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Ebb and Flow Feeding Schedule Question

Discussion in 'Hydroponics / Aeroponics' started by 420ClosetGrow, Jun 1, 2008.


    420ClosetGrow Active Member

    I just purchased the microgarden and have setup my plants. I had a question on how often I should water them? Right now the timer is set for 15 minutes every hour. Is that too much? I've put in 75% strength grow. I'm using soiless chubby grow medium. Thanks.
    Widow Maker

    Widow Maker Well-Known Member

    Not sure about the mix you have but my aero is set up 15 on 15 off. If it drains well then it should be ok. If you were using rockwool then that would be too much. Once a day or every couple of days untill they really started drinking. There should be some pics somewhere on here of over watering. Just make sure your stuff doesnt look like the pics and you should be fine.

    The therory is to let the medium dry so the roots can stretch for the water. If they are constsntly water loggerd they wont reach out. And usually have a bad side effect like turning yellow and stunting. You dont want them too dry where they wilt and die either. You may have to experiment a little. Good luck. WM

    roadkingrich Member

    Airoponic and hydroponic are quite different. You should only feed your plants 4 to 6 times a day versus 15 min on and 15 off like with Airo. I actually like my airoponic setup over the hydro system I'm currently using. Will be going back once this crop is done.

    hydrohomer Member

    listening in: Starting my first 4x2 table and have read/heard mixed information about this. From what I gather, much of the reasoning is around the amount of water the grow medium can hold and the rate it which it returns/drains.

    A medium like rockwood will retain more water for a longer period of time than say clay pebbles. An indepth read:http://www.angelfire.com/cantina/fourtwenty/articles/eftips.htm

    Looks like some testing is required to get the magic cycle and duration.

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