soil is favored by beginners and organic growers. There are
many types of potting soil that is available to the grower.
For best results and healthiest plants always select the best
growing medium available. At Better Grow Hydro, we have selected
Fox Farm Ocean Forest potting soil as it is the best potting
soil available. Fox Farm Ocean Forest soil is 100% organic,
with no vermiculite or any other artificial additives. Ocean
Forest soil is soft and friable and has a consistent texture.
Other cheaper brands will have large amounts of perlite and/or
vermiculite and other synthetic additives; the texture is
usually inconsistent and normally lumpy. These cheaper brands
will also use chemical nutrients in there soil mixes.
that are grown in containers with potting soil are always
hand watered and usually fed once a week. Both chemical and
organic nutrients can be used with potting soil. If chemical
nutrients are used be careful not to over feed your plants.
Balance your pH to 6.3 - 6.8 before feeding or watering your
plants. Adding mycorrhizae to your soil before planting will
benefit your plant roots system, reduce root rot and increase
your plants nutrient uptake from the soil.
is a great medium to use in hydroponics; however, it is extremely
light and will float. If using perlite in and Ebb & Flow
system never flood your tray to the top, especially when your
plants are still young this will cause your growing
pots to topple over. Perlite is hardly ever used on its own;
it is normally used in mixes with coir (coco), vermiculite
or potting soil. Perlite is used to help aerate other growing
mediums and aid in drainage.
is a coir/coco and perlite mixture that is ready to use and
contains several ingredients that are beneficial for both
protecting and enhancing the growth of plants and their root
systems. There are two formulations available: Aeration and
Moisture formulas. The aeration formula has more perlite than
coco and the moisture formula has more coco than perlite.
Both of these mixes are suitable for ebb & flow and drip
hydroponic systems. Both mixes contain: Coco Fiber, Perlite,
Pumice Stone, Earthworm castings, Agrimineral 72TM, Acadian
Seaweed Meal, Leonardite Ore (Natural Humates), Pure Blend
Original, Root Shield TM (trichoderma), Ascend TM (mycohrrizal
fungi), and Guardian TM (Organic Root Inocculant).
Rocks / Grow Rocks
known as clay rocks, this medium is excellent for use in ebb
& flow, drip and aeroponic systems. Rocks drain very fast
and will dry out very quickly if not regularly watered. The
timing of your hydroponic systems watering cycle must
be frequent so that the rocks dont dry out. Rocks can
be easily flushed of any chemical nutrient build up. Rock
is often used to help other growing mediums with drainage
by placing an inch of rocks at the bottom of the pot.
growing medium is a product of coconut husks. It is rapidly
replacing rockwool as the most widely used growing medium
among commercial hydroponic growers. Coco is available from
countries such as Sri-Lanka, India and Mexico. Growers should
be careful with their selection of coco as not all coco is
of the same quality. Many of the cheaper brands will have
poor quality coco, coco that is high in sea salt and even
contain a lot of beach sand. We have selected the two best
brands of coco available to growers: Canna Coco and Botanicare.
The Canna coco is pre washed and disinfected using steam.
Canna coco is also inoculated with trichoderma which is a
fungus that colonizes the root structure. Trichoderma feeds
on fungi in the growing medium that causes root rot and it
also helps stimulate the plants health system. Canna Coco
is available in 50 liter bags and growing bags and is ready
to use. The Botanicare coco is also pre-washed and is available
in compressed bricks, growing bags, bulk bags, etc.
Hydro offers Grodan brand rockwool. The Grodan brand has been
available to growers for decades and is extensively used in
commercial hydroponics. It is well regarded as the best rockwool
in the world. Rockwool is made from molten basalt and limestone
rock. Rockwool is a sterile inert medium that is perfect for
hobby hydroponics growers. Growers should always pre-soak
their rockwool using a rockwool soaking product or simply
soak in water with a pH of 5 overnight. This will help stabilize
the pH of the rockwool, which is naturally very high. Grodan
rockwool is available in many sizes from 1 cubes to
6 blocks, as well as slabs and granulate.