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Foliar Feeding Related

Healthy plants get more benefit from foliar feeding in the “grow/vegetative” stage. You can foliar feed in the bloom/fruit & flowering stage until the second or third week. Foliar feeding past 3 weeks in the bloom/fruit & flowering stage is not recommended and can cause fruit and/or flowers to rot.

When the lights go off or the sun goes down. This ensures all of the nutrient spray has been absorbed before the light is able to react with it. When you spray with the light on, or when your plants are still wet when the lights turn on, there is a negative reaction. The water also acts like a magnifying glass when the light shines through to the leaf. Liquid Light by Dutch Master requests that you spray the solution with the lights on. This product has been engineered for this. Also the product is very light to begin with (it’s hard to burn). But DO NOT use this product outside or inside when using 1000 watt lights. Only 600 watt lights and below for Liquid Light (it too has its limits in the light).

Foliar Feeding with the lights on is like burning ants under a magnifying glass. When the light hits the water, it is magnified and will burn your plants.

You will need to spray on a schedule. If you are spraying your plants right after the light goes off use a headlamp or a flashlight, you’re only changing your dark period by a few minutes. The plants will not react to such a minimal change, but you do not want to do this every day (a few times a week, tops). You might have heard that green light does not disturb your plants. Yes, your plant does not recognize green spectrum light, but ask yourself  “does every green light only put out green spectrum light?”  If it was a cheap green light, there’s most likely other spectrums bleeding through as well (not a whole lot, but enough to want to safeguard plants from too much exposure).

Using a wetting agent will make a big difference. Wetting agents reduce surface tension allowing the foliar spray to saturate the leaves and to be absorbed into the plant tissue instead of just dripping off of the plant.

Feel free to use soapy water (with a very small amount of soap). I would not repeat this method more than twice in a grow cycle because the soap can build up. Be sure to use a mild soap such as Ivory or Castile, but be sure not to use Dawn.

If using beneficial microbes (teas, fungi, bacteria) always use reverse osmosis tap water (it takes out the chemicals that will kill the beneficial flora).  To get fast delivery of the additives and/or beneficial supplements you can foliar feed them (only the label states you can) or mix into a watering can for immediate watering to plants. Even if you have an Ebb & Flow, top feed them, you will see faster results.

Yes. Foliar spraying is the fastest way to get nutrients to your plants.  Be careful not to foliar spray flowering plants past their 3rd or 4th week. I’ve seen up to 20% increases in growth and flower production due to a regular foliar feeding regiment. Be careful with new products. I recommend only using a 50% ratio of the stated dosage, until you feel comfortable with increasing the use of the product. Also know that if you have a burn issue due to foliar feeding,  it can take up to 3 days to see the results of burn.

You will need to spray on a schedule. If you are spraying your plants right after the light goes off use a headlamp or a flashlight, you’re only changing your dark period by a few minutes. The plants will not react to such a minimal change, but you do not want to do this every day (a few times a week, tops). You might have heard that green light does not disturb your plants. Yes, your plant does not recognize green spectrum light, but ask yourself  “does every green light only put out green spectrum light?”  If it was a cheap green light, there’s most likely other spectrums bleeding through as well (not a whole lot, but enough to want to safeguard plants from too much exposure).