A grower recently asked us about the Fox Farm line. In particular he wanted our take on using Foxfarm Ocean Forest Soil for growing weed. Dude says he tried Foxfarm soil in the past and thought it burned his plants. So he’s wondering if Fox Farm soil is hot and if we’d recommend using it for his upcoming six-plant indoor grow. It also sounds like he wants to ditch the Fox Farm feeding schedule, or any other feeding schedule for that matter, and just wants to add water, sit back and let the plants do their thing.
Fox Farm Ocean Forest
We use Fox Farm Ocean Forest as our base soil for growing plants indoors at Uptowngrowlab. (Stuff Stoners Like uses Roots Organics—BTW). We’ve noticed that Fox Farm Ocean Forest is not hot. In fact Fox Farms Ocean Forest is ph is balanced and there are plenty of minerals, mycorizhae, worm castings already in it. So you don’t need to really do anything to it. Adding additional items to soil could make it hot. This goes for Fox Farm Ocean Forest or any other Fox Farm soil. Actually you can quickly fuck up any soil by adding too many nutrients.
Sometimes we cut Ocean Forest with ten to twenty percent additional Perlite and worm castings but you don’t have to do so. After 4 to 6 weeks we’ll start to use other things such as molasses and CAL- MAG. We’ll discuss the process of making additions to Foxfarm soil in a future article soon.
Just Add Water
Because of all the available nutrients in Fox Farm Ocean Forest you can wait six weeks after you plants go into the soil before you need to add anything. The only things we may do is mix in some extra worm castings and perlite. Sometimes we add a little kelp layer to the bottom of starter containers so plants have some fresh food before they’re transplanted into larger containers filled with nothing but Fox Farm Ocean Forest soil, perlite and worm poop.
After you transplant your girls into that larger container of Fox Farm Ocean Forest you should be good for four weeks of just adding water. Yes, you can go ahead and ignore that Fox Farm feeding schedule, dude. You’re welcome.
Fox Farm and Organic Growing
If you’re going for an all organic grow make sure your nutrients are organic—not just ‘organically based.’ There are nutrients from FoxFarm and others available that are both 100% organic and organic-based. So do your homework. The term “organic based” is another way of saying there are organic things in here but we’ve added some other goodies that aren’t truly organic—so be careful.
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Anyhow there are several Fox Farm products and grow media as well as Fox Farm nutrients available and most of ‘em are pretty awesome. We use Ocean Forest and dig it, but you should check out the benefits of other soils like Roots Organics Soil or Black Gold Organic Soil and others to determine which soil best suite your needs.
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