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Old 01-13-2009, 07:10 PM
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Lately I been thinking highly of getting into a little Coco for my mother plants.
Today I baught me some coco and soon I will try to get some Canna Coco nutes. I already have the GH 3 part and may try a modified lucas formula later after I have run the canna as a tester.

My questions and comments being this.

Could any of those experienced with coco please give your comments/experiences on things such as.

*which brand of substrate and ferts do you prefer?
*coarse of fine?
*how do you go about prepping the coco?
*do you add any other media to it?
*do you add anything before planting? ie ferts/ph'd water? given cuts or seed?
*prefered methods, times & how often do you feed?
*how often do you flush?
*do you find coco requires smaller/larger pots?
*which system works well/unwell with coco for you?
*are there any things one should watch out for when selecting/using coco? substrate & or nutes?

Hope this isn't to much at once or too much of a hastle. I ben doing alot of study and this is an area of great variation.
I know its another typical no right/no wrong type thread, but Im highly interested.

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Old 01-13-2009, 08:04 PM
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My questions and comments being this.

Could any of those experienced with coco please give your comments/experiences on things such as.
experienced?
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*which brand of substrate and ferts do you prefer?
Cheap bricks - currently this brand


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*coarse of fine?
Coarse is better, mine is quite fine, I'm afraid
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*how do you go about prepping the coco?
http://www.420genetics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3878
I currently don't rinse anymore, only ph adjusted water, no mineral fertilizers either.
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*do you add any other media to it?
http://www.420genetics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3878
Currently heaps of worm castings and cavy droppings. I actually look for a very high nitrogen ratio, because coco can release plenty of K and lock N. Meal made from stinging nettles is ok to boost up the N. I currently add plenty of Gesteinsmehl - Basalt meal and even ground up yeast from beer making - high in B vitamins. I have to update my coco thread on that.
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*do you add anything before planting? ie ferts/ph'd water? given cuts or seed?
I increase the worm manure or dilute the premixed coco with perlite or untreated coco (except the ph adjusted water and the epsom salts)
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*prefered methods, times & how often do you feed?
I only feed teas, there is plenty of nutrition in the medium
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*how often do you flush?
I currently don't flush, only an initial good watering untill I see a runoff
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*do you find coco requires smaller/larger pots?
Smaller pots perform better compared to soil, a big rootmass is always beneficial, though.
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*which system works well/unwell with coco for you?
Handwatering or Hempy style buckets, I'd love a drip system though
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*are there any things one should watch out for when selecting/using coco? substrate & or nutes?
Don't let it dry out, but don't overdo the waterings. Coco can hold more water than soil but roots still can rot. Don't be afraid of algae and springtails - that's a good sign.
If you keep moms in coco (as I do) you have to renovate on a regular schedule.
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Hope this isn't to much at once or too much of a hastle. I ben doing alot of study and this is an area of great variation.
I know its another typical no right/no wrong type thread, but Im highly interested.

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Old 01-14-2009, 12:14 AM
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some good info DDM good to know
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Old 01-14-2009, 01:15 AM
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Thanks heaps for that effort and the links DDM, lots of great info.
I like rading your organic alternatives, infact your previous posts have me with a worm farm thats just kicking into gear, just had to get the farm together and kidnapped a heap of worms out of Dads worm farm.

So far I got myself one bag of the canna coco flock, also grabbed 5 bticks of a cheaper brand of blocks to try. So far I mixed up 2 bricks and intend mixing that with some soil to try on my outdoor ladies.

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Well, I add in some perilite.
I use drip rings made from soaker hose for feeding.
Modified lucas formula 0-6-9 (grow/micro/bloom) ml/gal. at start of flower.
I rinse the coco after I break up the bricks.
Coarse.
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Coco and Canna nutes are a great combo
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