My plan for my first grow will be outdoor, ten-gallon cloth pots, coco with perlite. Besides basic nutes (I’m looking at Advanced Nutrients’ special base nutes for coco) - what else will I need to add? And/or: can you steer me to a reliable, definitive discussion of this somewhere? TIA!
I’m gonna need to move these pots a couple of times a day, to maximize direct sun, because I live in a clearing in a tall forest. I’ll be getting them on wheels to facilitate this.
It is. And feeding from day 1 is highly recommended. The good part about Jacks is the strength of the feed is the exact same for a seedling as it is for a plant in late flower. Its honestly mindboggling but works.
It is also a nutrient that comes with calmag in the base nutrient. Part B is Calcium Nitrate (Cal) and the third part is epsom salt (Mag). Coco is a calmag hog. So alot of people like to precharge the medium with full strength before seeds even go in.
Yes it will, the third part is epsom salt, which provides the magnesium that the plant needs for high performance LED lighting. This line includes all of the nutrients that is needed from seed to harvest. Other members have tried flowering boosters, (myself included) they may have an effect, but so far what everyone has suggested is that it doesn’t seem to make a difference.
If you have any farther questions don’t hesitate to tag any of us.
I ran soil this round too. Just wanted to compare between harvests. Microbes are the secret to great terpene content, and I think I like soil better just from that perspective. Maybe I’m imagining it? Either way I’m open.
Man that’s awesome. I’m still like 2 journals behind in your journals and would love the comparison. Every 1 says coco is better but it’s a huge invest in time and money. I personally love the soil and how they are responding to Jack’s 321
The soil you’ll get a light claw on some strains, you can just dial back part B if it concerns you.
I’m not sure how it’s an investment, coco is cheaper than soil, at least for me. Location may be a factor there. Coco is also reusable. You can reuse soil too, but it’s not recommended, and you may run into excessive salt build up, and ph issues from the past
I started in coco/perlite last year. As I grew, I learned the microbes and bacteria I was adding into the coco reacted better when I added a bit of composted manure to the mix. I also learned about dry amendments and top dressing. I brew a tea once a month and basically just water in between.
4 parts coco
1 part composted manure/worm castings
a cup of perlite per gallon of mix
I plant my seedlings and rooted clones in this mix and they tend to be good for about a month.
For transplant I add Happy Frog dry amendments at half strength.
For outdoor grows I use refurbished coco and add 1 part manure/castings.
When are you planning on starting this grow? For most of us in the US our outdoor growing season is about over.
Using Jacks 321 isn’t difficult, and is good in coco w/ drain to waist because it’s fairly inexpensive. I would say probably the least of your worries. You’ll likely need to feed daily early part of the grow, and later in the grow probably multiple times a day if in coco.
Planning on moving is probably gonna cause some issues too. If treated properly these plants will be huge and extremely top heavy in 10 gallon pot of coco.
These guys have you covered for the most part. Coco produces much faster vegging plants than soil in my experience and having control over nutrients and and not have to worry about overwatering for the most part is why I like it. I’ve also not noted any loss of terpines or colors in my plants in coco vs soil either.