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The Grow Room forums; just germinated my first ever batch of seeds .....the white tip has cracked open the seed and now and is ...
is my seed ready to be planted? pls help!
just germinated my first ever batch of seeds.....the white tip has cracked open the seed and now and is extending out.
its still on moist tissue paper. should i put it into my medium now?
also after i plant my germinated seed does it need light straight away?? or do i keep it in germination conditions (dark moist warm)
yep put the white tap root down 10 mm in medium and make sure the medium has had a light watering some say a half dose of b52 or b1 and then just make sure the temp stays at about 73 and wait for the first food leaves to come up and then 24 hr light (i use a fluro)till its a bit bigger say say 2 set of nodes and then start 18/6 with your hps or mh light making sure its not to close also i put a clear plastic cup with holes over the seedling to get the rh up hope that helps
thanks jimmy! but what does rh mean in the last sentence?? the seeds i used are AMS. anti mould strain and the plan is to grow these babies outside with the help of (hopefully) a good summer! not too sure if its gonna work but u gotta start somewhere eh??!!!
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Hey my seeds just germed too and the tap roots are out so i placed them in my Miracle Grow Organic soil then into my computer (WARM). Are these conditions ok for the seeds to sprout ???
i let my seed germinate to a 1/4 of an in than plant. after that you can germinate your sprouts even further. My cuz got his to 4 in before it stoped germinating.
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They are ready to be planted as soon as the tip is even slightly visible. In fact, they can be planted before any type of germination ever occurs as long as you keep your medium moist and the conditions right (which isn't too hard most of the time)
dude i dont like mg cause you got no control
its too late now but in your next transplant use somthing else i like coco cause its ph is 7.0 and there is no nutes in it ,only what you do it
Originally Posted by jimmy130380
Since when does coco have a ph, last time I check coco is a neutral growing medium when it comes to ph. Besides a ph of 7.0 is too high anyway, suprised ur plants are still alive. Will take on the ph of whatever you water them with, also coco is more of an advanced growing medium I think as it is technically a hydro setup. If u do use coco make sure to ph your water and when you water use the water to waste method.
i use 6.8 for ph in coco in thats what the water in my tap is
my out door coco grow drilled my soil and perlite mix
it is the best and slamming some coco in to a pot is not hard and when i find my bit o paper with on it ok this proves the point of neutral growing medium :
Coco Pith (also known as Coir) is a natural byproduct of coconut plantations. It's a renewable resource with several advantages over peat moss. It holds water without any additives, and absorbs water evenly without any beading on the surface. Coir also has a neutral pH balance, and remains effective for up to 5 years.
w can I measure the pH of soil/soilless runoff?
Contributed by: bald1
Submitted: January 9th, 2005
How to test the pH of your soil mix
Measuring the pH of soil is just as important as with hydro applications, but few people know how to test soil pH to see if it is within the optimum range for growing robust healthy plants. Here I will try to explain my method of testing any soil / soilless mix, enabling me to spot any problems and correct them if necessary.
Firstly, wait till your soil has dried out and is due for its next watering schedule. Then take some plain water that you usually water your garden with, and adjust the pH to 7.0. You must make sure that you know the exact pH of the water going into your soil, and the neutral 7.0 is best, but anywhere from 6.5 – 7.0 will suffice.
Then place your pot into a bowl of some sort to catch the runoff water, and then start to water your soil slowly (with your pH- corrected plain water) till the water starts to drip from the bottom.
It’s the first drops of water that will give you the best reading of your soil, so make sure to water slowly till you see the first droplets. Then remove the pot from the bowl to eliminate excess water entering the bowl. Then perform the pH test on the runoff and compare it too your initial test.
The results of the runoff test will likely be lower than your starting value of 7.0. If this is the case, a small drop of 0.5 pH to 6.5 pH (example) would be ok and your soil needs no further alterations at the moment. But that’s not to say that it won’t need any future tests at all, just not at this time.
[Editor’s note: It may be beneficial to obtain an initial sample, as well as a ‘full flush’ sample in seperate bowls. In addition, test several plants in the garden just to verify your results]
What if the pH is off?
If your results prove to have dropped considerably, say to around 5.5 (which can happen in late stages of flowering), you will need to add some lime into your soil to help buffer the pH back up again.
Remove the first inch or so of soil, taking care not to damage any roots whilst performing this task. Then sprinkle the lime into the pot, nice and evenly at a rate of 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of lime per gallon of soil. Then replace the soil you removed earlier, and saturate the soil good to wash in the lime.
Do the same test next time your plants need watering just to check that everything is fine, if more lime needs to be added then just repeat the process again till you reach close to 6.5 – 7.0 with the runoff.
Ensuring that your pH is correct should be done throughout the life cycle; this will help eliminate any nutrient lockout that may occur. I recommend doing this once a month just to keep the PH in check, and you should never have a problem with deficiencies caused by pH lockout.
Using Coco as a Substrate
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Contributed by: Irishgi Coco produces excellent results for the soilless grower; it is comparable in result to hydroponics systems.
Submitted: September 15th, 2004
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It is a great alternative to the soil grower willing to experiment with a ?soilless? medium, yet get comparable results to a hydro grow.
Coco can be used in a hydroponics system, or just put into pots and watered by hand as with any other soil grow. Countless grows for decades have been produced in plain soil, mixed with organics, compost, and perlite among untold other ingredients thrown in.
While soil does have its advantages, it also has more drawbacks: inconsistancy, unwanted (unknown) ingredients, increased chances of over-fertilizing and over-watering. Nearly all of the potting soil used has been sourced from nature contain larva and insect eggs.
*Pics shown which I grew in Coco are only 30 days into flowering, 60 days old from seed, with an intentional N def. They are not as yellow as shown. I have provided them to show the crystal/pistil covering bud/leaves more common to hydro in this stage of flowering, yet grown in coco-filled pots
The Definition of Coco
Many at first are misled by the use of the term Coco. It has nothing to do with the Cocoa plant at all. In reality, they are the brown fibers that make up the husk of a coconut, which have been washed and buffered. Pure Coco can be used as a substrate, or Coco can also be mixed in with soil.
It can be bought loose in bags; it is also pressed into planks (and bricks). Coconuts are found near beaches, oceans, places that have very salty air. To rid the coco of these salts, the coco is first washed, and then pressure steamed to get rid of salts, and bacteria, germs or anything else that might have been in it. Coco is buffered using water, enriched with Magnesium and lime. The quality of this treatment is dependant to the quality of the Coco. Coconuts cannot be bought from a store, pealed, and mixed into your soil.
(Edit: low quality coco may need to be washed to remove natural salts.)
Coco and PH
The buffering process also means easy adjustment of pH in the Coco, which is imperative when it comes to the optimum uptake of nutrients throughout the plant?s life.
Soil PH can be hard to change, since it takes time to correct, flow check and restore. It takes longer to correct the problem in soil, than it took to cause it.
The PH of fresh Coco is marked on the bag from 5.0 - 7.0, however all of the coco I've tested was always between 6.0 - 6.5. Changing the PH of Coco takes a few waterings of pH-adjusted water, perhaps only one. The medium is very reactive to the PH of the water given to it; this gives coco growers rapid control over pH.
What is important is that you use 6.0 - 7.0 pH water, 6.5 being optimal if in pots.
Oxygen and Coco
Soil has a tendency to become finer after time. The clumps of soil quickly disintegrate, leaving very fine pieces of matter which hold moisture, creating saturated spots, making the soil less and less aerated for roots over the plant?s life. The soil at the bottom of the pots can become a very hostile environment for the roots to grow, making roots suffocate in mud. Coco users rarely find this a problem. Coco almost never disintegrates, leaving the medium well aerated, supplying the roots constantly with enough oxygen, and all saturated spots quickly even out.
Another advantage of Coco is the fact it can be re-used. Because Coco is treated so well, you can get up to three grows from the same batch of coco. Coco is inert and does not absorb nutrients within its own fibers, so plants uptake only supplied nutrient-rich water; excess nutrients and salts are washed through with the overflow.
I paid 8 Euros for a 50 Liter bag of coco. 24 Euros in Coco, and I can fill a total of 9 seventeen Liter pots (4.5 gallon) 3 times over. Those 27 plants could go through flowering, and only averaged to .88 euro per pot in coco.
Before reusing coco, you must sift through the Coco looking for any loose root fragments, missed decaying leaves, ect. and remove them.
Advantages and drawbacks
Coco overall has many distinct advantages over soil. I have yet to grow a plant in Coco that hasn?t reached 2-2.5 feet in just 1 month from seed, without any stretching until later in life (without Topping or Fimming). The evenness of watering and the quick and direct changes of pH compares to hydro. The cost isn?t that steep because it can be reused up to 3 times, making the average cost (for myself) .24 cents US currency per US gallon. Well, after using coco, I?ll never use normal potting soil ever again
The only drawback to Coco I have found is that a massive root ball forms very quick while in veg., all my plants were detrimentally root bound in 7 Liter (1.85) gallons of coco after only 3 weeks of growth from seed. If you are ready for the growth, being in pots, and hesitant at all to go hydro with supplies and adjustments, it's just a small hurdle for all the benefits.
thats why i like it
the stuff i got from my dude is 7.0 neutral ph
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