Firstly Hello All, and Thank You for having me here in the community.
A bit about myself, I’m a newb with no previous experience growing weed, I do have reasonable hort experience though. The timing for starting this adventure is pretty random, I felt the project itch and its something I’ve wanted to try, so here we are; hindsight I’d have started earlier. oh well. Anyways, round about way of saying, I know I’m making mistakes, I’ll fix them where I can, but please don’t be too hard on me as I’m still learning . All feedback is appreciated though. So here I go.
May 22nd - My two ladies (Fem’d) were germinated in wet paper towel, and took about a day to crack they shell. They were then planted in solo cups (May 24th) with enriched organic potting soil, and starting spending time by a sunny window.
Plant #2 surfaced on May 25th and #1 on the day after. Despite being from the same variety, already #2 is growing larger.
Note; I typically water before I take pics, hence the soil looking moist. I have been working hard to follow the guides on watering (finger knuckle deep dampness test). I was using a small spray bottle for the seedlings, and graduated to a watering can for later. Local water PH is around neutral 6.5-7 before adding things.
I realized that my sunny window wasn’t providing nearly the number of hours recommended for a grow, nor the intensity. #2 always the more aggressive is was getting stretchy. So I put together a seedling incubator box to try and get things on track with the idea that I would transfer them to outdoors growing. A pretty common strategy I appreciate.
For interest, lighting is 2 x 6" 13w 4k LED ‘pot’ lights () plug wired with a timer. Sides are lined with aluminium foil, and the top with the lights is movable so I set the height to be as close as possible to the top of the seedling where my hand was comfortable for 30+ seconds. Completely a cobbled together from the junk pile, but they loved it a seemed to be growing well!
Lighting was set for 18/6, temp is 75-77F (lights on) at the top of the plants, humidity was 65-70%. Later I moved them to 20-4 timing.
June 13th - the leaves were starting to reach the outside edge of the solo cup, so I transplanted them to 2g fabric grow bags. Added extra perlite for additional drainage. #2 was set deeper to compensate for some of the stretch, although I strongly suspect its somewhat genetic as it continues to outpace #1.
The girls are now outdoors during the daytime and seem to be very happy! In their current location they get direct sun from 1030am-5pm roughly. I’ve been bringing them inside once they are in the deep evening shade so they spend the rest of the time (5 hours morning, 5 hours evening) under the ‘pot’ lights.
Grow bags are shielded from direct sun with a pair of bottom cut plant pots and about 1.5" of mulch. 30+ C yesterday and the soil stayed nice and cool throughout, so I’m satisfied they’re safe, also not loosing a ton of water unnecessarily.
Got a surprise this morning, #2 had grown so much (>1") over night that it touched the surface of its light. Nothing burned as they’re not that hot, but a little crinkled due to the proximity. I’ll have to raise the lights before I put them back this evening.
When they get to about 12" tall i’ll transplant them into their final home which are 10g fabric pots.
Currently I’m soak watering the plants when dry but before any wilt, and I’m using a generic 10-15-10 liquid nutrient at 3/4 strength. Doesn’t seem to change the PH of the water much.
Appreciated for following along so far and for any thoughts. I’ll circle back and provide updates.