NYGC Coco: bloom's room
hi everyone, I'm excited to join this grow challenge. Been growing for a few years with OK results and lots of room for improvement. I grow mostly auroflowers in coco. lately I've been having some serious issues with stunred plants. I used to use canna bricks with decent results, last year with the covid shortages I couldn't find it any more so I switched to a cheaper brick coco, did not properly rinse and buffer and got stunted plants, lately I have been reusing this same coco after rinsing and buffering and am still getting stunted results.
this grow, I intend to start with a new brick, hydrate, rinse, and double buffer exactly like the tutorial says. Perhaps that is the root of my problems. I will get going on that this week as well as get the germination process underway trying to get day 1 around january 1.
My box of seeds has several choises, I'm leaning towards green poison by sweet seeds, and will probably attempt to start a couple.
Is there a tutorial somewhere on how to post photos on this challenge?
merry christmas and happy new year and good grow wishes to one and all.
got 2 green poison seeds in water, also soaking 2 freebies from twenty20--trizkits. If all 4 pop I might decide on a coco hempy for 1 or 2.
Calibrated my ph meter, was slighty changed but not enough to make a difference. my truncheon ec meter on the other hand was way off. there is no real calibration but I cleaned the contacts real good (they were quite grimey) and my ec readings were .5 or .6 higher than yesterdays readings. they have a 2.77 ec solution for checking the meter but mine dried up. I will get some and find out for sure.
My coco has just been double buffered in a stronger cal mag than recomended, so a little more flushing out might be needed.
I see that little thing that says attach files I know that has something to do with posting photos. All I have to do is figure out how to get my photos into a file ready to go.
Just checked and all 4 seeds have sprouted tails, this morning they will go into solo cups, an exciting part of the grow as life begins.
my trusty dog from a couple years ago, may she rest in peace.
these photos show my current failures, the oldest are 6 or 7 weeks and the youngest are about 3 weeks. I'm hoping for much better results with this grow!!
healthy looking seedlings, the only thing changed from my last 2 grows is a fresh brick of coco rinsed and double buffered, this early in the grow I simply use PHed water with a little sea kelp hand watered very lightly. they range from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches.
If these stall out in the seedling stage I will cull them all and try something else.
rereading the tutorial on getting thru the seedling stage I see that it is recomended to start fertigation earlier than I am used to. I mixed a gallon of the seedling mix using the general hydroponics products and started feeding at 0.4 ec.
not much change from yesterday, the smaller ones may have stretched up a little almost catching up with the larger. everyone has just 1 set of serrated leaves.
6 days above ground, a little growth. they are all about 2 1/2 to 3 with a small version of the second true leaves sprouted.
I just upped the light power to 50%, and I'm feeding at 0.6 to 0.7 EC.
Giddyup little babies.
I'm excited to report some growth!
They are all about 2 1/2 to 3 inches tall and growing some leaves. Normally I would transplant up to the final pot around now, however I only see 2 nodes and I will try to hold out for 3. I am not a very patient person so we shall see how long I can hold out. These are autoflowers so I think I will transplant to the final pot.
The first 2 photos are the twenty20 freebies trizkits;
The other two are sweet seeds green poison;
They are all getting pretty big for their tiny stalks, added a little support for 1. Green poison shows a little wrinkling of the leaves, [cal mag?] but otherwise I am pleased to see something going on.
So everyone has node number three and was transplanted up last night. this photo was 8 hrs later with lights out.
The two on the right are in hempy style buckets and these will be the final pots, the other two will probably be transplanted one more time.
Some leaves, especially the first serated ones look a little tired, I turned the lights down from 75% to 50%. I took a couple pre transplant photos.
I'm no expert either but I am begining to think a lot of my troubles are related to my very low humidity conditions. The next 4 pics will show why I think this. I have 4 plants, two are doing pretty good, and the other two not so good.
Going from best to worst;
These two were transplanted into hempy style buckets a couple days ago, I have not done a coco hempy in quite a while.
The other two;
These were transplanted into poly mesh bags made by rain science, I think a 1 1/2 gal and a 1 litre size. They are not recovering like the others, droopy clawed leaves and not building size.
Low humidity coupled with the fact that I'm hand watering are causing the coco in the mesh bags to dry out faster than I can rewater. A hempy bucket has only one drain hole about 2 inches from the bottom, It is filled with perlite to the hole then coco the rest of the way. The perlite filled bottom becomes a resevoir of sorts that the roots reach out for. I think it is plausable that the hempy bucket holds moisture better.
We will wait and watch a couple days, in the mean time any thoughts?
Little one bud is one example of what these stunted clawed leaf seedlings can grow into. She's a blackberry by fastbuds and I've grown some very good examples of this breed. Smells and looks beautiful but just a small handfull of buds from this one.
Another of my stunted claw leaf seedling that seems to have turned the corner is this trizzler auto from twenty 20;
she is branching out a little and will give me a little more bud but not what I'm hoping for. she is about a month younger than one bud.
A couple days later and things are about the same. The two hempy pots are coming along pretty good, one is starting node number 6 everyone else is at 5 nodes. The two in mesh pots are showing some wicked clawing, I have no idea why.
I am planning on transplanting the two smaller ones soon into larger pots soon and the hempys are in their final home.
yesterday I topped the two hempy pot plants at the fourth node and i transplanted the other two into their final pots.
these pics are this morning, one day later. Nobody affected much by the change,
I just started 4 more plants, one came up with only one leaf and one came up a day later than the rest, so I guess a normal start. this is in a separate 24 by 24 tent, and since I am having low humidity problems I am trying to up the humidity. My first try seems to be helping, I put a bucket of water with a paper towel in the water and dangling over the edge of the bucket right in front of my fan. Humidity has come up from 40% to 50%, not bad for a simple solution.
I also have an ultrasonic mist maker thingy on order from ebay that will be my second try.
The 4 plants that are the focus of this journal are in a 2 ft by 4 ft separate tent. Not much has changed with them, tomorrow I will have more time and post some pics.
Thanks for looking.