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OfflineChinaBoy
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1st Time caser!
    #3210008 - 10/03/04 04:29 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

I am planning on doing my first casings. I have decided that I would try coco coir/verm case layer and now I have a few questions!

1. I'm going with a 60/40 of verm to coco coir case layer. Does the 40% of coco coir mean it is hydrated already? I know it increases with water added by 10x.

2. I have been reading and reading and now I hear about using hydrated lime and crushed oister to balance pH. Is this needed for a case or will not using these two products hurt my yeilds?

I think thats all I'm wondering of for now. Thanks for any help--Chinaboy


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Re: 1st Time caser! [Re: ChinaBoy]
    #3210049 - 10/03/04 04:39 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Coir doesnt really require buffering. Peat does. not sure about the wet/dry mixing. just my 2 cents


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Re: 1st Time caser! [Re: ChinaBoy]
    #3210063 - 10/03/04 04:42 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

1) Its not gonna hurt ya to have more verm than coir or vice versus.

2) And it wouldn't hurt to test the ph level of your casing and adjust it acordingly. No it it wont hurt your yeilds if you dont use additives. The additive help keep the contams at bay while you flush.


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Re: 1st Time caser! [Re: ChinaBoy]
    #3210103 - 10/03/04 04:52 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

1) Coir ratio is with water included. Mix verm with h20, mix coir with h20, then mix at appropriate ratio (doesn't really mater if you aren't exactly 60/40)

2) The additives alter the ph level of the casing mixture so that your casing layer can be at the optimum Ph for fruiting. IME it isn't neccesary to buffer coir. It would most likely help, but is probably better to omit this for your first attempt at casings.


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