Let me start by saying that I am 100% new to growing and learning as I go. Please hold any rude comments to yourself. I know I am doing a LOT wrong, but this is how I learn . I found this site and decided to join and post, looking for advice. The flowers I produce are mostly for fun; I end up giving 75% of it away. What I do consume is to help me sleep.
I started growing in my garden two years ago. Outdoor is so easy! I set my sprinklers, gave it fertilizer from time to time and everything went well. The first year I got around 8 ounces from 2 plants; I got around three from one plant this year. I grew them in a pot next to my veggies.
This summer, I decided to play around with cloning, I tried three cuts, but the only one took; I wasn’t expecting a lot since the cut was halfway through the growing season. The plant took started to grow, and I was happy! But it never started to flower? I think I had it too close to my porch light, and that affected it. Well, I wasn’t willing to give up!
The season was over, starting to snow (Colorado), so I brought it inside. I have NEVER grown inside! On a budget, I got a light (600W LED), set it up, and here we go!
Not too long after going inside, it started to flower! YA! But man, things are so different inside! First off, watering. Outside in the summer heat, I was watering almost every other day. Now maybe once a week and I think that’s too much? (this is where I think my problem is). I am starting to notice the leaves’ tips pointing down; I think it’s because of overwatering, but I’m not 100% sure. I don’t give it a lot of fertilizer, and when I do, I use ½ of what it says per gallon (Fox Farm). I just got a PH tester and am getting used to how this works (I kind of starting to think the cheap amazon one I got might be a POS)
So now, after all that, here are some of my questions.
The leaves’ tips pointing down. I think this is overwatering, but I am also noticing some of the leaves look malformed. Maybe something else?
PH Tester and getting it right. I bought distilled water from Walmart (the cheap one), and it was testing around 7.5? I was under the impression it should be more in the 6.5 range? From my tap, I am getting the same results? (yes, I calibrated the cheap thing). Using the PH down, I got it close to 6.5 (after several tries, lol). I guess this not a question but more looking for some advice on how to do this?
Temperature. I have my setup in my basement in a room that is not controlled by my HVAC system. I have a small space heater set up on a timer. It turns on an hour after lights on and off an hour before lights off. During lights on, I am around 72 and lights off around 62. I read a few posts, and this seems all over the place. Some people say yes, the temp should drop at night, and some say no and keep it consistent. Thoughts on this?
Humidity. I live in Colorado; it’s Fing DRY here! My humidity levels without a humidifier is around 22%. I am using a small room humidifier (something we used with my kids are sick). With this, I can get it up to around 35%. I’m not sure I am willing to invest in something more extensive. Saying that since it’s a small thing not designed for what I am using it for, how bad is it if the humidity levels are not consistent? Should I just not use a humidifier?