Just setting up a “grow log”, if you will. It’s my first time growing and my first post on this forum. Looking forward hearing from you all, any tips and criticisms are welcomed here.
To start off, I’m using this first grow as an experiment and I decided to grow 2 different strains at once; NYC Diesel and Skunk Kush.
The NYC is an auto-feminized seed and the Kush is just feminized and will go through a photo-period. I planted 2 auto Diesels and 1 photo-period Kush. I didn’t germinate the autos at all, and the Kush I let soak until it sank (7 hours) and then used the paper towel method until it pops. I see it’s an even debate on whether or not to germinate at all, so I’m giving both a try. Without knowing much about plants or growing, my current opinion is: I want to find a healthy medium between “growing is an art” and “let nature do it’s thing”.
I started the ungerminated seeds in 6inch diameter pots, and I intend to move them to 15L (3ish gallon) pots once they break the surface. I heard autos don’t do very well when transplanting, so I’m hoping if I catch them before they make a solid root base it won’t harm them as much?
My soaked seed has not yet popped (it hasn’t even been 24 hours yet and I’m not concerned), but I am going to put that right into a 3gal. pot. I am doing this because I heard starting them in big pots is a waste of nutrients and sometimes harder to amend the soil under these conditions-- but I figured because this is a photo-period plant, I will have time to fix any problems that may occur with this.
Soil: I used a really standard potting soil, and I mixed 1/3 sea compost in with it. I then used Jobe’s organic soil fertilizer with a nutrient break down of (3-7-4). My plan right now is to wait until the seedlings reach about 2 weeks of age before applying Fish Emulsion, nutrient breakdown of (5-1-1). I will be applying the Fish Emulsion according to the bottle directions which says I should do it every 14 days, monthly.
Lighting: I’m tight on space, but I am starting my seeds in a cupboard where I can really contain the heat so they’re warm. I have a small 75W fixture that will ** i think** do the job until I move them to a closet. They will be moved once they get about 7 inches tall. Once in the closet, I will have 4 2ft full spectrum lights in each corner of the closet facing the plants, plus one 1ft full spectrum light hanging above. I have an idea to get bristol-board/project-board/plywood lined with aluminum foil and placed on the floor around the plants to direct light under the canopy. I will have 3 small fans going as well.
I will do a 24/0 light schedule for my autos, and an 18/6 — 12/12 for the Kush, I’m still working out how I will do both at the same time in the same space…may require some “wall” building or even finding a different space for them.
I’m afraid I’ll over-love the plants and kill them. Let me know what you guys think! Love what I’ve read in this community so far. Any warnings or advice would be awesome.
The kush popped after 14 hours in the paper towel, and that was after the 7 hour soak. I decided to do a larger pot, yet one smaller than 3gal. because the lights for my closet don’t arrive until next week