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What is the best medium for beginners?

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Hey guys! 

What is the best medium for beginners?

I have a few options to purchase but im not sure 

A) 70/30 coco coir and perlite mix. 

Where I can have complete control of what nutrients I feed my plant, better oxygen and drainage, faster growth and protection from bugs and over watering. 

B) 40% worm humus substrate, 15% perlite, 20% coco coir, 25% sphagnum moss.  

This has much more nutrients but worries me about bugs and over watering, also Im worried that If I add what im planning to use from Advanced Nutrients it might be too much. 

 

Thanks guys Smile

Daniel 

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Topic starter Posted : June 5, 2020 9:10 pm
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I started with coco and still grow in 70/30 coco and perlite. Your reasoning was exactly my thinking so I don’t have much more to add other than expect some bumps along the learning process. Every media has some issues and each one has its merits as well. In my experience, coco has a higher yield potential in many cases. That’s the biggest reason I use regularly. I also am currently using the Advanced Nutrients line as well so yer, it works well together.

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Posted : June 5, 2020 9:21 pm
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@monkeydo

Yes I thought so, just debating with my growing peers and decided that its better to ask the experts! 

Thank you 

 

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Topic starter Posted : June 5, 2020 9:30 pm
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Just straight up coco man, perfect medium it needs nothing in it. Great way to learn

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@macky I’ve often wondered one thing on pure coco, can it be overwatered? I know from experience that with 30% perlite it’s nearly impossible to but I’ve not used pure coco. Was always curious about this cause I like high frequency fertigation. 

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@monkeydo coco wont hold on to too much water mate, even coco on its own its very hard to over water. As long as you remove run off after each feed, youre all good 

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Cool, I'm getting tired of all the pearlite everywhere. Its the most common debris in my tent anytime I clean it out.

 

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@monkeydo Really bad shit to breath in too mate, best not to use it IMO, coco doesn't need it. If you're growing in soil then itll be good to help with drainage but you gotta be careful when you use it, wear a mask n shit..... everyone has them nowadays anyway lol 

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@macky lol, old gardeners trick, always work it wet to avoid dust but that pumice dust can be bad. There’s only 1 garden center that has the good stuff locally and I hate that place. That along with the debris it causes is enough to try a run without it. 

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I remember my 1st grow was in soil. Bat mix it was. The plant grew well but I had other problems, so thought nothing of it. I then decided to try soil again, Canna range I think. I just ended up with problems with the plants feeding. 

I switched to coco half the way through my last grow (2nd one in) and it worked a treat. Never looked back. 

I then save the used coco and add it with compost for some of my outdoor tomatoes and crops. 

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Posted : June 6, 2020 8:01 am
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Thanks everyone for all the information! 

Im going to go with a 70/30 coco perlite mix and then with a little more experience see if I can run only coco.

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Topic starter Posted : June 6, 2020 7:40 pm
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