Been doing a lot of pondering on maximizing my indoor stuff with efficient lighting and going with re-usable living soil, so I can mostly eliminate the expensive full line of Botanicare nutes currently used. Plus they have a shelf life. My budget is modest but I’m learning that you don’t have to spend a lot of $$$ to grow great buds!!!
Rather than do a manifold or scrog, want to do a SOG using clones from mother plants. Thinking I can do 8 plants in 2 gallon cloth pots under my QB 260 XL with a 2’ x 4’ flower footprint. That total flowering space is a 3’ x 5’ with a piece of plywood over the bathtub. It’s lined with mylar and has a panda film curtain. If I can pull 1 1/2 zips per plant, that is something like 1 gram per watt.
I’m getting a $59 30" x 18"x 36" tent today for cloning/propagation. It will go in the far side of the 5’ x 8’ bathroom across from the tub. I have a 2 lamp T5 for lighting, and made a DIY hydro cloner that can do 24 clones. Perhaps it makes sense to change the lighting here too at some point…but I have to be mindful of my modest budget.
My other space is a DIY 2’ x 4’ and 6’ closet type room. This would be for 3-4 mothers. I have a 600 watt blurple that pulls 300 watts at the wall. I can use this or was thinking of going with 1 HLG 65 V2 4000K (or different spectrum?). I can get a new one for $99 on amazon. This will save me about $26 monthly compared to the blurple. My question is will it suffice if mounted 3’-4’ feet above the mothers. It’s painted flat white with a panda film door. Thinking I want some stretch for the clones, but need to keep the mothers happy too.
For the soil, was going to start them 1/2 gallon 4"x 4" pots for a 2-3 week veg or so using a veg blended soil higher in nitrogen. Then put them into the 2 gallon cloth pots using Sub Cools organic recipe for flower (have this cooking now). Veg would be in the flower area. This is the trade off of extra run time since my veg room is keeping mothers. Will make the lactobacillus serum for a foliar spray (have a batch going now) and feed them Garrigan’s AACT tea weekly.
Getting my outdoor grow started too but that’s will be a different thread, but will be using the organic stuff and living soil I’m learning.
So…I’m tagging my mentors and friends yet again looking for a sanity check and sage advise. Even if I don’t go with this plan, it has been fun learning all this new stuff and planning it. I’ve come a LONG WAY in the 2 plus years since I started, thanks to you all and ILGM for providing this great forum and genetics. And I’ve managed to still maintain my highly trained skills of screwing my girls up too somehow