Be a Coco Whizz - Back to Basics
Growing in coco can lead to massive yields and fantastic fruits.
Follow these 4 simple tips to become a coco master.
You’ll learn about nutrient measurement, moisture management and applying feed.
1. Pre-soak the media
2. Measure your pH and CF
To get the best from your plants, measure and monitor the pH and EC/CF of the nutrient solution.
The CF/EC tells you how strong your feed is – the stronger your feed, the higher your CF reading. Your target CF depends on a lot, such as your growing cycle and how hard your water is
Aim for: 6 – 12 (young plants), 10 – 16 (establishing plants) & 15 – 20 (mature plants)
- Add water to reduce strength
- Add more concentrate to increase strength
Check the CF and pH levels of your run off as part of your irrigation strategy.
The CF of the run off should be 0-15% higher than that of the solution you first applied. This is because you’re basically flushing out nutrients left over from previous feeds.
3. Moisture of your Coco
For healthy root growth and good drainage, your coco needs to be airy as well as moist.
If it gets too moist, there won’t be enough air.
Try SHOGUN Samurai Coco Nutrients
When growing with coco, water sometimes flows straight across the surface and down the sides of the growing container without wetting the coco fibre properly.
This disrupts the balance of nutrients and water around the roots of your plants.
SHOGUN Samurai Coco Nutrients contain a unique, exclusive additive that tackles this problem head on - AquaZen Slow Water.
It basically improves water's ability to wet your coco, helping you reach the optimum moisture level to:
- Ensure water spreads evenly throughout your coco media
- Stop false drain
- Improve nutrient transportation and uptake
- Reduce nutrient waste
- Enable maximum root development
4. Try RhizoPots
They're by far the best pots to use.
With a RhizoPot:
You'll get a bigger, stronger, healthier root network with lots of secondary roots if you grow in RhizoPots.
RhizoPots are made of breathable fabric, that allows air to reach the root zone and naturally prune your roots to get them branching..
- Prevents root circling
- Stimulates production of secondary roots
- Boosts overall root mass
- Allows roots to grow in wasted central space
- Increases nutrient and water uptake
If using propagation RhizoPots, roots can grow through the fabric if it's wet. You'll be able to transplant a propagation RhizoPot straight into a larger one without disturbing the roots!
Removing Run Off
You'll need to remove run off before it gets reabsorbed - a good irrigation system will help.
Fully grown plants need irrigating:
- 3 - 8 times a day for 2-5 mins OR with 4-6L per sq. m
- The exact number depends on plant size, plant density and environmental temperature.
Automate it with a RhizoSystem
Getting and removing run off can be a pain. Make life easy, automate it all with a RhizoSystem. You can use them to drip feed plants the exact feed needed for prime run off – no more, no less.
All run off is then removed before it can get reabsorbed by your plant - this prevents root rot, mineral build ups & oversaturation.
If You Don’t Get Run Off...
If you don’t get run off, you'll need to find another way to prevent nutrient build ups. Give plants a quarter strength feed:
- Every 3rd feed during winter months (when it’s cooler)
- Every 2nd during the summer (when it’s warmer)
Tip: One of the great benefits of growing in coco is that you can use boosters designed for hydroponic systems – this’ll truly maximise your yields.