Coconut is slowly becoming more popular as a medium in which to grow plants, due to how easy it is to manage. Growing in coco is somewhere between growing in soil and in hydroponics, so you get the best out of both growing methods. Every day more people want to grow in coco fiber products, so that we’re going to talk about some of them so you can decide for yourself.
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Coco substrates are a type of substrate that are generally inert, meaning that they don’t include any kind of fertilizers so you know exactly what you’re getting and what your plants are feeding on. It has a higher capacity for absorbing water, meaning that you can water your plants more often than with soil, which in turn means that you can add more nutrients. No need to worry too much if you use too many nutrients because due to how much water this medium can absorb, it will soon correct itself. It also doesn’t become too compact when it gets wet, unlike soil, so the roots have more space to grow freely and give your plants a larger structure.
Coco bricks work in a similar way to substrate, but they come in 10L packs, completely pressed and dehydrated, and when you mix one with water it will grow to 5 times the size. You’ll need to mix it with 2 or 3 liters of distilled water and wait for about thirty minutes. These bricks are perfect if your neighbors like to be nosy, because you can just bring it inside without calling any attention to yourself and prepare the bricks for your plants out of the way of prying eyes.
Coco slabs are a revolutionary way to grow that gives amazing results, especially for plant cuttings. They have their own special flowerpots, and all you have to do is put the sack on the pot and make the 4 holes marked on the bag. This is an amazing advantage, because if you don’t take the substrate out of the bag, it will be much cleaner and tidier. You’ll need to use the drip water method due to the fact that it hardly retains any water, and you’d have to water two or three times a day. The flow of the water needs to be smooth so that it doesn’t obstruct anything, due to the fact that it will accumulate in the bag and you might lose the plants.
Growing with coco jiffy pellets got popular about 10 years ago, with more and more people trying them out thanks to the amazing results that they give. When you wet a jiffy, it swells up to triple its original size, so you’ll need to squeeze all of the excess water out of it so that it’s nicely humid. They’re capable of retaining a lot of water, but we want it to be humid, not wet because it might end up rotting your seed. They also work well with plant cuttings, helping them root properly.
Coco substrates are compatible with most fertilizers, and there also exists a specific range of coco fertilizers that more and more brands are adding to every day.
The A + B compounds are available in almost every brand, and they work perfectly for both the growth and flowering periods, giving your plants all the essential nutrients that the substrate doesn’t have. You’ll need to adjust the dosage each week to make sure that your plants are getting what they need in each period.
Hesi Coco complex is an extremely potent fertilizer for coco substrates that can be used for all periods in your plants life. It’s totally compatible with any other fertilizer, but you’ll get better results if you use the same brand of fertilizer. The Radicular compound and the TNT compound work extremely well with Hesi Coco; if you use all three, you’ll get amazing results that you never even dreamt of.
Atami has two strong flowering stimulants called Coco Bloom Stimulator and Coco Booster Universal, which if combined with A+B will give amazing results. You’ll need to start with A + B compounds during the second week of the growth period and continue using it until your last watering. Start with Coco Booster Universal two weeks before flowering and switch to Bloom Stimulator once it begins to flower.
Advanced Nutrients has its own fertilizer called Bug Bud for coco. It has a high level of important nutrients and irons that its Big Bud soil version doesn’t have. This flowering stimulant is well-known and used by many growers, so this brand decided to release a version specifically designed for coco mediums. To get the best results out of Big Bud you’ll need to begin by using the A+B compound by Advanced Nutrients which you can begin using right from the beginning of the growth period and two weeks before beginning the flowering period you’ll need to start using this stimulant, which will be the prelude to using Overdrive, another product by this brand. You’ll get the absolute best results this way, due to the fact that these compounds are some of the most complete and potent compounds on the market right now.
As you can see there are many different brands and ranges of fertilizers that are totally different but specifically designed to grow in coco, giving amazing results if they are used correctly.
Translation: Ciara Murphy