Hi, I’m a first time grower and I was wondering if you could look over my shopping list and tell me what you’d do differently and also if there’s something I could save some money on?
My goal for the first grow is to get buds ASAP so I don’t have to keep spending money on medicine while I’m growing my own. I’ve got some GDP seeds inbound (the purple mix). I want to grow one plant at a time, using these things:
My priorities are speed to harvest and potency, anything over 30 grams is gravy
I also don’t want to waste money on something today if I’m going to end up replacing it shortly down the road.
I would ditch the Kind soil and coco and go for Fox Farm Happy Frog. It is a great soil and it’s good for beginners because it isn;t so hot. You’ll want to add a fertilizer combo such as the Fox Farm trio.
It’s a pretty good list. You’ve done your homework.
I would upgrade from the sf1000 to an hlg 135 r spec for 17 dollars more with code “dude” and you are gonna be tight on vertical space. You lose the pot height, hanging height for the light, and the plants can’t grow right into the light or they burn. You are going to have like a foot and a half to work with. I bought the same pH pen and tds meter you are looking at. Tds meter seems fine a month later. The pH pen already crapped out i’m back to the liquid drops for testing lol.
Get the apera ph20 for 50$. You end up spending 50 with that vivosun set because you need to buy calibration fluid and storage solution. You’ll end up being able to make those last a year at most I hear. But the 50$ apera comes with everything you need and lasts for a long time from what I’ve seen. I just got mine and am excited to use it. The TDs meter can be cheap though. Just need to know you’re ppms are high or low. Don’t need to know them exactly right now starting. And agreed with @Eagles009 get the hlg, cost a little more but more efficient. Meaning it’ll work a lot better.
Like others said, upgrade the ph pen to Aperia or equal. 20x20 tent will only grow one plant efficiently. I do a 2x4x5 and fill it with one plant. If noise is an issue that vivosun fan will be very loud, look at the ac infinity brand.
Welcome to the community ! Please don’t buy a cheap pH meter buy one you can depend on apera or bluelab either one will do a good job. The ipower exhaust fan will do a good job, if you are worried about odor the filter not so good.
Is 30g going to last you at least 3 months? That’s about the absolute fastest you can grow a plant. If not you may want to look into a 2x4 tent and double the amount of plants you can grow. Or another small tent for veg so you can veg a plant while one is flowering. Then when the flowering plant finishes you can send another into flower cutting time between harvests to 2-2/1/2 months
ILGM: Purple mix (GDP will be first)
Tent: 24 x 24 x 60 (Hydro Crunch)
Light: EVQ QBS1000 (Samsung & Meanwell)
Canopy fan: USB oscillating that can mount to a tent pole
Intake fan: 4" USB
Exhaust fan (adjustable), filter, RH monitor, duct / tstat: iPower combo kit
Pot: 3 gallon fabric (HGT) (+ saucer)
Soil: Kind Soil (went back to it after reading KIND Soil Grow. Let's see if it's all they claim - #453 by Cannabian) + Coco Loco medium
PH Meter: Apera $50 tester
PH Up: Food grade potassium bicarbonate (4oz)
PH Down: Food grade citric acid (4oz)
Security: Luggage lock for tent zipper, door locks
All in it’s less than $550, saving this much money on medicine for less than what I spend in two months is literally going to help my family. The only thing I’ll need to buy more of is (that I can think of at the moment) is soil.
Everything is inbound, I’m going to make a grow journal. After reading a bit more about the strain specifics and the KIND grow journal I’m even more stoked!