Does anyone use soil in their AutoPots?

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Most organic soil actually have plenty of calcium. Add a 1/2 Tbsp Epsom salts per gallon of soil for the Mg you need. Don't waste your money on the " gardening" Epsom salts, its nothing more than a ripoff, its all exactly the same. I get mine at dollar general. DON'T water with straight RO or distilled water in organic soil! If your tap water is funky/to high ppms, cut it with RO or distilled, there are micro nutrients in you tap water. And don't worry about chlorine/chloramine there 's not enough to hurt anything to begin with and adding 50% RO, etc, makes even even safer, plants actually use a small amount of chlorine!

Cool...the less I have to mix perlite into anything the better!! I always get it everywhere and find it for months all over my house. HA HA
Yes, I have calmag on hand, but would love to maybe add a little to the bottom of the pot and nip the problem in the bud. what is a good powder source of cal/mag to add to the bottom of the pot?
 

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Most organic soil actually have plenty of calcium. Add a 1/2 Tbsp Epsom salts per gallon of soil for the Mg you need. Don't waste your money on the " gardening" Epsom salts, its nothing more than a ripoff, its all exactly the same. I get mine at dollar general. DON'T water with straight RO or distilled water in organic soil! If your tap water is funky/to high ppms, cut it with RO or distilled, there are micro nutrients in you tap water. And don't worry about chlorine/chloramine there 's not enough to hurt anything to begin with and adding 50% RO, etc, makes even even safer, plants actually use a small amount of chlorine!
cool....yes my water is pretty good from the faucet, just high ph around 8. (I will 1/2 1/2 it with distilled). I will be using Real Growers Recharge filled with lots of benes, and they say DO NOT ph when using it. So I will use some tap water and reap the benefits of the micro nutrients. Cool, thank you! Now, question. Once plants go on the res I cant use recharge in the res because it makes a cloudy/clumpy mess. What PH should the plain 1/2 tap 1/2 distilled water in the res be for organic soil?
 
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Did you end up top watering the recharge into the autopots? Doesn’t seem necessary to put it in the reservoir but this is all new to me so I could be totally wrong
 

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Sorry, never saw this post. I PH all my water for organics to 6.5


cool....yes my water is pretty good from the faucet, just high ph around 8. (I will 1/2 1/2 it with distilled). I will be using Real Growers Recharge filled with lots of benes, and they say DO NOT ph when using it. So I will use some tap water and reap the benefits of the micro nutrients. Cool, thank you! Now, question. Once plants go on the res I cant use recharge in the res because it makes a cloudy/clumpy mess. What PH should the plain 1/2 tap 1/2 distilled water in the res be for organic soil?
 

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Cool...the less I have to mix perlite into anything the better!! I always get it everywhere and find it for months all over my house. HA HA
Yes, I have calmag on hand, but would love to maybe add a little to the bottom of the pot and nip the problem in the bud. what is a good powder source of cal/mag to add to the bottom of the pot?
I know this is old but silicosis in no joke. Mix that perlite outside with a mask. It can contribute to some nasty lung issues. Its not dissimilar to glass dust.
 
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