I just have to know your 'Recharge' consensus!

To ‘Recharge’ or not…

I just finished off my first small bag of ‘Recharge’. I followed instructions exactly.

Using it in a soil grow with chemical nutes. Did a side by side. Same cloning, veg time, size, everything. ‘Control’ got the usual treatment. Test subject got Recharge also, exactly as prescribed. After dry and cure I can’t tell any difference at all. Weight, taste, potency, terp profile, all seems exactly the same.

Is this common?

I suspect it helps in poor soils, organic grows, etc. I also think many of the reports of dramatic improvements seem to come from auto-flower growers and pheno differences may be at play. Also more experience and time in the garden help. Is Recharge getting the credit?

Anyone have my experience?

Peace :v: and Good Health!

S. :dolphin:

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Recharge adds healthy microbes to your soil. What those microbes (beneficial bacteria) do is consume plant nutrients and then poop them back out in a form that is more bioavailable (easier to absorb) to the plant. It’s good to follow the directions exactly, as overuse of microbes can cause problems.

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I understand their role, they’re crucial. I’m just interested to know how high the load of quality biome is in healthy organically rich unamendid soil and how quickly will it grow when fed?

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I don’t think anyone has quantified that. More is definitely not better when it comes to supplementing with microbes. It can increase nutrient uptake so significantly that it can lead to nute burn.

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Agreed. It’s a much more complicated subject under the surface. Take care man.

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Just a thought, maybe the salts of the chemical nutes were detrimental to the microflora of the Recharge.

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The end results were great. No indication of harm or help.

I use it about every third or fouth feeding. It seems to have an explosion of growth in a couple of days. I don’t use it as recommended, seems like once a week is a bit much.

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I agree. And it’s not clear if it’s 1x a week regardless of watering frequency… Ug.

Take care. Thanks.

S. :dolphin:

Real Growers says once a week, but they also want you buying more product.

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:1st_place_medal:Winner! They say 1x a week but what if you water 3x week or some other routine.

I’ve been doing some reading and am starting to think if your media is healthy and has something to decay the biome will take care of itself. Reproduction is rapid, just needs some food. A little molasses, decay, old roots, all should feed and maintain a healthy biome I suspect.

The bacteria and spores are all over the place already, yes? They just need a home and some food and to not be poisoned☠ and it seems they will find a balance.

I could be wrong but my ladies did fine, great, without spendy additives and I’m not sure they make sense now.

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I think you had the answer when you said it helps poor soils.
Bagged soil typically has microbes already, even if it dries out they just go dormant. Recharge is just dormant microbes in dry form itself. So probably had two active soils going and adding recharge didn’t do anything as it was already active. Typically when I use it I only add it once during the grow about a month in. I have tried it in coco too with no real benefits. Where I do see a bump is outdoors with my garden veggies. It seems to kickstart the garden nicely. Again just a single treatment around beginning of May.

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Very sensible answer! It seems a consensus is emerging. Thanks for your input, it’s making sense now.

Peace :v: and Good Health!

S. :dolphin:

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The general idea behind inoculation is to shift the soil biome to our benefit. Continuous inoculation is somewhat prophylactic in my mind.

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Empirical evidence is a powerful thing…people buy way more stuff than they need to successfully grow for personal use because they just don’t know any better when starting out; and there are too many variables, and people trying to sell things.

If you can properly manage environment, autos water-only in organic soil are pretty easy…sometimes molasses a couple waterings each grow:
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I can only eat so much that my body can use.

Feeding cannabis is kind of the same thing. The nutrients need to be there, but extra wont help and lots of the add on products are just different formulations of the same basic nutrients. NPK and micronutrients that are needed is tiny amounts.
Its fun to experiment tho. :upside_down_face:

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