Am I overworking plants with grow lites & fertilizers?
How does one tell the difference between when their plants are in rest mode or dormant, or hybernating, as compared to active growing stages even in winter and the need still for fertlizer? Am I overworking my plants with grow lights and fertilizers?
I keep reading alot of people suggesting that fertilizing should stop at the end of winter, but does the same hold true to holding back on fertilizer if your growing your plants in a very well lit enviroment such as with grow lights? Between sun in south facing windows and my very strong grow lites, I still get new growth and flowering right through winter. I would say that my plants are getting at least 8-10 hours of light.
Should I cut down on lights and stop fertilizing?
I suppose if they were getting less light than that, like lets say my plants are solely dependent on the sun, then is this when I stop fertilizing since we have short days and more cloudy ones than usual up here in the north.
Should I still stop feeding my gardenias and citrus and still wait till the spring even with lights? Remember, I have no peatmoss in my soils, and they are very fast draining to..
Are we suppose to use fertilizer if using grow lights?
Right now, I am still fertilizing at every watering 1/4 strentgh of what is called for. A tiny bit everytime I water. Then once a month, I will let clean water run through pots. Then fertilize again. Is this wrong? or should I be feeding a different way until plants go outside again,whether I use lights or not and wait until spring arrives to feed again? Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks