My first grow 28,800 lumen cfl

Discussion in 'CFL / Fluorescent Lighting' started by MrKennedy420, Dec 28, 2013.

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    MrKennedy420

    MrKennedy420 New Member

    This is my first grow. The strains are unknown due to it being bagseed. I'm using a total of 15 cfls 28,800 lumen 432 watts. I have 2x14w 2700k, 4x19w 6500k, 4x23w 2700k,4x42w 2700k, and 1x68w 2700k. I have an oscillating fan blowing in front of both plants and a single desk style fan blowing over the top of the taller plant. For ferts in veg I used miracle grow all purpose and for flowering i've switched to Jack's Classic bloom booster 10-30-20. The soil is scotts top soil with perlite and lime. Temps with lights on are in the mid 70s and with lights off mid 60s. Humidity is around 45-55 percent. These pictures show them 2 weeks into flower. the cowdog 172.jpg the cowdog 182.jpg the cowdog 187.jpg the cowdog 184.jpg 002.jpg the cowdog 186.jpg the cowdog 179.jpg 004.jpg the cowdog 181.jpg
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    MrKennedy420

    MrKennedy420 New Member

    I forgot to mention that I have been using 1tbls of molasses every watering since the start of flowering. I also wanted to add a few more pictures. 003.jpg 004.jpg 005.jpg 006.jpg 007.jpg
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    BSD0621

    BSD0621 Well-Known Member

    Don't over do it with the molasses.. the soil will start crapping out on you. aim for 1 table spoon per gallon every week.
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    MrKennedy420

    MrKennedy420 New Member

    Hey thanks for the feedback on the molasses I will definitely keep an eye on the soil. I wanted to give a small update. I have removed the 2x14w cfls and replaced them with 2x23w as well as adding an additional 2x23w all at 2700k. I now have a total of 17 cfls, 496 watts, 33,400 lumen. Here are some pictures.
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    cassinfo

    cassinfo Active Member

    Well.....it looks healthy, but it looks weak. Weak plants...small harvest. Go to homedepot and get the big cfl. It's the size of a 2liter.
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    MrKennedy420

    MrKennedy420 New Member

    Hey I agree with you the side branches are pretty thin. I actually already one of the big cfls its a 68w 300w equivalent putting out 4200 lumen. Its in between both of the plants you can see it in my first picture. On top I have two 42w in a y splitter making a total of 5600 lumen so combined I'm better off having the two small cfls vs the one big. I think my main problem is the fact I'm wasting a lot of light. I cant close my closet doors due to heat issues so there's a ton of waste.
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    B166ER420

    B166ER420 Well-Known Member

    Not sure of your situation......apt. or homeowner.....but you could cut a hole in the closet ceiling and mount a fan so it sucking fresh air from under the closet doors.If that's not possible maybe just drape a white sheet across to reflect some light and still have some airflow...or just make yourself a set of badass diy aircooled cfls fixtures....OR both:eyesmoke:
    2786661d1374613431-where-can-i-get-nice-photo07231013_1.jpg 2786662d1374503433-where-can-i-get-nice-photo07211508_1.jpg
    2822169d1379209116-3rd-party-cup-growoff-official-photo09131725.jpg 2822183d1379209458-3rd-party-cup-growoff-official-photo09131726-1.jpg ..I don't desire to show off(maybe a little),just showing you and whoever else what kinda reflectors can be made at home:)
    Btw I think your plants look ok to me...to help with thin branches you should use majority blue spectrum bulbs during veg and keep a good mixed spectrum thru flower and try to throw in some for side lighting.GL.peace
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    MrKennedy420

    MrKennedy420 New Member

    Wow! Your fixture is great! I like your setup. I'd love to build something like that eventually when money permits. What kind of fan is that? For the time being I think I'm gonna try draping something like you suggested. I was thinking of using an emergency blanket. Thanks for the idea man. +rep
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    B166ER420

    B166ER420 Well-Known Member

    Emergency blankets??....the mylar ones?:)......cool!...I hope everything works out for you!
    Thanks!....they were fairly cheap to put together.If you had to buy everything needed....+/- $50ea.
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    MrKennedy420

    MrKennedy420 New Member

    Here is a few more pics. They are now at 3 weeks into flowering. Ive added another cfl to the top of the plant on the right for a total of 18. The first five pics are from the plant ive been keeping on the right, the other 3 are from the plant on the left.
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