FAQs – Living Soils

FAQs

FAQ

 

This page contains some of the questions that we have been asked concerning our products and how to use them. If you have a query, reading through this may help - if not, please feel free to contact us via email.

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QUESTION

Could you advise me on how I would pre-fertilise the substrate using your Grow mix?

RESPONSE

We would recommend thoroughly mixing Grow with your substrate and watering so its soaking wet. After this, leave it for 2 weeks (at the very least for a week) to let the microbes get used to their new home and for the mix to cool down (to not burn your seedling). In the meantime, you could germinate your seedling in a separate small pot in an unfertilised substrate.

When the seedling is old enough (2/3 weeks with its second set of true leaves) gently transfer it into your pot with the activated growing medium. For seedlings in their final pot we suggest not feeding for 4 weeks or so as there will be plenty of nutrients available.

After this, all our products are top dressings - simply sprinkle on the suggested amount and lightly mix in with substrate and water in. 

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QUESTION

Do I need to water the soil more than if I was using standard chemical fertilisers? 

RESPONSE

We think that to maintain a healthy microbial life and to enhance nutrient availability for your plant, we would suggest keeping the soil just a little bit more wet than you would otherwise to reduce the chance that the substrate could dry out completely – you still want the top of the substrate to be very slightly damp to the touch.

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QUESTION

How would I use your products with autoflowering strains? 

RESPONSE

For autoflowering plants we suggest just follow the same pattern as our Feeding Regime page but for less long than a photoperiod. If worried, you could reduce the dosage by 20-30% from stated but again, it should be OK to stay at the prescribed dosage.

One thing you could do is to mix in a dose of Bloom two weeks before the plant is likely to start flowering to give it more P&K early on.

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QUESTION

Are your products able to be used as teas? 

RESPONSE

Yes, sure - all our products are usable as tea - many people have had great results with this. For a standard tea, simply mix the recommended dose for your pot size and growing medium with water, stir occasionally and leave for 24-48 hours.

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QUESTION

Do I need to buy cal mag if using your products in soil or coco?

RESPONSE

You shouldn’t need to purchase any cal mag supplements with our products, but if you are worried about getting a calcium or magnesium deficiency, our Wormcasts are great to use as these contain high amounts of each.

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QUESTION

If growing in winter with lower temperatures should I account for a less effective soil life activity ? Should I consider using heating mats or wires and below what temperature?

RESPONSE

Microbial activity will likely be a bit slower and therefore maybe heat mats would only be a good idea if grow room below something like 15 deg C (although it would seem unlikely your grow room will get that cold!) so would probably not worry about the heat mats too much..