Hellraiser grows Gorilla Glue and other stuff

Found this under the bed and thought it could be useful for new growers.

Stuck it in the pot to see if it still works. it seems to work just fine. Though we will test it at different moisture levels to see if it can be trusted.

A lot of new growers buy the 3-1 soil test thing, problem is it sucks for pH, sucks at telling the light level, but the moisture meter is actually quite useful, if you know how to use it correctly.

This is not a 3 in 1 device, just a dedicated moisture meter.

Right now the soil is still pretty moist under the surface and the pot is heavy. The moisture meter confirms this with a high moisture reading. We will do further testing with it and see.

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This will be cool! Saw one at a local hardware store today, and thought it would be nice if it actually worked

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I have gotten where I can tell by weight of pot. But I used one of these meters for first 2 grows. I would give a lot of credit to meter keeping me from either drowning or letting plants getting to dry.

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Same here I can lift A 5 gallon fabric pot and tell she’s ready, solo cup I’m not so sure sometimes :wink:

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@Chasfitter, before Hellraiser brought up the method of cup swing. I had a solo cup of just soil, and would compare weight by picking it up. Almost weighted them, but thought it would be silly.

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Thanks Hellraiser! Your journal is stuffed with such helpful instruction/explanation! I have one of those 3 in 1 meters- it doesnt work at all. What do u use to check ph?

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We have them here in Illinois, I still haven’t been in one. Thanks to ilgm and the fine folks here ,lol

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I use a 3 in 1 to measure when I need to water too. It works pretty well for that.

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i used a little 3 ml syringe to water a circle around mine in solo cups

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@Tenga, I don’t really bother checking my soil pH, never have any reason to as I ph every drop of water that I put into the pot and never have any ph or deficiency issues to chase down.

But if I was curious about it, I’d do a runoff test - water a little extra so you get plenty of runoff and use a digital ph meter to see what the ph level is, if all normal, it should be a little lower than the ph of the water you just gave it. Also can do a slurry test, dig out a little soil a few inches down and mix with ph’d water and test the ph of that with the digital ph meter.

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@Hellraiser oh i meant water ph. Sorry i wasnt specific.

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@Tenga, No problem, just get one of these, and get some ph up, ph down, and ph calibration solution to occasionally test and calibrate the ph meter.

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Hey Hellraiser! Great posts. Super informative! Would distilled water work well to calibrate my digital PH meter?

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@Kilgoretrout did you order a new digital one? If so, it should come with packets to calibrate it. You will need distilled water for the packets…these are what is needed to calibrate it.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PG1RFLK?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

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Thank you Hellraiser for the link!! Made it so easy to order. And tx for ur link too, Zee. There is so much to learn and figure out, but its so worth it! And much appreciation to u guys for taking the noobs under ur wing. Hopefully someday (when I grow up) I can also help new growers. Pay it forward, right?

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I like to keep a bottle of this around, I just dip my my ph meter in it once a week or so to make sure it is on point. Makes it too easy.

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Quick peek into the flowering tent, getting near end of week 3 of flowering 34RH 77F

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Got a new light for the flowering tent, a HLG 550 v2 Rspec. Had my eye on one for a while, finally pulled the trigger.

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Yes I did get a new one in the mail yesterday. Just got around to calibrating a few minutes ago using the packets that came with the equipment.

Here’s what I have and a copy of the calibration instructions for anyone who’s interested. I will go into further detail in my journal later today.

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@Hellraiser how many plants are in the picture of your flowering tent?

Also, I’m going to tag you in my grow journal if you don’t t mind. I could use some good advice.

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