Greetings icmag users. I'm Fiddynut and this is my second grow. Actually I lie a little because I did try to get a second grow started a couple months ago. I was part way through my first grow and I had to abort because I thought I had some root aphids and wanted to be sure to eradicate them. As it turns out they were just a few fungus gnats I think.
With help from people here on these forums my first grow went great. I learned a lot and got just over 10 oz from the 3 plants I harvested. It far exceeded my expectations. The info I got looking through these forums and reeding about people's experiences gave me all I needed to get started. Once I got going I joined the forums and started posting. The advise I got helped my first grow be fun and successful.
I'm a month post harvest and it time to get back to work. I mis having plants to care for. On this grow I want to be more consistent with feeding, top and train my ladies some, and take cuttings and learn to get them to root. I have 2 seedlings out of 3 that sprouted. The third popped up but withered and died. I may have had the soil a but on the damp side. I will be replacing the #3 with another seedling of another strain ( cali connection GSC). It will be a few days behind the other 2.
A little about the equipment I'm using.
Veg tent is 2x4x6 with a 4 bulb (54w each) t5, inline duct fans for intake and exhaust and a 6" desk fan.
Flower tent is 3x3x6 with 4" ho canfan and carbon filter for ventilation, 600w hps with air cooled hood and 6" canfan to cool hood and a tower style fan inside.
Using fox farm happy frog soil in 6" pots transplanting into 14" pots for flower.
I plan on using the fox farm trio for nutes plus a few supplements like kelp and a few others.
I use water from a natural spring near where I live. It has a lot of good stuff in it and has a high ph. I used this water last time and my plants loved it. I never needed calmag or anything because the water seems to have a lot in it.
So the journey begins once again. One of the most challenging parts of my last grow was learning how and what to feed my plants. I under feed and switched nutes on my last grow so I want to really learn how to use them right this time. My eventual goal is to learn how to grow all organically but that will be down the road. For this and the next couple grows I'll be using the fox farms trio of nutes and maybe a few supplements. I don't want to be that guy with 30 bottles of plant food and no clue how to use any of it so I'm going to keep it as simple as possible.
My last grow went great but my plants were not topped or trained at all. This resulted in the natural Xmas tree shaped plants that had a lot of secondary buds that got less than max light because of the 3 higher colas. This time I want to top twice and try to get a better canopy of more but smaller colas. I'm looking forward to learning about and practicing training techniques.
I also want to focus on learning how to clone on this grow. I want to be able to to pick pheno's and re grow the ones I like best. This will be challenging for me because I'm so new to gardening.
I really enjoyed my first grow and I expect this to be as much or more fun. I expect to have challenges and learn a lot. I hope to gain experience and confidence.
Thanks for stopping to check this grow out! Feel free to comment or give advise and suggestions. And now a couple pics of the baby's.