NYGC Fruit Salad: Mango(reg) super soil grow
This will be my second time growing ever, so still pretty new to all this. Ive been listening to grow cast on Spotify, and love the ask Dr coco episodes, so naturally got turned onto this grow.
I will be growing in a super soil called "grow dirt", and just watering with filtered water. Ive put my seeds into a seed soak with some "green supreme"(another high powered organics product) for 18 hours and then planted into seedling pots using Grow Dirt super starter. The plan is to transplant to 3 gallon fabric pots for vege, then to 7 gallon fabric pots about a week or so before flipping the lights to flower. These are regular seeds, so I will need to sex the plants when they start to show signs of flowering, and separate the males.
I'm growing from Australia, so I had about a 24 hour head start, and I think most of the products I will be using might not be available outside of Aus.
The seed in the middle was the first one to break the soil, but already seeing two others about to pop. I'm super impressed at how fast these seeds germinated. It was an 18 hour seed soak, and so far its been almost days 3 in soil.
They've been in the right temp zone, fluctuating a bit between 21°C and 25°C, and a humidity of 85-95 rh in their little mini greenhouse. Have only sprayed the surface of the soil once, it seems to be holding its moister very well. I have high hopes for these little babies.
All five of my babies have popped through the soil, so got to be happy about that.
The one in the middle was the first to break through, and the leaves have grown noticeably, but seems to be stretching a fair bit. Which leads me to believe its wanting more light.
I've got my cheapy blurple 100w LED on them at the moment, in my bedroom wardrobe(still waiting to harvest what's in my tent). It has been sitting about 50cm above them, but I've raised them to be at 40cm.
I did have a bit of a fuck up with the timer on the lights last night, and these little ones ended up getting an extra 3 hours of light(so 21/3, instead of 18/6). 😐 hoping that hasn't caused them too much stress, but they're looking pretty happy.
So I had to go away for a couple of days, and leave my seedlings to fend for themselves. I was a little concerned about them drying out and dying, so gave them a decent water, and put the humidity dome on with the two holes on top half open.
They were mostly fine, and all still had a bit moister in the soil. I think one of the plants actually suffered from a little over watering. The one with the leaves angling down, and a few brown/yellow spots on the leaves. Being a rookie grower, this is what I think it is, but not completely confident on my diagnosis.
The rest of the plants look super happy. The one in the middle seems to be growing the fastest, it will be interesting to see if this plant ends up having more vigor than the rest.
I have been giving them a 3-5 hours a day of a bit of light airflow from an old inline fan. Its a very light breeze just to incourge the plant to have better anchoridge. Its not the most ideal grow space in my wardrobe, but it will have to do until I can free up the tent.
Nothing new to report, the conditions have been pretty stable.
Ive figure that about 50ml of water every 2-3 days has kept them fairly happy.
Ive given them a very light folier spray last night of some green supreme, and kept the fan on during the light cycle, and off during the dark.
The little one on the right seem to be looking a lot better after its overwatering trauma, and the one in the middle is still leading the charge in growth.
I'm thinking I'll pot up to my 3 gallon fabric pots in a few days. I'll check in again then, and let you all know how I go.
The up potting didn't go as smoothly as I'd hoped, but I think everyone is okay.
The first little one I went to transplant, came out nice and clean, the soil well molded to the shape of the pot. I was sprinkling some mycorrhizal Fungi & Rhizobacteria inoculant on the roots coming out the bottom, and the hole brick just explode in my hand. I found the plant on the ground, picked it up, and planted it, in its new home. Its looking fine so far, but I expect this one will suffer from transplant shock.
I then asked the Mrs to help sprinking the roots for all the others. Everyone else's transplant went well and they seem happy in their new homes.
Went up to 3 gallon fabric pots, in "gorilla grow dirt", which is a super soil by high powered organics. Gave them a nice layer of Alfa Mulch on top, and gently watered them in. I dont think they'll need another water for about 5-7 days, but I will keep an eye on them. Fingers crossed they take well to their new homes. 🤞
Everyone's doing well after their transplant, including the one I dropped on the ground.
I'll admit, it did suffer from transplant shock, and I was a bit worried. Its leaves were drooping bad, and it was looking pretty unhappy. I gave everyone about 50ml of water with some dark matter(microbial inoculant)
And wow! The next day, it was alive again!
The rest of the seedlings didn't look like they showed any sign of stress from the transplant, and are loving their new home.
I'm sure you guys can all tell which one hit the deck during transplant.
Much love, to all you other growers,
Haven't watered them in 3 days, and I think I'll wait another day to give them some more. The pots still feel like they have water in them. Water ph is about 6.5.
Everyone seems relatively happy, and will be moving to the tent in the garage tomorrow. Just spending today cleaning and sterilising the tent.
I will be changing their light schedual to have the lights on during the night to compensate for the drop in temperature. Currently they're 18hr on a 6am on/ 12am off. I will be changing them to 6pm on/ 12 noon off. So I will be leaving the lights on over night tonight until 12 noon tomorrow. Hopefully 30 hours of straight light doesn't do them any harm.
Peace out growmies,
Much love. ✌
Finally finished up in the tent, and moved my little babies into their new home.
They have been under lights for almost 30 hours as to change to their new light schedule. Shout out the crackbabies for the advise on how to do this. Lights out in about 2 hours for a well earned rest.
Ill give them their first watering in 4 days when lights come back on at 6pm tonight.
Happy growing everyone.
So we've had a bit of a heat wave over the last 4 days. Just as they move into the tent, that get absolutely smashed by 38°C/100°F. I had the aircon on in the garage, which is where the tent is, but that could only bring the temp down to 32°C/90°F while the lights were on. It wasn't just hot either, it was super dry!
The humidifier was set to 80RH to keep the VPD down, and they were looking okay, but then my oscillator fan died! I went to my local hydro shop, and they were sold out, so ended up getting a floor fan that can angel up. Its a fair bit more powerful than the last fan I had, but pointing at a corner of my 3x3 tent, I think it has better circulation than the oscillator.
They do look like they suffered a bit over the last 4 days, but all things considered, they're doing well. I gave them another water last night, and a little spray of some dr zymes.
All good in the hood
Happy growing everyone
It was a tough week for these little ones, with the heat wave, and some human error, growth has been sma little slow.
I bought an IR thermometer so I could get proper readings for figuring out VPD. I found my leaf surface temperature was consistently higher than my ambiant room temperature. After a bit of research into what was causing this, I turned my lights down to 65% and the problem was sorted. I didn't realise I'd been overdoing it on the lights.
Since making this change, there's been a noticeable increase in growth rate, and they're looking a lot better than they were.
Seeing them happy makes me so happy. I swear it's as good as having pet, watching, and caring for these plants. 🥰
Had to go away for 6 days for work, and was a bit worried about my little ones. I had my partner to send me photos and give them a small drink. Got back yesterday and everyone's doing great.
Topped them all, and gave them a bit of ph 6.4 water with some great white shark microbes. Its nice to see the difference in growth coming back home to them after almost a week.
No.5 is getting pretty lanky, ive got my suspicions that ones a male. I definitely don't think I'll be ready to switch to flower on the set date, but everyone's looking happy, and I'll get there in due time.
Happy growing, to you all.
Its been a pretty cruizy week, checking in on the garden daily, and these little ones have been thirsty. I think perhaps they were a bit underwatered the week before. I'm now using moister meters in the pots to help me get better grip on watering frequency and amounts, and finding very helpful.
Also been alternating IPM foiler sprays (Dr Zymes, Pure crop 1) and giving them a folier feed of green supreme plant tonic, which is mostly aloe and kelp.
They look like they've recovered from the topping last week, and are starting to grow out a bit more than straight up. No 5 is noticeably lankier than the rest of them, and looks a bit different. Is this more likely to be a male or genetic variation?? We will see!
Need to get them into their final home of 7 gallon pots at least a week before flipping the lights, but I don't think they're ready for the transplant yet.
Learning a great deal in this grow, and I feel it's already going much better than my previous/first grow. Loving this hobby, and appreciate you all so much.