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    I have grown for a nearly decade now, and have grown in many different mediums, with different kinds of food, loads of different strains, in all sorts of different set ups.

    Through trial and error, I found a love for coco. Its so easy to use once you understand the basics of it. Because it looks like soil, new comers to coco will tend to treat it as soil, and problems can arise quickly.

    If you're having an issue in coco, have any questions no matter how "dumb" you might think they are, give me a shout! I'm always happy to help.

    Mon the talk! Mon the coco!

    You know what though, I hate coconuts.....





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    Excellent and just in time for me, thanks. I'm going coco next grow and I will have questions. I have chosen pots, brand of coco and nutes.

    I know that most of the people here use canna, but it's horribly expensive in the US.

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    I do have a question already. Perlite vs vermiculite, are they about the same for effects or is one better? I've always used peat in outdoor garden grows with soil, but I don't think it will be as good for aeration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spdrjeff View Post
    I do have a question already. Perlite vs vermiculite, are they about the same for effects or is one better? I've always used peat in outdoor garden grows with soil, but I don't think it will be as good for aeration.

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    In coco mate, you dont really have to use anything. Any additions are just there to make the coco look pretty Coco is good for growing weed on its own, as it has perfect aeration and drainage. No need to add perlite or vermiculite mate. Coco smashing it on its own

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    Excellent. That's going to save a bunch of money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spdrjeff View Post
    Excellent. That's going to save a bunch of money.

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    tbh mate, the only reason I've ever used it is when I've got 4 plants, in 15l pots, giving me 60l of medium needed. Instead of buying 2 50l bags of coco, I'd buy one and a few litres of perlite to make up the rest But it really is needed man, run the coco on its own, the plants will be happy enough

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    Hi Macky I'm contemplating running a new feeding schedule for my coco - perhaps more than once a day.

    Is there something you have tried and seen differences with ?





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    I water 3 times a day at moment gardo ,when I can,failing that 1 hour after lights on and 1 hour before lights off is good practice

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    Quote Originally Posted by gardro View Post
    Hi Macky I'm contemplating running a new feeding schedule for my coco - perhaps more than once a day.

    Is there something you have tried and seen differences with ?





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    The thing is with coco, you always have to feed enough so there is atleast ten percent run off, to wash out old salts. Watering twice a day is good if you can fit the time to get rid of the run off all the time lol.

    Once a day is enough in my opinion, but twice is even better.

    Make sure there is plenty of breeze blowing over the top of the coco when watering often though. You still need to try and get the top of the medium to dry out to prevent bugs from living in there.

    In coco, I’d water once a day, about an hour after light come on, remove the run off, and prep tomorrow water ( get it int a bucket and let it stand with an air stone in it for 24hours)

    Also, if you want to feed more than once a day, lower the ec. Less is more in coco man.

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    Thanks both

    Luckily I will be automatic run to waste soon so should be able to tweak the run off spot on.

    I like the idea of getting extra oxygen in the roots by little and often, bit more hydro





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    Nice mate! Run off to waste is the best way with coco. Salt build up can happen quickly. Gotta keep washing the old stuff out of the medium and keep the plants in fresh food.

    As the water drains through the coco, it pulls air down into it too, giving a nice mix of water and air. Really is a perfect medium for growing weed.

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    Ok I'm going with twice per day feedings. I'm using a half strength based on the below nute chart. I'm flushing every other day with r/o water. Should I ph correct the flush?

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    Hey man I'm going coco for 3 plants currently. First time with the new medium. I'm going drain to waste at half strength of the nutes I use. I'm watering twice a day and flushing with r/o water every other day.

    Should I ph correct the flush?

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    Macky, is there a pot-size to plant size guideline for coco? I just realised that I have a 11 litre round pot that I could use, instead of the 6.5 litre.

    Or does the pot size have more to do with feed/water frequency? I am a bit worried that the plant might get too big for my fun-sized tent.

    Also, what sort of temperature ranges should I be aiming for with coco? I think with winter the way it is, the low 20s deg C is all I can get.

    I am toying with the idea of an auto-in-coco grow right now, but am worried that if the temps are low, an auto plant might turn out be a puny joke of a plant.

    I have some White Widow, Northern Lights, and Red Russian XXL (a White Widow - AK cross) seeds that I can use. What do you think? With autos, I can leave the lights on all the time so have more flexibility with watering.

    Or would I be better off growing a photo in coco whilst it is cold, so I can control how long to veg, that way to only flip when it is big enough?

    Grateful for any recommendations on strains or tactics. Been nearly pulling my hair out for a few weeks over the grow situation...
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    11L pot is going to be best, for a photo, I go 12L minimum for flowering plants.

    Autos, start off in ten to twelve litre pots, just water a little less, every other day, until the roots pick up.

    With temps, you want around 26c, running light 24 hours will help keep the environment warm. But maybe consider 20 on, and four off, during the warmest parts of the day.

    A flowering plant in coco, won't get you much in a 6l pot, and the roots will out grow it quickly.

    But pot size does also depend on what pots I'm using lol. Airpots are the best way to go with coco in flower.

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    This is a photo plant you're talking about right? I'd pot up, to the 11 litre. And flip in a week.

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    Sorry again lol, lots to clear up there. Pot sizes I roll with in coco.

    500ml pot for seedlings, for a week or two, then transplant into 6-8 l fabric pots. Veg them for a few weeks in these pots, and a week before flip, transplant them into bigger pots, I go with 15l air pots. Plenty of space for the roots to grow out then, and they'll help feed the flowers when they come.

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    Thanks, Macky!

    Just been pulling my hair out over choosing a strain and the medium! Plus my lamp makes nearly everything not stretch, which means that the plants need extra veg time to make up for, and extra N during that time. So an auto in cold temps under my lamp is probably gonna be puny. (I had a Deep Blue Auto that was a 3-inch nug. That, was the entire plant. Don't laugh!) Hence I am going back and forth over what strain to put in, besides a CBD strain. I have grown things for years but this demands so much more attention and fine tuning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valentina View Post
    Thanks, Macky!

    Just been pulling my hair out over choosing a strain and the medium! Plus my lamp makes nearly everything not stretch, which means that the plants need extra veg time to make up for, and extra N during that time. So an auto in cold temps under my lamp is probably gonna be puny. (I had a Deep Blue Auto that was a 3-inch nug. That, was the entire plant. Don't laugh!) Hence I am going back and forth over what strain to put in, besides a CBD strain. I have grown things for years but this demands so much more attention and fine tuning.
    What set up are you working with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macky View Post
    What set up are you working with?
    Blurple LED till it needs replacing, tiny tent, soil mix or coco, not entirely decided yet. Soil I know my way around, and, coco is attractive in terms of speed and yield, but fiddly and higher maintenance, much smaller margins for error.

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