Howdy y’all, and welcome to my grow journal. This will document my two-area, somewhat perpetual grow, vegging in the closet, flowering in the converted freezer. The freezer conversion is documented here:http://support.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com/t/converting-refrigerator-to-growbox/5123?u=elheffe702
I’ve had some issues with the White Widow feminized plant currently in the freezer, but she’s 3 weeks into flowering, and looking healthy, although small. But she has definitely been a good crash course/learning experience for me. Here’s some pics from today, post-trim:
My veg closet is about 21x21, just enough for my purposes. It fits a 10x20" tray, for which I have a dome, as well.
Ventilation leaves a little to be desired, but it’s sufficient, for now. The gap under the door acts as an intake, and I cut two 4" holes in the top of the door for air to exit through. This keeps things…ok. 75-80° @ 35-40% rh. I’d like it to be cooler.
I’m only using two 15 watt 5000k led bulbs that are actually pretty potent. I’m considering removing the plastic diffusers/domes on them, what do you guys think?
My lux meter reads around 50,000 each, directly under at the same height as the plant. I have the equivalent in 2700k (as well as some similar, 6 watt bulbs that are pretty useless except for maybe clones or itty bitty babies) should I need to initiate a flower cycle in this closet, but without anything for the smell, vegging alone might be pushing it.
The plan is to keep each group of plants the same age in each location for about 2 months each. This will depend mainly on the length of the flowering cycle of the strain in the freezer. For instance, I waited to see pistils on the White Widow in the freezer before planting the Lemon Skunk seeds. Since I know the white widow takes about 8 weeks to flower, and I’ll also be drying in the freezer (to make use of the carbon filter, and to avoid smelling up the whole county), that gives the Lemon Skunk about 9 weeks or so, from seed, before going into the flower box… freezer… flowzer? Anyway, once I’m done drying White Widow, and the freezer is vacant, I should have some monster Lemon Skunk ladies to take her place.
I plan to top the Lemon Skunks (Left Eye and Chilli) soon, to try to keep their height down. I’ll also be doing some training, to get them ready to go under my scrog screen, then topping once more and then training more. With the lights at their highest in the freezer, I only have about 2’ to work with from the top of the soil in a 3 gallon smart pot, including the minimum 12" between the lights and canopy, so I have to do everything I can to keep the plants short. Go figure…I have 8’ in the closet
The closet is currently occupied by two “Citrus Skunk” (this seed bank is the only place I can find it called that; everyone else, including DNA Genetics, calls it Lemon Skunk, so that’s what I’ll call it) feminized seeds from True North seed bank, one already potted up to a 3 gallon smart pot, the other in a 1L plastic pot, to be transplanted tomorrow; and a Durban Poison bag seed in a peat plug, in a 1L plastic pot. I’m doubting the Durban Poison. It’s only on day 4 in the pot, after soaking overnight, but it was a pretty immature-looking seed. I have the bottom of a bottle covering it to help with humidity for germination. I actually tried another bag seed just like it out of my last 1/8, and I gave it 10 days, then tossed it. I’ll leave this one a few weeks, and see what happens.
All three are in Happy Frog with 1/3 perlite added for drainage (side note: having the wife pick up the bag of perlite at Home Depot after telling her to be careful because it’s very heavy was quite comical). They’ve been getting filtered, dechlorinated water only, so far. They’ll get General Organics Go Box nutrients when they’re ready for it. I need to pick up a pH/TDS meter to control my feeding a bit better in the future.
I have a good collection of bag seeds I plan to run alongside ones I buy, most of them really good looking seeds. Worst case, if I get males, I might try my hand at crossing some strains. For instance, if the Durban Poison is a male, I’ll shoot for some Durban Skunk seeds on one of my Lemon Skunk ladies. Why not?
I’m always open to suggestions, creative/constructive criticism, and of course, pats on the back. I’ll try to update this journal frequently, and post lots of nice pics. Thanks in advance for all the great information I know I’ll get here. You guys rock! Happy gardening!