Hello Everyone, just started learning how to grow this year. Started with bag seed, made a bunch of mistakes but figured them out one by one. I'm a hands on learner, and have been reading EVERYTHING possible, including many grower's journals. I do not have a green thumb at all. Just moved to an area that I couldn't find a contact in a year, and way too old to hit the bars/clubs anymore, so decided what the heck lets see if I can grow it myself for myself. I'm completely done with my first bag seed grow, done curing for 5.5 weeks and its not bad at all for a first grow (if I do say so myself), especially with a ton of mistakes. I must say I'm hooked. I will never get from someone else ever again. I like knowing exactly how my stuff is grown and cared for. Not to mention having a variety of what I want on hand.
I have spent a year reading everything I possibly can, and now I'm in my research phase. Meaning, I want to try out all the ideas, concepts, training techniques, mediums, equipment etc that I have read about. I don't really subscribe to a right way / wrong way theory. I believe there is always something to learn despite if you're doing something wrong or right. Hence my research phase I'm on right now. So you're welcome to enjoy the journey with me, I welcome any opinions, or insight, all I ask is you be gentle in doing so. To warn you upfront I will create a very detailed journal, because this will be my reference material going forward. Pictures will usually be once a week on the wknd for a reference in progress. I will post what I learn, what I felt didn't work for me, and what does.
This newbie grower is trying out different mediums, so I can see which ones I like. I have several current journals with soilless coco/perlite medium, kindsoil medium (no nutes needed) and now Top-Fed DWC, which you can find in my signature. So far I'm loving the easiness of the kindsoil. Though it's a bit expensive if used on a large scale (several plants). I've also decided my bad back needs a break and I do love to travel, but travel has been stunted due to my plants daily needs. Which brings me to my next planned grow which will be with Autopots and Sohum Soil (no nutes needed), so be sure to stay-tuned for that one.
Now back on subject, so I finally was able to clean out my tent and get it ready for this grow I've been looking forward to doing for a while.
This will be a Top-Fed DWC (Deep Water Culture), I learned this medium through several sources, grow weed easy website, growers name Roseman and Tulip, and through quite a few DWC grow journals I've come across through various sites. So thanks to all the growers before me who have shared their knowledge, and I hope to learn and pay it forward one day.
Grow Start Date: 9/3/16 (planted in DWC Tank)
I'm growing Nirvana's 3 Aurora Indica Feminized Seeds which is a predominately Indica, which is an indoor/outdoor short plant, with high THC and CBD.
9/2/16 Seeds were soaked in ph water for 6 hours, then started with paper towel method overnight, on top of a heating pad and a bowl covering the paper towel. Two of the seeds popped open to see the tiniest bit of white and one didn't, but I planted them anyway in Rapid Rooter then in the DWC tank on 9/3.
Tent Grow: 2' deep x 4' wide x 6.5' High
Grow Medium: Top-Fed DWC - 10gal Sterilite Tote - 3.75" Netpots - Clay Pebbles soaked in Ph water (5.45ph)
Lights: 300w 9Band LEDs 40" away from plant. (size 8.3"x15.8"x2.4") The lights are off now until they sprout out. When all the sprouts come out I will turn the lights on. I will lower the lights when needed.
Light Schedule: I will probably do a 24 hour light schedule until I switch her to flowering schedule (12/12) If I decide to change the light schedule for any reason, I will post it.
Nutrients: General Hydroponics FloraMicro, Gro & Bloom. I'm not sure about CaliMagic, but will keep it on hand if I feel I need it. - I will keep PH Water between 5.5-5.8 - I will start giving nutes when I see the first leaves for each plant. *I will post my nutrient schedule in post #4 so you can reference it when I state what week's nutes I'm doing. Please see chart in post #6 to see the ph range I'm shooting for and why.
Tent Temp: For Veg 77-81 Degrees 50-60% Humidity - Temps controlled with central air.
Tank Maintenance: Water will be replaced/changed every 7 days, on the wknd.
Pest Control: Extreme cleaned tent and surrounding area then used Amdro Home Defense Pest Killer 24 hours before starting grow. All around tent and around all openings.