I used to use all kinds of the FF products but have been dropping more and more out as I have finally about dialed everything in. I still have a bit of tweeking to do and playing but after 1 1/2 years this is what I use:
For Seedlings: I use a 50/50 mix of FF Light Warrior (Seed Starter) and FF Strawberry Fields, I typically transfer my seedlings to their final 5 gallon fabric pots at the beginning of week 4 from germination.
For Transplant to 5 gallon I use A mix of 1 bag FF Strawberry Fields (call it 50% of the mix), about quarter bag of FF Soil Conditioner (call it 20%), about a 30% mix in of Harvest Hero Perlite, and then I also add 10 tbsp of Garden Lime to help balance out the ph of the soil as I have had nothing but problems with lockout from low ph in FF soil. This seemed to cure it.
Watering: I water every day or every other day depending on the plants needs. I do not water to run off so I usually only give a half gallon of water to each plant and adjust based on the plants needs.
Feeding: I rotate weeks, I do what I consider a heavy feeding one week…then a light feeding the next. I do this until harvest. I do not flush at harvest though a at week 8 and usually 12 if they make it that far I add in FF Sledgehammer to my feeding to help break down the salts in the soil. I also don’t start feeding my plants extra nutrients until week 6 and could probably go longer as there are still plenty of nutes from the soil available, but I like to push my plants.
Nutes: (I will just do volume for one plant at 1/2 gallon feeding)
So, let’s call it heavy feeding week:
FF Big Bloom (OMRI Listed 0 -.5 -.7) 1 TBS
FF Tiger Bloom (2 - 8 - 4) (I am phasing this out currently as it is not necessary anymore, adding 1/2 tsp atm)
FF Bushdoctor Bemb’e (0 - 1 - 3) 1/2 TBS
FF Bushdoctor Cal-Mag (OMRI Listed 1 - 0 - 0) 1/2 tsp
FF Bushdoctor Microbe Brew (1 - .3 - .2) 1 tsp
Then if between week 6 and 8 I use FF Open Sesame (5 - 45 - 19) 1/4 tsp
Between week 8 and 11 I use FF Beastie Blooms (0 - 50 - 30) 1/4 tsp
And week 11 beyond I use FF Cha Ching (9 - 50 - 10) 1/4 tsp till harvest
(I often have to change the length of usage depending on where my plants are at in life cycle because I have had plants go 17 weeks before from stressing them too bad)
Note: The more you stress your plant…the longer it is going to take to finish! Facts!
For a Light week which would be the following:
FF Big Bloom 1 TBS
FF Cal-Mag 1/2 tsp
And either open sesame, beastie blooms, or cha ching as listed above.
I always PH my water to a 6.5 to 6.8 using FF Cultivation Nation PH up
Only time I use PH down is regular waterings in between the feedings.
Here are some of my more recent results, buds are so dense and heavy that the branches cannot hold them up anymore:
Even my first Photoperiod loves my new ways