What do you grow in and why is that your medium of choice? What others have you tried?
I’m an old-fashioned soil grower. Haven’t tried any of the soilless mediums yet. But if I do, I want to try some of the Coco or Rockwool.
I grow in canna coco, I fill the bottom of the bags not even 1/4 of the way with hydro corn, then pack it tight with coco it’s worked very well for me on the 5000sft scale, but the next build out, I will most likely find the cleanest solution without having to deal with dirty room clean ups. “till then I’m in love with the coco”
I love an organically fortified coco blend. I try to raise the CEC of the coco as much as I can organically and always add bennies to it to get it as alive as possible. I always also pack the bottom and add some hydrogen (clay pellets) to the top. We like speciallty blended coco but some good ones out there are the discontinued Slacker blend from Botanicare (some store still have some left), and Pioneer Batch 64 is another good pre-made foritifed coco blend. Stay Growing!
You may already be aware of this, but just FYI you can create a mix very similar to Slacker by taking Readygro Moisture, adding 10-15% rice hulls and/or silica rock and amending with Growilla Veg. I also miss the Slacker, been mostly coco recently.
Yea we usually did our own mixes but like the name suggested we didn’t mind the Slacker part of it lol. Now we use custom blends like you’re saying and I agree can’t go wrong with the Growilla mixes! Then add some bio-char, glacial rock dust, and then you’re ready to kill it.
we have a number of different mixes we use for different stages of growth.
for clones and seedlings we use a coco coir, shrimp and fish compost and a mychorizzal active mix.
we grow outdoors and in permanent raised bed systems and for transplants and growing our soil is amended with many different kinds of compost, biochar, a rich mychorizzal and fungal layer. we practice a no-till approach and have a number of different companion plants that also grow with our plants to stimulate different sections of the soil food web or act as compost or insect food and shelter etc.
Bumping this topic for the newer folks - what’s your preferred medium and why?
Nail on the head right there. Commercial scale and soil? Yikes!
This is one reason why rockwool rules for scaled out grows. Compacts nicely for disposal as well…
Our company BROWNGROW, has just opened for business in the states, we are happy to give you samples to try.
If you would like free samples of our coco, please get in touch
I use air.
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Two Companies that I absolutely love working with :
Rooting over a million cuttings in material from Jiffy Products and using 15-20 trailer loads of Berger Peat with natural wood fiber.
Both companies can provide custom blends adjusting the PH and Nutrient charge to meet your specific needs.
I don’t get anything for recommending these companies, I just want everyone to grow the best plants they can. Good soil is the foundation for a great crop.
@davidm.msgs we are working with both Jiffy and Berger to get them signed up for the community. We will tag them in this conversation once they sign up.
Pioneer from Batch 64 is the coco-based, semi-inert medium I prefer. I’ve been growing in the same blend for over two years and it just keeps getting better!
For a large scale grow Coco will most likely be the long term winner imo. Rockwool might be able to compete, but only time will tell.
I like plagron’s Coco at home and Batch: 64 black diamond series for the 20,000 sq ft greenhouse.
We reuse our soil after about a month of it composting. We have only had to add 6-7 yards of wood chips (sometimes trim for worm food) every 6-10 months.
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