I am a newbie for growing MJ and I really don’t know if my plants are ready for pre-flowering.
Short story, during germinating I didn’t set up the light correctly, so plant were stretched really skinny and tall. After researching, I learned I can bury the stem with soil. I did just that and thereafter, my plants look healthy and growing strong. So, because of this ‘error’ at the beginning, I feel I have a few weeks behind the schedule.
The below, I note as much information as I can, so that experience growers here can guide me to do the right thing.
Strain; Banana Kush
Soil: Mixed with all-purpose potting soil (25%) + perlite (25%) + coconut coir (washed before I mixed with soil = 50%)
Potting: Home made. Just laundry basket (opening on the side and also at the bottom as well. Pick up from the Dollar Shop. Lined with garden fabrics. *** cheapest and the best pot I ever used for any kind of growing.
LIght: 2 of 300W LED full spectrum Grow lights & 1 of 450W LED Grow light directly above the plants (approx 12 inches from the top of the plants) and CFL lights - 5 (one bulb point to each plant ) of 100W daylight point to the plants at the side. (So, total 1050W LED power + 500W CFL daylight growing 5 plants)
Indoor-Basement Tent: 5’x5x’7’ Regular grow tent (clear vinyl cover) - I covered the walls, floor and ceiling with mylar grow reflector.
Fan: 2 small fan running 24/7 on low settings facing the wall + 1 OSC fan on low settings. Fans are not directly blowing to plants.
Heater: a small heater on 24/7 (small 250w power heater)
Humidifier: setup to turn on anytime as needed.
PH: 6 - 6.5
Foxfarm: Big Bloom + Grow Big - according to instruction, mix with water every other watering schedule. It comes close to 20-20-20 ratio.
No ventilation system - I just leave the door open a few mins. daily.
3-17-2018: start the germination on 3-17-2018
4-3-2018 Transfer all plants to larger pot - buried the stem.
It’s been 5 weeks today.
I am not sure if this is ready for preflower stage or not. How do you determine its cycle? What do look for?
My plants are not tall. approx 24 inches height.