a lighter core would be better to allow the tap root to sink deeper.
This grow I have tried the same but instead a center core, created by a bottle of vodka in place when packing soil in pots, filled with FFHF. I have noticed this mix to run out faster because there was less FFOF.
Ive been eyeing up Bluesky organics super soil as they are a local company but also some know them, I was thinking of doing a plug of happy frog followed by the whole outside full of super soil or 50/50 with ocean forest.
Unfortunately the autopots only go to 5gallon otherwise I would simply run a larger pot.
Looking to start a conversation and bounce ideas.