First time grower, been reading ILGM since day 1 and have read lots of helpful information so far. The best advice I’ve read on this forum is KISS. I’m 9 weeks into vegetative stage and started growing outdoors. Other than water, food, x1 Topping each, and lots of Northern California sunlight, these beauties have been in cruise control. But after a local move recently, I was forced by SO to move them into a shed out back. I have my oasis set up now, but have some questions about transitioning to flower and the flowering process.
My Main Questions-
- Can I switch to flower 12/12 light schedule yet/have these been in veg long enough (8.5 weeks outdoors)?
- Should I start adding flower nutes (FF Trio) before or after the switch?
- When should I switch the light spectrum and turn on red/turn off blue?
- Starting to get little bugs in the shed (not on the plants yet since I raised them off the ground in containers). Bought some food grade DE, arriving today. Any tips?
I would appreciate any feedback on the current grow and any other tips for switching to flower, flowering, and eventually harvest/curing.
Here is a quick timeline of my first grow:
4/9 Dropped 6 unknown hybrid bag seeds into water (all sprouted but 1 was a runt and didn’t make the cut when going indoors)
4/10 Tap roots start showing and put into coconut coir starter pots with fox farms soil
4/16 seedlings start to sprout, starter pots put into 1L plastic containers (+ drainage holes)
5/5 started FF Nutes. B.B. and GB at half strength
5/16 transplanted into 3gal diy fabric pots, (made from double wrapped sterilization wraps-antibacterial, highly permeable/breathable, retain waters/slow drainage) with soil from same FF bag
6/11 Begin Low Stress Training with twist ties from grocery store and binder clips
6/17 Move plants indoors into a 4’Lx5’Wx7’’H shed. Light tight with duct tape, cardboard, and lining. Used extra kitchen tiles for flooring. Looks great and helps keep shed cool? Plants placed in large plastic bins and elevated on single layer of bricks. Growing area is 3.5’x3.5’.
PH: Used pH strips at beginning with pH ~6-7. Just recently bought a digital pH sensor. Found pH of tap water 8.0, so have been adjusting to 6.8 with pH down after nutes.
Nutes: slowly worked way up to full strength FF BB (6tsp/gal) and GB (2tsp/gal), every other watering, tap water.
Temperature and humidity
Climate: Northern California-Central Valley
Early morning 6am (indoor climate 68*, 58%)
Daytime hottest around 5pm (91*, 29%)
Lights: 600W LED at 24” above canopy on blue/white/IR wavelengths for now. 18/6 timer. Scheduled to turn off (1300-1900) during hottest time of day (1700).
Ventilation: 6in 400CFM in-line exhaust fan with speed controller running at medium speed, passive air intake, both vents are at top of shed so I used ducting to bring the cooler intake to the bottom, 23’ oscillating tower fan to circulate air.