Well, it begins here fairly soon. I am deciding upon which two strains I want to grow and I have it narrowed down to LSD and Amnesia Haze. I am scouring around for ANY down-to-earth reviews regarding if the addition of the Ruderalis genetics has a significant impact on the potency/effectiveness of the cerebral effects or not and barring that, if I should jump into the water with both feet and try a feminized batch rather than an autoflower.
That aside, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of what I am going to be working with.
Basic Setup Logic
After dredging around, I got turned on to the AC Infinity line of products and for the most part, that is what I am going to be running with for the majority of the guts and bolts of my setup.
AC Infinity 2x4. I chose this size simply due to the size constraints of my living space. A townhouse shared by two roommates leaves me with essentially my own room to cultivate in and little else. What influenced my decision on the tent was the fact that it seemed to be made of quality materials and durable enough to give me peace of mind.
1x AC Infinity S6 as intake.
1x AC Infinity T6 as exhaust
1x AC Infinity 6" Carbon filter so my room doesn’t smell like Bob Marley, Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg and Cheech & Chong has taken up residence with me.
This combination was chosen simply because I like the idea of being able to utilize the controller packaged with the T6 and have both fans working on the same hub to help control tent temperatures.
1x Yintatech 600w grow light with UV/IR spectrums.
This part is what had me all boogered up. Budget semi-factored in, but the fact it touts to do a complete spectrum and was reasonably priced definitely influenced the decision. To the best I am able to understand, the 600w light seems that it will be plenty beefy enough to handle the smaller tent size I am working with. I am absolutely open to suggestions and advice as to what I should upgrade into if the general consensus among you veterans concludes I could do better.
1.5 cubic ft. bag of Foxfarm Ocean Forest
To the best of my research, this seems to be an all-around solid soil and from what I’ve read, it carries enough nutrients to cater to the needs of the plants for the first 30 days or so.
Five pack of 3 gallon Vivosun grow bags
Again, research lead me to feel confident that 3 gallon smart pots would be sufficient for what I am looking to do. While I was tempted to go with the 5 gallon option, it seemed to me that the 3 gallon size would keep things a bit more manageable for me with my first time grow.
1x 32oz Liquid nutrient trio from Foxfarm: Grow Big, Tiger Bloom and Big Bloom
1x 1qt of Cal-Mag Plus
This seems like a solid baseline to work from in terms of keeping my plants nourished. I am completely open to advice regarding a feeding schedule and how this particular aspect of growing works. I was also looking at the option of going with the trio pack from Foxfarm consisting of Open Sesame, Cha-Ching and Beastie Blooms. I have no idea if they can be used interchangeably or if one would perform better than the other. Advice in this matter would be warmly regarded!
Optional Bits-n-Bobs (not yet acquired)
Inkbird Humidity Controller
c02 generator - Though elsewhere on this forum I got turned on to the idea of mixing baker’s yeast and brown sugar in a 1/2 gallon milk jug to produce c02 for the ladies to gorge on.
Because I am now fortunate enough to work from home, I would have the time to dedicate to keeping attention to the plants far more closely. Right now the biggest questions I possess are
- Is the light I’ve chosen sufficient enough to get the job done properly?
- Of the two nutrient trio packs I mentioned, which is the better one to hedge my bets on or are both recommended?
- Are the optional pieces necessary?
- In my 2x4 grow space, should I begin with two plants or three?
- How best to start my seeds? I know soak them in a cup of water in a dark location, but after they pop, what kind of seedling medium do I transfer them into before homing them in the three gallon pots?
I know I am going to make mistakes. That’s okay, it’s part of the learning process. I just want to make sure that I’ve got all my ducks in a row and am going into this properly prepared before I pull the trigger on purchasing seeds. I am not looking to produce huge quantities. I just want what is produced to be at least decent quality.