Hello. I have three outdoor plants growing in a trellis one foot off the ground. The seeds for these plants were sprouted in a wet paper towel and then planted. The plants are healthy and, if I were to 'unwind' the plants from the trellis, I would imagine they would be around four feet tall. The dirt in which the plants are growing has never been grown on before. I did not prepare the soil nor have I added any type of fertilizers/additives at any time. I water as needed from water pumped in from a major western river. For pest control, I use the neem formula that Matt Rize outlines in this website. In other words, I've kept it simple the first time around. My questions: At this point, do I need to add any fertilizers/additives in the veg stage? How about the flowering stage? I have about 5-6 weeks left in veg and then flowering will commence (historically for this area) around 10-15 August with harvest end of Sep/early Oct. If I get a sense (from any answers I get from this forum) that I need to, I plan to use the bio products from Canna. Or are there more cost effective methods? If recommended, do I start out full strength, or diluted? Thanks one and all. (ps: I am a retired Army Cavalry Scout with bone on bone osteo arthritis in both of my hips and shoulders. I also have hepc genotype 3 from a blood transfusion I received in Germany a lifetime ago/70s) Happy days...
Post by Bill Hembree on Jul 1, 2014 14:53:26 GMT -8
Howdy EarthPig,there are less expensive nutrients but you can't grow wrong with Canna products, use as recommended, you will see much improvement in your plants.
It's odd, I have been growing for 35 years and every once in a while a volunteer plant will spring up out of nowhere in an area where the earth has never been cultivated.It blows me away how well these volunteers grow, and even with all the pampering I give my other plants these V's sometimes do just as well or better.
I need access the files on my other computer to show you one of these volunteers...
Hi EP, Bill asked me to upload this pic from our patch circa 2012 -- the seed lay dormant all winter and came up on it's own when the ground warmed up enough for the seed to sprout. It grew to be 12' x 12' and produced over 12 lbs... not bad for a volunteer
Thanks for the heads-up on the Canna products Bill. I've done a lot of reading, planning, and prep for next year. My three plants were just a simple hands-on 'Can I do it' experiment this year, but they've grown to a point where I would be a fool to not finish them out with a bang. It really helps to have a veteran weigh in on this type of question though. It's late in the season and, without knowing for sure, one can do more damage than good in a lot of instances. Jan...wow. Let me say this again: wow. Nature gave you and your hubby a mega xoxo. That's so cool. Thanks all.
Post by 4thstreetmedical on Jul 16, 2014 3:44:31 GMT -8
Most major gardening and hydroponic shops carry organic products, making homegrown organic easy for any garden. There are several brands to choose and they come in both liquid and dry form. It is recommended that you must stick to only one manufacture for fertilizer products, as they are formulated to work together.