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Got a dutch? GROWING AND GROWING AND..... in the
Indoor Growing forums; Well, it's been a rough ride but I finally got a LITTLE something going. Here's some catch up info. I ...
Got a dutch? GROWING AND GROWING AND.....
Well, it's been a rough ride but I finally got a LITTLE something going. Here's some catch up info. I started 2 seeds, a Skunk #1 and a Grapefruit Krush. The grapefruit was a sad little plant that for one reason or another wasn't impressive, it got the chop. However, my skunk is looking nice, roughly 2-2.5 weeks into flowering, showed sex about 4 or 5 days ago. Roughly 12-14 in. tall.
Little about my poor man setup.
I'm running 5-40 watt CFLs around my skunk (with plans to add 1 or 2 more for the lower branches). I used seemores light fixture style, the planks of wood used for the fixture are smaller than the pieces he used. Other than that, the walls and floor are lined with poly and the plant is chillin' on the floor. Oh, I also have 2 6 in. desk fans and 1 12 in. oscillating fan.
For the soil I'm using a local nurseries brand of organic soil.
For nutes I'm using Happy Frog all-purpose, will be switching to something a little more proper for bloom next feeding.
Had a pretty bad pH fluctuation at the beginning, but they both survived, 1 was just a better plant than the other. New plant will be started 18-20 days before the skunk finishes and so on. Pictures will come when I get off work, can't promise great quality.
Pistils are popping up everywhere. This plant got TALL, a lot taller than I wanted. I don't have my tape measure but I feel comfortable saying we're right around 20 in. I made 2 light fixtures so right now I'm thinking of the best way to work that one in, mainly to get a bulb on each side of the plant for the lower branches.
Going to try and get some decent pics for y'all real quick. All I have to work with in the camera department is this shitty webcam built in my laptop. But, fuck it. It's something.
First picture is the light fixture. Has flaws but not going to fix em' til my next grow.
Second is just a picture of the plant after I watered.
Third is me trying to angle this damn thing to get a picture of the plant from the top.
Conclusion: I need to catch my bills up then invest in a good camera.
Growing is the addictive part of weed. I think I enjoy the growing more than the smoking.
Maybe I just have ADD and it keeps me focused.
Hardly seems like enough light but evidently it is. ha! I'm runnin' a 4' staggered kelvin (3-6KK) 6 bulb CFL (my first grow) and was lookin' @ em' this mornin' wonderin' if that, was even enough...
Thank you! Finally some interest. I haven't been able to offer RIU much entertainment due to me always having to move. But yea growing is addicting, I enjoy both equally. But yea thanks and keep checking back. Or if you have any tips/advice to offer, always welcome.
Originally Posted by Fortheloveofgreen
Well I have a total of six on one plant, all 40 watts (2600lm/ea). 4 above the cola and two kinda off to the sides. Now, it is not enough to achieve good buds off the bottom part of the plant but that's pretty much my fault. Actually, I'm considering chopping off all the bottom growth so the plant can focus it's energy on the buds that are going to matter.
Originally Posted by mjrf1
I'll find my measuring tape tonight and get the size of my plant for you. For CFLs though, I'd say 18-22 inches would be the max of how tall you want your plants to be.
Thanks for coming by, try to have some more pictures for you all tonight.
Well, just turned the lights on. Still have a gnat problem I failed to mention before. Pretty bad too. Unfortunately, the neem I have isn't working for this one so I'm going to get some fly paper for em when I can. Along with that comes some sort of deficiency. My guess is not enough P-K. And again, unfortunately for me, I don't get paid for another week.
"For CFLs though, I'd say 18-22 inches would be the max of how tall you want your plants to be."
Say what?? Based off what?? I have 3 beautiful ladies that are ALL well over 2' and are in week 2 of flowering & look amazing...
Based off the fact that CFLs have very limited penetration. Now you can have as big a plant as you want, but considering we're all in it for the bud (and the love of the plant), you want as much and biggest buds possible. For that to happen with CFLs, the best way is to keep your plants short.
Originally Posted by mjrf1
Now you could grow your plant as tall as you want, but then there's the burden of more lights/exhaust. Or, you could go the route of vegging longer and use training techs. But, keeping your plant short by limiting your veg time gets you your bud faster as well as easier to work with. A bigger plant doesn't mean more bud.
Tell me more about your setup. Or drop by with some pictures when you get a chance.