Stealth Cabinet 2.0 Coco vs. Soil
Alright well the second grow is under way and I'm running a little experiment this time. Same strains: Mac & Cheese, Kush Mints, and Martian Candy. This time I'm doing the Kush Mints and Martian Candy in coco; just like the first run, but I'm doing both Mac & Cheese plants in soil. For the coco plants, I'm still using the Canna Coco nutrients that I used last time. For the soil I used Roots Organics potting soil and amended with Down to Earth Bio Live and Down to Earth Rose and Garden. I added a TBSP of each per gallon and will add 1 TBSP Bio Live and 2 TBSP Rose & Garden every 2 weeks. I have also given the soil plants some General Organics Bio Live Bloom and will do so again week 3 and 5 of flower. It was a pretty rough start. I thought I was going to lose my Kush Mints and Martian Candy. I reused the coco without following through the recommendation by Canna on how to re-use the medium and they were wrecked for just over a week. To make matters worse, the two plants in soil had spider mites! I foliar sprayed them with Lost Coast Plant Therapy and they were gone after 2 sprays, so I only sprayed them a third time 4 days after I discovered the mites and resumed using it once a week for its many preventive benefits. I switched my plants to flower and took a 5 day vacation, and would you know it, when I returned they were healthy as can be growing like champs. The cabinet definitely got a bit wild while I was away and would have greatly benefited from a proper defoliation and training session, but I'm getting it back in control and within my space. Here's some pictures.. really looking forward to this little side by side comparison to see if one medium is better, easier, more cost effective, e.t.c.
Sorry it's been a few weeks since my last update on the new grow. Life has been crazy hectic and I haven't had much free time. They are just about halfway through flower and doing fantastic from what I can tell. I was successfully able to eliminate the fungus gnats with a few treatments of Lost Coast Plant Therapy. This is the same treatment I used for the spider mites. It's really interesting that those pests only affected the two plants growing in soil and not the two plants growing in coco. So far the plants growing in soil require less than half the water that the plants growing in coco do. The soil plants bud development seems about the same as the two plants growing in coco. The Martian Candy is definitely the leader of the pack for bud development just like the last grow. Once I have harvested and cured.. only then, will I be able to fully determine if growing in coco has substantial benefits over growing in soil. Unfortunately none of my clones survived. At week 3 I gave the soil plants 1 TBSP of Bio Thrive and 2 TBSP of Rose & Flower. They also got some General Organics Bloom (I went with their light feeding amounts) and Alliance Biologics beneficial bacteria. The coco plants are running the CANNA coco nutrient line at full strength for my reservoir size and RO water EC level. The nutrients include CANNA: Coco A, Coco B, Rhizotonic, Cannazym, and Boost. I also put Amor Si, RAW Yucca, and RAW Humic Acid in the reservoir with those nutrients. Interestingly I have not needed any sort of Cal-Mag nutrient, although I do have one. Here's some pictures of the ladies. I'm going to attempt to lower the canopy a bit tomorrow with some lst. Check back soon!
Summer was crazy and I couldn't keep up with finishing my journal on this grow. I harvested a little over half of what I harvested first time. This was likely due to the plants starting in flower much bigger than the first harvest, less training, and less attention. Was not correlated to running two in soil, two in coco. Neither medium out produced the other, nor was there a noticeable difference in quality of bud. Benefit of soil was far less water (cheaper utility bill), and cheaper cost for nutrients. Downside was I had spider mites and fungus gnats twice in only the soil. Could have probably avoided the second round of pests if I applied more preventive sprays to the plants and soil.