My first post and I bow down at all the expertise here. Learning so much by reading from all of your experiences here - thanks so much for sharing them. I’m a newbie to growing and after deciding that it’s likely better to just start “growing and learn” than “reading about it”, I jumped in.
I’ve germinated a couple of Amnesia Haze seeds and a White Widow (second seed didn’t open) - all autoflowers from Robert.
I filled (3) three gallon pots with Fox Farm Ocean Forest soil cut with a little perlite. I put the three seeds just under the top of the soil, root down and mist/watered the soil.
I live outside Seattle and this grow is total legit so I’ll be growing outside. I may try feminized/ regular seeds in the future but I do have neighbors and I’d rather start off low key with autoflowers and see how things go.
Some questions are…
(1) I’m wondering at what point do I consider moving the plants outside? Weather here in Seattle is pretty mild, we’re just starting to hit highs of about 60, lows in the high 40s. That’s pretty chilly at night. When I do, should I use domes?
(2) Until I move them outside, how do I provide them enough light? I do have a smallish (5"X5") grow light I’ve been using to start vegetables - is that enough along with being next to a large window or do I need to buy a larger indoor setup for the first few weeks? If so, is there a size/power I should consider? I likely won’t ever need to grow more than 4 plants at a time.
(3) Do I need to be concerned about giving young plants too much sunshine or can they not get enough? Specifically - I was thinking about moving my pots out during the day (when it’s warm and sunny) and then bringing them inside overnight - we’re only talking about 3 plants so… But I don’t want to burn my babies. When would it be safe to do this?
My tentative game plan was to put them near a window, add the small grow light 24 hrs and then try to get them outside as soon as possible to use the power of sunshine to my advantage. I thought the use of clear, plastic domes might get them out there a little earlier than without but I’m all ears hoping for suggestions, criticism and questions.
Sorry for all the questions. I read as much as I could prior to asking. Seems like there are just so many variables that we all deal with.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.