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Old November 11, 2016   #1
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Talking Hydrosoil

Theres a ton of posts on here about soil and I'm sure theres a few about soil less media, that being said I am a hydroponics guy have had experience in the past with deep water culture buckets but never grown tomatoes. Any ways I just built out my spare room in my house for winter planting and decided to give what they call "hydrosoil" a shot. Basically its a mix of coco coir, crushed clay pellets and alittle perlite mixed in. The idea behind this is increased air to media ratio as well as the coco coir holds more water than soil. Its called Hydro soil because you need to add nutrients to your water for every feeding which allows you to know exactly how much nutrients each plant is getting. This also allows you to feed more often supposedly allowing more uptake more often. I will be posting pics once I get my seeds up and growing!
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Old November 12, 2016   #2
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Cool. Anything can be hydro media. Gravel from a driveway would work. So does sawdust. Straw bale gardening is a type of hydro; so are sub-irrigated planters. Defining hydro simply as soil-less would make it include most container gardeners, because pro-mix and other grow media does not contain actual dirt.
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Old November 12, 2016   #3
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Sounds interesting, I'll be excited to see your results.
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Old November 13, 2016   #4
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Will you be running a drip or ebb and flow?
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Old November 13, 2016   #5
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yea i am hydro all the way, my system of choice is flood n drain in grorock. tricky part with indeterminate varieties is to make them live for a long 8 month + season. for that you need timely flushing and skills
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Old November 13, 2016   #6
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Can you post some pics? I like seeing different setups.
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Old November 14, 2016   #7
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theres a pic, quite old though
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wow. What a setup!
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Ya what a setup, wish I had the space to do that kinda stuff. Right now I just have one DWC super sweet plant fruiting and the rest are just starting out in coco cups. Here some pics for now.
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here's a quick pic of the sweet 100 that I am fruiting in dwc bucket. once she gives me some fruit I will get rid of here not enough room for that plant as I let it go to wild as she was all on her own but now gotta make room for all the others.
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