Critical Kush in new grow room! Barneys Farm on Hydrotops in the
The Grow Room forums; Hi all, here's my first grow in my new grow room. Recently moved from a caravan grow to indoors in ...
Critical Kush in new grow room! Barneys Farm on Hydrotops
Hi all, here's my first grow in my new grow room. Recently moved from a caravan grow to indoors in a unit. Made from a stud 2x2 timber frame and panelled out with 18mm OSB board. All lined with 100mm kingspan insulation then finished in Airflex space wrap insulation. 2 big extractors and two big extractors in reverse to make inlets.
I divided the setup into two rooms. One 1.2m x 1.5m for flowering and the other 600mm x 1.5m for veg. Hoping to keep the cycle going giving a yield every 4-6 weeks.
Now onto my Critical Kush
This is my first ever journal on here. Have been growing for 18years or so, so thought I'd share this one with you all.
What I'm running are as follows!
600w hps for 'grow' room
600w hps for 'flowering' room
25L pots to transplant to
Erin sphagnum moss peat (tomato gro' bags at £2.50 per bag!)
Canna clay balls to line pot trays
Perlite at 50/50 mix with soil
Hydrotops nutrients as follows: Root stim, Solo Grow SW, Solo Soil Bloom, Solo Soil Boost. (Not yet on shelves this is nute trial period from company)
So... I decided that CK was the way to go on this new set up. Got the seeds delivered from Seedsman seeds... All was good so far! Soaked seeds until they had cracked open then transplanted to soil. This is we're the problems started!
I fired my old germination box up... I've had it for years and has had virtually 100% success rate from when I made it. It's an oblong chipboard box, lined with kingspan even at the bottom. Then trayed builders DPM and filled with canna clay balls to make humidity. It's powered using a fluorescent tube and the heat the ballast gently makes is just right for seedlings or cuttings to enjoy the warm moist evaporation from the clay pebbles
After transplanting the seeds to the soil, only 5 out of the 10 survived. Oddly, the failed seeds only kept to their split state with a tiny shoot protruding and stayed like that until they turned to mush.
However the other 5 have grown along well, I have no idea what caused them to do this. I'm not sure if its Barneys farm as the seeds did look a bit small and green, like they were not quite fully matured seeds... At least I got £35 worth of the £70. Gutted but let's see how they do!!!
may I also add that I am posting this a little late and the plants are currently 1 week under HPS so I will post pics in a mo of when I first put them under!
I hope you've enjoyed so far! Big loves!
Last edited by overvolt; 01-14-2014 at 01:23 PM.
You're going to be a very happy camper.
I suggest a top then a fim 2 weeks later.
Thanks MedicatedGrow! I've always been an old skool grower. I'm not old by all means lol, but given a situation arise in most garden plants, I can, 95% of the time cure or figure out whats going on in a plant and fix it. But I let things grow as they will!
Originally Posted by MedicatedGrow
However.... I'm not all that clued up on tequniques to increase yield. So could you explain the best way and safest way to fim please?
A friend did it for me way back when me and the family went to India on holiday and never quizzed him on what he did lol. But it was the last grow of the strain and the yield was increased a bit.
All new knowledge greatly received and thanks in advance!
Basically FIM is "Fuck I Missed" I would explain it but this person does it better.
Fimming With My Blaze: A Complete How to FIM Guide
Basically it's topping but leaving a little growth not cutting the entire top piece off.
It causes hormones to go to all other parts of the plant while the plant itself recovers, thus growing all side branches out to reach the top cola.
Cheers mate, it made good reading. Think I will do this then! CK is quite a yielding plant though, would FIMing cause breakages in the stems?
also you said to top the FIM... Isn't Topping the same?
No, topping creates 2 main stems which will increase your yield as long as you have the light penetration.
1 main stem turns into 2 main stems which = a ton more side branches and 2 main colas.
I would top at 1 month (If you plant to veg for at least 1 1/2 months.
Then FIM 2 weeks later.
This will cause any and all small side branches to want to catch up to the highest cola, thus creating a ton of large colas.
Just use bambo sticks or string to hold up these colas about week 5-6 into flowering, unless you have a good fan running 24/7 which would cause the stems to fatten and harden up.
I have a weak fan so my stems were sort of weakish more like rubber than wood, so they wobbled a lot.
CK is a VERY high yielder so you should have some fun. Just remember if you have the room and space, to open all the branches outward so more light gets inside, or you can train your CK with tieing it down in certain ways to get more light.
Ok mate, thanks for the info... I will defiantly have a go at that then! Sounds a fun experiment lol. Il be posting pics so maybe you could keep a look out and let me know if I'm doing right!
Il be having some good fans on the go indeed... I'm hitting 80'F in there sometimes. Think I heat stressed them after first putting them under! Was hoping for 9 plants under a 1000HPS like I have done before but I think 5 will be enough!
Last night I gave them a feed, Hydrotops Grow and Rootstim. It's their second feed so far. Today I noticed the new growth doing the twist n shout! They were reaching for the sky but twisting the leafs. Having not used Hydrotops before I guessed at 10ml per 2litres. I've done this with Biobizz Grow at 3mls but its thicker... WAY thicker than the Hydrotops grow. So thought it would be okay. Chucked in 10mls of Rootstim that stinks of shit!
Knowing that my hydro shop have used this before I thought a call would be in order.
Uh ohh spaghettioooh!!!
....turns out I've been over nuteing! I've been giving them full strength that would be fit for the last week/s of veg! I should be doing. Should be 6mls to every 2 litres! They seem to have withstood it last night. I flushed them with plain water and probably will till Thursday or Friday now.
The nutes seem good but it would have been nice to have been given a feeding schedule seeing that the bottles had nothing on them apart from a small sticker saying 'HYDRoToPs Solo Soil SW'
Let's see what happens next!
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