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Best soil choice from Lowes or Home Depot?

osujudoman
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Hey guys, I can’t afford to do my entire grow with the expensive soil mixes like from Fox Farms, etc.

What I’d like to do is make my own soil mix, in bulk, from components I can get cheap locally.

I can get 4cu ft of perlite for about $12 and a bushel of peat moss for about the same.

However, when I got to Lowes or HD there are a bunch of different options and I’m not sure what would be best. A lot of them are ‘pre-fertilized’ claiming their soil mix will feed for months.

I’m pretty sure I should stay away from the ‘pre-fertilized’ mixes since I’m going to be adding my own nutrients. The same with the mixes that already have perlite added.

So once again, what soil do you guys recommend that is carred at either Lowes or Home Depot?

genisis
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bigtomatofarmer
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Different strains will react differently depending on the brand of soil.
For instance, Blueberry (indica) is a strain that does not require alot of nutrients, so nuteburn will be easier than a 100% sativa, like durban poison.
Therefore, someone who grew a sativa with miracle grow, may have success, while Blueberry will not.

In my experience, I have tried many many soils from Homedepot. I dont like any of them.
I grew Early Misty in Scotts premium soil and it turned out ok.
Miracle Grow Organic (and it must be the organic, not time release or moisture control) is the best in my awesome opinion. No big chunks, slightly acidic ph, and low content of nutrients.

That was a long time ago though. Now I am a big supporter of Fox Farm. I know its expensive, but trust me, its worth it. Check the link in my sig for the journal. I grow in Fox Farm Oceans Forrest and I couldnt be happier.

bigtomatofarmer
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soil that has those large chunks (bark) is really not any good. It can cause the bonsai effect and stunt your growth at an early age.

the medium you choose for your plants is one of the most important decisions you can make when growing.

spend the money, it will be worth it

fish601
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satch
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jeff f
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Old Fat Hippy
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Hey guys, I can’t afford to do my entire grow with the expensive soil mixes like from Fox Farms, etc.

What I’d like to do is make my own soil mix, in bulk, from components I can get cheap locally.

I can get 4cu ft of perlite for about $12 and a bushel of peat moss for about the same.

However, when I got to Lowes or HD there are a bunch of different options and I’m not sure what would be best. A lot of them are ‘pre-fertilized’ claiming their soil mix will feed for months.

I’m pretty sure I should stay away from the ‘pre-fertilized’ mixes since I’m going to be adding my own nutrients. The same with the mixes that already have perlite added.

So once again, what soil do you guys recommend that is carred at either Lowes or Home Depot?

I was in the same position a year ago. thinking about growing and feeling despair looking around for affordable GOOD soil. Miracle Grow AINT it, LOL. I know, cuz I TRIED it. Then I made my oin mix out of peat, mushroom comost and a little perlite.
Then I read some post about this thing called a “Hempy Bucket”. “What? Growing MJ in JUST perlite mixed with vermiculite?” I kept reading. and decided I HAD to try a Hempy. Best decision I ever made.

I urge you to do a google of “Hempy Bucket” and read for yourself!
Basically, you get a BIG bag of perlite, which is cheap and a smaller bag of vermiculite, which is also cheap. rinse hell out of the perlite, because it is dusty. then get a container—can be a 3 gal bicket, or a plastic one gal tea pitcher like I use, from Walmart! You drill a half inch hole two inches above the bottom for a “resevoir”. Mix three parts perlit with one part verm. Fill your container and poke in your clone or seedling.
Water daily for a week or two until the root has had time to grow enough to reach the 2″ res at the bottom. Then. begin watering with nutes. You will be amazed—CHEAP, plus you can re-use the perlite/verm, grow after grow. Just soak in a weak bleach solution, theh rinse the hell out of it and let it dry to evaporate off any bleach that might be left.

The Hempy is the most simple and basic hydro, really. The perlite suspends the plant and the roots reach down to the two inches of nutes always at the bottom. The verm helps to hold some moisture in the perlite, so the young roots can stay moist even before they reach the res.
I’ll hunt for a pic of my “Hempy Pitchers” and post it after this post, if you want to see what they look like. Im pretty sure I have a pic. just gotta look form it, LOL.

Hey guys, I can't afford to do my entire grow with the expensive soil mixes like from Fox Farms, etc. What I'd like to do is make my own soil mix, in bulk…

My first with Lowes bought products

Bayter
A wing and a prayer.

Let me start by saying that I have looked around a numerous different sites and this one is by far the best I have found. It has the best content and seemingly friendliest folks.

With that said I am a budding entrepreneur and was given 6 plants from a friend. They were about 6 inches tall and he said they wouldn’t make it. Challenge accepted!

I know exactly nothing about growing marijuana. I can smoke the dog shit out of it but never have tried my hand at growing. So this is probably gonna be a roller coaster of emotions for us both.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have many expectations for saving them so I only got one photo of the saddest looking one, at the time. With two others in the back ground. That photo was a week after I got them and the day before my English Mastiff stepped on a plant and broke it clean at the base.

The only thing I did for the first week was water them. From that alone they perked right up.

At the start of the second week I transplanted them in bigger pots. I used Miracle Grow Performance Organics potting soil. Then I mixed up a very small amount of miracle grow all purpose plant food and put about a 1/4 cup at the base of each plant. I water the plants every 2-3 days.

The plant with the leaves folding up makes me think it got misted with some kind of weed killer before I got it. But I’m not exactly sure what has happened to it. It’s been like that since I’ve had it. The plant has doubled in size, but has obvious hurdles to overcome if I’m gonna keep him around.

One other thing I have been doing is trimming off leaves that turn yellow. It’s only been 1-2 from each plant.

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated. This is my first grow. So I am open to any and all suggestions. Thank you for taking the time to read my thread.

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420Forever
Life Begins At 420

hey @Bayter and to afn! um, first pointer -> NEVER use miracle-gro! it’z made by one of the most evil corporationz on earth & will bring ur girlz NO joy! (and ya, despite the prev sentence, i really am “seemingly friendly” folk )

now, that aside, they could indeed be lookin worse, lol. what part of the world u growin in-? do u have any idea what strain they are-? we’ll help as much as we can, but above & beyond, the best tip for the future me can give is def go with organic soil weed izn’t ur normal everyday houseplant & needz tlc, starting with good soil there are a couple guyz in here who can give way better advice than me to ur situation, like @the green bandit and @Weed Warrior . i’m sure they’ll see this & pipe in, sooooo.

HashMaster
In Dog Beers I’ve Only Had One

Weed is just that. a weed. it is easy to grow and low maintenance.

Where people usually get into problems is by doing too much and tinkering too much. then they make it much harder on themselves trying to remedy the problems their excessive “love” caused.

Let it be a weed.

Miracle grow works just fine. once every few years I do a blue grit grow just for the lulz.

Big box store bought soil has a good chance of containing bugs, get some yellow stickies.

If you are under LED lights get cal mag.

Don’t overwater. Most beginners do. Lift a dry pot of soil and lift your weeds pot, compare weight, you will know by that when they need water.

Enjoy your new addiction

Bayter
A wing and a prayer.

I am in Oklahoma, U.S. and the strain he called gum. So I only assume Bubblegum. But you know what assuming does.

Bayter
A wing and a prayer.

Weed is just that. a weed. it is easy to grow and low maintenance.

Where people usually get into problems is by doing too much and tinkering too much. then they make it much harder on themselves trying to remedy the problems their excessive “love” caused.

Let it be a weed.

Miracle grow works just fine. once every few years I do a blue grit grow just for the lulz.

Big box store bought soil has a good chance of containing bugs, get some yellow stickies.

If you are under LED lights get cal mag.

Don’t overwater. Most beginners do. Lift a dry pot of soil and lift your weeds pot, compare weight, you will know by that when they need water.

Enjoy your new addiction

Ozzie Greenthumb
Grow it gargantuan!

hey @Bayter and to afn! um, first pointer -> NEVER use miracle-gro! it’z made by one of the most evil corporationz on earth & will bring ur girlz NO joy! (and ya, despite the prev sentence, i really am “seemingly friendly” folk )

now, that aside, they could indeed be lookin worse, lol. what part of the world u growin in-? do u have any idea what strain they are-? we’ll help as much as we can, but above & beyond, the best tip for the future me can give is def go with organic soil weed izn’t ur normal everyday houseplant & needz tlc, starting with good soil there are a couple guyz in here who can give way better advice than me to ur situation, like @the green bandit and @Weed Warrior . i’m sure they’ll see this & pipe in, sooooo.

Bayter
A wing and a prayer.
Ozzie Greenthumb
Grow it gargantuan!

Let me start by saying that I have looked around a numerous different sites and this one is by far the best I have found. It has the best content and seemingly friendliest folks.

With that said I am a budding entrepreneur and was given 6 plants from a friend. They were about 6 inches tall and he said they wouldn’t make it. Challenge accepted!

I know exactly nothing about growing marijuana. I can smoke the dog shit out of it but never have tried my hand at growing. So this is probably gonna be a roller coaster of emotions for us both.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have many expectations for saving them so I only got one photo of the saddest looking one, at the time. With two others in the back ground. That photo was a week after I got them and the day before my English Mastiff stepped on a plant and broke it clean at the base.

The only thing I did for the first week was water them. From that alone they perked right up.

At the start of the second week I transplanted them in bigger pots. I used Miracle Grow Performance Organics potting soil. Then I mixed up a very small amount of miracle grow all purpose plant food and put about a 1/4 cup at the base of each plant. I water the plants every 2-3 days.

The plant with the leaves folding up makes me think it got misted with some kind of weed killer before I got it. But I’m not exactly sure what has happened to it. It’s been like that since I’ve had it. The plant has doubled in size, but has obvious hurdles to overcome if I’m gonna keep him around.

One other thing I have been doing is trimming off leaves that turn yellow. It’s only been 1-2 from each plant.

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated. This is my first grow. So I am open to any and all suggestions. Thank you for taking the time to read my thread.

Let me start by saying that I have looked around a numerous different sites and this one is by far the best I have found. It has the best content and… ]]>