~ The 15 leaf is at 13.5" x 7.5" is another handsome one. I rather like these last two larger leaves Caven has rolled out. I am pleased how he has continued to grow in our second walk in closet that we set up for him.
~ So far, even though temperatures are cooling a bit, the room seems to be staying between 70-75F with the 4' six tube 6400K T5 grow light fixture. I have them on a timer so Caven is getting 12 hours of light daily. This week I added some reflective foil on the back for light reflection. It looks better than the wall behind it too.
~ There has been no measurable Height or Circumference (8.5"H x 6.5"C) change with this new leaf. Caven sure is going to be a short and stocky guy, just like me ;)
|Leaf #15 unfurled with leafroll 16 showing|
~ I got a fast reply from Dr. Earth recommending: "Paul: Thank you for your inquiry. It is our recommendation that you feed the plant every other month. Two tablespoons for every 6" inches of pot diameter or 1/2 cup per five gallons of soil which would be about 1/2 cubic foot. Thank you for your inquiry and have a great week!"
~ These instruction ARE on the box but I am pleased to have a specific recommendation for the plant I am feeding. It has not been time to feed him yet and I have been wanting the top soil to dry a bit to discourage Gnats. I have been bottom watering to let the top soil dry a bit, but it still get plenty moist. But in order to fertilize I will have to give Caven a good top watering to help the nutrients get down into the soil. Since the diameter of Caven's pot averages 19" according to Dr Earths recommendation I would divide 19" by 6 which gives me an answer of about 3. So 2 TBSP x 3 = 6 TBSP of plant food evenly on the top soil. This would also be about Caven's drip line as according to some instruction you would fertilize within a plants drip line, which seems logical a this is where also where a plants roots would be.
~ I fed Caven 5TBSB of the Dr. Earth plant food (6 TBSP looked like a lot and I do not want to burn Caven's little roots. :) I watered him from the top with a gallon or so of water. So Caven should be good on plant food for the next 2 months.
~ The Gnats I had are none in sight. I am happy to have them under control. I hope now that I have top watered him again though that I do not end up with Gnats once again.