Feeding regime – Living Soils

Feeding regime

One of the benefits of using natural products is that nutrients and minerals are released over time and more nutrients will be released every time you water your plants; this means you don't have to apply fertilisers each watering. The feeding regime for our products is therefore really simple - all you need to get started are:

Our bespoke fertiliser blends

Grow

Ideally, you would mix 2 tbsp per gallon of final substrate 2 weeks before transplanting your seedlings into their final pot.

Suggested dosage (after potting up):

  • Soil: Up to 1 tbsp per gallon of substrate every 2 weeks through the vegetative stage.
  • Coco: Double the soil quantity.
[Note: if the substrate is pre-fertilised, doses should be reduced.]

    Bloom

    Incorporate as a top dressing when your plant first shows signs of flowering. Add it to the top of your growing media and water in well after application.

    Suggested dosage:

    • Soil: Up to 1 tbsp per gallon of substrate every 2 weeks through the flowering stage. Do not use within 2 weeks of harvest.

    • Coco: Double the soil quantity.

      Bloom2

        Apply after the stretch period of your plants flowering stage has finished or is finishing shortly; incorporate it as a top dressing: add to the top of your growing medium and water in well after application. Do not use within 2 weeks of harvest. 

        Suggested dosage:
        • Soil: Up to 1 tbsp per gallon of substrate every week through the post-stretch flowering stage.
        • Coco: Double the soil quantity.

        [Note: this can be mixed with an equal dose of Malted Barley Powder to feed the microbes in your substrate and ensure all nutrients are available for your plant]

        Other products

        We also stock other products that are designed to complement your plant through the vegetative and flowering stages of its lifetime.

        Frass

        Because insect frass is made entirely from digested plants, it’s full of the nutrients that plants require to grow robustly. Plus, it also contains millions of beneficial microbes from the guts of insects. 

        Chitin triggers the immune systems of plants causing them to rev up and defend themselves against predators like root-feeding nematodes and disease pathogens in the soil.

        Suggested dosage:

        • Soil: Up to 1 tbsp per gallon of substrate every 2 weeks from middle of the vegetative stage.
        • Coco: Double the soil quantity.

        Wormcasts

        As worm castings on their own are slightly alkaline, our Wormcast mix has been enriched with a small amount of peat-free ericaceous compost (to reduce the ph) as well as bone meal and wheat bran to increase the phosphorous levels.

        It can be blended with your compost mix at the seedling stage or used as a top dressing at the vegetative or flowering stages of your plant’s growth.

        Suggested dosage:

        • Soil: Up to 2 tbsp per gallon of substrate for use as additional nutrients in vegetative or flowering stage if required.
        • Coco: Double the soil quantity.

        Barley

        Malted barley powder is barley that has been sprouted and then dried and powdered. The malted barley we use is certified organic and is sourced from the UK.

        It is chock full of beneficial enzymes such as phosphatase, chitinase, urease, protease and amylase. These enzymes act as catalysts in your soil, helping microbes break matter down into nutrients your plant can use.

        Suggested dosage:

        • Soil/ Coco: Up to 1 tbsp per gallon of substrate for use as additional catalyst for flower development.
          • Especially beneficial when mixed with Bloom2.

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        Example feeding regime

        Below is an example of how a feeding regime could look for a 20L and 40L pot - this should be seen as an indicative guide only as each grow will be different depending on strain, plant and grow technique.

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