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Lewg91

Highest yielding systems

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The highest yielding system is a SOG flood and drain. It's simple and effective, but what you have to realise is that you are increasing your plant numbers substantially. You can grow 10 huge plants or you can grow 100 small plants. It's way more efficient to flower 100 cuttings as soon as they are rooted, than waste time topping and training 10 monsters. 

That is if by 'yield' you are factoring in time. If you just want monsters, then do one plant per bucket in massive wheelie bin sized DWC buckets... it'll take more time and effort but you'll be pulling a kilo off a plant.

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The highest yielding system is the one that suits, and is practical for you

 

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this is true, the system used  does not make the yield. 

ive seen guys growing in soil getting monsterous yields, there are loads of variables to getting a decent haul. its down to veg time, grower skill, light outputs , strain etc etc, but most of all, environment.

its not just a case of getting a system and sitting back.

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i have a medusa auto run to waste system very easy to use just take care of your nutrient tank and empty the waste tank 1 a week job done     

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For me it’s coco watered everyday

 

got loads of different grows all in coco in my gallery 

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I’m just about to start a dwc off I’ve read a lot of good things about them and seem to be a good starting point for first time hydro growers. 

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Dwc is simple and you will have a hard time beating it in terms of growth and plant health if you have it dialled in.

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On 5/11/2019 at 10:02 AM, K71 said:

Coco rtw multiple feeds and 1000w lamps are as good as anything.

plants go absolutely mental in coco with multiple feed just treat the coco like a rockwool cube and you get the hydro like growth, treat it like soil and you get soil like growth

Yes my experience too

Plants will grow fine and dandy with a once daily water to run off cycle in coco but use the exact same medium and exact same pots or trays with multiple feeds to make it flood and drain gives a substantial increase in growth and yeild ...go figure

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2 hours ago, cf said:

go figure

Rhetorical?

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4 minutes ago, Green demon said:

Rhetorical?

lol not necessarily

I would welcome opinions on why multiple feeds in an identical system gives improved yield

 

We found this out by accident , the system is a homemade flood and drain.. sort of..

pots of coco sit on trays that drain into a large heated reservoir, a segmental timer pumps warm nutrient solution up from the tank to drip rings on top of the pots, the pumps on for 15 minutes so the coco gets soaked and runs back into the tank for several minutes before the timer clicks off 4 cycles a day .

It was originally set up to water for one 15m period a day which was fine with no issues , all good.

Then the roots were getting a bit cold as the winter approached and as a quick fix because we didnt have a heater in the room to bring up the temperature the timer was set for more cycles to keep the rootzone warm with the nutes ....result increased yield , over 15%

Of course we thought it was just because the roots were cold all along but running the room in the coming summer with increased floods gave a much better yield than the previous year and there is no way the root zone was cold in the summer months .

Subsequent experimentation on other coco based grows gave the same good results .

 

I have ideas about why this works so well but would welcome any input

 

 

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In the root zone the plant needs oxygen, nutrients, and water. We provide these in compost every fertigation and then wait for the compost to dry some before fertigating again. Sometimes a day, sometimes a week later.

 

In hydroponic systems the rootzone gets much higher ratios of oxygen, water, and nutes, hence explosive growth. 

 

Coco has excellent oxygen retention, even when fully saturated it holds (don't quote me) 30% oxygen. Every time you fertigate in coco you replace the oxygen and nutrients, so once a plant is fully rooted in its final pot you can drip feed multiple times a day which becomes in effect hydroponic. With the added benefit of no risk to dreaded plythium, and no dead crop if there's a power failure whilst you're out and about. 

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Good figuring ! 

Yeah that's what I thought . I was surprised at  quite so much extra growth and yield tbh . I only have nft to compare it with hydrowise and it knocks that into a cocked hat .

I'd like to see how a coco f&d fares against a rdwc  ?

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