Okay, where to begin? Attempted a different forum before I found this one, (I know, right?) it never sent me a confirmation email, so I couldn’t post, tried several times to no avail. I had given up, but then stumbled across this one, so I’m going to post the journal here, I’ve just been doing it on the local machine, so bear with me, might take me a bit to get the story so far told haha!
As it stands right now, I’m entering week 4 of 12x12 light cycle, seems to be going well so far, but I don’t have a lot of experience to gauge that, anyhow, it’s flowering. Growing in soil, unfortunately a 'MiracleGrow" product, it’s the “organic” one, but my options of where and how I could get a medium to grow in were kind of limited, and I was also kind of pressed for time. That is, I started vegging the seed on a whim, and sort of built the grow around it, so this whole thing is very much improvised, using as much information as I’ve gathered of course, but still making it up as I go. I’ve made a lot of mistakes, fixed a lot of them too, thanks to all the info available. No idea what strain it is.
At any rate, I thought the organic soil would be okay, but missed the fine print which says something like 0.093% time released Nitrogen from bone meal (or something like that, I can copy it exactly if need be). So that’s the first question, bit late to attempt re-potting, how badly will it affect things? Used Botanicare - Pure Blend “Grow” for veg and using “Bloom” now for nutes, really need to check PH but haven’t seen too many problems, and funds are super limited at present, hopefully within a few days.
The rest of the setup: using CFLs in an old cabinet, re-purposed, I have about 32"Wx22"H16"D space to work with. It’s technically an indoor grow, but the cabinet is on the back, screen room, so I’m also dealing with a bit of cold at “night”, got the timer set OFF from 6AM to 6PM to keep it warm enough in the “evening” and cool enough in “daylight”. Have 5 120mm fans running off an old computer PSU, two for exhaust, one blowing directly in (see pic) the other two are pushing air through ducting up through the floor, and two small usb fans inside for circulation. Currently I have 10x60w cfls, but if the temp outside goes much above 70F, I’ll need to use less, at the moment, it’s about 84 degrees F in there (about 60F outside). Had a bit of a cold snap, so for a few nights I covered it up, but now it’s like 40s-50s at night (when the lights are on) 70s during the day, so it’s quite manageable, hopefully it’s a mild winter, usually not too bad though. This brings me to my second question, should the weather not hold, I’m trying to think of some creative way to keep it reasonably warm in there (IE above 60F) I know incandescent bulbs can’t be used for growing, so, could one be used for heat? That is, will it mess up photosynthesis, or have no affect at all? Seems like I’d have seen the recommendation somewhere if this wasn’t a silly question, but I have to ask anyway.
Here’s what it looks like
I know it doesn’t look terribly “stealthy”, but it will pass a casual glance if it has to, mostly no one ever goes back there though, so it should be fine. No one knows about it but me (though the irony of saying that, and then posting this here, is not lost on me) so I’m not terribly concerned, smell shouldn’t be a much of a problem, since it’s technically outdoors, it’s also a fairly small plant, and so far, pretty low on the smell-O-meter, so far… lol. I don’t expect that will last. I’ve also changed a few things since these were taken, I’ll post some larger, more recent ones later, just wanted to give a rough idea what I’m working with, with this pic.
Anyhow, that’s where I’m at, I’ll post more details and pics of what I did in later posts, I’ve taken a ton because I’m really excited about how well this girl is doing, better than I expected so far. Okay, til next post,
Happy Trails all!