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Hi All :-clap

 

Im starting my first little grow - Ive done some research and invested in the lighting, some decent seeds but cant seem to grasp the soil issue

Ive been looking around on Grasscity but cant seem to find brand specific soil mix that can be sourced locally

Ive found some mixes like:

1 part cleaned potting soil

1 part worm castings

1 part coco

1 part perlite

 

but not 100% sure what potting soil or brands have a decent enough nutrient mix or what other nutrients i should also get

Was hoping the community would have some wise words to help ,me out

 

Im doing an indoor grow with CFL lights and using Jiffy's to kick off the germinating process in a incubating tray

 

appreciate it :-respect

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You could try freedom farms potting soil. I got mine online from hydroponic.

 

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go on facebook and check out garden route horticulture, they can sort you out with real soil or whatsapp cameron on 0796604373

He has got some great soil

 

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Hi All :-clap

 

Im starting my first little grow - Ive done some research and invested in the lighting, some decent seeds but cant seem to grasp the soil issue

Ive been looking around on Grasscity but cant seem to find brand specific soil mix that can be sourced locally

Ive found some mixes like:

1 part cleaned potting soil

1 part worm castings

1 part coco

1 part perlite

 

but not 100% sure what potting soil or brands have a decent enough nutrient mix or what other nutrients i should also get

Was hoping the community would have some wise words to help ,me out

 

Im doing an indoor grow with CFL lights and using Jiffy's to kick off the germinating process in a incubating tray

 

appreciate it :-respect

 

Welcome to the forum gazza[/member], check out freedom farms premium soil. It's pretty good.

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And Jamie garden shop for a soil specifically put together for our plant in mind. Yes freedom farms has also got a great soil.

What part of the country do you reside in?

 

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On 11/6/2017 at 9:31 PM, gazza said:

Hi All :-clap

 

Im starting my first little grow - Ive done some research and invested in the lighting, some decent seeds but cant seem to grasp the soil issue

Ive been looking around on Grasscity but cant seem to find brand specific soil mix that can be sourced locally

Ive found some mixes like:

1 part cleaned potting soil

1 part worm castings

1 part coco

1 part perlite

 

but not 100% sure what potting soil or brands have a decent enough nutrient mix or what other nutrients i should also get

Was hoping the community would have some wise words to help ,me out

 

Im doing an indoor grow with CFL lights and using Jiffy's to kick off the germinating process in a incubating tray

 

appreciate it :-respect

Ive started off using a seedling mix that was 90% buffered coco and eventually found success with both coco only and 50/50 coco/potting soil mixture. I learnt the hard way that its best to buy premium potting soils since the cheap stuff usually contains too many bugs in the soil mixture leaving you with fungis knats. The same for compost. I personally think your soil mixture contains way too high a proportion of worm castings. Potting soils will mostly contain a compost pre mixed in and if you combine this with your worm casting the soil may be too nutrient rich. I would go 2 parts coco,2 parts potting soil with 1 part worm castings and 1 part perlite. I would use less perlite if the temperatures are a bit hot since the soil tends to dry out faster with more perlite. Do not use this mixture for germination. Keep in mind that germinating seeds and seedlings can die from too much fertilizer or no fertilizer at all (if they have developed their first set of real leaves).  A 50/50 coco potting soil mix seems to dilute the potting soil enough so that it has just enough to get a plant going and feed it through weeks 1 and 2. I prefer this because the plant gets used to the soil early and won't shock if moved from pure coco to soil/coco mix when transplanting. When the time comes to consider adding fertilizer I think it would be good to consider seagro fish emulsion and molasses. Seagro will not give your plants fertilizer burn and is mostly safe.

I saw someone mention freedom farms soil above , and I personally love their soil however I find its too expensive and the same results can be achieved using good but cheaper premium potting soil and coco. I think you will find the mixture i mention above will result in a soil that feels and looks as good as what you would buy from freedom farms. Once you get your hands into both soils and feel them a bit you will notice the same airy fluffy, light texture in both. 

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