Hot or Not? Soil Myth.

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I have seen may people say that Fox Farms Ocean Forest or other soil is 'Hot', and I used to think so too until I looked at what's it's made of.
The soil is pretty much exactly what your plants need. The only thing it is missing is the full MBE package. (Microbes, Bacteria, Enzymes)
If you add the MBEs, then you have an organic soil that needs nothing but water. The MBE's digest the soil and turn it into food. (simplified explanation)
The plants eat the food. If you start adding other food to it you will cause it to become 'HOT'.
Soil is food, please quit overfeeding.
 
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Rawkn

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I've seen many people say this too. FFOF was actually the first soil I ever used for cannabis, and it never burned, not even from seed. I didn't fertilize it either, I just added some of my worm castings to it. You're probably right, if people didn't feed their fresh organic soil, it likely would never burn their plants.
 
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It’s certainly not the quality it was 5-10 years ago. The ffof I got in Illinois looked nothing like the bags I used to get in Cali. I bought literal tons of the stuff over a few years out there then picked up a few bags in the Midwest and it was full of bark and sticks like I’d never seen I was like hmmm 🤔. Used it and the seedling were not exactly happy and I got gnats. Maybe they have a target market area and send the reject bags out to boonies? Either way it’s promix for me. Less guessing. I also up pot shortly before bloom so it just makes more sense for me personally. Hp with the myco just grows the sexiest roots. Quick like.
 
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I have seen may people say that Fox Farms Ocean Forest or other soil is 'Hot', and I used to think so too until I looked at what's it's made of.
The soil is pretty much exactly what your plants need. The only thing it is missing is the full MBE package. (Microbes, Bacteria, Enzymes)
If you add the MBEs, then you have an organic soil that needs nothing but water. The MBE's digest the soil and turn it into food. (simplified explanation)
The plants eat the food. If you start adding other food to it you will cause it to become 'HOT'.
Soil is food, please quit overfeeding.
I use organic Soil as well I believe the term HOT means the actual temp it gets HOT when the bacteria and fungi and such breaking down the organics ( microbe food)in the soil I usually leave mine set up to a week after amending between runs to let it cool down or the microbes have slow their process down I also brew a compost tea to assist in that process month to go on these and this Soil is 2 years old I have those lights on a mover as well
 
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I use organic Soil as well I believe the term HOT means the actual temp it gets HOT when the bacteria and fungi and such breaking down the organics ( microbe food)in the soil I usually leave mine set up to a week after amending between runs to let it cool down or the microbes have slow their process down I also brew a compost tea to assist in that process month to go on these and this Soil is 2 years old I have those lights on a mover as well
It's my understanding that 'Hot' means overloaded with nutes.
 
Rawkn

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Usually "hot" does mean too many nutes, Nitrogen probably the most common. However I seem to see it used both ways all the time, which probably confuses some people, especially new growers. If you have a living soil and you add too much to your soil, especially high N, this can make the bacteria go on a feeding frenzy and create actual heat too. So a 'hot soil' with too much food can become an actual high temperature soil. So I guess in some cases both uses of hot apply. Unless I'm talking about hot compost, 'hot soil' in my book means too many nutes, synthetic, or natural.
 
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I use organic Soil as well I believe the term HOT means the actual temp it gets HOT when the bacteria and fungi and such breaking down the organics ( microbe food)in the soil I usually leave mine set up to a week after amending between runs to let it cool down or the microbes have slow their process down I also brew a compost tea to assist in that process month to go on these and this Soil is 2 years old I have those lights on a mover as well

Thats exactly what it means.
Hot refers to the temp caused by the microbibal activity in the decomposition process. Ever touched raw compost? That shit can get really hot.
 
ComfortablyNumb

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Thats exactly what it means.
Hot refers to the temp caused by the microbibal activity in the decomposition process. Ever touched raw compost? That shit can get really hot.
We are not growing in compost. Both meanings are valid, it comes down to context which is being used.
 

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