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Greetings to all.
I have decided to write a journal so you can all see my progress and my methods, and hopefully warn me if i am doing anything wrong or if there is a better way of doing it.
Currently i have 1 tent set up, a 4'x4'x6' Secret Jardin with a 400W MH and a 5" fan/filter. I am going to use this as a veg tent for the time being, but it will get used for flowering later on and clones will be taken and grown in a 3'x3'x6' tent which shall be the veg tent from there on. When the plants are ready to flower i plan on upgrading the light to a 600W-1000W Sodium and putting the 400W in the smaller veg tent.
So where am i right now?
Well, i have the large tent set up, just need to buy some oscillating fans. I have 5 pots ready for 5 plants (i am being hopeful here, as i only bought 5 seeds) and I shall be using coco professional (of which i have 50 litres) and a litre each of 2 part Plant Magic vegging neuts. I bought a Tropf Blumat irrigation system for automatic watering, as i shall be away from my plants a lot, and i have a heated propagator and seeding pellets to start my 5 seeds.
So last friday (3 nights ago) i set my heated propagator up, put some water in the base, popped in my pellets and watched them expand to full size. I left these for 4 hours to get to a tepid temperature and then i popped in my 5 magic beans. Then i left them for the weekend.
Today (monday) i checked on them, they have retained the moisture almost too well, so i have soaked up the excess water in the tray where 2 of the pellets were still sitting in about 1mm of water. I also noticed these 2 pellets were more moist than the others, so i just squeezed a few drops of water out of these two, hoping i have not drowned/rotted the seeds. In the images below, it is the two on the left that were a little over watered.
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So now i am patiently waiting for (hopefully) little babies to break the surface and let me know i have not completely failed right from the start.
The seeds are Super Iced Grapefruit (feminized) and i am trying to be realistic in hoping for 1 or 2 of the 5 to sprout. Any more than that and i shall be very happy. Do you think this is a realistic hope? Should i expect more or less? Please feel free to leave your feedback.
Rep to anyone who comments with constructive advice =)
Well, they have sprouted. 3 of the 5 are clearly visible, the other 2 are just about visible pushing through the soil, so it looks like i have 5 out of 5!
Number 2 seems to be winning the grow race, but he has a helmet on. I am going to leave it a couple of days, putting a single droplet of water on the seed shell to soften it every few hours. I hope the leaves will push this off naturally, however if not, i am going to have to try and help it along.
I am very happy these magic beans have all sprouted, so many thanks to Rhino seeds and Feminized seeds for a good product.
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I shall keep you all posted on how things go.
BTW that 6th pellet is empty, i just water it like the others so i can stick my finger in it to see how its drying without damaging the plants =)
The shell was clamping the stem of number 2, so i popped it off with a paperclip. It was stopping the first two leaves from facing upwards, so i didnt want it to stunt the growth of the plant. Not sure if i should get a CFL just to give them a little boost at this stage before they get stuck under the 400w MH on saturday.
i cant believe it. 10 hours later and all 5 are up and looking around! the largest is 2 inches tall at least, all 5 look to have 2 healthy pre-leaves, some have started to face upwards. I have put them under a pair of 20w CFL bulbs (1250 lumens each) hoping to keep them happy. They look a little lanky and i dont want them getting any taller just yet, not until the stems get a little fatter, so i have put the lights as close as i can.
For some reason i cant upload images right now, so i will try tomorrow.
I am so happy. Happy all 5 popped and happy they seem to have a lust for growing.
These pics are from last night. They seem a little perky now i have given them some light, nice and straight, starting to develop a nice red/purple tint on the stems, and the leaves are a good strong even green colour. A few have started to curl back their starter leaves while the true leaves are still very tiny, i am not sure if this is normal but i am guessing it isn't a worry.
I am unsure as to whether i should leave the propagators lid on or leave it off for more direct light. The bulbs are very cool, even putting my finger 10mm from the bulb is warm rather than hot, but i just want to give my babies the best chance, so some advice here would be great. Thanks =)
I left the lid off the propagator and have gotten great results. All 5 plants are healthy, have the first pair of spiked leaves now as big as the starting leaves, and the roots have just popped out the bottom (one has gone quite mad with the root and is 3 inches out of the pellet!) so time to pot these babies up tonight. They are all about the same height now, all lush looking, and i cant wait to get them into veg mode. Tomorrow i will update with pics when they are in the tent, in larger pots and hooked up with my automatic watering system (lets hope that works).
Potted them up, set everything up and ready to leave them to fend for themselves for 5 days! Lets hope that auto watering system works out =)
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Very hot day today, and the temp has only gone up to 27 degrees. Humidity looks optimal, although i expect that to drop slightly when the potting tray dries out. The fan is doing an excellent job of cycling the air, the negative pressure is so high, it is sucking in the sides of the tent.
I have given my girls a bit of support in case they decide to wilt while i am away. they have just started to sprout the second set of true leaves. By friday, they should be in veg mode and start growing again once the root system is established. The pot size might delay it a bit but we will see. I plan to veg these a couple of extra weeks, get an idea of which is going to be the strongest of the 5 and pick my mother plant.
Running 24/0 cycle for now, next week i will cut down to 18/6. Feeding with pure bottled water until we get some rain, then it will be rain water.
Please feel free to comment.