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New Grower Unknown Strain Testing The Waters

Ghefredo

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What strain is it? Unknown
Is it Indica, Sativa or Hybrid? What percentages? Unknown right now
Is it in Veg or Flower stage? I'm in veg stage
If in Veg... For how long? 1 month so far
If in Flower stage... For how long?
Indoor or outdoor? indoor
If indoor...Dimensions (L x W x D) of grow space? unknown
Soil or Hydro? Soil
If soil... what is in your mix? organic soil
If soil... What size pot? unknown size of pot
Size of light? 120 volt 9.5 watt 5000k Eco smart
Is it aircooled?
Temp of Room/cab? I keep temp around 74 - 81
RH of Room/cab? unknown
PH of media or res?
Any Pests ?
How often are you watering? between 3 to 5 days depend on dryness of dirt
Type and strength of ferts used? Mg shake and feed 12-4-8

this is my first grow using random seeds. I'm using 3 Eco smart led lights that pull 120 volts 9.5 watt 5000k I went cheap because I didn't know what all I needed to grow or even certain on the amount of money I need to be successful I plan on getting some fox farm soil 12 quarts and some fert made by them and buy the ph. tester kit off amazon including ph. up and down I been growing for almost a month now I think I'm doing pretty good so far please comment and tell me what I can do to make sure my grow is successful
 

Ghefredo

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Both plant where having some type of illness first 2 weeks of veg and were stretching bad and probably needed to be transplanted I was using mg seed starter and one light around this time of grow. so I transplated……...
 

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Ghefredo

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Here's how my ladies look today a most recent picture this current I switched to 3 Led light still pulling 120 volts 9.5 watt 5000k 800 lumens still in veg 3 week what can I do to help my plants grow and my feeding is 12-4-8 nutes in organic soil should I go up on light and feeding I do 18/6 light schedule
 

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The Celt

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Best guess on the stretch as seedlings, the 5k light has too little red in its spectrum. Lots of blue (5k) during veg is good, but they also need the red end of the spectrum to minimize the stretching. Too much blue during veg causes stretch and leggy plants, too much red with not enough blue makes for compact plants with little distance between the nodes.

Having too little light over all can also promote stretching.

As for your light, are you sure on the draw you listed? That would be a nearly 1200 watts. Most LED bulbs like you are describing and shows in your picture are not likely much over 10w.

From what I can see in your pics, they look healthy enough but need more light. During veg and using LEDs, 25w per square foot is a good number to work with and keep the light within 12” of the tops.

Just some thoughts on what I can see in your pics.

RC
 

Ghefredo

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Best guess on the stretch as seedlings, the 5k light has too little red in its spectrum. Lots of blue (5k) during veg is good, but they also need the red end of the spectrum to minimize the stretching. Too much blue during veg causes stretch and leggy plants, too much red with not enough blue makes for compact plants with little distance between the nodes.

Having too little light over all can also promote stretching.

As for your light, are you sure on the draw you listed? That would be a nearly 1200 watts. Most LED bulbs like you are describing and shows in your picture are not likely much over 10w.

From what I can see in your pics, they look healthy enough but need more light. During veg and using LEDs, 25w per square foot is a good number to work with and keep the light within 12” of the tops.

Just some thoughts on what I can see in your pics.

RC
can you recommend any light bulbs I can go buy to help the light source
 

The Celt

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Just to give you an idea of light requirements, when I started 5 years ago, I knew nothing and money was tight so I used 13w CFLs at somewhere around 1000 lumins. 25 of them in a 3.5 foot square area.
 

The Celt

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Ah ok, so in a say 3 foot (1m) square area, you are going to want 15 to 20 13w CFLs to grow and you should at the very least paint the walls there a flat white to reflect as much light from the walls back onto the plants. And keep your lights within about 6 inches (150mm) from the tops.

You will need more light at flowering time.

During veg, shoot for about 2000 lumins per square foot and double that for flowering. Without a par meter, that is a good rough estimate
 
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