FAQs – Living Soils

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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

How would I use your products with autoflowering strains? 

RESPONSE

For autoflowering plants we suggest just follow the same pattern as illustrated on our Feeding Regime but for less long than a photoperiod. 

The initial substrate mix is slightly different also - it is normally the case that the seed/ clone is planted straight into the substrate - we therefore suggest adding Bloom into the your initial mix - you could reduce the recommended dose of Grow to 75% and instead use 25% Bloom. This will provide your plant with increased levels of P & K and reduced levels of N from the outset. 

Then from week 4/5 (when flowering starts) just feed with Bloom, and post stretch, move to using Bloom2 and Barley.

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QUESTION

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

RESPONSE

For photoperiod plants we recommend thoroughly mixing Grow with your substrate and watering so its soaking wet. After this, leave it for 2 weeks (at the very least 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

Can I use water straight from the tap when watering my plants? 

We advise against using water straight from the tap: depending on where you are located, your tap water will contain chlorine or chloramine (or both) - these are chemicals water companies use to kill harmful microbes, and therefore are pretty unwelcome when growing plants.

We recommend using rainwater, reverse osmosis water, or using a water conditioning additive to remove all traces of these chemicals before watering your plants. If you are on a tight budget, we recommend leaving tap water for 24 hours to reduce chlorine or chloramine levels.

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QUESTION

Do I need to water the soil/ coco 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 wetter 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

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..

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QUESTION

I have tried using your Grow product and it seems to promote mould growth on the top layer a few days after the initial mix was made? Is this to be expected?

RESPONSE

Sure - it’s a great sign - the mould is actually a type of fungus called ‘mycorrhizae’ and shows that Grow is really working:-) A little more about mycorrhizae, and the value to your plant below:

Mycorrhizae feed by attaching themselves to plant roots, which provide the fungi with sugars from photosynthesis that these darkness dwellers would otherwise be unable to access. In return, the mycorrhizae expand the plant’s root system and help it reach far-away nutrients that would otherwise be unavailable to the plant. Being attached directly to the root also helps nutrients, particularly phosphates, become more soluble for plants.