Hello everyone. I just joined because I got some seeds. Previously, last year around early August, a friend gave me a seedling. I still have no clue what (indica, sativa, some other fun name for some strain, etc) it is. I had to learn about nutrients, issues with fungus, and the importance of a pots that prevent a plant from becoming root bound as I went along. I even stumbled upon this very forum by doing all of this research on the fly. I’m a complete beginner.
I kept this plant my friend gave me outside for a good 4 months where it did well. I grew it in soil (steer manure) from a big box store, Home Depot. By November it was getting rather large, and the weather was getting cooler. Even by mild southern California climate standards, I know that this plant wouldn’t tolerate some of the colder winter weather.
So, I brought it inside into a part of the house which we never use, and I set up a King LED grow light unit and a GE grow light in one of the light fixtures in a bathroom of a place we use as a guest room.
It seemed to have had an incredible growth spurt under the lighting unit.
By January, leaves were falling off, which freaked me out, but then it started budding. So, I then added the nutrients from Fox Farms that you are supposed to use when it is budding. I assumed that leaves falling off was part of the budding process.
Here is where I think I hit a snag.
I don’t quite know what happened, but it seemed to have stopped budding at a certain point, and perhaps showed signs of nutrient burn or even a nutrient deficiency, at least at the tallest parts of the pant, in addition to the tips of the leaves – but this was a gradual thing. I finally realized it was basically dead by this June. I used Agromagen Growsafe for fungus control once it was inside. Another twist to all this is that my friend brought be yet another plant earlier this January that I at first thought was a seedling. It was, in fact, a severely sunlight deprived plant (my friend lives in an apartment with limited access to sunlight) that was well past the seedling stage, and it ended up issuing forth pollen (and no buds) after I put everything I could into trying to rescue it. So, that might have had something to do with the problems here. However, it didn’t issue forth pollen until last April and May.
For what it’s worth, there was some smokeable product on my first plant. It looks like the proto buds and sticky leaves will get you high. Actually, I discovered that this plant produced seeds by grinding up what I had and trying to smoke it. I have never been a big marijuana consumer or heavily into cannabis culture, so all of this is still very new to me. If anything, this all started out as a quarantine hobby.
Anyway, thanks for reading my post.
I think I am somewhat more prepared (definitely more than what I was last year), but I just need a little more advice, maybe on how not to mess this up.
So, I intend to produce seedlings by putting seeds in a glass of water by next week. I hope that trick works. I will probably place them in paper cups. I will once again be using steer manure from a big box store, if that’s okay.
I have fabric air pots/grow bags and a few air pots.
I have Fox Farms nutrients and CalMag.
I still have grow lights if I need them.
So, I am tempted to grow outside again. However, if this going to take more than 3 months before it is time to harvest, I may very well just grow indoors the whole time. I do not think this process is meant to last 10 and a half months!
Any advice on lighting hours would be helpful. At first, I tried to mimic daylight hours of when I brought it inside, but then I Increased it to anywhere between 16 and 12 hours.
So, I’m hoping to get this done right this time.
thanks in advance, Jack