Hi all. I am a new to the forum and totally wish I had found it before I started my seeds 6 weeks ago. I posted this in another section and someone suggested I do my own grow journal, so here I am posting it again and would love advise, suggestions, comments.
The past few days I have been browsing different topics and realize I have much to learn. This is technically my second grow but last year I just flew by the seat of my pants with my gardening knowledge and l had some success but know I can do better. Since the whole point of my doing my own grow was to save money and not have to go to the dispensary I want to make the most of this grow. I have 3 each of White Widow, Northern Lights, Amnesia Haze and Blueberry. These were all germinated with a 24 hour soak and then put into organic soil on 3/26/17. All 12 sprouted and were looking good. Last year I didn’t use any lights but this year I bought a small LED and they were under that until the day light savings time switch and then I didn’t think i really needed them especially since they will be going outside. But the lower leaves have started to yellow and dry out, and some are growing tall and lanky while others are not. I will post a few pics so you can see. One of the Amnesia Haze I think I might lose all together as the yellow is climbing and then the top of it broke this morning - although I just noticed there are a couple of new shoots right where it broke so maybe there is hope. I will leave it’s fate to the MMJ gods and do my best to help it along. Anyway, at first I thought I was overwatering and it has been raining here in the north east for weeks with day after day of gray cool gloominess. I put them back under the lights today because I think lack of sun is part of the issue. I also am trying to fix the ph as my soil is about 7.5 which is too high from what I have read. I also didn’t realize I should test the ph of my water so I will start doing that as well. It was also suggested I may be root bound so to repot.
My main question originally was how can I get my plants to be bushier with more yield? I am nervous about topping and think I may be too late for that. But I guess no guts, no glory right. Any insight would be appreciated.
My second question now that the suggestion of repotting has been made is what are people thoughts on putting the plants right in the ground vs in 5 gallon pots. Last year I planted them right in my veggie garden intermingled with my tomato plants. They did pretty well, but now that I am reading so much about monitoring the ph and nutrients etc if it’s easier to control that in pots vs mother earth. Thoughts?
Here are some pics:
Sorry they are kind of hard to see. I will have to find a wall to put them in front of.
This is the Amnesia Haze before it lost it’s top this morning. I guess technically I did top one of them right?
This is after…with new shoots. But the yellow and brown leaves break my heart.
Some of the others look better, but not great and the different sizes within the same strain amazes me.
That’s all for today. Happy growing!