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Re: Source for Soilrite and DIY Micro

Unread postby Manikandan » Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:22 pm

They have vermicompost, organic manure.. I used that manure one but that promotes nematodes in my tank.. neem fertilizer, perlite, vermiculite.. I'm not sure of CEC and which will help me to avoid anaerobic pockets.. I see perlite and vermiculite in shops as well..

I currently have red soil, cocopeat with me..



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Re: Source for Soilrite and DIY Micro

Unread postby Manikandan » Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:35 pm

I also come through a sodium bentonite clay powder through amazon website.. just let me know if we can use it in the mix.. do they really have some value?

http://www.amazon.in/Greenfield-BENTONI ... 566&sr=1-6

Also, I have high ph water, it shows as 8.1.. I dont find peat moss here.. so preferred soilrite.. but could not able to source it.. :(

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Re: Source for Soilrite and DIY Micro

Unread postby Manikandan » Mon Sep 19, 2016 3:17 pm

Vermicompost, Organic manure ( I tried it and it promotes nematodes and not a slow release.. also promotes algae), coco peat, neem fertilizer, perlite and vermiculite I see online..

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Re: Source for Soilrite and DIY Micro

Unread postby Manikandan » Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:10 pm

which coarse product can be added to substrate to prevent it from becoming anaerobic and helps in root penetration? and what grain size

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Re: Source for Soilrite and DIY Micro

Unread postby saikumar » Tue Sep 27, 2016 4:54 pm

Manikandan wrote:I also come through a sodium bentonite clay powder through amazon website.. just let me know if we can use it in the mix.. do they really have some value?

http://www.amazon.in/Greenfield-BENTONI ... 566&sr=1-6

Also, I have high ph water, it shows as 8.1.. I dont find peat moss here.. so preferred soilrite.. but could not able to source it.. :(


if it is really 8.1ph,(what is your TDS?) you cant to much but use an RO unit.


Manikandan wrote:which coarse product can be added to substrate to prevent it from becoming anaerobic and helps in root penetration? and what grain size

3-4mm or higher grain/granules/gravel will have enough gaps for roots to penetrate.

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Re: Source for Soilrite and DIY Micro

Unread postby Manikandan » Thu Sep 29, 2016 12:58 pm

TDS shows between 400 - 500 range

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Re: Source for Soilrite and DIY Micro

Unread postby saikumar » Fri Sep 30, 2016 11:28 am

thats going to be tough, if you have softwater you can grow plants as easily as Rajiv ji

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Re: Source for Soilrite and DIY Micro

Unread postby Manikandan » Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:47 pm

okay.. thank you Sai.. I have checked my corporation water with TDS of 150-200 and a ph of 7.5.. I believe that would be good to use.. is there a good way to reduce ph and maintain nearby to 7.0?

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Re: Source for Soilrite and DIY Micro

Unread postby Manikandan » Thu Oct 20, 2016 12:49 pm

Can anyone be able to buy soilrite and ship me at a good rate? I see that is overpriced online..
Please PM me if anyone can..

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Re: Source for Soilrite and DIY Micro

Unread postby anirudh777 » Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:25 pm

Just get cocopeat and layer it thickly with sand or any kind of gravel .Plants will be partying :D