I did my first grow in hydro using DWC buckets. With Toke overseeing everything, we managed, as a team, to grow 1 humongous girl to harvest. It was a huge learning curve and I feel like I got about 2 or 3 grows worth of experience in that time. It ended up being a pretty decent grow but anything that could go wrong did go wrong at one time or another. As I look back on that experience I’m glad that things did go south at times. It prepared me to deal with a handful of problems that can arise.
I want to try a growing method that's a little less maintenance intensive this time around, so my 2nd grow is going to be done in Coco. I’m currently popping 6 Amsterdam Flame seeds. My cab can’t fit that many plants but we’re trying to increase our odds of getting at least a couple of girls. I’ll keep my fingers crossed and hope that it works in my favor!
The 2 seeds that have shown their tails are living in 4x4 square pots that are 3 inches deep. Here’s the germinating seeds and the ones in Coco inside the cabinet:
The Coco kids. Only one has popped out of the Coco to say "Hello!!! The other should poke its head out by tomorrow sometime.
IMG_3138.jpg 198.96KB 26 downloads
This thing looks like some kind of weird underground monster barfing up mushrooms.
IMG_3141.jpg 214.05KB 29 downloads oo
Seeds germinating. 3 are in the process of popping and 1 isn't doing jack doodly squat.
IMG_3147.jpg 221.28KB 21 downloads
And here are the specs for the grow:
-Vegging under 2 ft. 4 bulb T5 High Output Lamp - 24 watts per bulb x 4 bulbs = 72 watts total
-Flowering under 400 watt HPS bulb in Cool Tube
-Using Atami B'Cuzz Coco: Pre rinsed and steamed. I still rinsed it. Not taking any chances!
-Mixed the Coco and Perlite at a ratio of 2:1 to allow aeration and drainage.
-GH Flora Series 3-Part Nutes
-Botanicare Cal/Mag Plus
-Bloombastic (for use during 12/12 to plump up the buds)
-Reverse Osmosis Water
One last thing... I just picked up The Speedster Variable Fan Speed Controller. It's The Bomb!!! I've got it keeping my fan running at the lowest possible speed right now. It pulls only a fraction of the air that it normally sucks through. It moves just enough air to keep the temps stable and to keep the fresh air exchange happening. And it saves on electricty. Yay!
Well, that's it for now. I'll try to post when I can and make it interesting. I'm going to be consumed with a big work project for the next several months, so I may not be able to post as frequently during this grow. I will journal it from beginning to end, though. Can't wait to work with Toke again and see how we can rock this Coco! Go Coco!!! Woot! Woot!
Edited by Scooby, 26 January 2013 - 05:03 AM.