I’m new here thought I’d sign up to get some advice from more experienced growers and share my experience.
I just built my grow room and I’m 5 weeks in to my first grow.
I started with two clones and then purchased some seeds and started another two - this may cause me problems with height later when I need to switch to flower.
Here are some pics of where I’m at currently.
This is where I started two T5’s
Then I built my grow room
Re potted and started low stress training
I unfortunately found that the clones I purchased from the dispensary had an powdery mildew infection,
I researched options to kill the pm infection- I ended up using Safers Defender
Unfortunately the mix I made was way to strong and severely burnt the plants
But thankfully they recovered
I got my nutrients and started a feeding program
I bought a cheap PH test kit to get a rough idea of my PH after mixing my nutrients- I was around 5.5
I started training them more aggressively
I finally received my seeds that I ordered from Old school breeders association Shop - Old School Breeders Association
I however do not suggest purchasing from them as their customer service is terrible and their advertised promotions are a lie - I will talk more on their terrible customer service later.
I germinated my seeds in a damp paper towel inside a ziplock bag.
One of them failed to germinate and I had to start another.
Planted them in smaller pots and watered with plain tap water.
The clones I planted in a mix of coco and soil
The new seedlings I germinated I planted in a peatmoss, perlite, coco and sea soil mix
When I repotted my seedlings the roots looked good
I used 7 gal soft pots for the seedlings to help prevent root rot
I was having trouble keeping humidity in my grow room so I ordered a humidifier -
TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier
I got tired of filling it so I modified the reservoir with a float valve
Finally got my humidity in a descent range
Now to address the dropping night time temperatures
I ordered a heater from amazon:
Honeywell HZ-7300C Digital heater.
I was able to keep the temps reasonably constant when the light turned off.
I am running a 18 - 6 light schedule but my basement gets pretty cold without the heat of the 1000watt Metal Hailide.
I installed a sink with a pump to pump the waste water to my drain line from the grow room.
I purchased a 3ft x 3ft drainage tray from
Pacific Northwest Garden Supply - those guys are awesome, friendly, knowledgable customer service
I installed a condensate pump to pump all the waste nutrients to the sink I installed.