Watering in coco is the opposite of soil from what I know. Coco coir is quite hard to overwater however giving too much water to a plant that hasn't formed it's rootball could be a way to do it, so I would be conservative - but don't let it dry out too much. Reusing Coco Coir. We have found about a ping pong ball size chunk in a bale one time. Coco should never be allowed to get very dry. Thread starter panchomannnen; Start date Sep 7, 2020; Tagged users None panchomannnen. This ensures the roots get fully saturated and the runoff removes excess nutrient salts that could lead to nutrient burn. i had loads of problems caused by this. Coco coir offers growers a higher level of control over nutrients and water retention. When growing with coco coir, you want to aim for 10% runoff each watering. Coco-coir has a high Cation exchange capacity (CEC) Coco coir is made from the natural fiber of the outer shell of a coconut. Never let your containers sit too long in this runoff. its generally bad for the coco to let it dry out completely. This provides fresh nutrients and oxygen, with the runoff removing any nutrient salts that may build up in the medium. As a result many growers soak their coco with far too much solution with the anticipation of it being slowly saturated into the substrates. Must Provide Nutrients from the Beginning – Coco coir is an inert growing medium with no inherent nutritional value, so growers must provide nutrients and manage pH throughout the grow. Though its popularity has risen in the recent past, it functions in the garden very much like sphagnum moss. Coco coir delivers nutrients directly to your plants during every feeding cycle, and it also retains nutrients so you don’t have to water your plants as frequently as you would with a hydroponics system.. A great potting mix using coco coir, perlite or vermiculite and compost. This is generally whats used to avoid your plant from sitting in its runoff. Register now to gain access to all of our features. Measuring the pH of the runoff water . Post Reply : Page 1 of 199: 1: 2: 3: 11 > Last » the Hand Watering coco thread Thread Tools: Search this Thread: 01-08-2007, 01:40 AM #1: bonecarver_OG Guest. I've been reading that in coco you have to water it frequently like 1-2 times a day and always until you get a run off of 10-15% water otherwise it will get nutrient build ups. Coco coir has long been used in hydroponic gardening due to its water retention and its deterrence of fungus gnats and certain diseases, as well as its root-supporting structure. Welcome to UK420 . With coco you’ll water plants until 15-20% runoff occurs. from my experience its also bad for your plants if you grow in coco to let them dry out too often. Coco can be watered by hand, or by connecting an extendable watering wand with a small pump. Ironhead suggests a mix of 50/50 coco coir to perlite. As a rule of thumb, you should start by watering once per day, and observing the moisture of the coco in the pots for a few days. When you’re ready to clone just poke a hole with a kabob stick to the depth you need to bury at least one set of nodes below the coco level. Soil based growing media become oxygen depleted when they are saturated with water. Coco peat is usually sold in bricks of compressed coir. Watering problem in Coco Coir. Coco coir is an ideal host material for beneficial, root-enhancing microbes. Coco coir holds water well, so you use less water, and water plants less frequently. After that first week, I dunk the bottom of the cup in my nute bucket to encourage roots to grow down. As soon as I know the roots are down, I water to runoff once per day. Forums > Marijuana Growing > Growing in Coco Coir > the Hand Watering coco thread Thread Title Search . Use Sensizym root cleaner to cleanse coco coir of organic root zone debris so the coco can be safely reused. You should always water your coco coir to runoff, aim for 10-20% to drain out the bottom of your container. Coco-coir is often considered a stepping block for growers transitioning from soil to more efficient hydroponic growing methods. Coco Coir . Finely ground coco fibers have more surface area than soil, which traps oxygen near the roots and provides plenty of aeration. The Mother Earth HGC714728 Coco Bale 100% Coconut Coir Fibers is perfect for outdoor container gardens, indoor plants, and even a worm farm.. Made from 100% natural coconut fibers, this bale is a better alternative to potting soil. After growing season has ended, reusing a growing medium may be desired, and coco coir is up to the task. Absorption and Over watering coco coir. It can happen. Coco-coir is used as an inert substrate for the roots to grow in. Retains moisture and provides a good environment – coco coir is one of the most effective growing media for water retention out there. Start by taking however many bricks you need (you usually only need a portion of one for a single plant). Coco coir is a soil-less growing medium which gives the experience of growing in soil, you simply water your plants with nutrient water. You also need to use a pot that provides good drainage, as your coco coir requires air as well as moisture to promote healthy plant growth. It is recommended that coco coir pasteurization take place a second time before reusing coco coir as a growing medium. This material offers better drainage and more aeration than most soil, as well. Next, you’ll see the coir bloat right in front of your eyes! DWC lets the roots to sit in water 24/7. Watering coco. Sep 7, 2020 #1 Hi! Coco coir is more forgiving than most hydroponic mediums, but not quite as an effective buffer as soil. If the roots are starved of oxygen, they will turn brown and die. Be aware that existing root fragments will need to be thoroughly cleaned from the coir before reusing. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to contribute to this site by submitting your own content or replying to existing content. Moreover, the grower can assess when to water by picking the pots up. Welcome to UK420 ... when in flower i often need to water every day an then every couple weeks i leave it 2 days sometimes rarely 3 days an water then. Coco coir is a fairly new addition to the gardening world that has many growers excited about its potential. Coco-coir fiber is hydrophilic, meaning it absorbs water. Light and dry just as is the case with soil. Water Retention and Aeration. For the first week I top water my seedlings enough to keep the coco moist. After the coco has absorbed all the water, put the gloves on and reach in and fluff it all up, make sure there's no large clumps. Coco coir can sometimes be recycled for use in multiple crop cycles. If there's too much moisture inside, there won't be enough air. You also want to make sure the plant is never sitting in runoff. Coco coir (also known as coco fiber) is an organic medium extracted from the outer layer of coconuts, it is primarily known for absorbing and retaining water better than any other medium, you can find it pre-mixed with nutrients or amend it yourself, mix it with additives (like perlite or soil). So if you have a bad back, this next part sucks. We prepare this easy potting mix or soil with rain water. However you intend to use it, it will need to be broken apart and reconstituted with water. Coco coir is a byproduct of coconut processing. Today, coco coir is the favourite substrate of many growers for growing cannabis, either indoors or outdoors.Although it is mainly used by experienced farmers, growing with coco coir is easy if you follow a few basic steps. Small blocks need just 30 minutes whereas bigger blocks will need more time. Depending on the size and how the coco coir block is processed, it can take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours for the coir to break down completely. While doing this, Keep an eye out for chunks of salt. However, this is also the case for many soil growers as well. The Air to Water Ratio Plant roots require both oxygen and water. The amount of water needed for each event is very small because the seedling pots are small, and you never allow them to get very dry. Now each brick hydrates out to about 3 gals. I also water to runoff after transplanting to my 3 Gallon. That being said, you absolutely can hand-water cannabis plants in coco coir as one would soil cultivated marijuana. Then your coco coir will be ready to accept new cuttings. Coco coir watering schedule 101, How to water plants in coco coir. How to Water Seedlings in Coco Coir. of coco. Coco coir is a byproduct of coconut production, first used in the 19th century, the low-quality coco coir available at the time degraded quickly and as a result soon fell out of fasion, however towards the end of the 20th century it was rediscovered as an organic, enrivonmentally friendly substrate when greater production methods made it possible to create higher and hardier yields. What makes coconut coir the "gateway" grow media for soil growers wanting to make the leap to hydroponics? Coco Coir Mix. Among the most important horticultural properties of coco coir is its air to water ratio. Coconut coir, or coco coir, is one of the most popular growing mediums for everything from ferns to cannabis. To help you choose what suits you the best, we've separated a couple of tips. It’s a versatile, soilless growing medium with lots of applications out in your garden and for hydroponics.. Lots of gardeners are concerned about making their gardens as eco-friendly as possible, and using coco coir fits right in with this mission. Water your coco coir 2 days before your plan to clone (1 if you need to) to let the coco medium fully saturate. Coco Coir . Once it's established itself somewhat, go nuts with the watering if you like. Cons of Growing Cannabis in Coco Coir. How often you should water the plants will depend on several factors including the size of containers used (smaller pots = more frequent watering), and the grow room temperature and humidity. 4 0 1. Coco substrates are not particularly porous so can be difficult for a solution to break the substrates surface tension from hand watering. The only difference is instead of watering with only water, you’d water your coconut coir garden with nutrient-enriched water. The 5kg bale contains a mixture of long and short fibers which gives it an exceptional water-holding ability, high porosity, and good drainage. 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