Dr. Earth Potting Soil

Discussion in 'Organics' started by bamfrivet, Nov 10, 2011.

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    bamfrivet

    bamfrivet Well-Known Member

    anyone use this stuff? I just transplanted my *fingers crossed* girls into some Dr. Earth. It looks like good stuff and I've heard that their ferts are good. Anyone have any experience with it? Anything I should look out for?
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    hyroot

    hyroot Well-Known Member

    I have used it in my last batch. I regret it. For the first few days it seems awesome but then after that deficiency problems galore. It attracts gnats like no other. I tried the probiotic and the medicine one. Both are no good. I went back to ffof.
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    farmerjoe420

    farmerjoe420 Active Member

    i also had problems with defecincies. im sure you will be ok though if you start giving your plants a balanced diet right away. i noticed deficinces pretty fast so i would say the soil is definitely lacking nutes and is more a organic medium.
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    bamfrivet

    bamfrivet Well-Known Member

    I am not sure that I will have issues with a nitrogen deficiency. There were some nice big happy worms in the soil. Each plant ended up getting a couple worms in their pot. I will make sure I watch P and K deficiencies, thanks for the heads up.

    Edit: ATM it looks like the soil might be a little hot for them, their first leafs are getting a little yellow tip on them and they only have 3 true leafs above those. So we will see how it goes.
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    hyroot

    hyroot Well-Known Member

    Watch for calcium and magnesium deficiencies. that was my biggest problem with dr. earth

    yellow tips mean mag deficiency. blotchy yellowing is nitrogen
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    farmerjoe420

    farmerjoe420 Active Member

    yes what he said. i had mg and ca problems with dr earth. there is no lime in his soil or other good source of these elements but i found after adding some azomite and giving the plants a balanced diet of organics, they did fine. next time you might be better suited with something else but if you never try any products other than the overpriced & heavily marketed you will never know if their worth it or not. i guess you live and learn.
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    RaiderZone

    RaiderZone Member

    In case you folks weren't aware, Milo Shammas - creator and chief scientist of Dr Earth Products has a recommended feeding schedule for his products. Please see below. I have started a few plants in veg with his recommendation and they are doing fine.


    DR. EARTH LSP 258 KIT
    INDOOR ORGANIC GARDEN
    POTTING SOILS & NUTRIENTS FOR
    MAXIUM POTENCY, WEIGHT,
    AND YIELD
    PURPOSE: A proven success kit for 6 INDOOR 5-GALLON PLANTS for gardeners demanding the highest
    grade finished product with maximum yield as the main objective.
    DESIGN: Easy to follow schedule takes all the guesswork out of what to do and when to do it. The LSP
    258 kit has been proven to grow the healthiest plants with maximum weight gain, thick/tight buds, and
    sticky/oily flowers. Follow the week by week schedule for maximum results. No guesswork. No burning.
    Only maximum yields! Set your lights and harvest by your desired date.
    CHECKLIST:
    6 EMPTY 5-GALLON POTTING CONTAINERS
     Two bags of Dr. Earth® 1.5 Cu. Ft. Home Grown® potting soil or Pot of Gold® potting soil.
     One 4-pound bag of Dr. Earth® Organic 2TM Starter Fertilizer 2-4-2 (the start)
     One 4-pound bag of Dr. Earth® Organic 5TM Tomato and Vegetable Fertilizer 5-7-3 (the middle)
     One 4-pound bag of Dr. Earth® Organic 8TM Bud & Bloom Booster 4-10-7 (the finish)
     One pint of Dr. Earth® Liquid SolutionTM All Purpose Fertilizer 3-3-3 (the maintenance)
     One pint of Dr. Earth® Seaweed Concentrate 0-0-4.5 (the micro-maintenance)
     One pint of Dr. Earth® ProActiveTM Fruit & Vegetable Ready-to-use Insect Spray (the kill)
    DIRECTIONS TO GET STARTED: Using the contents of the 2 bags of potting soil, fill all 6 containers until
    soil level is within 1 inch from the top of each container. Blend 1⁄4 cup of Dr. Earth® Organic 2TM Starter
    Fertilizer into the top 4 inches of the potting soil. Dig a small hole to transplant your cutting. The hole
    should be slightly larger than the size of your transplant. Make sure that you do not bury the transplant
    too deeply. The soil level of the transplant should be slightly higher than the soil level in the 5-gallon
    container to avoid “damping off” and other fungal diseases. Water the container well. Wait 5 minutes.
    Then start your feeding schedule as prescribed below. Turn on your lights and get growing. Follow the
    light manufacturer’s suggestions very carefully to send your plants into a strong vegetative cycle that
    will maximize “green growth.” Many options are available. Any length of time between 18 to 24 hours is
    effective. Consult with your light manufacturer for best results.
    Water again, using Dr. Earth® Seaweed Concentrate diluted in 1 gallon of water, at a ratio of 2
    tablespoons per gallon. Water all plants equally with the 1 gallon of seaweed solution water; apply equal
    amounts per plant until the 1 gallon of solution has been completely used.
    NOTE: Insect spray should only be used directly on the soil, if you see fungus gnats or other insects. Do
    not spray the plants leaves, as this could cause burning under strong lights.
    FEEDING SCHEDULE:
    Week 1: Day 1- Thoroughly blend Dr. Earth® Organic 2TM starter fertilizer into the top 4 inches of soil
    in the containers, at the rate of 1⁄4 cup per each 5-gallon container. Water it in with a solution of
    Dr.Earth® Seaweed Concentrate. (See instructions above.)
    Week 2: Mix Dr. Earth® Liquid SolutionTM at a rate of 4 tablespoons per gallon of water. Apply 2 1⁄2
    cups of solution per 5-gallon plant.
    Week 3: Mix 1⁄4 cup of Dr Earth® Organic 2TM Starter Fertilizer into the top 2 inches of soil in each 5-
    gallon container. Scratch in completely, but be careful not to disturb the established root system.
    Water thoroughly.
    Week 4: Mix 4 tablespoons of Dr. Earth® Liquid solution® and 2 tablespoons of Dr. Earth® Seaweed
    Concentrate into 1 gallon of water. Apply 2 1⁄2 cups of solution per plant. After feeding, water lightly
    with pure water, to drive the nutrients down into the soil.
    Week 5: Mix Dr. Earth® Organic 5TM Vegetable Fertilizer at a rate of 1⁄4 cup per five-gallon container
    mixed thoroughly into the top 2 inches of soil trying not to disturb the established root system.
    Water thoroughly.
    Week 6: Mix both Dr. Earth® Liquid Solution® and Dr. Earth® Seaweed Concentrate. Mix 4
    tablespoons of Liquid Solution and 2 tablespoons of Seaweed Concentrate in 1 gallon of water.
    Apply 2 1⁄2 cups of solution per plant. After you feed, water lightly with pure water to drive the
    nutrients down into the soil.
    Week 7: Thoroughly mix Dr. Earth® Organic 5TM Vegetable Fertilizer into the top 2 inches of soil, at a
    rate of 1⁄4 cup per 5-gallon container, trying not to disturb the established root system. Water
    thoroughly.
    Week 8: Mix 4 tablespoons of Dr. Earth® Liquid solution® and 3 tablespoons of Dr. Earth® Seaweed
    Concentrate into 1 gallon of water. Apply 2 1⁄2 cups of solution per plant. After feeding, water lightly
    with pure water, to drive the nutrients down into the soil.
    Week 9: Thoroughly mix Dr. Earth® Organic 8TM Bud & Bloom Booster into the top 2 inches of soil, at
    a rate of 1⁄4 cup per 5-gallon container, trying not to disturb the established root system. Water
    thoroughly.
    Week 10: Mix 4 tablespoons of Dr. Earth® Liquid solution® and 3 tablespoons of Dr. Earth® Seaweed
    Concentrate into 1 gallon of water. Apply 2 1⁄2 cups of solution per plant. After you feed, water lightly
    with pure water to drive the nutrients down into the soil.
    Week 11: Mix Dr. Earth® Organic 8TM Bud & Bloom Booster thoroughly into the top 2 inches of soil,
    at a rate of 1⁄4 cup per 5-gallon container, trying not to disturb the established root system. Water
    well.
    Week 12 UNTIL HARVEST: Use pure water only to flush all of the nutrients from the soil. It is
    important to understand that hundreds of different of varieties of plants are available to grow and
    harvest. Most plants have different maturity dates, for this reason we recommend 11 weeks of
    feeding at the minimum, if the variety of plant you choose to grow requires a long flowering period,
    then you may keep feeding with Dr. Earth Liquid Solution at a rate 2 tablespoons mixed into 1 gallon
    of water then applied at a rate of 2 1⁄2 cups of solution per plant until 2 weeks before harvest.
    Flushing the nutrients from the soil 2 weeks prior to harvest will help to maximize your plants’
    potency.
    IMPORTANT NOTES:
     FOR MAXIUM RESULTS, START EACH NEW CROP BY DISCARDING THE USED SOIL AND
    REFILLING POTS WITH FRESH DR. EARTH® POTTING SOILS AS CALLED FOR ABOVE.
     APPLY MINIUMUM AMOUNTS OF WATER, ONLY ENOUPH TO KEEP THE SOIL MOIST AND
    ALLOWING IT TO DRY BETWEEN WATERING.
     NO TWO PLANTS ARE ALIKE; THE ACTUAL DAY OF HARVEST CAN VARY BETWEEN 14 TO 20
    WEEKS FROM THE TIME A CUTTING WAS TRANSPALANTED INTO THE SOIL. DIFFERENT
    VARIETYS MATURE AT DIFFERENT RATES.
     IN MOST CASES, 16 WEEKS IS AN AVERAGE TIME FRAME TO GROW HEALTHY AND MATURE
    PLANTS.
     KNOW THE VARIETY YOU ARE GROWING AND LOOK FOR SIGNS OF MATURITY.
     ALWAYS LET THE SOIL DRY COMPLETELY BEFORE YOU HARVEST!
    Best of health to you,
    Milo Shammas
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    dukeanthony

    dukeanthony New Member

    Thanks You Just solved my problem
    BTW I analysed the soil and this is what i found
    The soil is
    Dr. Earth with Bat Guano
    Pots are Self wicking Design. There is a Water Resevoir under neath the Pots with a wick
    Analysis of the Soil shows
    -PH6.5
    -Low nitrogen
    -High Phosphorous
    -Low Potassium

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