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QUESTION: I’ve been growing in cocoa using general hydroponics nutes and watering by hand for the past few years, but am getting tired of mixing up nutes each week. I’ve been thinking about going with an organic soil mix that a friend of mind sent to me, but a little nervous about making the switch. What are some of the drawbacks to growing indoor with soil? Also, should I think about watering with a nutrient tea or just ph-ed water?
MEL THOMAS: There will be no noticeable change in your yield if you change to organics, if anything it should improve. Compost is a very forgiving medium, just ensure you use the biggest pots you can get away with in your grow space and don’t over water the crop as the roots need to dry out slightly to breath. Nutrient teas are great, but a little unpredictable. It is better to test each batch of tea you make up on one plant first. There is no need to pH adjust your water, unless you live in areas of particular acid/alkaline water.