So after moving country and house and finally having some space I was inspired to make a return to growing after almost 20 years.
The last grow in 2000 was heavily supported with OG inspiration and glad that this resource and community still thrives.
So. After trawling the pages, asking a bunch of stupid questions and getting great (some funny) answers I’ve managed not to electrocute myself or burn down the house 🤞. Upfront, a big thank you to all the regulars and the people who took the time to reply and read previous posts and for the down right inspiring grow setups and information shared here.
It’s been far from perfect and if I had the chance would do a lot different. Only now realising many of the impracticalities and limitations. I was also too damn hasty in sourcing seeds and selecting any first salvos to fire into the ground.
One cabinet, two strains, one auto one “normal feminised” - me wondering “WTF?! Why are these already flowering” - yes... I’ll save you the lecture “dumbass move”. More on that later. Looking for advise on how to make the best of it now with two plants on a totally different time track.
Overall - critique and comments welcome.
But first a quick fly over.
Style: Semi stealth, run to waste drip fed, LED lighting in coco with intention to scrog
Cabinet frame: IKEA Metod 60cmDx60cmWx80cmH
Internal grow area: 56.5cmDx57.5cmW = 0.325m2 / 3.5sqf
Work area: internal moveable shelf mounted on 80kg rated telescope runners.
Lights: 6 x Solstrips; 2x 2700, 2x 3500 and 2x 5000K X2 strips on matching heat sinks; wired to a dimmable Meanwell MW HLG-185-24A
Ventilation: Passive intake 24cmHx15cmW aperture with black carbon fish tank filter foam; Active exhaust via two 10cm diameter aperture with 2x Noctua NF-P12 1700 in series on each. Ducted externally to a RAM 100/4” 170m3/hr filter (yes I am blowing into it instead of sucking through it.... I know )
Medium and pots: 2 Gal fabric pots with Cana Coco Pro
Drainage: IKEA Kugis 18cmWx26cmDx8cmH white boxes and lid, holes drilled through lid and boxes linked to drainage pipes.
Nutrients: Canna Coco A&B, using their website guided feed regime at 25-50% of recommended
Water: Unfiltered tap PH 7.2 and 450ppm hard water (0.5 scale)
Automation: Sonoff PWR2 for lights and DIY set of plug points; plugs split using Sonoff 4CH Pro; Sonoff TH16 linked to plug point powering fans (plug and USB socket) - the whole Sonoff / Plug box heavily inspired by Colanoscopy and others in the Automation Station.
First genetics: Dutch Passion Auto feminised Durban Poison x 2 and Barney’s Farm Blue Gelato 41 x 2
Cabinet setup (plants visible are at end of week 5)
Power, Automation and Lighting
Temps and humidity - initially struggled to lift humidity and then fought the opposite problem when decent size fan leaves formed in abdunace.
Started from seed. Germinated seeds put into coco on 18/Feb/2019.
First 7 days was pure water fed - probably should have been shorter or straight to nutes.
Switched to Coco A&B nutes at 25% (20ml of each on 40L); feeding twice a day.
Switched recently to 50% and been feeding once a day straight after lights on. Water at 21*C and aerated for 5 hours before watering while water temps at 16-17*C, warming just before feeding.
Lights: 19/5 at 90W (26W/Sqf) draw for three weeks. Switched to 19/5 at 110W (31W/Sqf) draw for two weeks. Currently at 19/5 with 145W (41W/Sqf) draw.
Results of grow below to date
First proper leaves 02/Mar/2019; yeah took a long time but probably down to doing water from the start (?)
19/Mar/2019 (end of week 4)
Autoflower showing preflowers
Screen in but then it dawns..... the damn auto.
So the question (shamelessly putting some names here @Mr.Sparkle @ReikoX @cannabissequoia):
How to maximise the outcome from two different strains with one flowering about 3 weeks earlier than the other?
1) Do I pull the DP Autos out and bin em? Not even attempt it and accept that the two DP plants are too far ahead of the others to try finish them simultaneously? Harsh I know as the DP Autos look so happy and vigorous.
2) Do I put them in the garden outside and hope they don’t get noticed and risk stunting them by shoving them into soil after hydro RTW drip feeding?
3) Do I keep them and attempt to flower best possible before flipping lights when the Gelato 41 is mature enough to flower, the whole while training the Gelato into the screen (i read and presume its too late and impossible to scrog the autos) and attempt to scrog the Gelato?
If I go with 3, I presume the DP Auto won’t stretch a whole lot more so chances are it goes into proper flower without being able to scrof it and it finishes while the Gelato potentially encroaches on an ever increasing scale - hence the DP would likely finish in the shade of the Gelato.... then I will also have the challenge of extracting the DP without damaging the screen or the Gelato which will have to continue for some time longer.
Maybe bin the scrof and only LST them all?
That’s my conundrum. Any thoughts welcome.