Hello! I am trying autos for the first time thanks to a generous benefactor who gave me a few auto seeds since he knows I'm going through some hard times right now. Big thanks to him(not sure if I can mention you, but thanks!).
So I have the following seeds total and then germinating:
Mephisto's Double Grape Auto (4/3)
Mephisto's Three Bears OG (1/1)
Mephisto's Three Bears OG/Tooth Decay (1/1)
We have a total of 5 autos in this grow, and I am pretty sure I have already done a few things wrong lol....
So my traditional method with photoperiod plants is to put them through a strict root-building regime in which I transplant them frequently to make a better root ball. I am learning that's a no-no with autos, but I am hoping my mix is limiting the problems caused.... if any. I also usually FIM my photo plants to make them branch like crazy, but again I have been hearing that's a no-no with autos.
Speaking of mix. I have a mix that is roughly the following:
4 parts coir
2 parts perlite
2 parts vermiculite
1 part peat
1 part lime/gypsum/ewc/fertilizers(random leftover Jobes and Espoma organic fertilizers), and silicon dioxide(expanded, in the form of kitty litter crystals).
In this picture you can see in the blue cups, clockwise starting on the bottom left there are the three Double Grape Autos and then the two Three Bears variants in the bottom row on the right. I currently have them under a 10,000 lumen(90W) LED flood light, but I have the parts to build some pretty sweet COB lights whenever I can get to that... They are under 24 hour light right now, but I have no idea if that is bad or not.
I transplanted them recently from the 3oz starter cups, and my GF is working on the grow bags we're intending to be the final planter(they're roughly 6-7 gallons).
This current mix is basically what I used on my most successful indoor grow in the past, but with the big change of not so much food built in to it. I found there were problems with really loading up the soil ahead of time, so I want to approach this a bit differently.
I'm so new to autos that I am not sure I even know all the right questions to ask, but I want to get on top of this ASAP.
Also, I really want to try to make some seeds from these. These girls are feminized from what I have been told, so I'd like to make another batch. I have such precious few and such limited variety that I would like to have some around for upcoming years and it might be fun to try crossing them eventually with some good photo strains. I just want to make sure I have a good apocalypse-proof auto seed supply lol... the 3 seeds I kept in reserve are not going to get me far.
My partner and I both have serious medical issues and don't have a very good relationship with food even when we are smoking. We definitely can't keep buying overpriced brick and other lackluster weed on our budget. Hopefully these autos will give us enough to get through the summer. Eventually I want to have autos in the first part of the year followed by photos at the end.
Anyway, any advice you all can offer would be appreciated! Thanks.