Yeah go with cfls not those leds... you need to repost the pictures, cant see them.
As you all understood this is my first attemt to grow my own marijuana!It took me a bit longer to decide it but its never too late!
So, i started reading and reading and reading and decided to build a grow box.I bought the materials and made a box 90x75x50cm with 3 leds of 10watts consuption each but didnt know the output power!I also didnt have any meter to check it so i started like that!In the first pictures is the starting setup.
On 17/4/10 i germinated 1 Fem Short Rider seed and 3 regular seeds from a weed i was smoking!I got 3 5litre pots for the SR and the other 2 bigger plants and a bottle of 1litre for the smaller regular.I filled them with BioBizz All-Mix and feed them every other watering with half dose of BioBizz FishMix(Veg) and FishMix+BioBloom(Flower) increasing it by 0.5ml every week.The lights were set on 18/6 so to veg enough the regulars.The SR is auto...she can go on with any kind of schedule.
At the begining i thought it was going ok but as days were passing,i was checking other grow journals with Short Riders and realised that something was wrong with mine.The other 3 were doing ok but i couldnt make any comparison with others cause i only knew it was some kind of sativa/indica indoor.Νothing else.Anyway,Short Rider was going too slow...!So after 2 weeks from germ i had a healthy but too small plant... I checked temperature,humidity,ph and everything was fine...so the only problem i could think was "light inefficiency"!I installed 2 more leds and with 5 leds setup,things got a little better but still not good!So the only solution with less consumption was cfls!!!On the second picture you can see the plants after 4 weeks from germination(15/5/10).I got out 2 of the leds and put 1 60watt cool cfl and one 130watt warm cfl instead.The SR is the one on the right.
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(i excluded the smallest one from the pics cause there is not much to show)
After a week with the cfls i couldnt believe it...the growth suddenly got faster and faster...the cfls were doing the job so i installed one more 60watt warm cfl and sacrificed one more led.I also got the other 2 leds closer to the plants and that was a pretty good move...keeping tha leds high i thought would do good to spread the light everywhere but i was wrong cause i was losing the intense of the light.That was on 22/5/10.
After one more week and a day(30/5/10),which is today,the plants are doing great!SR is flowering and she is a beauty!She has many bud sites and the growth keeps going fast!The other 3 are also good but still no signs of sex.On the 3rd picture you can see the plants on the 6th week from germination!The SR is now on the middle.I focused on the SR cause its the one i hope to get some weed from,so i got on more led out and put on more 130watt warm cfl.So now i have a total of 380watt and a led.... :P I also switched to 12/12 so the other 3 to start showing sex.I hope SR will follow that change without any problems!
Here is a video from today!
That was it guys!!Sorry for the lack of pictures...i really hadnt thought to post a journal cause i didnt believe to get to that point from the first attempt.From now on i will keep you more updated.
I would be glad to read your comments and answer any question!
I must say a big big THANKS to RIU and all you guys that have posted so many usefull information!
Last edited by Marlo; 05-31-2010 at 08:29 AM.
Yeah go with cfls not those leds... you need to repost the pictures, cant see them.
Yeah i will go on with cfls and i will add one more 130w warm so to get rid of the last led!Then i'll have about 500watts which i think is good enough for a small box like mine!
Looking great man, congratss!! aha lots of usefull infomation to, im a firstimer myself starting a growbox in the shell of a dresser with the faces of each drawer nailed to a sheet of plywood and put on with hinges to make like a door. My only problem is right now and im hoping you can help me with this is what kind of cfl would i use for my veg stage also what king will i use for my flowering stage. also since your having such luck, what kind of soil/nuts and anything else you used, where did you get it and how much? sorry for all the questions im jus very intrested on learning and starting this thingg
Last edited by caper24; 05-31-2010 at 10:07 AM.
now weed is not a bad thing,
It's a good thing,
A neighbourhood thing,
So much joy that it could bring
At first,good luck with your first grow!Its gonna be a great experience...it is for me!!!Secondly,let me inform you that luck is an unknown word to me...just because i never was a lucky man! :P And thats why i kept reading and reading before getting started!So the only thing i can tell for sure,is that knowledge is the key...you must always know what you do and why you re doing it!Observe and collect data...then put your data together and do the right thing!Thats what i do,and everything works fine!
Now,about the lighting...the veg stage needs cool cfls which are 6400K and flowering needs warm cfls which are 2400K.My setup is 3 warm and 1 cool and thats because i want to flower.In the veg stage (which i completed with leds) i should have had 3 cool and 1 warm.These changes are needed because on veg,the plant needs more blue from the light spectrum,in contrary to the flowering that needs more red.Thats the basics...for further info,you can read many articles on the internet about growing with cfls,that can help you more!!
The soil i use is BioBizz Allmix and i feed them with BioBizz FishMix and BioGrow.On the second paragraph of the journal you can read my schedule!
The place i bought them and the price,are useless to you cause i guess that we dont even live in the same continent...!So if you want BioBizz products,check their site to find your closest dealer!If there is not one near your place,you can simply order them!
If you need anything else,i would be glad to help you!
I forgot to mention that today i began an experiment...i started training the smallest regular plant!As far as i know,lst is not dangerous for the plants,but what ever happens,doesnt really matter.If something goes wrong,i ll start over again....i got plenty of those regulars!
So i tied it down and when there is progress(positive or negative) i ll post some pics!If i kill it...i will post pics from the funeral!
Last edited by Marlo; 05-31-2010 at 11:36 AM.
After 5 days the plants are still doing great!
The SR is flowering very nice and the smell is skunky....it reminds me of NY Diesel that smoked in Amsterdam last year!
The other 3 regulars are also doing fine...the big one hasnt yet showed any sign of sex,so i keep waiting!
The same for the other two.The small one is my "guinea pig" which i started lst. It seems ok and i hope to go on like this!The other one on the left,is a little streched but has no problems.
Thats the news for now...i believe the project goes on successfully and in about 3-4 weeks,my first weed will be ready to flush,dry and cure!
By the way...today i smoked a friends short rider and it was really nice...very fine taste,aroma and full of trichomes!It was mostly body stone and a pretty heavy one!
3 more days have passed and the plants are doing great....not all of them...most of them!The little one that wanted to lst,is actually a male and i got rid of it quickly!
So now i have 1 Fem SR that keeps flowering nicely and 2 other that havent yet showed sex.
I am planning to kill the 2 regulars,since i dont really care about them,and start growing some new autos that just arrived from Nirvana,Amsterdam!Blue Mystic,Bubblelicious,Jock Horror and Northern Lights!
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Last night one more male got killed!Fortunately it wasnt the one on the right.So now i have the SR and one more hopping to be fem!
The SR is doing great and the other is still vegging...its been a week since i turned to 12/12 but no sign of sex on this plant!I also started germinating 5 more autos!2 x Northen Light , 2 x Bubblegum and 1 x Blue Mystic,all from Nirvana!
More news and pics,tommorow!!!
Your grows looking blinding fella, lots of usefull info so best of luck with it. I hear short ryders a nice smoke & it looks like you did your homework on it. i'll be keeping watch through your grow
Everything i write is a lie and all my pics are stolen from others on the internet