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Old 07-09-2012, 02:04 AM #31
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nice write-up. coco is great, the most flexible medium imo. canna is ok, im not crazy about the consistency, bunch of little balls basically. clumps up. cut it with croutons or a stringier coir like sunshine or botanicare. only ones i havent got gnats from is canna and botanicare.

i keep moms in coco. too easy. floranova 5ml per gal and done. cut em back, root prune, repot every so often to keep them vigorous and healthy. lot easier than dealing with soil or hydro setups in buckets or trays.

gotta say though hgo, the hydroton layer at the bottom of your pots is counterproductive. a layer on top isnt a bad idea but not really necessary but at the bottom all it does is raise the perched water table. you would be better off with more coco there instead. try it sometime.
i dunno if i agree with the last statement, standard pots with the limited amount of holes does actually stop it draining very quickly if you add the layer of hydroton at the bottom it leaves the drainage hole more open to drain any excess water.
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Great post HGO . Can't rep ya right now, but K+ buddy.
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the hydroton in the pots also leap the larvae springtails etc from your pots when you water some old growers in the usa use this method but with chunky perlite instead they call em coco sammies

they uses bales and amend there coco

in the uk its bug central with cannacoco for me, airpots create a similar scenario to the hydroton with the raised bottom the springtails flush straight out and find it hard to get back in

again i can only echo what hgo is saying about pot size it seems for multi plants 6 plus per light over 6.5ltr is a waste of medium


like dhf said theres no definitive rules to coco but this is most definately a leap in the right direction

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Old 07-10-2012, 05:52 AM #34
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All this shit originates in Sri Lanka for the most part , and has from the get....for the plant growing community that is........Legal or not...but ....

Who uses more coco than us....and they know it....That`s why they give 2 fucks on quality control........

Guaranteed Canna has the best quality control program to hydrate , dry , and sift out the coffee grounds dust , as well as pre-charging the expensive bags to provide for the CEC/holding onto ca/mag till a certain level is built up before releasing it back to the plants ftw......now...

It`s Calcium Nitrate , or Calcium Citrate that different manufacturers spike their shit with to charge those outrageous prices for the clean stuff.....but.....

It definitely makes a difference in nutrient profiles for the plants once they`re established....so....I wish these idiots could treat all the shit the same and charge decent prices for "exactly" the same product across the board ......but no......

All about profit margins and as little done on each and every end product for advertising and distribution for the bottom line.....and....

That`s why there`s so many inconsistencies in this medium that`s still in it`s infancy and yet to be given the credit it`s due for hydroponic like yields once dialed and hoonin.....

I`m hopeful for better manufacturer quality control in the future.....but not holdin my breath.....

Caveat Emptor....Let the buyer beware....and learn what it takes for coco to give excellent results before jumpin head first and killin or dwarfing buncha plants with shit for yields.........or....just use Canna and pay for it cuz......

HGO`s killin it with it......but....

Still learn a copy of the rules if shit goes sideways and needs help.....

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thing is, putting hydroton in the bottom does not assist in drainage at all

you could be using even smaller containers, which you mentioned which people really need to pay attention to when using coco.. and not messing with hydroton in the process...
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Nice pots mate, giving the hydroton at the bottom a go but keeping it coco ontop because I like to get them to dry out a bit more than most seem to do around here. Cheers for the ideas
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Great read about DTW ! thanks
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Heya HGO,
Do you think it is possible to set up coco DTW with #2 smart pots? I know a bucket with a drain would be ideal, just not sure what kind of runoff, and floods I should expect with saucers and smart pots...
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:17 AM #40
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good thread.
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