I’m starting a new grow and I am looking for info on the best soil and medium to grow with. So this is an empty slate, what is recomended?
Coco is considered the better grow medium when compared to soil. Of course there’s a lot of different opinions. With coco you will likely need to water with nutrients daily. You will know exactly what your plants are getting and your ph will be what you ph your water to be. With soil you won’t need to water daily, but keeping ph levels in soil can sometimes be challenging. You will also need to be sure what your nutrient level in soil is, by taking runoff readings and checking ppm’s. I’ve seen several people talking about Roots Organics being excellent. Also Coast of Maine soils. Then there’s the old standby FoxFarms. I use a mixture of FF soils and I’m completely satisfied with results.
When using coco do you mix it with something or just use it by it self?
I’m in straight Coco. I feed full strength Jack’s 321 pH to 5.8 and I’m loving the simplicity.
No mixing needed, but keep in mind it doesn’t retain any nutrients or amendments. So you water it daily with nutrients. I haven’t used it, but I’ve seen several people using brand called Canna Coco. It comes in dehydrated bricks. It’s prewashed but you will need to rehydrate with properly PHed water. I believe many will also add nutrients to their water while rehydrating. I’ll tag a couple of people more familiar with Coco use. @AfgVet @Hellraiser
Bulldog just gave you the full rundown on exactly how I use that same brand.
I use the canna coco bricks and rehydrate them with Jacks 321 then plant the seeds and off we go. Coco + Jacks makes growing bud so easy, no over-watering issues, no worrying about when to feed or how much to feed, it does not get any easier than that.
I use canna coco bricks and expanded them with Jack’s, no issues. When I was in soil, I loved Coast of Maine Stonington blend. I prefer coco nowadays as it’s a neutral medium and I know exactly what I’m putting into the medium. Plants also really take off in coco as compared to soil grows…IMO of course.
BDogg pretty much covered it. I rehydrate my canna coco with full strength jacks
I’m using FoxFarm Liquid Nutrient for fertilizing this time for the 1st time. Is this a good choice?
Yes. Make sure you do the flush on the schedule! It matters
It’s what many people start out with, but I will say most will move on to something else eventually. It works and you can grow good cannabis with FF nutes. One of the reasons people move on to something else is because even after using FF you may find things going sideways on your grows. You mentioned that we should consider you a clean slate. If you decide to go with coco, I would like to recommend Jack’s 321 nutrient line it’s a nutrient line that you can use start to finish, using the exact same mixture every time. AfgVet and hellraiser both commented on using coco and they both use Jack’s. If you want to know more about it, tag me and let me know.
Can you provide a link?
Can’t put commercial links up. But here’s a video on how to use. You need three different parts. Part A, Part B and Epsom salt. You can purchase directly at Jack’s 321 website or at Amazon. They sell it in approximately 2 pound bags or 25 pound bags. It’s one of the cheapest to use nutrients around. If you’re not completely sure about investing in a larger bag, you can find smaller bags on Ebay.
Here’s a link to a thread that has link to Amazon, to buy Jack’s
And you use Jack’s 321 from veg to flower?
Correct. It’s even safe enough for seedlings.
Yes, I’m using a fairly hot soil mixture. So no nutrients are needed usually until the start of flower. But once I start them, I use the exact same mixture until harvest. Now, if you use Coco you would start using Jack’s 321 mixture from seedling to harvest. Coco is inert, it doesn’t retain any nutrients, that’s why you water daily with nutrients. You can also use various additives, like Tribus ,a Rhizobacteria to promote root growth while in veg.But honestly its not absolutely essential. You can also use different additives during flower, like fulvic acid, which will help plants uptake nutrients. I’m going to post a link to one of AfgVet’s past journals, she used Coco and Jack’s on this grow.
Bulldognuts, I’m very interested in watching this grow, could you tag me. Thanks
Hey, the one I linked is done, but it’s a good example of what can be done with coco and Jack’s. You can click on link and it will take you to first posting for that journal. Do you know how to set any thread to watch?
Coast of Maine is a great soil had nothing but great results using there products. The bar harbor blend in the pink bag with perlite added in works great everytime and it’s cheaper than any ff bagged soil I’ve seen where I’m at in the northeast!