So recently decided to grow my own medicine. I am a medical patient and prices at the dispensary are just getting too crazy now. Not to mention the renewal fee every 3 months to refill my prescription.
So I started doing research and watching videos and bit the bullet and got everything I would need to start to grow my own. Never grew a thing in my life but i plan to do right by these babies.
My set up is a viparspectar L2000 light, max output is 240w. I have a 4x4x6 tent with a 4in AC infinity fan and carbon filter for exhaust . 48in Tower oscillating fan for wind circulation and temperature control. and small mini fan on lower vent for intake.
Starting off with 3 white widow auto’s. Trying different methods to see what works best. After using the paper towel germination trick all 3 seeds popped within 18 hrs. One I popped directly into a 4 gallon pot with FFOF soil. Another I’m using a seed starter tray kit and will transplant to a 4 gallon pot and add Great White Mycorrhizae to the soil before transplant. The last one will be started in a cup and have Great White put directly onto the roots and soil when transplant to a 4 gallon pot as well. For the first seed i popped directly into soil i will be watering with the mycorrhizae once it’s big enough. I want to see a few things with this test…
If the plants get stunted with the transplant making it better to start directly in soil.
Which method of adding the mycorrhizae is the best. (Directly on decent size roots from the plant in the cup, or small roots from the seed starter try, or the roots that’s started directly in soil.
If they produce similar size, bud structure, and yield even though all started differently.
I will be feeding them FF big bloom on all when they are ready. Which is organic and will help feed the living soil. But i want to also try big bloom on ONE of them and see if i can manage the living soil with a non 100% organic nutrient.
Today is day one under lights since they just all popped above soil today. Also have more strains coming in soon all autos so will be updating as I add more in. Plan to put 6-7 plants in here all 4 gallon pots. Here are some pics. Any and all advice is welcomed.
Welcome to the community Bro, if your medium is the FFOF, nothing but PH water is needed for several weeks, 4-5 at least, the FF mediums are organic and have plenty of microbes and nutes to get you through pre-flower with autos and a good veg period with photos I would suggest keeping them covered with a clear dome during the germ and seedling stage. They need a lot of humidity to take in until they’re roots are established. Water in a ring about 6” around the base to force her roots to spread out and search for the water. I use recharge and Mykos but not util week 5 .
Transplanting autos for me is at week 2 from ground breaking. As far as adding the nutes, what are you using and Mykos can be used during routine feeding. Once a week works for me. My nute list is. Jacks 321, silica. Fulvic acid. Mykos and recharge. I only mix the the Jacks and silica together. I have the fulvic acid, Mykos and recharge mixed in a separate gallon. This way you can top feed the latter throughout the grow.
Thanks for the warm welcome and advice. So far it does look like the seedling starter seed is doing the best so far. So when my next batch of seeds come in i will germinate them that way.
Also I will be using the FF big three. But more so just the big bloom because it’s the only fully organic one. I’ll use the tiger bloom i was thinking 2 weeks into flower just so i don’t kill my living soil cause i read that if salt builds up it will kill off the mycorrhizae.
Sounds good, the FF nutrients suggest routine flushing with sledgehammer. That’ll definitely remove the salt built up and beneficial microbes. They also make a product called Boomerang to follow up with and additionally helps with plants under stressful conditions.
Our best laid plans, often need adjustment.
I’m on my 1st WWA grow too. I have a tent that is 24"x36"x53" or very small.
I started 3 WWA’s and transplanted into 3 gallon pots.
As the plants started to get bigger, I realized I may have bitten off more than I could chew.
What does that mean? Take a look at the 1 WWA I kept in my tent:
You don’t need that many anyways if you get nice big buds!
Can you move some of them outside? It might be getting a little late for that.
Oh, the middle pics are at day 41 from dropping the seeds in water!
Holy crap lol she is a beauty though. Well if the white widows come out like that then yeah i won’t be able to fit that many. I thought maybe 2 feet for the tallest and not that wide. Most of the autos I’ve seen on the videos I’ve watched haven’t gotten that big so that’s what i was basing my expectations from. But guess i will just have to see now after your pics. Might do a staggered grow.
Here is the link to the start of my 1st Auto grow with all the trials and tribulations up to this point.
I have put these autos through some tough times, but none got stunted. Today day 42 for those final bud pics. Means i should have another 4-6 weeks before she finishes. Can you imagine how big those buds will be after another 30-45 days??? I’m getting excited about how she might turn out!
There is much debate about how to treat Autos…
I’ve only ever done photos but plants are plants, right?
If you properly plan the structure of your plant you can really increase yields in my experience.
I basically treated her the way I would any other photo plant.
I have 10 main branches off the main root stem. All were super-cropped, note knuckles on branches.
So early on I started pruning and I FIM’ed her at the 5th node, for my 10 main branches.
So many say, you don’t do stuff like that to Autos or you’ll stunt them. WTF did I know?
I just treated her like I would any other that I wanted to maximize my bud yield from.
I’m not gonna change the way I grow because someone says “Auto this or Auto that”!
Sometimes I have to learn things the hard way, but then at least I know for sure how it goes.
So if you want your girls to look like mine than make a plan for the structure of your plants and just do it!
You could top your babies at 2 nodes and just have 4 main branches to work with. It’s up to you.
The plant will respond and grow the way you force it to go! Don’t be afraid to mess up.
You can always buy more seeds.
Topped and fim autos, you’re correct on the recovery time, not truly growth stunt just slightly delayed. I suggest topping over fimming. Autos fimmed at least in my experience are the slowest to recover and very bushy making training difficult for several weeks. I grossed over 9 zips on 4 auto skittlez in a closet 31” x 38” last run
I had not heard of FIMing before, so I thought I’d give it a shot.
But a plant that is properly FIM’ed will have 4 tops off the FIM location, correct?
Mine turned out like a typical topping with just 2 branches forming.
If I knew how to FIM correctly I’d have wound up with a dirty dozen main branches instead of 10. LOL