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Old 10-19-2020, 11:13 PM #1
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Infected coco- Mold/fungus

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Was at the shop today for equipement and some coco. The coco was stacked on top of each other with plastic around. It was clearly a little moist, and had some mold/fungus on the bag. Opened some of them up and I saw some on the coco coir, blue/greenish mold/fungus on it. Not much. Maybe started to heat a little in the middle of the stack. Unsure because of the temperatue differention with outisde vs inside temp .

I plan on using it in a grow doing both salt fertlizer and organic methods...

Have somebody tried to compost coco? I know it doesnt break down SOOO fast, so you can re-use it, BUT how fast? And how will this mold/fungus affect it all?

I wondered to kill the infection before it continues...? To have a more "clean" start..

I got it for free.....
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Old 10-20-2020, 12:49 AM #2
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I had the same problem recently. I returned the coco to the grow shop. If I was going to use it I'd hit it with some hydrogen peroxide. Then I use Azos & Mycos to inoculate it.
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Old 10-20-2020, 12:24 PM #3
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Right, I have a lot so I thought about cholrine since it cheap and more available for me, what do you think? Whats the benefit for hydrogen peroxide over Cholorine?

Or could some PH up or down materials work?

What about spores? How much would they survive?

Azos I think I have, atleast a big bag of beneficial bacterias and Mycos at storage.

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if you can, never ever use fongus infected materials, ever

return this to the shop

spores are going to fly everywhere around and you might get fongus later in your plants, your containers, your buds...

if you wanna clean use peroxide at high concentration and flush the coco batch several times and clean everything around

molds is a grower nightmare and it can destroy your crop easily...
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Blue can be bad. Have you tried Stilton?

It does well in dryer material so you may find it's colonised the outside layer while a more harmonious society lives within the core of the bag. I have seen it removed manually before mixing the coco, never to see it again. Coco grows can be bio or inert so your expected use of the substrate may guide you to sterilise it or re-colinise it. Or you may choose to burn it and buy some more. Every situation is different. I wouldn't open it in my home though. As Ridoo says, it will be over everything.
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Never tried Stilton, but other bluecheeses, I love it ,f-e!

Will think it over what to do. Got coco worth 1250 dollars for free so if I will reject it as a substrate for cannabis, I will use it some were else on the farm. Nothing is waste at a organic farm, so no returning, just have to change were the usage of it willl be...

Thanks for the inputs!
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Sounds like trichoderma, do you know the brand? I'm pretty sure botanicare fortifies their Coco with trichoderma..
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This is DNA mills. Now I remember what I forgot at the shop. I thought about too buy it seperat, but forgot.
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Checked out some pics now, yes it look like trichoderma, the bluish things. Now I dont remember isnt the coco incolated with it? to prevent other stuff infecting it?

Have not used a lot of coco before....
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Yes some brands inoculate with trich. It's beneficial to roots.
I'm not familiar with that brand, but by the sounds of it that's it, Coco is pretty benign and not a whole lot can grow on/from it without another nutrient source.
It should be fine to use imo
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