Thank you experienced hands and grurus for joining me on an exciting time in my life. I’m ready to begin growing. Wow that feels crazy to say (and type). Been wanting to grow for quite some time. I was put off from growing by friends and family last year but they know little of the time, passion, and money I’ve put into this. A man with arthritis in his hips, back, two hip replacements, physical therapy, constant doctor visits since the age of 18 will throw anyone’s self-esteem in the toilet at points if not forever like I’ve searched and seen. Terrible disease. Bud doesn’t take the pain away, but it makes me not give a f*** which is a big reason why I’ve chosen Northern Lights as my first strain. I’ve heard it’s easy to work with, good for pain, muscle relaxation, and good yield. Excited to grow good flower. I want to do it right. I want to understand the science.
Phlizon CREE COB 1500W
Dehumidifier (if needed)
Oscillating fan (not in photo, just bought)
Lasko Heater (regulated temp well so far)
3, 3 gal. Airpots
Location- Master bathroom
Vivosun 4in CarbonFan for extraction (no inline fan for incoming air, only ducting.
Soil is FFOF sterilized (boiled)
Germination method: paper towel method w/ distilled water in ziploc bag
Alright guys and gals, I’m here sharing my first grow with you all because this group shows a lot of support and there’s no toxicity. Keep up the love ILGM fam.
Now, to the roots we go. I’m finishing germination now. Tap roots showing (1/4in showing in paper towel) fluctuating 75-77F. Been trying maintain 70% humidity with humidifier running at full capacity, but the carbon filter fan sucks the moisture right up leaving me at 40-45% humidity with fan on. I’ve since turned the carbon filter off for the time being to keep humidity at 60-70%.
What are the best ways you guys have found to raise the humidity in your grows besides buying another humidifier?
Soil. I found myself a bit reluctant to do this but I sanitized my FFOF for 5 min and set to cool for about another 25 min before adding to air pots. I don’t quite understand the repercussions if any I’ll have later on from this. Haven’t done a runoff test but I will tomorrow before I plant. Have I made the soil less hot? I know I probably killed a lot of micro organisms that give OF its name, but also heard fungus gnats in OF (but also many if not all other soils dealing with fungus gnats). I try not to believe everything I read online but I can’t help my self.
I have seen where mixing perlite for aeration and diluting FFOF but would I still need perlite if I’ve diluted the soil from sterilization AND using airpots?
Speaking of airpots, I’ve read that they are best with drip irrigation. Don’t have it. Does that mean I should switch to smart pots instead for optimal water rentention and guess work?
Ventilation- right now, no windows open. Filter fan ducting sitting on top of tent and intake ducting laying on floor, both pointing out of bathroom into the bedroom (trying to stay as stealthy as possible for as long as possible) ANY TIPS OR MUST DOS HERE?
Do I need to add anything besides straight sanitized FFOF?
Would you amend anything you see above?
Did I leave something out?
Thanks again for taking the time and easing my mind. I have a feeling I’ll be very busy with the setup tomorrow lol.