Top dressing?

Discussion in 'Organics' started by kingzt, Jan 8, 2018.

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    kingzt

    kingzt Well-Known Member

    My current run I doing soil and wanted to know how long does top dressing amendments take to break and contribute to soil life? I didn't have time or access to a potent blend of soil so I am using Ocean Forest and I amended with a blend by Dr. Earth.

    I just need to have an idea when and how often I should top dress. Previous experiences with ocean forest gave 3-4 weeks without fertilizing so I amended right when I transplanted. Any tips are always appreciated, thanks.
     
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    ShLUbY

    ShLUbY Well-Known Member

    it'll take around a week before they really become actively broken down if you have good microbial action/life in your soil. i generally topdress about 1 week into the flowering cycle and that seems to be good timing for me for the rest of flower period
     
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    kingzt

    kingzt Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the insight, I used a blend that had a lot of bennies. Also watered a couple teas already. I want to add some insect frass but I am not sure how long I should wait. The frass website says two times a month and Dr.earth also recommends twice a month, not sure if that would be too much but I am using ocean forest as a base.
     
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    hillbill

    hillbill Well-Known Member

    Top dressing will take several days to show effects. The end of week 4 is when I topdress , usually with castings and fish bone meal lately.
     
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    Dear ol" Thankful Grower!

    Dear ol" Thankful Grower! Well-Known Member

    Yea it is good way to slowly introduce nutrients to your soil forgiving if you over feed I like top dressing less headache then mixing up bottles
     
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    DonTesla

    DonTesla Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't hesitate on the frass..
    it can be introduced very early.

    Just add a bit the first time, like tsp per plant.. dry then water in.. and you will see how awesome it is, if its good frass. BSF with exoskeletons included will cause amazing results as if you brewed an SST
     
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    kingzt

    kingzt Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the tip and I love frass. I used it as foliar my past couple coco runs and my babes responded beautifully. The frass im using is just called Insect Frass. Comes in a brown paper bag. Would a tsp be enough, I'm in 10 gallon pots?
     
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    DonTesla

    DonTesla Well-Known Member

    My pleasure..

    Tsp, yeah.. Plenty enough to start.. I usually use a tsp to TBSP no matter the size of plants, and I see the effects again and again for about 5 subsequent waterings .. when using BSF that is..

    Mealworm / cricket frass, noticed way less of a visible/ praying response..

    I guess we'll know how good it is when they pray or not!
     
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    kingzt

    kingzt Well-Known Member

    When I would foliar they would pray. I'm going to look into BSF, thanks.
     
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