If you’ve come this far, you’re off to a spectacular start! Step back and look at what you’ve accomplished so far:
*Set up your growing area, installed a grow light, ventilation system and placed your pots.
*Sprouted your seeds, filled your pots with peat mix, and thoroughly watered the mixture.
*Planted each sprouted seed, root down, covered them gently with a light blanket of peat.
*Watered each planted seed with just 1 ounce of water daily using the “Four Inch” method.
*Your seedlings brake surface, unfolding their first 2 tiny leaves!
*Your light at maximum height is running 24/7 giving your babies a good head start.
*Your first 4 have been watered with 1 ounce of pure water for the first couple of days, adding
a little more pure water with every day.
*You’ve been gradually lowering your light a few inches a day. By now your light will be about 3ft. above the top leaves of your baby plants.
*By 2 weeks they have their first 3 sets of leaves and they’re approx. 4 inches tall!
You’ve officially kicked off the vegetative stage of your plants!
The first thing you need to do is switch your light from being ON 24/7 plugged directly into the electrical wall socket or power bar inside your grow area, to coming on and going off with your timer.
Before setting your timer ON for 18 hours (daylight) and OFF for 6 hours (night), plug in a little “emergency” LED light in a convenient corner of your grow area and turn it on. You’re going to need to see what you’re doing after you’ve pulled the plug on your grow light!
Set your timer to turn your grow light ON 2 hours before the approximate time that is most convenient for you to check in on your plants. By the time you enter your growing area, your plants will have “woken up” and will eagerly receive their new day’s watering.
After you’ve set your timer and plugged your grow light into the timer and plugged the timer into your electric wall socket or power bar, your light will fire up. LED’s fire up instantly! The other cool thing about them is that when your power cuts off due to a lightning storm and then comes on again right away after, your LED won’t need to warm up and then gradually illuminate like a Metal Halide or High Pressure Sodium grow light.
And when you plug your timer in, your LED will start up immediately because you’ve set your timer to come on 2 hours BEFORE you’ve made the change over! When your LED is lit, DON’T FORGET TO TURN OFF YOUR LITTLE EMERGENCY LED LIGHT!
Your plants will grow best when they have the remaining 16 hours of their daylight to drink up the new water/nutrient solution you’ve prepared for them and proceed with their growing functions of photosynthesis and transpiration.
This is the ideal point in your plants’ new vegetative growth stage to also switch from watering with fresh pure water only, to watering with a nutrient solution you’ll prepare using a mix of pure fresh water and your selected brand of liquid organic nutrients.
Every container of liquid nutrients comes with a chart and instructions printed on the back label. It will explicitly direct you on how to mix the correct ratio of water to nutrients with each weekly stage of plant growth.