Okay, as a beginner, and experiencing/experienced apparently “all” known rookie/beginner snaffoos(and I only on the 20th of April ordered some good beginner and advanced growing books(the three main ones) by Jorge Cervantes, apart from the literature from here, so I am low on weed specific growing knowledge, strangely), and wondering if I should even attempt to use this soil rated as such, considering I have five large and two smaller WHITE WIDOW that all were stunted for one reason or another(and those two are ready to go into a larger pot for sure, maybe with this new soil I bought)I have five plants in white plastic five gallon buckets with lots of holes in them, and lucky I haven’t killed those plants so far, they are almost two and a half months old, and right now I could care less when I start to flower them, but I bought some “Turf King” 13 04 13 slow release fertilizer soil to maybe use on at least a couple plants, and some three gallon black pots, I was thinking about replanting them, but in smaller pots, I could always go larger later, but with real plant pots that are black, not white that can allow in light or hold onto too much moisture.
Anyway, I do know that when I mixed up my own soil mix I may have made a mistake, I added for magnesium, Epsom salts, but I also added dolomite lime, I read that those both have magnesium, and I mean, I sort of just off hand mixed quantities in the soil mix, no measuring etc, same way I did with vermiculite, and perlite. One of my plants I had overwatered real bad last month, and seems to turn its leaves light green and damaged on the tip and they don’t look good. I almost wonder if I screwed up the soil mix. WHICH BRINGS ME TO MY POINT, I wouldn’t mind using a slow release soil either now or in the future, I screwed up most of my clones, so, can’t do any experimentation right now. Yeah, I know it would take awhile for the slow release pellets to wear off, maybe I wouldn’t need to fertilize at all for awhile. Right now its about keep them alive for cloning, and basically alive at all, I have two to three good looking ones, but I questioned my sanity on using this soil, and fertilized with some blue miracle grow water, the smaller measure for indoor houseplants, not strong, instead of transplanting at this time, I know I am likely not even mixing that stuff up right other than playing it safe and making it possibly weak, ya know, miracle grow blue powder mix is rated at 24 8 16 NPK, calling for “indoor plants” of 1/2 teaspoon/small end of plastic provided spoon per gallon of water(distilled) every two weeks, and for outdoor plants 1 1/2 tablespoons/large end of provided spoon per 1 1/2 gallon of distilled water. Needless to say, I am even unsure how much really to use, other than for “indoor plants”,…seems safe. I mean, once I know what I am doing, I’ll likely never use miracle grow powdered fertilizer ever again, seems like organic fertilizers can grow a better product, such as the grow boosters sets from here, for instance, organic stuff, nice. But miracle grow, the chemical fertilizer, is like I said 24 8 16, seems real good for vegging, especially, “beginner vegging”. Technically, there is a section here on “fertilizers”, at the informational section mentioning “miracle grow”, the problem with miracle grow, it is easy to use outside with a hose connected to a sprayer with a plastic jar filled full with blue powder, gets evenly distributed, mixing per gallon for indoor plants, the instructions is lacking, no wonder so many people kill their plants with over nuting with miracle grow, I almost did with all of them over three weeks ago, right along with overwatering several of them several days later, a “double tap” assassination attempt on my own plants. .
I will tell ya a real problem, five gallon pots, its always dry from the surface to several inches down, then beyond that it is measuring wet, so I drilled aeration holes, ha, its a all dumb dumb dumb, considering now I know that white plastic pots can transmit light to roots inside or those on the outside edge.
Anyway, everything I have done wrong previous up to now I knew before I did it that I was taking some sort of risk, and so now, well, I am “pausing” and “thinking” about it. Prefertilized soil, and my ignorant use of miracle grow fertilizer mix(blue powder), and how I over nuted with them once already, now I am using it too weak, and yeah, I bought the marijuana booster packs, but I used a little once and decided I will save my nice booster and flowering packs till I I know I aint wasting them while making mistakes, with my WHITE WIDOW plants.