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Great for germination
Tossed whole onto a compost pile, Rockwool will take an extremely long time to break down—hence why many growers see it as bad for the environment. You should aim to shred up your used cubes as finely as possible to accelerate this process.
Cons of Rockwool for Growing Cannabis
Rockwool cubes provide a haven for seeds during germination. By keeping them sufficiently saturated, they provide the three key demands required for successful germination: darkness, moisture, and warmth.
This nutrient supports the growth of every plant cell, aids in energy transfer and photosynthesis, and plays an especially important role during the flowering phase. As a bonus, basalt rock dust also helps to absorb large quantities of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Sometimes seeds struggle to become established when sown in compact and hard soils. However, they establish themselves quickly and easily within Rockwool cubes. The young roots easily pass through the gaps between the fibres.
Fill the container/bowl with water from your tap. You may also choose to use water filtered through a britta or reverse osmosis (R/O) water, I’ve had success with all 3 of them so whichever you have on hand will work fine.
Take 1-2 seeds and insert them carefully into the holes. Use a toothpick or similar object to push them down to the bottom, as you want them to be at the bottom of that hole. Rip or push a piece of the Rockwool over the hole (you don’t have to fill it completely), so that the seed can germinate in a dark moist environment.
Important: Do not let the PH of the water go below 5. A Ph this low will damage the fibers of the Rockwool Cube
Do not add any nutrients to your Rockwool Cubes. The one on the left got nutrients, the other two did not.
Rockwool Cubes are designed to maintain the correct water to air ratio and squeezing them may damage their structure. Some of the marijuana forums advocate doing everything from squeezing them completely dry, all the way to flinging them around like paintbrushes in order to get excess water out. None of that is necessary, leave it as it is. It will stay moist for several days without needing to be watered this way as well.
Rockwool Cubes have a PH of roughly 7.8. This is pretty alkaline, yet our plants prefer to grow in a slightly more acidic environment (between 5.5 – 6.5). In order to prepare our Rockwell cubes for the seeds, we need to soak them in some PH adjusted water, that way they have everything the seeds need to germinate and sprout; water and a slightly acidic environment.