Been reading a lot on this forum as I fumble my way through my first ever grow. Finally signed up to see what you guys think and get some more direct advice. I haven’t been noting dates with great accuracy sorry.
1: Bought the ILGM three seed autoflower pack: BlueBerry, Amnesia Haze & Northern Lights. More interested to try the high Sativa Amnesia Haze.
2: Went with germination in water technique. NL & BB sprouted within 2 days. The AH would not germinate. Tried a second seed in water, still nothing. Third seed just put into the third pot of soil I had waiting and it germinated within a day or two. So the AH is 3-4weeks behind I think.
3: The NL really took off in the soil. The BB seemed to get a little burnt in my greenhouse (Australian summer temps) in the early stages which held it back a llittle, but it has seemed to recover now and is catching up to the NL.
4: The AH has always seemed to be much lighter in colour than the other two. New growth is very fluorescent green compared to the other girls.
5: Not exactly sure when the flowering started on the NL but the BB wasn’t that far behind.
6: I’m checking them multiple times a day so its hard to tell but I feel like the flowers are maybe not densifying or growing as much as they could. If I can attach some photos they will be from what I think is week 8-9.
7: I understand the lower leaves will start to yellow as the plant feeds of them, but it seems to be increasingly so on the NL.
8: The soil is a mix of local red-dirt, with organic soil and some manure based nutrients mixed through the original potting mix. Perlite is also in there for drainage.
9: The tap water was causing the ph levels to drop below 6, so I’ve been adding some lime to the water and it seems to be between 6-7 more often than not with my ghetto ph tester.
10: During the early stages I was also adding Seasol to the water occasionally. Now it’s flowering I’ve stopped the seasol and added liquid potash as per the manufacturers instructions.
Hang in there and I’ll post some pictures and get some thoughts from you more experienced growers out there… The photos seemed to upload in reverse order so the first three are from this afternoon and I’m trying to show the yellowing lower leaves on the NL. The sun was still shining so ignore the sunlight making the leaves look spotty. The girls are also surrounded by some other herbs and the like. I put some marigold flowers in around as I heard they deter white flies too, and my tomato plant had a few white flies buzzing around.
A big question is, do I wait another 3-4 weeks for the NL as the lower leaves yellow? The buds don’t look fully developed enough.