Well I suppose itís about time to start a journal.
What strain is it? Bag seed. The infamous Popcorn from Dallas. (Mid grade)
Is it in Veg or Flower stage? Itís just now germing
Indoor or outdoor? Indoor
Soil or Hydro? Soil
If soil... what is in your mix? FFOF
If soil... What size pot? 1 Ĺ gallon
Size of light? Three 30 watt CFLís. 6400K, 4100K, and 2700K
Is it aircooled? Yes. Though I wouldnít use the word ďcoolĒ.
Temp of Room/cab? Day 80 *F Night 74*F
Any Pests ? Not yet.
How often are you watering? Germing
Type and strength of ferts used? None
Number of plants. Just ONE. (I know, I know, 50% chance this will be a waste of time)
Ok, thatís out of the way. I have pictures! :D
Howís this for stealth?
The box is made from 3 paper boxes. I cut slits in the sides so they interlock. Itís surprisingly sturdy. Then I sealed it with lots of duct tape. The size of the interior of the box is... 11.5" x 17" x 31"
120mm 80CFM PC fan attached to the lid, sucking air out. When the plant starts to smell Iím going to tape a charcoal filter over it. There are Holes on each side near the bottom for inlets.
I originally had foil lining the entire box, but when I read it was bad, I borrowed some of my roomyís printer paperÖ he wonít miss it.
The 3 light clutter socket I bought.
Lights hang from a shoelace :P
Testing the rig out with bulbs from my room lights.
Inside look. The foil is torn out now, only paper remains.
Light reflector I made.. turned out to be a waste of time and a heat trapper.
In my first attempt at germing I tried the paper towel method. I waited 9 days with not even a crack and thought the seed was bad. I cracked it open, expecting to see some nasty decomposed plant matter, only to find a perfect little baby seedling inside. I felt so bad for killing it (probably)! I went ahead and germed another seed, this time I tried soaking it for 24 hours in 1 cup of distilled water w/ ľ teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. I did the same with the one I most likely killed, in a separate cup. I boiled water (in the microwave) in each cup to sterilize. After 24 hours I transplanted both to their permanent home. I only expect 1 to make it. The seed I started germing w/ the soaking method (the one I did not break open) was not cracked after 24 hours, but it was sitting at the bottom of the cup.
I covered the bottom holes with some rocks I got by a river. I boiled them for sterilization.
Seed(s) planted. Soil watered. I put a plastic bag over and squirted some water in every few hours. My poor man humidity dome. Time to wait. Or not. After 2 days I became anxious and wanted to know how the seeds were doing so I started digging around. I couldnít find the one I broke, but I found the other. WITH A LIL ROOT COMING OUT! I donít think Iíll ever try the paper towel method again.
Got my lights theyíre 30 watt. Each put out 2000 lumen. Iíll have 6000 lumen for a 1.35 sq ft space.
You like this pic? I do It lets you see the light spectrum of each bulb.
God those lights are bright! Seriously I canít look inside for long because it hurts my eyes. This picture was taken during the day with light coming in threw the windows. Btw this is not the final location for the box. Just doing some testing
Speaking of testing, time to mention the temp issue. Iím not sure if my thermometer is accurate, it seems to read a couple degrees to hot... Either way, my room temp during the day stays about 78-82 degrees. At night it slowly drops to about 73-76. I did some temp testing during the day. The bottom of the box is at 86 degrees with everything running and a few inches away from the lights it reaches 90-95 degrees. Am I going to be alright? I sure hope so. The box is very dark on the inside during the day so Iím leaning towards running the lights at night.
Well thatís it for now. I still have the pot by the window. As soon as a seedling sprouts Iíll put it inside my box and throw the lights on it.