As stated, this is my first grow. Any feedback is welcomed. I’ve done a lot (a LOT) of research so hopefully, I’m doing ok.
I got the seeds (White Widow, photoperiod) way sooner than I expected (I was expecting 1~2 weeks, they came in 3 days) and wanted to get started. So, I went to Walmart and got a storage container and an extremely cheap “grow light”. Yes, apparently Walmart sells grow lights? It was stupidly cheap, like $13 or something. The label says it’s 15W. It actually looks pretty bright but it appears to be just 2 wavelengths. It’s fine for germination but there is no way anything would grow under it. I got some stretch but not as bad as I’ve seen people post about when using no lights, so it does help and it uses less power than a white LED/CFL bulb.
I started off germinating 2 seeds on 11/09 in peat pellets. The first one popped 11/14, the second never popped. I tried removing it from the pellet and soaking it, still didn’t pop. Dud I guess since the other popped in the same conditions.
At this point, I still didn’t have a tent, so when I started to get some true leaves I went back to Walmart and got a larger container, a mylar tent, a power strip, and some other stuff (see pic) and built this:
This solved my heat problem, actually a little too well. I had to keep the lid propped open or it would get way too hot. The biggest downside of this setup was that my house has low humidity, as in I struggle to keep it above even 30%, so the moisture evaporated very quickly. This led to a very big issue, I had to keep checking it every few hours. Eventually, I removed one of the bulbs and that made it so I didn’t have to keep up as much.
At this point I got my actual grow light (listed below) and temporarily set it up in my closet (using the remains of that mylar tent).
So, you may notice there’s another plant in this picture. When the light and air pots came I went to the store to get soil. When I got back I prepped the closet. Notice I never said, “checked on the seedling”… yeah. The peat pellet dried out. Completely. As in hard as a rock. I thought for sure I killed it. I immediately rehydrated it. I figured I might as well just transplant it and see what happens, so I did. I also started another seed because I figured that this one was as good as dead.
Because it’s off season for growing here (it’s winter, sub-freezing temperatures) I had a very limited selection. I went with Miracle-Gro “Nature’s Care”. Yes, I know Miracle-Gro is a horrible brand, but it was this or paying $40/bag for soil online. I watched some videos on YouTube said that the Nature’s Care line wasn’t horrible and had very little nutrition in it, so I went with it. I did add a bunch of perlite.
Anyway, I’m glad I didn’t give up on the little girl because she didn’t suffer at all. In fact, 4 days later I had new leaves…
I finally got my grow tent and various supplies…
- 8x4 grow tent
- Currently using a VIPARSPECTRA 450W light, plan to upgrade this soon to 2 or 3 dimmable 1200W - advice on this is most welcome
- fox farm dirty dozen nutrients
- the iPower 6" fan/filter combo with a fan controller
- some 6" clip fans
- standard home oscillating fan (plan to switch over to a tower fan soon to save space)
- standard home humidifier
- power strip, timers, etc
She’s doing well…
That’s today! Ok, we’re caught up to the present now.
So, there we are. How am I doing?
I’m am having some issues with the tent, the sides are caving in a bit because of the vacuum. Even turned all the way down this fan can really move air. I’m looking at getting a 4" inline-style fan to use as an intake to help alleviate that but I’m not sure.