how do i add potassium

Discussion in 'Indoor Growing' started by TYPE-X, Jul 16, 2007.

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    TYPE-X

    TYPE-X Well-Known Member

    I finally figured out what was wrong with my baby girl. She has a severe potassium deficency and i need to fix her. I need to buy whatever i need so if anyone knows something from home depot or lowes that would be great.
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    nickledyme

    nickledyme Well-Known Member

    Could always look in the grow faqs....
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    nickledyme

    nickledyme Well-Known Member

    There ya go....



    Potassium
    [​IMG]Potassium serves to aid in the process of photosynthesis, nutrient uptake, respiration, and is a key to sturdy stems and disease resistance. Having an adequate supply for the plant early in it?s life stage will keep your seedlings from falling over.

    Potassium deficiencies are identified by necrosis on the margins of larger fan leaves. Necrotic patches can be seen on the leaves as well. Leaves will eventually turn yellow, brown and die off. Most of the plants that show signs of a Potassium deficiency are going to be the tallest and best looking plants you have.

    Again, feeding with a good all-around fertilizer will clear it up as well.

    You can also use wood ashes and water them into your soil to fix this. You'll need to replace your soil's holding capacity of Potassium, and have a surplus before it will become available to the roots again.
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    wafflehouselover

    wafflehouselover Well-Known Member

    alot of mistake people do is that look at the symtoms and see the defiency, and then they go to add more of that nutrient which causes unstable amount of certain nutrients in the res. Before fixing the problem make sure that your ph is correct, if your ph isn't correct then that certain nute isn't avialable for the plant to uptake it. Goodluck
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    nickledyme

    nickledyme Well-Known Member

    Mine are outside I ain't havin no probs but how do u tell ph anyway.I hear about it all the time but am clueless....please fill me in.
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    SmokerE

    SmokerE Well-Known Member

    I"m beginning to wonder if most problems aren't ph oriented and misinterpreted as some sort of defiency or overdose.
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    nickledyme

    nickledyme Well-Known Member

    Could be...I'm still pretty new to this but I read up and listen to people alot.
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    SmokerE

    SmokerE Well-Known Member

    I'm guessing theororetically since certain nutrients are only available to a plant at different PH levels and imbalance is gradual as you leave the specific PH range. This causing the belief that you need to add more of something, in turn causing salt buildup and immenent lockout. IDK, what do i know?
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    nickledyme

    nickledyme Well-Known Member

    Well u do seem to have knowledge of ph which is more than myself.
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    SmokerE

    SmokerE Well-Known Member

    I just read the bottle with the charts.
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    nickledyme

    nickledyme Well-Known Member

    What bottle??
    How do u measure ph and what do u do it with??
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    SmokerE

    SmokerE Well-Known Member

    Babygro has the picture of it, but it's just on my bottles of PH up and Down for water. I bought it at the hydro shop. It's probably online somehwere, or you could ask babygro. I add it to my hydro setup to keep the ph between 5.8 and 6.3.
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    nickledyme

    nickledyme Well-Known Member

    I grow outside in soil....how would u do ph in soil or does it matter?
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    SmokerE

    SmokerE Well-Known Member

    There is test kits you can buy at home depot and what not. I dont' know how accurate they are. If it's outside and far away from where you are at just let mother nature handle it. Done it many times, sometimes not even going out to fertilize it. It's a little more detailed than that how I succeeded in the past.
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    nickledyme

    nickledyme Well-Known Member

    They ain't very far off,takes me bout 2 mins to get to em.I give em nutes every 2 or 3 days.My soil has no perlite...ain't had much trouble but was just curious about the ph thing.I use MG all purpose and epsom salt.U know anything about foliar feeding outside??I been told to do it once a week during the cooler less sunny part of the day but would that be dawn or dusk??
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    SmokerE

    SmokerE Well-Known Member

    Here's what I do. I use 3-5 gallon grow bags and dig a hole. Sprinkle a little blood meal and bone meal and back fill about an inch of it and mix it up pretty good. Cut open the bottom of the growbag and place it in the hole. Fill around the bag and.....then....nothing. I come back when I know they are about ready to flower and hit them up with some bloom nutes. Then 1 month from that day I do it one more time. Don't go back until I harvest.
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    nickledyme

    nickledyme Well-Known Member

    I have some bone meal but I heard that was more for the flowering period.Yeah your idea is good but I keep mine in pots in case I gotta move em in a hurry if u know what I mean.I check mine every couple of days mostly cuz I wanna make sure I ain't doing anything wrong and to make sure the bugs ain't eating em up.
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    SmokerE

    SmokerE Well-Known Member

    Plant visits are late night and few and far between.
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    nickledyme

    nickledyme Well-Known Member

    Yeah but where mine are I don't wanna draw attn with a flashlight.I usually look in the early evening.
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    TYPE-X

    TYPE-X Well-Known Member

    Well IF there is a potassium depletion like all the symptons show, and i wash the soil and use fresh water with a little plant food how long does it take to cure up?? a few of my leaves are real bad now. Please help

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