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Old 01-05-2009, 07:29 AM   #46
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Im used to the bricks. I break some off, and boil it in a large pot for 15 minutes, then cool it for 30 min+. add More cool tap water, then drain and squeeze dry.
I no longer "break" up the brick, just drop it in the pot whole, cause it gives more volume and less dust.
Thought ide add that for noobs. looks simmilar to cotton candy and the smell while boiling is..... Soooo Good (sublime) ...,like gentle air freshener/pina colada....
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Old 03-02-2009, 07:50 AM   #47
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We had a large mother plant OG Kush that was growing in straight coco coir, this thing was a beast. Unfortunately it contracted powder mildew and we decided to axe her. Before doing this, we let her sit in the dark for almost a week to see how long she would last, along with a few other plants that were being grow in hydroton.


the hydroton plants were shrivled up and dead within a day or two, but the cococoir mother plant held on for dear life. After 4 days she was still dark green and looking good, shows the water retention of coco.

Unforunately we still had to kill her.
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Old 03-02-2009, 08:07 AM   #48
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soil vs coco

good question. i'm a first time grower and could not decide which to go with. so. i went with both

I have a six pot scrog. 3 pots of soil, 3 pots of coco.. so lets see who wins
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Old 03-10-2009, 08:33 PM   #49
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i'll do organic coco,i hope i will success !
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:09 PM   #50
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the hydroton plants were shrivled up and dead within a day or two, but the cococoir mother plant held on for dear life. After 4 days she was still dark green and looking good, shows the water retention of coco.
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I'm so confused, some people are saying that they need to water their coco daily, while 4 day water retention is probably more than soilless mixes ive seen! most posts on this thread people are saying they water their coco daily.. that's ALOT of watering I think! unless you have excessively large plants or small containers right? Hmm, Im considering going to coco because a 50 L bag of it online is only 20 bucks from Canna, however I cant find some good nutes specifically for coco online.. can anyone help me out?


while this thread IS about soil vs coco, what about soilless mixes that dont involve coco? Usually you can set one up to retain water for a good 2-3 day watering regimen.. or maybe that is why people mix their coco with perlite.. hm. non-coco-soil-less versus pure coco?
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:13 PM   #51
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People water coco daily because you have to treat it like hydro, and not soil. You will explosive growth if you actually treat it like hydro, instead of soil...this provided oxygen, nutes, etc...daily, the same way as in a hydro grow.
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Hey SativaDreams, solarz is right, coco is to be treated like hydro, thats why it gets watered everyday, sometimes 2-3x a day. I water twice a day now and find that the plants explode with every watering.
As for coco specific nutes, thats debatable big time.
I use GH flora series + tap water (no cal/mag added). I have NEVER had a def. I just finished an outdoor Mango/Widow, in coco, that got fed nothing but Miracle grow Tomato plant food. Again, no defs whatsoever.
Check the coco forum and you will get answers to all your questions.
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soil vs coco

good question. i'm a first time grower and could not decide which to go with. so. i went with both

I have a six pot scrog. 3 pots of soil, 3 pots of coco.. so lets see who wins
Well I'm pulling these in a few hours and I can already tell you... Coco wins... hands down... I'll post some numbers when everything is dry :smile:
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Old 05-13-2009, 03:23 AM   #54
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I find 50ffof/50coco gives me bigger yields. Seems the best of both worlds with the action of the coco and the beneficial organics of the ffof. I let near dry and water till just runoff.
No need for food until flower. I'm using 30ml PBP/5ml CM+/10ml LK flower to flush.
Maybe give it a go sometime, jamie
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:09 AM   #55
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I'm doing both right now, prefer the coco in all areas apart from it's probably more work. They need watering more often than my soil plants, but not everyday. They just drink alot faster as they grow much faster and more vigourously.

I mix mine with some perlite, and i actually prefer the taste of the coco bud to the soil bud. I use canna coco a+b and find them great, don't want to change, taste is great and the plants want for nothing. It's actually easier to keep a plant tip top healthy in coco i find than soil. My coco plants are green down to the bottom most leaf, where i find it hard to achieve this with soil. The lower leafs allways seem to get some form of necrosis or yellowing even when fed properly. Coco just works so well i will never change from it now.
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I find 50ffof/50coco gives me bigger yields. Seems the best of both worlds with the action of the coco and the beneficial organics of the ffof. I let near dry and water till just runoff.
No need for food until flower. I'm using 30ml PBP/5ml CM+/10ml LK flower to flush.
Maybe give it a go sometime, jamie
I do something similar.

I use a mix of Amazon Bloom Soil (coco and peat based), roots soil (coco based), roots coco, and ffof plus some beneficials.

Volume of coco in the mix is around 40%. And yeah only plan on feeding once maybe twice in veg and then weekly in flower.
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:29 AM   #57
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coco will beat soil any day ,better dranage,no insects,allround healthyer plants...thats what i find bro...

is this true? no insects in coco?
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Old 05-13-2009, 11:32 AM   #58
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In cocos you will get healthier faster growing plants but in the long run they will remain greener in soil(when talking bout mixes with no liquid nutes added)
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Old 05-16-2009, 12:06 AM   #59
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I love them both.

For my next run from seed, I'm seriously considering a coco/ perlite veg run using the GH series, giving them a good flush, then transplanting into organic soil for flowering. As long as I keep the soil on the moist side for the first few days, I don't see why the coco roots won't adapt well. One less transplant also, since a big enough cup of coco can support a good sized plant.

Best of both worlds, a coco-fast veg and organically sweet buds.
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I grow with 1/3 soil(pro-mix, castings, compost, etc), 1/3 coir, and 1/3 perlite. Works great so far! Why choose one or the other. I'm going organic, and I no longer have to worry about pH, and with coir as at least 1/3 of my mix, I no longer have to worry about ever over-watering them.
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