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Old 04-06-2012, 04:18 AM #1
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COCO and BLUMATS FTW!

so ive done soil, coco, ebb and flow, DWC's, attempted to build an RDWC which leaked lol and after all that i find myself switching back to coco with blumats. RDWC and active hydro might be faster in terms of growth speed but coco with blumats are just so damn simple and easy i find myself headed back in that direction. i love being able to set up a huge rez and just let her rip!

the one lesson im learning right now is that if you are goin to reuse your coco you need to flush VERY well. all those late bloom flower enhancers can really leave your coco harsh.

anyways here's what i got goin right now: 4 S@nnies herijuana and 2 of S@nnies jackberry X KO kush as well as multiple FMS ak's and WW X BB's. despite the harsh nutes left behind in the coco they are recovering nicely. i just flushed the affected ones extra well with florakleen and some drip clean

i have CO2 but the climate here is such bullshit i wont be able to run it except in the veg tent where im only running 400w.....cancel that lol, i set it up just now and its so warm already it was hitting 86 degrees. oh well. no CO2 for now.
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Old 04-06-2012, 05:01 AM #2
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nice.

so .......what are blumats? lol
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Old 04-06-2012, 05:25 AM #3
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blumats are automated dripper that use gravity and suction from the weight of the nutrients in the reservoir and a clay cone with a pinch valve that opens and closes.

if im understanding it correctly, it goes something like this: theres a pinch valve on the ceramic cone, when the soil dries out the pinch valve opens a little releasing nutrient out the line until the soil becomes wet. when it becomes wet enough to cause the clay cone to swell it pinches the valve closed thus only watering when the plant wants it. my plants were so healthy on them i had roots soming out of the soil into the air reaching for the dripper lol
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Old 04-06-2012, 05:38 AM #4
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i dont wanna sound like the blumat nazi lol but they really are awesome. best 75 dollar investment you will make in your garden. pick your rez, run your feed line and install your drippers. it takes a few days to dial em in but when they are spot on you can leave for days at a time with no fear of underwatering. FTW!! lol

my lil ones will get transplanted into 5gal buckets of straight coco as soon as they are to size. ive also been contemplating using the reusable grocery shopping bags as grwo containers. they are recycled plactic and porous enough to drain i think. should be like a 99cent smart pot
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Old 04-06-2012, 05:43 AM #5
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nice! about to try out the blumats in coco as well...

glad to here positive remarks about them.....
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glad to see you here krunch. ive been around here for a little while as a different user name and your grows are always impressive as all hell. look at lazymans grows. he does blumats on large scale with multiple 55gal reservoirs, auto top offs, the works.
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Blumats are the way to go with coco. If I didn't have issues with getting rid of coco (nosy neighbors) I would still use that setup. Made the switch to hydro recently. Anyways, your coco looks a little dry, make sure your ceramic sensor didnt suck up the water! Good luck with your grow.

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i had over two gallons of runoff in my drain pan. i think they are fine. pots are heavy. RH is super low and tons of air movement i think is why they look dry
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How far does the 75 dollars go for the blutmats... getting my coco on soon and would be awesome to have the freedom to leave for a couple days. Saw bobbleheads big thread and what he said about his blutmat usage seems pretty legit.

I have a pump with a dripper system right now, which might work on timed intervals in a way... yet that can't compare with the blutmat technology.
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i love the blumats and coco best money i spent
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