First grow + LED + SCROG
by, 01-02-2011 at 02:07 AM (1738 Views)
Hi everyone! long time reader, first time poster and boy am I excited to finally have something to talk about. I'm planning out my first grow! (whoo hoo!) so heres the dealieo :
The Situation: I'm a medical cannabis patient in norcal. I've been on disability for a while now and due to my ongoing stomach issues and related financial troubles I've had to move out of my own place and back in with the parents. The parents know I have my medical cannabis card and although they dont particuarly like it, they are ok with me smoking in my room, because they know how much medical cannabis has helped me cope with my health problems. However, they dont know that i plan on growing in my closet... but i figure they're pretty used to the smell of me smokin it, with a carbon filter (or 2) on my cabinet they hopefully wont notice any added smells from growing.
I also am currently working part time (until my health allows more) for a medical cannabis delivery collective and plan on eventually using what i learn from work, growing on my own, some time at Oaksterdam University (enrolling in a few months depending on my health), and my preexisting small business management skills to forge myself some sort of career in this awesome and rewarding industry. I'm not lookin to make it rich, just live a chill life growing, researching, studying and contributing to the medical cannabis and legalization movements. but I'm getting ahead of myself... lol
The Plan: I'm going with a soil grow w/ organic nutes and using only LED lighting. My reasons for this are many, but basically this is a purely educational grow, with the main goal being me gaining some experence in small scale growing using the methods i eventually hope to perfect on a much larger scale. Lets just say someday I hope to be running a much larger scale environmentally friendly grow room using LEDs and incorporating solar power and veganic growing methods. (hippie status woot!) but again i'm getting ahead of myself...
My grow space is a plywood shipping crate with interior dimensions of 16ish" deep, 26.5 wide, and 38.5" tall
Ideally it would be a smidge bigger... but hey whatcha gonna do... it was available. I picked up 2 beefy computer fans (Silenx Ixtrema 120mm pro series 72cfm @14db and 15$ each) and a 1200ma 12v ac adapter for 10$ to power them (with room for more if i end up needing it). I'm thinking of running the two fans exhausting out the back of the box near the top corners with DIY carbon filters on each and drilling a passive intake hole on each side near the bottom. I also picked up some snazzy looking computer fan intake grates/filters for a few bucks to clean up/stealthify the intake/exhaust holes.
I've been following the company Hydro Grow LED for a while and i'm planning on using their lights. I've seen several well documented grows using their lights and I'm already sold on LED tech being the way of the future. (i'm not looking for an argument about LED vs HID vs CFL btw... i've done my research and made my decision about it so save any hating/arguments about this for for someone else's thread )
I am however not sure if i'm gonna get the 126w or the 126PRO that they now have that uses 3w leds. I've seen results for the 1w version so i feel like i kinda know what its capable of but have yet to see anyone publish a grow using any of the Hydrogrow pro series (I dont think its been on the market long) but maybe i could be the first. Has anyone seen results using a Hydrogrow brand pro model? anyone have any input on if they're worth the extra money? anyone know if the pro models throw off much more heat? I'm usually the kind of person whos willing to pay a bit extra for better results, but i havent heard or seen any results with the pro version yet and the price jumps from $475 for the 126w to $635 for the 126wPro. the website says "37% more light output with the pro... i dunno tho... is it worth it for me to go with the pro? thoughts?
In the meantime, I'll be getting some Mylar, installing the fans and other odds and ends to finish up my box, as well as figuring out my screen, how many plants of what strain and in what pots (i'll be growing clones from the club for the first run i'm thinking) along with plenty of other details I havent totally nailed down yet. stay tuned!
p.s. sorry for the huge post