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The Grow Room forums; I had been debating whether to document this grow after such a long absence online, but after searching for other ...
8k slow release organics w/ top shelf strains!
I had been debating whether to document this grow after such a long absence online, but after searching for other slow release organic grows of this scale I have been inspired to share my experiences! I plan to keep this thread casual enough that I may get to updating once a wk or?...
I recently completed building out a space to run 8x 1000w hps lights, a nearly year long endeavor in the making. I have 6k running four plants per light of bubblegum and flo in 10 gal smart pots, and 2k running 8-10 og kush per light in 5 gal smart pots.
There is a 10in max fan pulling through a can 150 scrubber recirculating within the room. All hoods are daystar a/c with 4 powerhouse ballasts and 4 phantom digi ballasts. There are 2x 8in ho can fans exhausting the lights through rigid duct with an inline ozonator near outside exhaust. The intake damper, inline fans and ozone are all controlled via photoperiod sensor.
A dual stage sediment and uv water filter is plumbed to my 32 gal brute rez controlled via float valve; using a submersible pump, hose, and water wand to water every other day.
A sentinel chhc4 controlls my co2 (50lb tank refilled bout once a wk or so), and humidity ( too small dehui set to 40% keeps it around 55%). Lastly my 18,000 a/c keeps daytime temps a cool 74-78f.
Now a word on this whole "organic" style of growing. I live in a medical state where mmj patients have access to a broad spectrum of medicine through a variety of wellness centers and caregivers, for now. A large portion of Colorado commercial warehouses (20-50+ lights) continue to follow the California model of using carcinogenic materials in production of medicine strictly for profits. The most recent federal presence in CA is a harbinger for CO if we as patients continue to give up our rights allowing these facilities to grow cancer causing poison on our behalf.
That said here's my soil mix:
4 cu ft sunshine #4 (organic)
1.5 cu ft Roots Organics soil
1.5 cup DTE blood meal
1.5 cup DTE fish bone meal
1.5 cup sparetime organics kelp meal
1.5 cup sparetime organics trace minerals
3 cups DTE neem seed meal
1 cup soil sweetener dolomite lime
4 cups plant success granular
Once mixed this fills 4 x 10gal smart pots with little to spare, or fills 8-10 x 5 gal smartpots. Basically enough dirt for one light so this recipe x 8 is a lots of fun with dirt.
Plants went from overgrown 2gal under 2x 600w transplanted into 5 an 10 gal under alternating 4k until acclimated, about one wk then flipped 12/12.
They had been giving a humboldt roots and earth nectar/earth ambrosia dosing at transplant and 1wk following. Now they are currently day 23 with bud sites everywhere.
I will snap some pics next time I water.
I will show gratitude to those interested by answering any and all questions within a reasonable allotment of time. Thanks!
Last edited by garlictrain; 10-14-2011 at 01:22 PM.
Reason: added pics
Going to start adding molasses at 1tsp/gal till harvest.just made some awesome bubble...
I took these pictures through my growgles...
Day 35 update...
spent some time yellow leaving and weaving buds into trellising, getting very wet with resin....
Day 44 update...
smelling good. og will be taken around 7 1/2 wks, flow around 8-9 wks, and bubblegum around 10 wks, give or take. also a small branch of flow that split off getting cured up for some prehar smoke...
Checking daily now for ripeness. Ogkush: 20%clear/80%milky trichs, 3-7 more days. Flo: 70% clear/30% milky trichs, 7-11 more days. Nycdiesel: 30% clear/70% milky trichs, 5-9 more days. Note Nycdiesel is one of the most beautiful plants when grown organically, leaves have colored purple, red, orange. Bubblegum: 80% clear/20% milky trichs, 14-18 more days. Note bubblegum is also changing all the colors of autumn, specifically taking on a red hue.
Here's the recently completed drying room. Will line dry and use net hanging baskets for smalls.
If anyone has questions or comments feel free to speak up. Get the feeling I'm talking to myself out here
Can I come live with you?
Whoa man, your avatar is rediculouso! Great job in there, those sure are some nice fat looking colas. Good luck on the upcoming harvest!
thanks Tex! i put all the work into the soil and environment and let the plants speak for themselves. the picture in my avatar is the bubblegum and it still has almost two weeks to go! i know some very lucky patients who will benefit from these incredible strains grown organically.
Did you hear about the Fort Collins Ban? Such a shame!
Your grow is looking amazing GT, and I have a couple questions for ya.
Do you add anything to the soil after transplant (except molasses)?
Also, do you let your soil mix cook for a while, or can you mix and transplant immediately?
I'm looking into an organic setup this winter? Anyway, can't wait till harvest. I bet your patients can't either