That must have been a long day - but satisfying when done. Congrats on getting them all down, they look fantastic and I bet all 4 will be great bud.
The Final Update
There were a couple things I set out to do when making this thread and I think I achieved more than I expected. It's amazing to think of where I was at two years ago, wondering how to even grow these plants. I really strive for perfection and I got really frustrated at one point that I couldn't get 4 perfect plants in a grow. I almost walked away from journaling once or twice and things became very repetitive for me (I'm a little hard on myself can you tell?). Creating my new journal was a very smart thing as I already have a good mix of new faces and old faces. It is very intimidating starting to dive in to a 100 page thread. I felt like I was being limited on what I could teach because I already have probably shown how to do it 3 or 4 times and didn't want to repeat.
I also have done some tweaking but there is no major changes that I have done in the last year. I have fiddled around on revamping my feed schedule and determined that the most important thing I've been able to show people is the Quadline. That training method has really taken off. I'm going to really focus on that going forward as that is something anyone can do in any medium. It's applicable to everyone.
All in all most of my grows yielded between 13-14 ounces and every grow kept getting better and better quality as I fiddled more and more. My new journal will have all those tinkerings in it but I really feel like I am at a point now where there is little experimenting left. It's a good time to close this one out as this was my "fine tuning" journal. I just don't know where I can improve to get better results. I need to focus more on genetics now and making sure I am only growing the best of the best. I have the tents and space to grow mothers and clone them and I need to take advantage of that to make sure all of my grows end up with 4 perfect plants. Main problem is that I still have about 50 strains to try in my seed box and you never know what you are going to get if it isn't a clone of a plant that is already doing incredible. I may start doing some breeding and I will start growing CBD strains so I can add topicals and creams to my repertoire.
This journal has allowed me to get close to quite a few of you guys. I feel like if I was in your guys' neck of the woods that I would go out of my way to try and meet up to say hello and I am totally not like that. I really appreciate everyone who followed along and stuck this long journal out. I've really enjoyed being involved in other peoples journals. My ultimate goal for starting this thing was to pass on the knowledge that I have discovered and I get way more excited for everyone else's updates than doing my own at this point. It's like a proud papa. I really thought maybe one or two people might try out my ways but I never thought I'd get this kind of a response. I appreciate all the questions people have asked and keeping this thing fun. I'd say that the people that follow this journal and interact with each other in other threads are a pretty cool group of people. It's great to see everyone helping each other out and encouraging each other all time. Hopefully anyone who was a part of this journal at least learned something while they were here. That's a win in my books.
Hope to see you all in my new thread : Ase's Multi-strain Quadlining in Coco
Hey Ase,One of the most frequently asked questions in growing period is about nutrients. You could constantly chase your tail trying to find the right way to use nutrients. In my opinion nutrients are necessary but not as important as environment or light. Both environment and light can change the amount of nutrients your plant needs but the nutrients can't say the same about effecting the other two. It is still important to get the nutrients schedule correct but the hard part is everyones grow area is different, requiring different needs for the plants. Learning about nutrients is something worth doing. It's eye opening. I tried to follow people's schedules and realized I never fully understood what I was giving my plants and at what stages they needed boosts or decreases in certain nutrients.
With that being said I use GH products for now. It's the 3 part series as a base with cal-mag. I run a few additives as well. I might add one or two more to the lineup but am really happy with all these. They are affordable and I get very good results.
Here is my feed schedule. If I decide to veg longer then I will just follow week 5's veg nutrients until ready. With that being said, you have to learn how to read your plants. different strains use different levels of each nutrient. Some of them drink more than others. This is just my rough guide.
I also pre-treat any coco that I use with a soaking of 1-1-1 N-P-K and a PPM of around 350 with cal-mag being about 150. Aways pretreat your coco and soak it. Coco is a medium with nothing in it. If you give your plant nothing it will not like it! This is one of the most common problems when transplanting or even from growing the seed from the beginning. The plant needs calcium and it can't get any unless the coco has some sort of nutes loaded into it. I also sprinkle Great White on the roots when I transplant to help the roots not miss a beat when transplanting and hopefully causing little stress when transplanting.
I water with nutes everyday and I usually mix up 5 gallons each time and then use that to water for a couple days. In the beginning I try to keep the coco relatively damp and not saturated. I am a firm believer that roots want to go exploring and if they are have enough water then they won't. A larger root mass means a larger plant and more bud potential. I run a drain to waste system by hand feeding but I don't always want to see runoff. In the first weeks of veg I get very little runoff ever. As the plants get larger and enter vigorous veg I start to get runoff every few waterings. By the time they are late veg/early flower I am watering twice a day. The first watering I don't want runoff and usually if I give the same amount a while later it will cause just a little runoff. This happens daily, by now the roots have filled the pot and the plant should be focusing on bud swelling.
Once a week I water to runoff of about 30% just to flush out any buildup of salts. I usually will only water once the next day to keep things from over-saturating. You will not kill your plants by overwatering in coco but you can do damage to the roots if they are constantly soaked. The very last week I flush the plants about 7 days before I want to pull them and use Florakleen and ph to 5.8. I measure runoff until it is the same as what is coming out and then from there on out I water as needed with regular, unPH'd water until the end. The Florakleen breaks down any remaining salts and the water flushes them out. By PH'ing to 5.8 it allows the plant to grab anything else it needs before I lock it out with regular water so it can finish.
The best way to determine how much to water is to pick your whole plant up right after you give it a full watering (with some drainage coming out the bottom). Use that as your gauge for how much the plant needs. I like to keep my plants to where they are asking for water a little bit everyday. The pots are usually pretty light when I pick them up. I noticed in my last grow the saturation of roots happened at the bottom of the pots mainly. I am using Hydroton this time to prevent that.
My water is a ppm of 34, which is great. I make beer as well and we are known for having some of the best water. In coco it is essential to always keep cal-mag levels at a certain base. Plants in coco use a lot of both. I fill my 5 gallon bucket with water and then add cal-mag until my PPM is 200. After that I add nutes to hit the PPM for the week using the N-P-K ratios listed in the table. These ratios are based on what the plant needs at given points in the 9 week flower lifecycle.
This is why understanding your nutes is important. The guides on bottles do an OK job of getting a plant to grow minus the fact that you should always cut back 1/2 or 1/3 on what is recommended. Their ratios are also ok but won't produce the best results. The Lucas Formula is the same thing. It's a good idea to learn using these guides but ultimately they aren't ideal. I've combined everything I've read and tried and this is the best for me and what I use.