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Hyena's Never-Ending Adventures In Growing

PGA Caddie

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Hey brother, your grow is looking excellent... Been trying to figure out how your new set up works. Is it a RDWC? I'm sure its fairly simple but I don't quite understand by the pics. Looks like a crazy octopus thingy... Your dutch bucket set up in the "secret grow lab" worked so well why did you decide to change it up?

On another note....I was approved for my "Med Mary Jane Card" today. Still got to file the paperwork BS with the state of MO but I like the direction it's headed. The thought of growing my own cannabis without fear of being locked up sounds really f..ing good to me.

I'm sitting here with all my beans spread out on my desk trying to figure out which ones to pop...Its going to take at least three more miller lites and some NL to get the clarity I need.

Supposed to be 82 here in MO today...My course is under water and has been closed all last week. its open today but i'm not sure If I want to wade the mud or not. Probably not...

- Caddie
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multiVortex

Grow Journal of the Month: Mar 2020
On another note....I was approved for my "Med Mary Jane Card" today. Still got to file the paperwork BS with the state of MO but I like the direction it's headed. The thought of growing my own cannabis without fear of being locked up sounds really f..ing good to me.

Great!

If you need a hand or something, hit me up. We're not far away, I'm guessing.
 

Hyena Merica

Creme de la Creme Photos: Nov 2016, Jan, April & July 2017 - Grow Journal of the Month: May 2018
Hey brother, your grow is looking excellent... Been trying to figure out how your new set up works. Is it a RDWC? I'm sure its fairly simple but I don't quite understand by the pics. Looks like a crazy octopus thingy... Your dutch bucket set up in the "secret grow lab" worked so well why did you decide to change it up?
- Caddie
Hey Caddie, my setup is a flood-and-drain. I love the Dutch bucket setup but for it to work properly the buckets must be above the reservoir. I was going smaller in the attic so giving away those 24 vertical inches didn't hurt but in my 10x10 tents I need all the vertical space so flood and drain is the best way.

It's a great system. There's a nice big reservoir barrel and four times a day it floods the buckets to about 2/3, soaks for 15 minutes, then drains it all back. Works very reliably and very few issues plus easy to maintain. I can leave my grow totally alone for up to a week and everything is automatic. The only limitation is the size of the reservoir! The plants root balls sit in a fabric liner "bag" which fits the 5-gallon buckets and the water goes through it, so it keeps the water very clean and adjustments needed to the reservoir are minimal. I had my doubts about leaks and such but I haven't had a drop, the rubber grommets and buckets are well thought out and both my 12-bucket systems have, so far, been great. If there ever was a major leak (there's no pressure anywhere so it's hard to see how a major leak could occur) but if there ever was one the dual liners of my tents would contain a LOT of fluid.

It's awesome to have the confidence to leave it for 5-7 days at a time. I just wish they would legalize growing in Ohio so I wouldn't have to!

Peace, Hyena
 

PGA Caddie

Active Member
So, the buckets flood and drain from the same tube at the bottom of each bucket? Flood with some sort of pump and drain using gravity?

I worked In my grow room yesterday. Set up a temporary 4 bucket area to veg for about 30 days. I’m not completely happy with how I went about it so I’ll probably go back in today and rethink it a bit.

-Caddie
 

Hyena Merica

Creme de la Creme Photos: Nov 2016, Jan, April & July 2017 - Grow Journal of the Month: May 2018
Happy Sunday!

It's another HYENA'S GROW HOUSE update!

These stretches between harvests are lonely. I LOVE spending time with my plants and now they live in another state so I only get one short visit a week. It's like they're in jail. Well I guess they are, really. :hmmmm: And with everybody self-isolating and social distancing, it's like we're all in jail. Boring and it sucks.

So I really look forward to the weekly visit. Friday was the day I rolled up to the GH for a look see and there was lots of nice green girls to look at!

Three weeks into flower, the clones are kicking it...


Even though there are only two mother plants, and each gave six of these clones, there is a height difference between some of them. The mothers both grew to the same height and seemed almost identical. But there is clearly some difference in these clones and I wonder why...we will study the grow and see if it evens out, maybe it's just a rate of growth thing, but it IS puzzling.

However, all the blooms are identical, and now three weeks since the flip and they're coming in everywhere!


So all on track for a May 1st target harvest date. The lower final canopy height will be very productive because the footprint of my 3 lights will remain larger and much more effective. More effective BY FAR because of the sidelighting factor which is diminished the closer the light is to the canopy. I learned so much from the last grow.

Meanwhile, in tent #2,


These Indicas are stout! I'm still impressed with the size and strength of the branches and even the leaves, these girls are really built!


I have said many times I never measure my nutes; I just have a sense for what they need. What I really mean is, I know if anything is lacking by the leaf tips and the PPM. Apparently, nothing is!

Now that they're all established and growing nicely it's time to drop the scrog frame...


With that, the grow is in its final form. Now to just watch it develop and enjoy the show! I have a feeling, just a feeling, that this grow will be extremely productive, maybe astonishingly so. We'll see.

I feel like I put my little darlings in a cage...


Oh well, that's how it is! Now grow you little green beauties!

Only one fleeting hour with my babies and then once more I lock the door and drive away for another week. It's like TV used to be...you have to wait a week for the next episode. Can't wait and yet I must! Arrrrrghh!

So, another boring week of self-isolation...we have a large estate so it's not exactly hell, but being a prisoner in even the most luxurious cage still leaves one a prisoner. I have all the pot I could ever smoke so my task is to try and smoke it.

So I sit and watch the birds, and make smoke jellyfish...


Stay virus-free and have a good week!

Peace, Hyena
 
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Hyena Merica

Creme de la Creme Photos: Nov 2016, Jan, April & July 2017 - Grow Journal of the Month: May 2018
So, the buckets flood and drain from the same tube at the bottom of each bucket? Flood with some sort of pump and drain using gravity?
-Caddie
Exactly! A 55-gallon drum (food-grade plastic) with a couple pumps, one in the bottom of the reservoir and one in the "control" bucket (the one the other 12 are all connected to). Four times a day the first timer runs the "flood" pump for about 10 minutes, which is long enough to fill all 12 buckets to about 2/3 full, which soaks the root balls and provides fresh, fully oxygenated water. It soaks for a few minutes then pump #2, in the control bucket, turns on for about 20 minutes, long enough to gently pump all the fluid back into the main barrel. As long as the timers and everything is set correctly, it works like a freakin charm.

Dutch Bucket systems work great too but that extra 2 vertical feet they use is surprisingly important. They worked fine in my attic only because the ceiling height in there is higher than my tents.

There are a good number of flood and drain systems but mine is the Class 5 system and I purchased it from Hi Tech Garden Supply. Got my AgroMax 10x10 tents from them too and I have to say those are the 2 best-built grow tents I've ever seen, except for Gorilla but IMHO those are WAY overbuilt. You know there's always a balance between not enough and too much, in all things really. I would recommend the choices I made without hesitation. They work great and that's the bottom line, eh?


Peace, Hyena
 

DonkeyDick

Well-Known Member
Nice updates, Hyena. I hope it doesn’t get too tricky for you to move freely between home and garden.
Even though there are only two mother plants, and each gave six of these clones, there is a height difference between some of them.
I wonder whether the clones were cut from the same height off each mother? Clones from lower down will root faster than tops. Something to do with hormones.
May be the sort of variation a flesh eating predator of the savannah may have overlooked IDK?
 

Hyena Merica

Creme de la Creme Photos: Nov 2016, Jan, April & July 2017 - Grow Journal of the Month: May 2018
Nice updates, Hyena. I hope it doesn’t get too tricky for you to move freely between home and garden.

I wonder whether the clones were cut from the same height off each mother? Clones from lower down will root faster than tops. Something to do with hormones.
May be the sort of variation a flesh eating predator of the savannah may have overlooked IDK?
Well, I roll up to the GH once a week and it's my relaxing getaway day...used to be a chore but now that we're pretty much stuck in our house it's something I can't wait to do, providing a much-needed break from endless boredom and home improvement projects...

About the varience in clone height (so far), I don't know is the answer...most of this grow has been exactly what I expected but I didn't expect some to be significantly taller than others when both mother plants were identical...these are cuttings, they should all become the exact same plant, right?

Hormones? Maybe. But since whores usually don't moan I have my doubts. :laugh2: :ganjamon:

Yet some are definitely growing taller...when I expected a homogeneous hedge...hmmm. MAYBE the light footprint...? Probably since it's the only variable.

Either way the whole thing is shaping up pretty well so it's really just an interesting puzzlement. Maybe by chop time everybody will be the same. We should know in about 6 weeks!


Peace, Hyena
 

multiVortex

Grow Journal of the Month: Mar 2020
You do know how to make a hormone, right?















Don’t pay her.

:19::19::19::19::19:
 

Hyena Merica

Creme de la Creme Photos: Nov 2016, Jan, April & July 2017 - Grow Journal of the Month: May 2018

multiVortex

Grow Journal of the Month: Mar 2020
I don't pay cash for sex. I do, however, pay in every other way ever invented...:ganjamon:

Yessir. We all pay. Sometimes I wonder if one wouldn't actually cost a whole lot less! :19:
 
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