I have scoured a plethora of text and bodies of information on what can absolutely make or break my first indoor grow op in over 15 years. Oh boy, how things have changed and I am so grateful for any and all help!
This is my first post in what will be many (now that I have found this amazing community) Sorry for the longer initial post but I think all information can be helpful.
I started my indoor grow a few months back by gathering all of my supplies. As mentioned above, I was able to successfully grow a long time ago with limited resources or information. Just local “underground” knowledge or tips from other gardeners that I would then turn into potential tools for cannabis cultivation. My bedroom closet was converted into my space. Taped aluminum foil on the walls, fluorescent tube lighting and my makeshift but oh so loved space was ready. After many failed attempts, I finally got a successful harvest. Of course very airy light buds, but I was more than elated.
Fast forward to present day, and I am lucky enough to be back in the game! I have some experience and have done enough research to absolutely be confident in my abilities for a successful yield. However, with all of the preparation and advice and even work experience within the cannabis industry (unfortunately not on the cultivation side of things) I found myself back at square 1 in regards to what may be the most important factor to my grow, which is lighting.
My grow tent is 32”x32”x63” so about 3ft across/wide and 5ft tall. I found it easier to control factors like temperature and humidity in a smaller controlled tent especially now that my grow is out of a closet and in the tent which is in a controlled room by itself in the basement. The soil I love and have had much success growing other things in which is Cost of Maine products, along with nutrient plans etc. I’m growing 2 feminized seeds at the moment which is perfect for my tent and first grow back. The seeds are from a reputable breeder and I have a fair amount of information on trying to grow this particular strain, which is DXC99 (Durban Thai X Cinderella 99). Very excited about that hehe
I’m about to technically enter week 4 of veg (recommended about 6-8 for this strain) Both plants look great in all honesty. They were transplanted some time back to their 5 gal homes and both were topped and recovered just fine. The current light I am using I find little information on, however the things I have read generally all had really good things to say which can be a little misleading since I know my lights seem doable but subpar for sure.
The light is a Yintatech 600w (so puts out 70ish watts) and using a PAR meter for readings (DLI etc) it seems to match the lights specs but only when VERY close to the light, which negates all recommended hanging recommendations for this particular model. I dropped the lights to about 10”-12 away from the canopy and the plants seemed to react really well. Like I said, they seem to be doing great but I know I most likely will need more light.
My biggest goal of course is that I want a successful yield with healthy and happy plants given my tents size. Maximize my tools, so to speak. For legit and proper specs like DLI and PAR (PPFD) what would you wonderful people recommend for lighting given my tents size? I want great coverage but also don’t need to spend thousands to do so (once again given my tents smaller size) A legit trustworthy tried and true light to maximize my space for my 2 gals that isn’t beyond overkill for my current setup. I would love nothing more than to have that bode of confidence in the lighting that I am using and know that it will get me from start to finish.
Also, I have a second 600w (so 70ish watt) Yintatech identical to my current light that can daisy chain together. Should I add the second light so each plant gets their own light fixture and does anyone think that would be sufficient lighting with both? Or should I stick with the current 1 light and introduce the 2nd light before flowering? And lastly, if I get a new light is it a bad idea to swap out lights halfway through a veg cycle like that or best to just finish these ladies out and start the next batch with the new lighting?
Seriously everyone, your time and energy is so much appreciated!