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Just curious, but is anyone aware of the best time of the day to dose ferts? I remember hearing somewhere that plants take in nutrients more at a certain part of the day than any other part, I just forgot when exactly. Any ideas or does it even matter?
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I have found it doesn't make a lot of difference as long as you dose.
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i concur with rex, doesn't matter.

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It most likely doesn't matter, but I always tend to dose in the morning right before the lights come on. I guess I feel the plants will greater benefit from it with a full day of light ahead of them.

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Steve Hampton once told me that most nutrients are incorporated at night and that he tends to dose just before lights out. I haven't personally experimented enough to say if it makes a difference, though.
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in the morning my plants lighten up..then as the day progresses, the leaves get greener and greener.

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Personally, I dose a couple of hours after lights out. At this point, I speculate that plants do nutrient uptake in large amounts, and that algae can;t use the nutrients well without light. But it really shouldn't matter.
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It's kind of funny I am really currious about this topic. I would assume also it wouldn't matter when you dose, cause the fert will just stay in solution till its needed anyways?

Even tho I have no idea, at a guess, I would assume it would use it also at night, cause during the day its probably too busy catching rays.
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It does not matter, plants and algae assimilate all the time.
Light or not.

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