I've been an avid cannabis connoisseur for many years as well as my wife and I hold our medical marijuana licenses in the wonderful state of Colorado. I'm currently on a dispensary road tour here trying to check out all the medical/recreational dispensaries and get their most prized possessions and Cannabis Cup winners (got a pretty nice collection started - now I just need my own mini bud cellar!). Always had a desire to grow my own cannabis, remember taking some raggedy old bag seeds as a teen, soaking them in a paper towel and hiding it inside my parent’s pool table in the basement. Never got far. That was close to two decades ago and I finally have the means as well as live in a state that allows me carry out this wish, all good things and much blessings in time.
As I've gotten started I picked up the materials listed below. Just about to flip this grow to the flowering cycle as my SCROG screen grows in but I’m reaching a point where I need some help and input on aspects of my grow.
Many 's in advanced to everyone who comments and helps a brotha out with his first grow. I know I'm new here and might not get a bunch of love off the bat, but it’s all good - just happy to be here and get introduced to the community! Let us begin!
6 Blue Dream clones I picked up from The Clone Store in Lakewood Colorado. They were transplanted to 5 Gallon Air-pots on 6/26/14. They still have a week or two in vegetation as of 8/18/14.
- SCROG/Flowering Tent:
- Lighthouse Hydro 5x5 Grow Tent
- 2 x 600w Hortilux Super HPS Bulbs running off of
- 2 x 600w Apollo Electronic Ballasts in
- 6" Apollo Air Cool Tube Reflectors (wanted to keep the light setup cheap for first grow until I learned more. I’m digging the new LED technology)
- 5x5 PVC SCROG Net
- 720 CFM Inline Active Air 8”
- 240 CFM iPower Intake Fan 6”
- 6 x 5 Gallon Air-pots
- 6” iPower Carbon Filter
- Germination/Small Veg Tent:
- Millard 2x4 Grow tent
- 1 x Apollo 180W LED Grow Light
- 6 x 1 Gallon Air-pots or 6 x 3. Gallon Air-pots (wife loves these so we have too many – which size should I germinate with?)
- 2 x 6” Clip Fans
- 90 CFM iPower for exhaust…just popping seeds in this tent.
- 7 Feminized Purple God Bud (PGB) Seeds from The Clinic's Seed Bank on Capitol Hill in Colorado. >>More on PGB below and will create a separate journal for that grow.
- Also my wife germinates sunflower and plumeria seeds in this tent and we have a ton of fun growing together.
Fox Farm Ocean Forest
Kept nutrients simple for the first grow. Sounded like FF was an easy way to go for an entry level grower especially since I went with FFOF and not my own super soil mix. Very much will be learning much more in the way nutrients and open to any and all suggestions/recommendations.
Fox Farm Big Bloom
Fox Farm Grow Big
Fox Farm Tiger Bloom
Feeding Schedule (started out first couple weeks with half less than recommended)
Watering about every 3 days it seems at this point. Each plant gets about 3/4 gallon of water with nutes in every other watering. PH runoff tested every so often and it’s always hanging out just under 6.5. Need to set up the amount of water from 5 gallons to about 7 I'm thinking. So they don't need to drink so often? I've preformed 1 flush throughout the 7.5 week of vegetation. I always balance PH so green lines up with 6.5ish.
Temp & Humidity:
75 degrees +- 5 while lights on
63-65 Avg lights off
Low 30s humidity while lights on
Low 50s tops whiles lights of and fan running. Avg around 45.
I am fortunate to live in Colorado where it is cooler for the most part (not always) and is normally pretty darn dry. I have the grow room setup in the basement where it is extra cool and able to get it pitch black no problem. I can get the temps pretty much where I need since there is the house AC unit nearby and have ran it to grow room (pic below) if need I can kick it on for a few minutes remotely via Nest to drop a few degrees back to 75. Since I put the second 600w in that 5x5 tent the temps are a little harder to manage so I picked up some cheap cool tube reflectors. Temps stay around 75 but have gotten up to 81/82 on occasion or two but not for very long as this grow has live video feed and is monitored closely.
Setup & Details:
Pretty much a normal indoor setup outside of a few things to point out.
Added a 2x4 across the bottom of the 5x5 tent and laid over weathered plywood to allow drainage to the front of the tent for easy clean-up and maintenance. Works great. See thumbnails below
Below are some snap shots of the SCROG net. Got PVC, string and sheet metal screws. Only thing to note here is I cut the back two legs of the SCROG net by 1-1/2 inch to compensate for the drainage setup as the 2x4 in the back is 1-1/2 inches thick. Makes the net completely level across but the back plants are ever so slightly closer to the net than the front ones.
I set this up originally with the intention of time lapsing my entire grow as I have everything recording to NAS and records everything in HD. As well as have the ability to live view and see plants, temps and humidity from any phone or computer. Pretty handy. What ended up happening is this became an indispensable tool in watching and learning how my plants behave throughout the days, weeks and months. Being able to go back through the timeline and see the plants respond and correlate that with prior events has help me learn double time. Couple thumbnails below.
Application > Synology Surveillance Station
Grow Room Layout:
Couple of shots of the grow room area/Mancaveland. I can kick it here all night, it has a magical stress barrier at the entrance.
Also tried LST as I gotta start sometime may as well be now. I think I fattened up the stem too much on one plant as the whole bottom stem is super fat…not just a single knuckle. Also growing garlic as I hear that is a great natural pest repellent. Have not had any issues at this time but have heard horror stories of pests and hope to avoid as much as possible. All good so far. Thumbnails below.
Purple God Bud
Will create a separate journal but figured I’d mention it here real quick and link it in the future. Going to start about a month before harvest of the Blue Dream currently growing in this journal. Purple God Bud is a cross between Grape God Bud x Purple Urkle and is created by The Bank Cannabis Genetics here in Colorado. In reality “The Bank” is a joint venture between “The Clinic” Dispensary and Reserva Privada of Colorado. Both very reputable companies in Colorado. The Clinic Dispensary has many shops and some of the best bud quality in Colorado. This is one of their most prized possessions as well. Amazing smell, look and taste...it’s beautiful. I want to eat it every time crack open the jar. Again I’ll be linking a separate grow journal from seed on Purple God Bud. Until then took pics of my personal stash.
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