This is my first post, so please bare with me. There’s a few reasons I’ve joined this forum:
•Since finding a lot of information on ilgm you guys (me too now) have seemed to be friendly and helpful.
•I unfortunately haven’t found the specific info I’ve been looking for
Lil background - I’m based in South Africa, specifically the Western Cape.
I enjoy smoking but have fell in love with the idea of growing and smoking my own stuff. I really don’t smoke that much, like once/twice a week(work sadly takes preference) so I really only plan to grow one or two plants at a time.
I pay about 1.85ZAR/0.16USD per Kwh
Cash isn’t too much of a restraint but I’d like to not have to fork out too much in startup costs and also electricity on the monthly.
Sorry for the long story, here’s my queries(sorry I won’t be converting to imperial from here on out):
•I guess the 1st which may be the silliest. With me being in a fairly sunny country in the southern hemisphere but obviously going into winter would a seed just dropping a tap root now get enough sun to grow into a healthy plant? Winter in the Western Cape (usually) gets a lot of rainfall and drops to a minimum of about 8°c
•I plan to build a grow box 1.5m high by 0.5m wide by 0.5m deep (0.25m2) - how many plants could I fit in this area? The seeds are a Cheese strain but I can’t seem to gaugehow high these plants grow. I can ofcourse Scrog/train etc to keep their height in check but I would like to limit advanced techniques especially being for my 1st grow.
•would one MH 160w suffice for my whole grow? Must these bulbs be clear glass or is coated just as good? (Im struggling to find clear MH bulbs)
•Would 3 x 60watt cfl work just as well? I can change the cfls in veg & flowering (I.e. cool white to day light) I’d much prefer to use cfl if I can but all depends on the number i need.
• the volume of my grow box is going to be about 0.38m3 will 2 standard PC fans be sufficient for air flow?
•This grow will be in soil, what is the reason for carbon filters? There really won’t be much manure in the soil.
Thank you guys in advance for any advice you may give.
Keep it fresh!