unconventional organic cal/mag supplementation (seasoned growers advice appreciated)

Discussion in 'Organics' started by ecsdf1, Jan 29, 2013.

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    ecsdf1

    ecsdf1 Active Member

    I was wondering if it would be practical or even good for the plant to use natural spring water to add cal/mag and other minerals to the very low ppm r/o water i currently use? I was thinking of a 1:3 ratio Perrier:R/O water every 2 weeks could be a good starting point. Any input or thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated

    (Perriers' mineral profile and ph was the one that caught my eye initially)[TABLE="class: infobox, width: 22"]
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    [TD="colspan: 2, align: center"][​IMG][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TH="align: left"]Country[/TH]
    [TD]France[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TH="align: left"]Source[/TH]
    [TD]Verg├Ęze[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TH="align: left"]Type[/TH]
    [TD]sparkling[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TH="align: left"]pH[/TH]
    [TD]5.46[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TH="align: left"]Calcium (Ca)[/TH]
    [TD]147.3[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TH="align: left"]Chloride (Cl[SUP]−[/SUP])[/TH]
    [TD]21.5[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TH="align: left"]Bicarbonate (HCO[SUB]3[/SUB])[/TH]
    [TD]390[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TH="align: left"]Fluoride (Fl)[/TH]
    [TD]0.12[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TH="align: left"]Magnesium (Mg)[/TH]
    [TD]3.4[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TH="align: left"]Nitrate (NO[SUB]3[/SUB])[/TH]
    [TD]18[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TH="align: left"]Potassium (K)[/TH]
    [TD]0.6[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TH="align: left"]Sodium (Na)[/TH]
    [TD]9[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TH="align: left"]Sulfates (SO)[/TH]
    [TD]33[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TH="align: left"]TDS[/TH]
    [TD]475[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TH="align: left"]Website[/TH]
    [TD]http://www.perrier.com[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="colspan: 2, align: center"]All values in milligrams per liter (mg/l)[/TD]
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    [/TABLE]
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    POH Organics

    POH Organics Member

    What exactly are you trying to fix? Magnesium?
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    Cann

    Cann Well-Known Member

    Perrier = Nestle. If you know anything about Nestle and the earth you will stop using that bottle junk immediately...

    that being said, are you running soil? hydro? we need to know more in order to help you.
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    ecsdf1

    ecsdf1 Active Member

    thanks guys,

    Organic soil r/o water only. It was more of an idea than a solution to a problem im having. I was just interested in what others who have been at this a little longer than myself had to say( good/bad ). I know its not practical on a large scale, but i am addicted to adding new and exotic organic amendments to my constantly composting soils and just trying new things in the garden.
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    ecsdf1

    ecsdf1 Active Member

    Perrier comes in glass bottles round here.
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    ecsdf1

    ecsdf1 Active Member

    Also, does anyone see anything in the label that would be a cause for concern? Again i am newer to all this any input would be appreciated.
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    The Mantis

    The Mantis Active Member

    The label might now cause concern to me, but the price tag does. You should be able to find many more things to add to water that are a lot more economically viable.

    good luck holmes
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    Snafu1236

    Snafu1236 Active Member

    LoL Cann. Nestle does suck for the Earth, just like Wal-Mart does.

    However, Perrier is absolutely fine for plants, and they actually thrive from it.

    The one drawback to it is exactly what Mantis pointed out---its price tag.

    -Snafu
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    ecsdf1

    ecsdf1 Active Member

    thanks fellas
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    ecsdf1

    ecsdf1 Active Member

    Snaf,

    If you don't mind me picking your brain a bit. How often do you use it and at what rate?
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    POH Organics

    POH Organics Member

    I'd say its good to go from a biological standpoint, but not 'ethically'. Pretty much just repeating the above point of views...let us know how it works out for you man! I'm stuck with RO so I could definitely find some benefit from your research! Gimme all your science! kiss-ass
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    Snafu1236

    Snafu1236 Active Member

    I use the Perrier once or twice during veg and once during flower...usually the third week of flowering.

    Thats about it. It's too pricey for more than that, and I give them a good watering when I do.

    It's more of a novelty thing for me, but I am a believer!:)

    -Snaf

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