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Will I use more nutes going hydro?

Kram

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I’ll be setting up 2 4’x4’ ebb/flow trays. Each tray will have a 1,000 watt HPS and 8 ladies in each tray. The growing room environment is temperature and humidity controlled.

Presently I’m growing 16 plants in my own mixture of coir/perlite[FONT=&quot][/FONT]/bat guano and worm castings. I use 12-15 gallons of water with nutes per week. If I’m filling a 50 gallon tank with nutes it seems to me I’ll using more nutes per crop. The plan would be to mix a new tank weekly.

The business side of me says I need to budget for each crop so feedback on nute quantities used for hydro versus soilless would be appreciated.

Also is it reasonable to expect a higher yield going hydro. Presently I’ll turn 5 crops per 1,000 watt HPS, yielding about a pound per crop. Would it be reasonable to expect higher yield going hydro?
 

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In essence, yes. You turn more crops per year. Much faster veg time is the kicker. As far as yield per crop. That's in the hands of the grower.
 
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Kram said:
I’ll be setting up 2 4’x4’ ebb/flow trays. Each tray will have a 1,000 watt HPS and 8 ladies in each tray. The growing room environment is temperature and humidity controlled.

Presently I’m growing 16 plants in my own mixture of coir/perlite/bat guano and worm castings. I use 12-15 gallons of water with nutes per week. If I’m filling a 50 gallon tank with nutes it seems to me I’ll using more nutes per crop. The plan would be to mix a new tank weekly.

The business side of me says I need to budget for each crop so feedback on nute quantities used for hydro versus soilless would be appreciated.

Also is it reasonable to expect a higher yield going hydro. Presently I’ll turn 5 crops per 1,000 watt HPS, yielding about a pound per crop. Would it be reasonable to expect higher yield going hydro?
I do not believe that you can expect a higher yield with hydro. I don't quite understand what you are saying in the last paragraph--are you saying that you expect 5 harvests a year?
 

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I know Ill catch **** here for saying this, but i dont change out my nute solution very often at all. I just keep topping the rez off with tap water and keeping an eye on ppm and pH. When the ppm drop I add a little more nutes. I think I changed my 40 gallon rez twice my last run of 3 weeks vegging clones and 9-10 weeks flowering. i noticed absolutely NO difference in growth/ yield/ anything than when I changed it out every 2 weeks. I run GH nutes just micro and bloom.
 

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I know that I have used alot more already than I did my last grow all together(in dirt) and I'm still in the veg state. Running a drip system there planning to flower in DWC.
 
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I have grown both ways and I prefer Hydro just because the roots can get bigger than they can i dirt IMO also i use 5 gallon buckets and they work wonders easy to move around for maintenance
 

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For what I am saving by not having to buy it, I do not worry about the cost of using a bit more nutes. Just my $0.02 :bolt::bong:
 
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I'm kind of with pcduck on this. Even if nutes run you a bit, it is still way cheaper than buying bud.

However, I just purchased GH Flora 3 part in gallon containers for $82 shipped--can't complain about that--it will last me for awhile.
 

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Wow thats an awesome deal THG where did you find that?
 
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