Advertise On Marijuana Passion

Rockwool only in CAP E&G

Budders Keeper

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 17, 2009
Messages
908
Reaction score
331
Howdy ya'all,
Getting real sick of cleaning H-ton so I'm jumping out of the box for this one. Just sterilized the room, got system soaking in bleachwater in tub, and getting ready to clone my favorite strain...Mango. I've been working with Mango for a couple years and feel it's the best candidate for this test. It's hardy, fast flowering(I let it go 8weeks), and I ran it in rockwool(tables) before..as well as Hton.

So, if anyone else is doing this or have a friend I would love to know about your experience and any pointers you got for me.

thanks, Budders
 

Hamster Lewis

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 25, 2009
Messages
16,529
Reaction score
3,731
Good luck bro.....I am a dirt farmer so I am of no help.
 

Hushpuppy

Dr MadBud
Joined
Mar 27, 2011
Messages
6,441
Reaction score
289
I have read some articles where some of the commercial growers use the rockwhool cubes over rockwhool slabs for extra support and grow room for the roots. They had to have string systems and some other stuff for supporting the upward growth of the plants but they seemed to work quite well with it, and it seemed to be very productive. The only problem I see with it is the cleanup and disposal of the rockwhool after harvesting.

I love using coco. It works so much like soil except better in my opinion. When I was using H-ton, I had so much problems with the plants being unstable, and roots going everywhere. With the coco, 80% of the roots stay within the 2liter planters that I use and only the water roots hang down into the lower part of my hydro system.

On the other hand, I have never used rockwhool so I can't say if it's any better or not :)
 

Budders Keeper

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 17, 2009
Messages
908
Reaction score
331
Hello Hushpuppy. I ran cubes on slabs for years and loved RW. Just wasn't sure how it would do in the buckets. I also thought about running coco but was afraid it might clog drain tube. Hey, maybe a layer of RW chunks to cover drain hole and the rest coco. I love coco but have never used in a hydro system. I use old RW in the bottom inch or 2 in my potted patio plants. I've also tore it up and tilled it into my veggie garden. When i had to throw it in trash I did it a little at a time in the same bag as the dog "clean-up"!

Thanks for your insight, you got me thinking again and I like that.

Budders
 

akhockey

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 29, 2009
Messages
281
Reaction score
21
You mean you just don't toss all of you Hton in the tub and take a bubble bath with it BK? I hate cleaning that stuff too, with a passion. But I love the way it works.Ive thought about using RW cubes in my system but just hate the thought of spending more $ when I already bought all of that evil Hton.
 

Budders Keeper

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 17, 2009
Messages
908
Reaction score
331
akhockey said:
You mean you just don't toss all of you Hton in the tub and take a bubble bath with it BK? I hate cleaning that stuff too, with a passion. But I love the way it works.Ive thought about using RW cubes in my system but just hate the thought of spending more $ when I already bought all of that evil Hton.
I think I'm gonna do a journal since I haven't seen it maybe it will help someone, or save them from making the same mistake..whatever the case. I have a giant ice chest I use outside so I can let it soak a couple days(I'm lazy). I figure I'll use up hton lining the bottom of potted plants on patio. Still haven't decided 100% but I'm pretty close. I'll have roots in a few days so I'll have to make a decision soon! Good seeing ya'all on the boards, it's been a bit.
 

Hushpuppy

Dr MadBud
Joined
Mar 27, 2011
Messages
6,441
Reaction score
289
Hey BK I use coco in hydro and love it. It can cause problems with clogging but I found a trick for that. I bought some coco weave mats that are made into little buckets themselves and put them in the bottom of my planters to cover the holes then filled with wet coco and packed about 1-2" down in the coco cups to hold everything in place until everything else is put in. It works great, no floaters in the rez. :hubba:
 

Budders Keeper

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 17, 2009
Messages
908
Reaction score
331
Hushpuppy said:
Hey BK I use coco in hydro and love it. It can cause problems with clogging but I found a trick for that. I bought some coco weave mats that are made into little buckets themselves and put them in the bottom of my planters to cover the holes then filled with wet coco and packed about 1-2" down in the coco cups to hold everything in place until everything else is put in. It works great, no floaters in the rez. :hubba:
Brilliant! I love coco and came very close to using it in the flood buckets. I have everything I need to use RW this round. Next round I will be using your cocomat psuedo bucket liner method. Everything has just seemed to go so smooth when I've used coco in other apps. I did Massproducer's coco buckets using his exact method and after the first week never even checked ph.

My RW cubes on slabs flood table awhile back. I miss it.
http://www.marijuanapassion.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=134682&d=1255446117
 

SmokeMyPiece

Rip Champ
Joined
Jan 12, 2011
Messages
184
Reaction score
14
Had the exact feelings a while back when I was doin swc..
Needed to save height, so went with next to zero initial grow medium.

Here's my go's w/o tron:
-Worked with half a peat pellet.
-Worked with perlite but had to be careful until the roots grabbed on to the cups.
smallMedium.jpg

Good Luck!
 

Hushpuppy

Dr MadBud
Joined
Mar 27, 2011
Messages
6,441
Reaction score
289
Hey BK, I looked at your Rockwool grow link that you did awhile back. They looked real good. How did you get them to stay so low when you flowered them? :)
 

Budders Keeper

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 17, 2009
Messages
908
Reaction score
331
@HP- I use to pack anywhere from 18-24 clones in a 2x4 tray and flower them after 1 week. They would finish between 18-24 inches. Miss doin that but wife was getting nervous about my numbers after a couple knocks by LEO for things that had nothing to do with me.

@nc- yes sir! I had to move in with a family member so they wouldn't get put in an assisted living facility. Didn't have access to comp over there for a few months. I'm back home now and ready to go. waiting on mango roots.
 

Budders Keeper

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 17, 2009
Messages
908
Reaction score
331
I'm going to go with RW. I have a pretty good supply of smoke built up in case I have to trash the grow, but I think it will work.

I started out with rockwool years ago so I probably have this over-glorified memory of it helping in my decision.

I haven't seen anyone do it but I know they have. So now I/we shall learn first hand.
 

nouvellechef

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 9, 2009
Messages
3,175
Reaction score
381
Wont be any diff. Your just gonna change the flood time to suit. Bet it's still close to

1/4hr-veg

1/2hr-flower
 

docfishwrinkle

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 3, 2008
Messages
1,674
Reaction score
976
never used RW but grodon(?) makes small cubes (1/2") maybe thats your route.
 

Budders Keeper

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 17, 2009
Messages
908
Reaction score
331
Howdy doc, Grodon rockwool is exactly what I'm using, RW was just my abbreviation. They have small croutons and larger chunks that I'm aware of. I'm going with the larger of the two.

Saw the first roots yesterday. I'll be getting things rolling in a week or so. Pick up a "chiller" monday. No more dancing with the 2liters and eating soggy ice-cream!
 

Latest posts

Top