Yeah probe helps tell water in the bottomGood morning Rodehazrd.
I've seen those probes at the garden store but didn't know how reliable they are. It sounds like they must work and it might be a good idea for me to get one.
When you say that pH is a moving target and you don't try to correct are you talking about soil pH? Do you still pH your water and nutes or nothing at all? I've herd that with organic grows there is no need to pH anything. I'd like to here more about your method.
Good afternoon Rodehazrd.Fiddy
Did the humidity not rise when they stretched out before and started using more water? Of course I tend to spill reaching g for the back around a big bush. So each watering some goes on The concrete
Good evening Rodehazrd.Yeah probe helps tell water in the bottom
I wait till it's barely moist with probe in 4 inches.
I use the basic 653 rock powder mix the hibrix folks like and add bone char. Look up RBTI Reams Biological Theory of Ionization
Budrunner copied a lot of info and posted on this site.
From what I gather the soft rock phosphate does more for ph buffering than the calcitic lime
Thanks for the wisdom and sharing Rodehazrd.Im starting a batch of mix this weekend. the only change I make to his mix is bone char I add. His feeding routine is way too hot for most of my strains. Em Dog eagle clawed and its supposed to want high ec.I buy the hygrozyme now in big bottles and use it a lot. I do micros and humic acid watering. but only fed the second week with tiger and the forth week with the same. The earth juice was ok but one of my bottles came with a layer of gel on the bottom that did not dilute.plus I was burning everything so I went back to foxfarm at one quarter strength. the spray schedule I use the cation mostly the anionic seems counter to me at flowering stage. I use the pump up type sprayer and it works best for me.. I found calcium nitrate on the Amazon. When I need more i will go direct to aglab.com. they are the motherlode of hibrix.
Thanks for the wisdom and sharing Rodehazrd.
I'm bookmarking this to come back to when I'm ready to try organic. Making my own soil is still kind of intimidating to me but it sounds fun and rewarding. It's going to be a few months until it's going to be warm enough to cook soil up here so that gives me some time to read more and gather ingredients.
Good morning Rodehazrd.Good morning Fiddynut,
cooking may be the wrong term I think proofing would be more accurate. but the line is if you only add the rock powders you will have good results. Calcitic Lime was hard for me to find. I had to take 40 pounds of gypsum and soft rock phosphate I only find in small bags at walmart.
Good morning Rodehazrd.Those cuts don't look bad. I cut the tips off the larger leaves for less droop. Also I blow into the dome a lot. You got a heat pad ?
Good morning icmag friends.
I'm happy to say that my plans to transplant the girls went perfectly and as long as they still look great tomorrow I'll be putting them into the flower tent and starting the clock on harvest. I was a little worried about transplanting them out of the 10" pots they were in since I haven't transplanted out of anything bigger than 6" pots before. It turned out to be a snap although a little bit messier than with the smaller pots. The girls are getting big. They have outgrown the fluorescent light as well. Not only are they too wide for the 4 bulb light but they are tall enough that not much light is getting to the lower part of the plants. The 600w is going to give them all the light they can handle and penetration should be much better.
The plants were already getting root bound after only 2 weeks in their pots. Much of the root mass was finding the gap between the soil and the bottom of the pots. I'm pretty sure if I hadn't reported that they would start getting droopy between waterings again. It's possible I've been guilty of slight under watering because I'm trying so hard not to over water. These new pots should give them some more room to stretch out and I'm expecting them to grow aggressively.
Here is a pic of the roots.
As long as I don't see any transplant shock I'm going to move them tomorrow night into flower tent and start a 12/12 schedule. If they look stressed I'll wait until they are happy. I'm thinking the sooner the better because I don't want them to get too tall. As you can see they are getting too big for the veg tent and light.
The plant I named #1 is turning out to be the most aggressive grower so far. It's the bushiest and has the closest node spacing of the 3. From the yellow lower leaves it also seems to be a heavier feeder.
Plant 2 is slightly taller than 1 but not as bushy and not as many nodes. It's a little stretchier and has been since seedling.
Plant 3 is looking good and has the biggest fan leaves of the three. It is a Girl Scout cookie and sprouted a week after the 2 Larry OG's. This one was much less bushy until recently when it started filling out.
So fingers crossed that they are happy and can transition to flower nicely. When I transplanted I put in my temporary support stakes. Last grow I forgot to do this and when it came time to put stakes in I had to go throughout the roots. I can't put the final stakes in yet because they are tall and I wouldn't be able to get my light close enough. I think I'm ready to get the flowering under way.
One thing I'm pondering is lighting for the cuttings. I won't have anything in the veg tent once the girls go into the other tent. It seems a waste to have a 4 foot t5 running 18 hours a day for just a small tray with 5 cuttings. I'm thinking about just putting a couple CFL bulbs in there for the cuttings and turning the t5 out. Anybody have any experience with this?
Good morning Tri_Cho_Me.It does seem like a waste, but also remember T5's are actually pretty energy efficient. It could be worse I suppose. With that being said, I'm sure the CFL route would be fine as well.
Things are looking great! Can't wait to see these girls in flower.
Good afternoon tleaf.Man those plants have grew fast ...looking forward to bud shots soon
Good morning Tri_Cho_Me.
Not too worried about the power cuz electricity is cheap here but just pondering a bit. I've read that cuttings do better under lower intensity floro's and that t5 can be a bit much for them. That's why I don't have them closer to the light. I'm a bit lazy so I'll probably just leave them under the t5 unless I get motivated to make some changes. The t5 also provides some heat for them. By the middle and end of the light cycle it's about 5 deg warmer in the tent than lights out.
I'm looking forward to getting these lady's flowering as well. Other than being a little nervous about how tall they will get. These girls are so much bushier than on my first grow. I'm also looking forward to some new flavor of buds to smoke. I've been smoking the last batch for a couple months now and getting a little strain tolerance. Can't wait to see how these taste.
Good question T_C_M.Welcome to the lazy club!
Do you think it's strain tolerance, or THC tolerance? I always thought it was THC, but I could be wrong. I suppose if you're going from Indica to Sativa you'd notice differences.
That's how I've always felt too. Not sure why but when I've been smoking the same strain for a while I always get higher when I get something different. I wonder how different pheno's affect it. Like if there is more of a strain tolerance or pheno tolerance. Either way it's more reason to try growing some variety.Def strain tolerance ...once you try sumn new youll be sky hi