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    SOIL Replacing nutrients with vermiculite

    What are your opinions on replacing the fertilizers completely with vermiculite? One idea is to add 40% vermiculite along with soil mix and perlite and after that top it accordingly. Also how about growing the seedlings completely in vermiculite and perlite mix just till they become young and can be repotted?
    2.5 x 2.5 tent
    Viparspectra PAR600
    4" Fan & Filter
    Coco-Perlite
    GH Trio + Cal Mag

    Current Grow:
    1x Ice Bagseed in Fabric pot
    1x Ice Bagseed in Plastic pot
    1x Ice Bagseed Solo cup

    #2
    Vermiculite does not any fertility, only aeration. It’s possible to fill a pot with only vermiculite/perlite but you’d have feed your plants with a liquid nutrient. It’s hydro grow at that point, kinda like coco.

    The cool thing about soil is that, it can hold on to nutrients for your plant to take up later.

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      #3
      I think the vermiculite could be used as a hydro medium, perhaps, but I don’t think it replaces nutes. I thought it was all about moisture retention and soil aeration.
      Gorilla 3x3
      LEC 315
      Kind Soil
      Current: White Widow XXL, Crystal M.E.T.H., Six-Shooter, Afghan Kush Ryder, Northern Lights x2, Strawberry Cheesecake

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        #4
        First of all I apologize for my mistake. I don't know if I was high or something but I actually meant vermicompost. How about replacing nutes with vermicompost and follow the procedure they have given to feed?
        Again I am sorry I even wrote vermiculite in my sign instead of vermicompost.! That stuff had a punch.
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        2.5 x 2.5 tent
        Viparspectra PAR600
        4" Fan & Filter
        Coco-Perlite
        GH Trio + Cal Mag

        Current Grow:
        1x Ice Bagseed in Fabric pot
        1x Ice Bagseed in Plastic pot
        1x Ice Bagseed Solo cup

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          #5
          Worm castings(vermicompost) work great. I generally mix coco, petite, vermicompost or compost 1:1:1 then toss in some dry stuff like bone meal. I think the castings are better bc no need to sterilize.

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          • herbgrower
            herbgrower commented
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            I am planning to try coco, vermicompost, perlite and some soil in one of my next plant. Using only vermicompost as plant food.

          #6
          Through flowering as well?

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          • herbgrower
            herbgrower commented
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            That's what I am thinking. Totally organic nutes through out the grow.

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