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Tentoes1962

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  1. Tentoes1962

    Starting a small indoor grow.....

    So may I ask what kind of light do you use for vegging?
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    Starting a small indoor grow.....

    Good stuff!...thank you man! SO many different ways to grow weed! In some ways I look at the grow I’m doing now as a kind of “control” in that I would like to show, after I’m done, what kind of quality can be expected by growing in a “Betty Crocker” methodology....just follow the instructions, add water and “voila!”, ...”...we are now entering orbit around Nebulon 5....it is advised to keep your seatbelts fastened....” I also understand that adding UV light (UV “A”, I believe, during flower) also increases THC as well as other desirable compounds as well. I am obviously not up to your level of expertise but believe me I appreciate your thoughts and recommendations. If I don’t immediately adopt your recommendations, don’t think that I am dismissing your ideas!
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    Starting a small indoor grow.....

    Just so I understand, the saucer is used to catch the excess water or runoff? And you leave that runoff in the saucer to let it be absorbed back into the soil?
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    Just a noob’s picture of my ghetto-grow

    Hi so here is a pic of one of the girls after switching to flower photoperiod (12/12) for about a week. I really didn’t think they would kick-in to flower that quickly. Let me know if anyone sees anything worrisome, pls.
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    Starting a small indoor grow.....

    If you have time, some of your findings on this subject would be appreciated as well. It seems to be standard practice to stop soil fertilization and even to “flush” the plant with excess water near harvest time.
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    Starting a small indoor grow.....

    Thank you for all of the details! I appreciate it and you have given me a lot of food for thought...
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    Starting a small indoor grow.....

    Hey thank you very much for that detailed answer!! Those thorough explanations are appreciated because they allow a person to be able to apply the knowledge to different circumstances. Bravo man! To me it isn’t a trivial subject, and I have plans to incorporate soil-moisture sensors (as in burying multiple ones in the growing media) to be able to sense when the soil has been ideally watered. For me I still like using homer buckets because: 1) The hard plastic rims are good for providing a solid structure to attach wires for LST and; 2) If, after watering I see a lot of runoff, another unused homer bucket can be used to catch the runoff and allow some runoff water to “wick” back into the grow medium. If the water in the catch bucket doesn’t get sucked back into the grow medium after about an hour, then I get rid of the runoff and take the “grow” bucket out of the “catch” bucket. Oh and also.....do you water your plants on a daily basis, or do you water when the soil starts to dry, or the leaves begin to wilt slightly? It has been my habit to only water when the plant begins to show it’s thirsty, but that’s probably a whole ‘nother can of worms..... thanks for the shared wisdom!
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    Starting a small indoor grow.....

    So it has been a habit of mine (ever since I read an article in a “Grow Encyclopedia”, published by “High Times” magazine way back in, like, 1978) to be VERY vigilant about not watering to excess or runoff, for the purpose of not flushing out beneficial bacteria and nutrients. Believe me I am not disagreeing, just telling what I do and the reasons behind it and I am always looking for methods and improvements to the way I grow. For now I manually water the plants from the top with a manual sprayer and I slowly add water amongst the plants until I begin to see water coming from the holes in the bottom. That bucket immediately goes into another, identical bucket but with no holes in the bottom. The idea is to catch the runoff, and allow the runoff additional time to be absorbed back into the original bucket (to make sure there are no “dry spots” in the soil in the big bucket). After a while I take the bucket out to make sure that the excess water has been absorbed, and if not, then I discard the runoff. I have have been a big believer in this method but I am willing to change if there is a compelling reason. I appreciate your ideas and opinions, Backdoor!
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    Starting a small indoor grow.....

    Hi there KarrMcDebt: Quoting you from a previous entry, ......”I was growing in buckets, so I top treated the soil with sand (or DE) and watered from the bottom”. So this sounds interesting to me. I use plastic “homer” buckets filled with Fox Farms Ocean Forest. At the bottom of the buckets I have drilled four (~1/8 inch) holes in the sides to allow excess water to escape. Typically I simply water from the top, very slowly to try and minimize any excess water running out of the bottom. So when I see your post about “watering from the bottom”, am I correct in assuming that you water your plants by letting the water enter the soil medium from the bottom, then allowing the water to saturate the soil before letting the excess be drained away?
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    Starting a small indoor grow.....

    Hello again, I would like to ask a few more questions about my grow, which by the way is located in the garage of the duplex that we rent. It is my understanding that ANY stray light hitting the plants during night-time is very undesirable (can lead to things like hermaphrodites) 1) In an attempt to reduce any and all light that enters the garage (grow area), I have applied poster board with aluminum foil backing to the translucent windows of the garage door (on the inside). This does an excellent job of stopping almost ALL of the unwanted light, but a little light gets through the sides of the garage door. Should I do something about this light coming in from the sides of the garage door? 2) What is the best way to deal with hermaphrodite flowers, if they do develop? In my one stealth grow, I had an injured plants that would make bright green “bananas” (male flower parts I believe). Since I was worried that these small male parts could destroy my entire grow, I would regularly remove these male parts. From reading in this forum I gather that I have maybe been throwing away a good source of “feminized” seeds (I.e. these hermaphrodite seeds are always females). Is this true? I thank everyone here for the help!
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    Starting a small indoor grow.....

    Thank you man! I owe ya a car wash!
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    Starting a small indoor grow.....

    Hi all so I have caught my first few victims and I have uploaded one photo.....If it isn’t clear enough then let me know and I will try and get a closer, macro pic.
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    Starting a small indoor grow.....

    Thanks KarrMcDebt: would diatomaceous earth work in this situation?
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    Starting a small indoor grow.....

    I am going to get some traps today and maybe I can send some pics of the victims.....
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    Starting a small indoor grow.....

    So I am seeing some small gnat-ish-looking flies buzzing around the soil of my plants. There are not many at all but I just wanted to ask. They are small (like a gnat) but I can’t give you any more identifying information. I plan to get some traps to catch a few and maybe then I will have more info to share. I just want to make sure I am not seeing something that might be a major problem..... Thanks for all the information!
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