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Old June 27, 2018   #31
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Tomzhawii. How aften are you flushing. I try to run off whenever I water with plain H20. On the days I'm adding liquid fertz/supplement, I purposely space out my water schedule. I root drench - come back - root drench again, and then give it some H20. --- mainly due to growbag + coarse medium.

I know if I'm not flushing enough when the outside gets white and hard....which did happen to me the 1st year I was using growbags

Interesting read on the meters....I've yet to take it to that scale as a garden hobby.
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I now will try to flush every 12-15 days. But that also depends on how many gallons get topped off with plain water.
I read some stuff and started thinking about how much I was feeding and how much I topped off with just water. Thats the reason for getting a ppm meter. It was 2300 in my reservior and even after 15 gallons of water in a 25 gallon container my runoff from my media only dropped 300ppms. Shocking. But it's getting better. I did quit the tiger bloom. It drops the ph way too much and since then seems to have leveled out to average 6 - 6.5. Cal-mag is helping also.
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Old August 15, 2018   #32
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So after a real effort to do my best with these nutrients. I decided to get some facts. I took some tomato leaves to University of Hawaii Ag Diagnostic center. My results were :
N 3.86%, P 0.37%, K 7.15%, Ca 1.14%, Mg 0.89%, Na 0.39%, S 0% , Fe 352 ppm, Mn 47 ppm, Z 173 ppm , Cu 41ppm, B 168 ppm
I did follow ak marks advise by consistantly using cal-mag. The mag came good, the cal came up short.
I am going to try and add cal-mag and bump up the tiger bloom. However, I worry about burning my plants.
Right now , I will continue using F.F. to use up what I bought.
But that might change more sooner than later. Since I use coco coir ,I have noticed top hydro companies adding new nutrient lines dedicated to coco medium. It makes me wonder. I just needed to put my info out there, for anyone interested
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Old February 13, 2019   #33
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So here's a small update.
I got so uptight over killing plants, that grew from seed wonderfully. That it came to be such a disapointment to keep trying. My lettuce and cabbage do great all year, in my rail system. It was the containers giving me trouble.I read a bunch of stuff and decided to have another go at tomatoes again. This time I made a big change. I bought a hydroponic liquid flush to clear all the nutrients and sodium from the coir. I went whole hog. Followed the mixing instructions and repeated this over and over. I ran fresh water through for 5 days changing the water everyday. Then let it rest for a week. My mind could not take it anymore, I had to find out what changes were made. So, digging around I found some Cherokee Purple and tomato seeds from the dollar store in Japan. Well 4 months later my experiment has bloomed big time. I cut back on my dosage and kept up on the cal-mag. But my lesson (IMO) was the overdose of nutrients and the sodium that comes with the liquids. All in All, it came out very well so far.
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Old February 13, 2019   #34
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Good feedback; thanks Tom.

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Old February 13, 2019   #35
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So here is what I have so far
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Old February 14, 2019   #37
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Aloha Fred,
Since you replied. Is there a really good container tomato to grow in Hawaii? I've grown some N-64 from U.H. and a few heirlooms, but always wondered what would be best. Not only for taste , but one that will tolerate the humidity.
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I now will try to flush every 12-15 days. But that also depends on how many gallons get topped off with plain water.
I read some stuff and started thinking about how much I was feeding and how much I topped off with just water. Thats the reason for getting a ppm meter. It was 2300 in my reservior and even after 15 gallons of water in a 25 gallon container my runoff from my media only dropped 300ppms. Shocking. But it's getting better. I did quit the tiger bloom. It drops the ph way too much and since then seems to have leveled out to average 6 - 6.5. Cal-mag is helping also.
Thanks for reading
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Looks like you are figuring it out. Excellent, keep us posted.
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Thank you Mark,
I seems that FF has either been sold or have changed suppliers. My local store is on a wait list for delivery. So it's time to change. I'm looking at Home & Garden hydro. Another liquid, but 2 part like the Flora series.
By the way. I scored some Mat Su Express from Marsha. Now I am hoping these hurry up and ripen quickly. I can't wait to grow your creation.
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Old March 7, 2019   #40
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Coming along nicely. This cold weather is slowing the growth. But still plenty on there way.
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Those look nice. Right on, nice to see success in the making.
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