I’ve started another grow- 5 Jack Herer Fem.
I want to cover more detail in this grow, pertaining to seeds & soil prep.
I drop seeds in Ph’d water January 26, 2018
They all absorbed the water & sank to the bottom of the cup.
I left them there until they grew tails:
Once they all sprouts I planted them in Seed Starter, this is important as I’ve tried going into Fox Farm soils and lost seeds because the soil was too hot for them. I intentionally do not fill the plastic pots all the way, so I can add additional soil as they grow, to help stabilize the young seedling until I can get a fan on them & strengthen their stem.
I use a pencil to make small holes for the seeds
Once they are in the soil, I give them a light watering with a pray bottle, using only Ph’d water to 6.5.
I keep the seeds in a dome to keep the humidity level up.
I leave the dome under 2 60 watt equivalent CFL bulbs, with light on 24 hours a day.
The seeds have all popped out of the soil
I only water with water from a spray bottle while they are in the dome. keeping Ph to 6.5
They are maturing to little seedlings. I’ve had to raise the dome top with popsicle sticks because they have grown a little too tall for the top.
Moved the tray of seedling to the tent under a Viparspectra 600 watt grow light, with only the grow button on.
February 25: Transplant day
I am transplanting them into 5 gallon fabric pots.
Using Fox Farm Happy Frog & Ocean Forest Soils.
I feel this is one of the most important parts of a grow, as good soil composition will make for a healthy and successful grow.
I layer the soil in the fabric pot, using 2:1 ratio Ocean Forest to Happy frog on the bottom layer.50/50 mix of HP & OF for the middle layer & 2:1 ratio of HP to OC for the top layer. I mix the soils together in a pot adding in Perlite for drainage & Mykos for root development.
I use more perlite on the bottom layer(4-5 hand fulls) to avoid it become compact as the grow progresses, and decrease the perlite as I go up. This isn’t a proven method but one I believe has merit.
Here is the soil getting mixed up for one of the bottom layers
I mix it up & then add the Mykos:
Once I get to the top layer, I set the seedling to be transplanted on the soil (in her plastic pot) & fill the top layer around it. This makes it easier to place the seedling into the soil without disrupting the roots
Before planting her, I add a last sprinkle of Mykos in the bottom hole for her roots.
I carefully take out the seedling from the plastic pot by holding it upside down in my hand & gently removing the pot
Here is one of them in her forever home during this grow
I give them all a light watering with Ph’d water & put them back in the tent under lights.