Blooming nutes?

chrisrintzJanuary 12, 2009

My beefsteaks are beginning to flower. To date i have been using the GH Flora series and have been using the growth regimen. Now that my plants are beginning to flower is this the time to change to the "bloom" regimen?

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freemangreens(Zone 10 CA)

I'm not familiar with GH Flora products, but in general:

Blooming nutrients are usually used only for growing "that". If you're growing edible tomatoes and not "tomatoes", the size of your blooms doesn't matter.

If you're concerned with pollination this time of year, just give each of the open-bloom trusses a good shake with an electric toothbrush, right behind the blooms between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., preferably when the growing area is a little warmer than normal. This rattling action will shake the pollen down on the flowers and you will have made baby tomatoes.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2009 at 11:34PM
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grizzman

When I've grown tomatoes with GH flora series, I typically run vegative until I see fruit set, then switch to the bloom cycle. however, I would recommend using a little more micro than the bottle label calls for. tomatoes love calcium and that component is where all the calcium comes from. I would short change the grow for the extra micro if needed.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2009 at 8:03AM
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chrisrintz

This is just what I was looking for - thank you both! How much extra micro do you recommend? I imagine need to keep the EC close to the original brew.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2009 at 9:14PM
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grizzman

in 2 gallons, I was using 1-5-6 : G-M-B (tsp / gallon)
G-M-B = Grow - Micro - Bloom

    Bookmark   January 15, 2009 at 7:35AM
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chrisrintz

Thanks grizzman - I'll wait till I see the fruit then give it a try. Will keep you posted.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2009 at 9:04PM
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zanderspice

Does anyone have a GH Flora formula for hot peppers? Last season I had too much N in my mix.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2009 at 6:58PM
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peat_0

zanderspice,

Pop along to this website, it shows you what EC levels to grow your peppers with, along with some good info. - http://www.cosmicchile.com/xdpy/kb/hydroponic-chiles.html

Personally, I stick to the stock levels given by GH (and have had no problems), they have a great calculator for working out what you should feed - http://www.genhydro.com/calculator/index.html

Hope this is of some help :-)

    Bookmark   January 25, 2009 at 6:16PM
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mrpepper

Just thought I would chime in on the pepper question. I started using the Flora Nova series last year and had great success except with peppers.

If I started the peppers out on the grow, the leaves had issues. Some curled, some wrinkled and some just looked weird. I was only using 500 ppm of nutrient solution at 6.2 ph.

As soon as I switched to the Bloom, the peppers were much happier. Since I grow inside, the next batch I started out in the Bloom, and had no issues.

With peppers, I was also using Rock Wool for my media. I tried using grow rocks on the second batch and found that the rock wool seemed to retain more salts and therefore I believe caused a build up.

Anyways, just my pennies worth.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2009 at 12:24AM
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zanderspice

Thanks for the pepper help. I've read a lot of posts from people having problems with too much N in the mix so next year I'll start with a weak bloom solution and up it from there when the peppers start growing.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2009 at 2:48PM
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willardb3

I find that recommended nutrient level (ppm) is high by a factor of 2 or 3 for capsica.

I grow nothing but chiles in hydro at 400-500 ppm. Nutrient manufacturers recommend 1600 ppm......one must always remember what the nutrient mfgs are selling...........

    Bookmark   February 1, 2009 at 9:13PM
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hydroponica(5-6)

Peppers use almost no Nitrogen at all. It's weird.

Always start out light and build up.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2009 at 1:36PM
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