1st Time Grow - Diary
Username: RedEyeJedi, Strain: Watermelon Skittkes, Medium: House and Garden Bat Mix Special (I have no idea if this is any good so will post more details of it below), Lights: Led 300W
|Bat Special is House & Garden's premium quality soil mix. It contains German black peat and Baltic white peat, both of which carry the RHP stamp. Perlite, lime and bat guano is then added to the mix, this provides extra fertiliser to your plants.
Bat Special carries a pH of 6.4 and an EC of 1.2-1.5
Size of Grow Area and number of plants:
0.6 x 1.2 x 1.6
300W Lunar LED Full Spectrum
100mm Virgin Carbon Filter and 100mm extractor fan
Starter Pots for seedlings and then transplant to 12l pots.
GHE Triple pack Gro, Micro and Bloom
PH meter, PH up and down as plan to slightly fluctuate PH levels. 6” fan for airflow, May upgrade to a bigger fan as plants get bigger if needed.
Plan for the grow:
This is my 1st grow however I’m being ambitious and plan to top and do some basic LST but I’ll see how it goes lol. Also I read plants can take up nutrients at different ph levels so I have a ph meter and ph up and down and was planning to fluctuate ph between like 6.0 and 6.8.
I germinated my seeds Sunday 17/5 using water and paper towel method for 72 hours total and once I had tap roots, placed in my soil in starter pots, this was on Tuesday 19/5 so have now been in pots for 7 days, I’ll post some pics tomorrow as would be great to get some feedback. In the meantime just a couple of questions if I may..
I have 3 plants. Is my tent going to be big enough and light strong enough for my full cycle?
my seeds were given to me and although I’m sure they’re all feminised, 1 is an auto. Naturally I will eventually flip so will 12 hours light be enough for the auto and if not should I just ditch it? I have read that people have grown photos and autos together but any feedback would be appreciated. The watermelon is a photo btw so no worries there.
im sure I’ll have tons more questions along the way.
Also any feedback on my plan, nutes, soil im using, lights, fluctuating Ph etc all greatly welcomed.
Thanks in advance
Your plan for 3 plants in a 0.6 x 1.2 meter tent is tight but doable. Most experienced growers usually grow two in that amount of space. Running 3 will require you to keep the plants smaller but you should be fine. As far as the light, I cannot find any information on that light. You will be able to reach a harvest but I can’t say more than that. Personally I’d probably prefer more light but you have to start somewhere. The autoflower plant would prefer longer light hours but will finish just fine with the 12/12 light schedule. The yield might drop a bit but the quality should be good.
You did the important bit, you started. Each grow is an adventure and this one just took root. Smile and be proud, you’re a grower now. 👊
Nice start man! Excellent details.
I have a 0.6x1.2m myself and have run 3 plants in it with no issues at all. I actually think that's a perfect amount for that rectangular size, assuming your light is able to cover the whole footprint equally. I usually run autos though with not a lot of manipulation, so they stay relatively small, but still fill the tent nicely. You could definitely fill it with 2 as well with some bending and tying and whatnot, but it's ultimately up to the grower and how much they want to train the plants. Being that it's only 5 feet tall though, you don't have a lot of vertical space to work with so maximizing the horizontal space in there is key to maximizing yields. That's really true in any set up though... but I digress, lol.
I have a Mars Reflector 144 in mine, which is a rectangular shaped light so it covers the area quite nicely. Their TSL2000 is nice for that as well, as well as most quantum boards in that shape. From a quick google of your light there though, I'm not sure that will be enough to really fill up the entire space in the tent so, you'll wanna have your plants as directly underneath your light as you possibly can.
Here are a couple of pics of my 0.6x1.2.. I currently have 5 plants in mine at about 2-3 weeks flower and it is PACKED lol. 3 is definitely enough, especially with some light training. I wouldn't recommend more, unless you're doing a SoG or something with a bunch of little plants.
And Monkey's got it there with your light schedule Q - autos will grow under any light schedule but, the more light they get the better. They do just fine under 12/12 though. I am running this exact situation in my other tent, 3 autos and 3 photos inside on 12/12.
Thanks for the replies guys, I will try and post some more info on my light if I can find it (it came as part of a kit with tent, fan etc)
will also get some pics of my setup posted along with the plants themselves. 8 days in so far and have to say I’m loving it, wish I’d of started years ago
Good luck with your grow RedEyeJedi and be very welcome to this amazing community!!
Ive attached a few photos of my setup. Thanks to everyone who has replied so far but from what Ive read I think I'm ok with the auto in with the photos, I'l keep with 3 plants and just look to maximise horizontal space, I guess my light is my only concern. I probably will have to run with this light for now, (times are hard with quarantine and what not)
And finally here is one of my pride and joys, its currently 8 days since I potted the seed, after germinating in paper towel for 72 hours. How is she looking for 8 days in??
Thanks again everyone for all the help and encouragement so far.
Day 10, I’ve had her closer to the fan to try and strengthen the stem. How is she looking?
is it me being paranoid or does she look like she is stretching a bit?
lets get some up close and personal photos@!
Day 13 Update
Afternoon all and happy June to everyone.
I just thought id post an update with to how the girls are doing since my last my last post.
So above are all 3 of them, the taller one on the right is about 3 days behind the other 2 (in noob fashion, I only germinated 3 seeds originally and 1 never popped so had to do another and as a result, this one is a bit behind). As the Critical on the right seemed to be stretching a bit, ive dropped my light slightly
The watermelon on the left seems to be the liveliest so far. Below is a bit more of a close up photo of her, just for you Cannabus 😛
Im just watering all with normal tap water at the moment as and when the medium is dry (my PH meter, still hasn't arrived so no idea what the PH level is) but they seem to be really liking it so far.
At this stage I had planned to transplant 2 of them tomorrow (the younger one I'll give a few more days to catch up) but after watching a couple of videos I think by @Macky and @TempleGrower (Great videos by the way guys) on transplanting, I feel mine might not quite be ready yet?!
So I guess at this stage its really just 2 questions for the forum, are they all looking ok? And transplanting wise, what does everyone think, give another 5 - 7 days 1st?
The 2 on the left are 13 days old from when seed was potted (probably 11 days old from when seed 1st sprouted) and as above the smaller one is about 3 days behind.
Final thing to add is one ordered an EC meter. I thought it would be really useful for me to know the EC of my water and also when I start adding nutrients, so if I do make any mistakes, at least I can give you guys that info which im sure will be useful.
Think thats it for today, any other feedback welcome so please let me your know your thoughts
Day 16 Update
Morning All, so Christmas came early today for me with my new light arriving and also finally my PH and EC pen. Light is ow up and hanging and wow is it bright, it felt like that scene in National Lampoons Xmas vacation when he finally gets all his Xmas lights on lol anyway im digressing. See pic below for new light setup
So with my PH and EC meters arriving im finally able to test my tap water, PH of 7.2 and PPM of 310. I'll probably post something separate regarding PPM of my water for a bit of advice as im still not adding nutrients and I don't want to burn them out when I finally do. Although I knew my tap water was never going to be 0 ppm, I was maybe expecting like 150 but that could of been unrealistic on my part, being new to this and everything lol.
In the meantime though, I will start using some PH down to bring my water PH between 6.0 and 6.8.
So heres a couple of photos of the plants.
At this stage they're still just being given tap water as and when its needed. With the middle and the right hand plant, I was probably going to look to transplant these at the weekend and then the younger on on the left, a couple of days after. If anyone thinks this is to early, or I should be doing now, please let me know. I have everything here ready for transplanting.
Think thats it at this stage, I do have a question regarding my air exchange but I'll put a thread up in the Q&A about that.
As always any comments or suggestions please let me know. I spend so much time reading up on different stages of the grow etc but im still so nervous about fucking them up lol.
Ok, thanks for the quick replies, I'll get pots ready for 2 of them and then transplant the other one in 2 days time. Unfortunately ive only got 3 Gallon pots to go straight into, nothing in-between so will be going into them (I'll just be gentle with the watering). Ive actually been really looking forward to doing this bit but now its here, I feel nervous all of a sudden lol so wish me luck. I'll put some pics up (of the hopefully successful operation) after.
Just 1 question then, once ive transplanted I'll naturally water them. As its new soil, would you advise just fresh PH'd tap water at this stage and then start slowly adding nutrients from the next feed?
So day 16 officially became transplant day and pleased to say that the operation was a success..... I think. Followed @TempleGrower video on you tube but just used some rooting powder I had instead of the worm casting you used.
Using my shiny new PH meter I adjusted water down from 7.9 to 6.3 PH (280 ppm) and gave 800ml to each, hopefully that wasnt too much for 1st watering, it seemed right for a 12l pot and I tried make sure most of the water was in the new soil to encourage the roots to spread.
Anything ive missed, done wrong, let me know otherwise I'll keep an eye on them over the next few days and update in due course.
Anything ive missed,
You missed the plant on the left of picture one bro 😉 Nice work, they will be much happier in a couple of days.
LOL, thanks mate. My 1st ever proper bit of gardening ive done ever, was so expecting an accident but it seemed to go pretty smoothly. Is it pretty sad that I really enjoyed standing in my kitchen with a bucket of water and a pipette trying to get my PH level right? LMAO
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