What is organic gardening? A hardcore organic gardener will say ‘anything that comes out of a bottle is not organic’. But those with a little more slack still consider OMRI or CDFA approved organic. Then there are those that will say its ‘organic’ . When truthfully it is just organic based. Today we are here to talk about bottled organics though, all of which are intended to be used with soil.
There are several OMRI approved bottles and amendments on the market. One of the more popular organic bottle lines on the market is BioBizz. They have a full line of OMRI organic bottles that come with a custom feeding schedule. These are tried and true. So much so that you can find them at most if not all of the High Times Magazine events.
One of the most popular nutrient brands in the world, Advanced Nutrients, has a entire line of CFDA approved bottles. These even include a organic version of their popular sugar, bud candy, and their popular bloom booster, big bud.
Aurora Innovations or more popularly known as roots organic is a CDFA approved bottle and dry amendment line. There are dry amendment for grow, bloom, and foundation (or micro). There is also a grow and bloom bottle. On top of this there are all the bottled additives your plant could desire. Roots organic goes the extra mile by providing a bagged coco/peat mix medium that pairs up very well with their in depth feeding schedule.
General Hydroponics has a “organic line” that is called General Organics. This line is not OMRI or CDFA approved. A more appropriate name for this line would ‘Generally Organic’. There are organic materials used to make these products but there are also chemicals. Don’t believe us? Look on the back of the bottle next time you buy fertilizer. If there are any words that end in ‘-ate’. Then you have chemicals in your bottles.
This is just a brief overview of a few of the more popular organic bottled nutrients that are available on the market. We hope this helps you on your search for bottled organics.
Coconut coir or coco is a preferred medium of many growers. It has little to no nutritional value to the plant. It retains moisture well while also allowing for optimal oxygen to the root zone. Coco can be watered multiple times a day, once a day, or every other day. We would not recommend allowing your coco medium to dry out.
What is the proper pH for coco?
The answers, 5.8-6.2
This also depends on the plant you are growing but the pH in a coco medium will always fall between those two numbers.
What kind of nutrients should be used with coco?
Coco specific nutrients are preferred but not required. Most big brands will have a coco line. General Hydroponics , House and Garden , Advanced Nutrients just to name a few. The reason for coco specific nutrients is coco’s special relationship with calcium, magnesium, and iron. If you are not using coco specific nutrients then you can supplement with a bottle of CalMag or CaliMagic, really any calcium / magnesium product. Just read the label to make sure it has all three elements.
How often do I water?
That is up to you as the grower. Coco is a very versatile medium. If you water multiple times a day you will see the plant grow more like a hydroponic plant. If you water once every other day you are going to see more soil like growth. We would recommend watering at least once a day, if not 2-3 times a day. The is because the roots need oxygen. Growers tend to forget that while the part of the plant that is above the medium thrives on Co2. The roots zone need oxygen to grow. Every time you water a plant you add oxygen to the root zone. (You know H2O).
But I am going to over water my plant?!
No you wont, coco is very resilient to over watering because it acts like a hydroponic medium when treated as such. You do not want to underwater coco.
Have you ever left a glass of salt water out and come back to only find salt in the the glass? Thats because when the water evaporated the salt is left behind. The same is true with coco and synthetic nutrients. When you allow coco to dry out all the salt that is in the medium drys to the roots of the plant and damages them.