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Do i have to dose ferts first thing in the morning?

I am a busy high schooler and i am barely awake in the mornings, i would rather not do this because i keep my plantex in the garage fridge to stop it from molding and i would probably forget a decent amount. Is it OK to dose right before i go to bed? like at 9-10 oclock?
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Better to dose at a set regular time, so the levels are stable. If this means dosing in the evening, go for it!
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Better to dose at a set regular time, so the levels are stable. If this means dosing in the evening, go for it!
Are there any ill effects from dosing in the evening? Or is it the same as in the morning?
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Had the same question. Best time to dose fert. Thanks for the thread.
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Are there any ill effects from dosing in the evening? Or is it the same as in the morning?
Some may argue that dosing before the lights come on is the best for plants, as it means the nutrients are there when they require it.

However, as Diana mentioned, it is better to just dose on a regular basis rather than trying to find an optimal time.

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I dose every night before bed, I too had the same question a year or so back and a similar situation dosing before work. No difference dosing in the morning or night from my experience.
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Weekly after water changes is my routine. I haven't thought about excel as I don't use it - but if I ever do, I would not like to do that weekly.

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I think a lot of it might depend on what method of dosing you're following. If you are using the EI method or dosing once or twice a week, it shouldn't really matter what time of day it is. Other methods might be different.
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Plants use nutrients both in the light and dark. The mechanisms for absorbing and utilization occur 24hours a day.

Yes plants do keep growing in the dark using the the sugars from the days photosynthetic period.

It doesn't matter what time you dose. What matters is keeping a good stable level of available nutrients to your plants at all times.





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Does this fert advice apply to Excel too? I believe Excel has a window before it becomes inert (11-12 hours iirc).

I'm just curious. I never really gave my fert dosing time any consideration prior to this thread and am curious about dosing liquid carbon.


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I do ferts at night. I thought I read that was best but maybe not.

I do excel before lights come on.

I forget my ferts a lot


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