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Dyna-Gro Test

Hello!
I recently reached out to a few companies asking if I could test some of their products. One of them was the nutrient company Dyna-Gro. They sent out their products for me to test, and I am excited to get started!
I am testing the entire nutrient line from seed to harvest and logging everything along the way. I will be running heirloom roma tomates in a RDWC system. As well as lettuce and radishes in coco/perlite.

Let's get started!
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I'm using RO water with a 50ppm base. I added week one from the feeding schedule and brought the water to 150ppm and ph of 6.0 to soak the jiffy pellets. Once soaked I dropped in the seeds and put in a warm place.

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I hope it turns out to be what it says and you know what your doing along the process will give the items a good test...keep we updated please.

It reminds me of the brand miracle grow, as I use their food for my plants.
 
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Day 3
Crimson Giant Radishes are off to an early lead.
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Everything else is starting to pop up.
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The first inch or so of coco dries out quick, so until the roots get established I have to keep the young ones damp.
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Since it is coco, and there is nothing in the substrate, I now have total control of feeding. Because of that I want to start giving them a little bit to eat. I mixed up a mild solution (1/3 strength) of the Week 1 feeding schedule.
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Always add Pro-TeKt to water first. It does not mix if put into a solution after other nutrients. I then set ph to 6.0.
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I'll have to give a misting once a day until the roots can develop a little deeper.

All in all looking pretty good for 3 days.

Everything else is still germinating.
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The romas popped!
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How deep are those boxes? do they drain? I saw what I believe is an auxin on the rooting hormone pic , and it was fuzzy, but the other I could not read. Is it a auxin plus a giberellin or just 2 auxins that they are using?
 
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How deep are those boxes? do they drain? I saw what I believe is an auxin on the rooting hormone pic , and it was fuzzy, but the other I could not read. Is it a auxin plus a giberellin or just 2 auxins that they are using?
The tubs are about a foot deep, with holes drilled in the bottoms. I use the lids as a drip tray. The bottom 2" is hydroton.
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I don't know why the site is down, but here is some information on the two products.
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In the future I am going to do a comparison run on these:
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Those rooters are all cell elongation auxins I believe. I bet the same thing in all of them. I am very curious about the effect if giberellins, as auxins really seem to be used post emergence. I had sown winter seeds for example, and the sprout on some packets could have been a higher percentage. Some were old seeds and that happens.

So what is hydroton?
 
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You have time to find giberellin. Here is some differences between what you are using with the auxin and giberellin. Fruit set sprays are mostly cytokinin which is a big deal for a more mature plant as I understand it.
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I am growing a lot of spinach and the leaf growth thing has my interest. Is it not amazing how little is needed? Only a quarter of a percent of that 8 oz bottle is active ingredients. I read about how toxic they are. 1.25ml in a gallon is what? A couple of drops maybe? Its like essential oils where they have to be cut for safety.
 
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A few days ago I was defoliating and ended up with a clipping I decided to try to root, just for the sake of doing so. It was in my hand, and the gel was right there, so we'll see how it goes. I take pictures of everything, lol.
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I cleaned the scissors with alcohol before the cut, then cut a 45 on it, scraped some of the lower stem and then dipped the scissor tips in the gel and dabbed it on.
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You might consider not using scissors and instead use a slicing razor knife. One aspect of that reasoning is the idea that scissors crush the vascular pipes of the stem where a slice is not so bad and at least allows some flow. I guess thats why doctors use scalpels, which incidentally one can purchase. Except maybe in the UK as they are probably too long a bladelength.
 
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Hahaa
That's a good idea. I'll only use razors from now on actually because that makes perfect sense to me. Thanks.
 
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I guess I haven't shown my RDWC setup yet. It's a 50 gallon setup. Mainly the Romas will be going in here. Mine is DIY, The retail cost for something like this is absolutely astronomical. I think I have $100 in it -all in.
The pictures kind of tell the story, but I can clarify through any questions.
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I've done a few plants in it. It works well. I plan on putting it through its paces with the tomatoes though.
 
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I have a few tents. The one that I put that one in is a 4x4. I have another one next to it that I'm also going to put another system just like this in.
For now I have plants in coco pots in there though. So when I clear them out I'll do that. In the meantime I am already getting set up for it. I went ahead and put in the top feed, and am going to use it as a dripper system for the coco. No more hand feeding, and I set it up on a timer.
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When it is time, all I have to do is spin the tub on the left around and pick up where I left off.
 

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