Who cut the cheese ....

One Drop

In Bloom
I’m having a set back on my cheese crop it’s been very cold n wet and trying to keep temps above 21 Deg c in my grow room lungs has been a battle we have extreme weather conditions in Tasmania so keeping the oil heater going 24 /7 at the moment , I know they have suffered wet feet so I’m upping my game to include clay balls in bottom 1/3 rd of the 15 lt pots , rest back fill with 70/30 % coco perlite mix let’s see if this helps , all help gladly appreciated big thanks in advance . Regards OD the cheese virgin ....
 

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Buzzer777

In Bloom
I’m having a set back on my cheese crop it’s been very cold n wet and trying to keep temps above 21 Deg c in my grow room lungs has been a battle we have extreme weather conditions in Tasmania so keeping the oil heater going 24 /7 at the moment , I know they have suffered wet feet so I’m upping my game to include clay balls in bottom 1/3 rd of the 15 lt pots , rest back fill with 70/30 % coco perlite mix let’s see if this helps , all help gladly appreciated big thanks in advance . Regards OD the cheese virgin ....
@One Drop
They do look over watered.....also is it possible that they have become root bound in those smallish pots?
 

Jewels

Tilts at Tables
The closed cell structure of exspansive clay is highly insulative.
If the containers were running over with hydroton, it would act as a ballast - resisting temp changes.

The only danger I could see with chow is diaper rash,,.
Consider,
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Regard the superior capillary action. Any pooled water in the bottom will actually RISE.

I assume this could be manipulated to do the opposite, if the container was open bottom. Like Capt said, a fan would turn the balls into a desiccant army.

As fate and nasty coincidence provide, we are both less than 4000km from the Arctic circle. Anything that can survive there has learned to hoard heat.
To combat cold, I employ the following strategies.

-R-20 insulation- If I produce heat, I hang onto it.
-24/7 veg.
-Hid lighting
-Forced air heating. A coil heater will eat moisture in a sealed room during lights out. I put my heater on a timer because the humidity wreaks havoc on a bimetalic switch.
-Dry make-up (source) air. Dry air takes less energy to heat.

I also mused about a "heat moat" recently.
Lit lung room, isolating flower room.
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At one time I considered lighting a candle, during lights out. Incomplete combustion would put a lot of parafin into the air.
I am really tempted to try one of these, after dark. I could see a LED lit crop benefiting from the C02.
'Spirit lamp' , runs on iso.
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Worst comes to worse?
Put your plants in the chicken coup. Everybody can huddle for warmth !
 

Capt. C

Saltwater Cowboy
Staff member
True I just consider stones to be a waste of space when proper soil and watering practices can be used instead horses for courses I guess😁
I used to put those clay balls in the bottom of pots for years and just kind of got away from it . Plus i realized my pots were never setting in water and just did not need them. They got the final eviction notice after i stepped on one barefooted in the middle of the night :mad: :ROFLMAO:
 
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One Drop

In Bloom
Yes I’ve had the pleasure as well I’ve grow flood n drain years back then I went to straight rock wool after that much softer to tread on ...... I’ll run wit my ball in the pot and see what happens , even if I set up the pots with lots of holes down in the lower 1/3 of pot more air getting in dryer balls ..... that sounds better than wet balls .... hang with me capt I’ll nut this one out . od
 

Keif Lint

In Bloom
Yes I’ve had the pleasure as well I’ve grow flood n drain years back then I went to straight rock wool after that much softer to tread on ...... I’ll run wit my ball in the pot and see what happens , even if I set up the pots with lots of holes down in the lower 1/3 of pot more air getting in dryer balls ..... that sounds better than wet balls .... hang with me capt I’ll nut this one out . od
A mate used to grow in hydroton and that course Coco mixed in 20ltr pots fark he used to get some big buds and fast. Hope she warms up for ya soon, bring da spring 😎
 

Keif Lint

In Bloom
I used to put those clay balls in the bottom of pots for years and just kind of got away from it . Plus i realized my pots were never setting in water and just did not need them. They got the final eviction notice after i stepped on one barefooted in the middle of the night :mad: :ROFLMAO:
Ouch, they're a bitch to clean too☹️
 
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