Promix Soilless under 400w - Vortex, Jilly Bean and Lemon Skunk in the
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I am in the process of finishing off a grow space that I have built under my stairs, allowing ...
Promix Soilless under 400w - Vortex, Jilly Bean and Lemon Skunk
I am in the process of finishing off a grow space that I have built under my stairs, allowing me to move up from a 250w cab grow to 400w.
The approach that works best for me is Promix/Perlite Soilless with hydro nutes. I am currently running Fox Farms, but am strongly considering moving to Botanicare, since it is organic. I don't personally see organic as being significantly better for the plants, but I prefer it for the reduced environmental impact.
This is my first round of growing in the space, so this is all about selecting strains and mothers. In future rounds I will be Scrogging. I am excited to play with TGA genetics, and I threw in a couple of DNA Lemon Skunk freebies for comparison sake.
seeds were started in Sponge Pots, with a median sprout date of May 7. I transplanted to 3 gallon pots (and bags), and also topped them on 5/26 above the second node (ala Uncle Ben's Topping Technique).
Here is a pic taken on 6/9. I flipped the 16 plants to 12/12 yesterday, and expect to be down to 8 or 9 females in a week or two.
For this journal, I will be dialing in the grow for my new setup, comparing strains and making notes for future (scrog) grows. I will also be finishing up the grow space, and can go into that for those interested. Questions and comments are welcome.
vortex mm jilly have some soon lemon skunk love lemon weeds and skunks i belurking nice to watch taste test would bee better
Thanks for stopping by, Bowsa.
Taste is certainly a consideration as I pick my mothers. With this grow, I have particularly high hopes for Jilly Bean-- I will post a smoke report at the end of the grow. When considerting strains, I have these priorities:
1) Quality of the high (one strain for working, one for socializing, one for trippin out and one for sleep)
2) Flavor and color
3) Ease of Growth
After this round, future strains will include Kali Mist, Sannie's Jack, and Blueberry Sativa (Escobar); then a round with Sannies Star KushxKO Kush, PR's Sour Kush and Purple Wreck; then finally a round with Chocolate Rain, Killing Fields (Sannies) and G13 Haze (Barney's).
In the end, I hope to end up with 3-5 mothers, that I will run in a perpetual harvest setup.
Just a quick update from Day 47 of the grow (day 12 from flowering).
I am down to 10 female plants: 5 Vortex, 3 Jilly Bean and 2 Lemon Skunk (fems). As you can see they are pretty packed in under the 400w light:
Here's my favorite so far, Jilly Bean #1. Note the great branching.
J1 Day47.jpgJ1 Day47 branch.jpg
I just gave them a good flush a couple of days ago. I use Fox Farm hydro nutes, and find that the plants are much happier if I water to significant runoff every couple of weeks. The ph of the runoff water was 7.0, so the buffering in the soil (dolomite lime) seems to be doing the trick.
In general, I prefer bushier plants, but this run is to find mothers, not maximize yield, so I'll just deal with more stretch than I'm used to.
Day 26 of Flower
When will it end! The stretch of these girls is amazing. I am not used to the power of a 400w (I used to grow a 250w). I had to move them over to the other side of the grow space, because I was running out of height. The tallest plant I have now (a Vortex, even taller than the Lemon Skunks) is 3'8", which means they have been averaging a foot each week for the last three weeks.
Fed them at the start of last week. 1.5tsp Grow Big, 1.5 tsp. Tiger Bloom, and .75 tsp Silica supplement.
Here is the 'Jungle'.
Flower Day 25 - The Jungle.jpg
My favorite plant right now is Vortex #7. It has very good trich development for 3 weeks in. A few others are showing some trichs, but nothing as much as this:
vortex7 Flower Day 25.jpg
Looks amazing . Just bought a 400w HPS too, am upgrading from CFLs. Looks like it's a great choice! Will be happy if my plants end up looking like yours.
Thanks for stopping by, and for the compliments, Ms. J.
Just checked out your grow-- particularly interested in the Sour Kush. You have done some great work with that closet; I imagine you will be able to take full advantage of the 400w.
Able To Roll A Joint
Able to roll a joint
All looks good...I've heard good things about jilly bean but never come across it. hopefully the scrog will control that stretch in the future. Interested to talk about promix with ya...get back to me if you can. Mahalo
Flower Day 32
Well, things are looking pretty tasty in the grow room. The scents are just starting to fill out. Right now Jilly Bean and Lemon Skunk are dominating, giving the whole room a tangy candy smell.
I've been fortunate in that the temps have not gotten too high during the day. It helps that my lights are running from 8pm to 8am. Measuring the temps at the canopy, the max has been 79f, and I don't even have the ventilation set up proper. I think I really like having this space in the basement. Here is look into the room at the moment
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There has been considerable variation to the phenos of the TGA strains I am growing out. A couple of the Vortex have gotten very tall and leggy. I had to supercrop them just to keep them in the same ballpark as the other plants.
Leggy Vortex F32.jpg
Here are my picks of the crop so far: Lemon Skunk #1
Lemon Skunk F32.jpg
Jilly #1 F32.jpg
and Vortex #7.
Vortex #7 F32.jpg
I'm surprised the Vortex isn't producing much scent yet. It is loaded with trichs, and even has some flowers coming out of the center of some of the leaves.
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