GoodBadger's First Cocoforcannabis Grow
Hello everyone! This is my first journal here and I wanted to first thank Dr.s Coco and Photon and everyone else in the community. I have recently found the site and have been so impressed. I"ll just say that you all honestly had me at "science-based techniques" and "peer-reviewed articles" (Strangely enough, I am from the United States. 😥 ) If I'm going to spend time reading and learning to do something, why not have it be anything other than content that's proven to be repeatable? It was exactly what I've been looking for since my first grow almost 1 year ago. The information and explanations I have found here have really put me on another level (at least I feel that way.) So thank you so much everyone. I'm hoping to be a contributing member of this community as long as I'm able!
So, onto this journal. I've finally done it! I've placed just enough orders from Seedsman that I've accumulated 8 free-bees of Gelato OG. I'm going to take this opportunity to do some experimentation with training methods of a single strain. I know that there is currently a Plant Training challenge, but I'm a bit late to the party! That's ok though as I'd like to dabble in a bit of both high and low stress training methods. I've only ever done LST by using plant ties connected to the sides of my pot to lightly manipulate and spread out branches, but that's really about it. Well, that's all about to change!
With training methods the only intentional variable between these plants, I plan on running one side of my 8x4 tent using LST and the other HST. I have 4 Mars Hydro lights and each of the 8 plant sites in the tent is fixed via auto watering system containing self-draining saucers (again, than's for the inspiration Dr. Coco!) Here is the plan:
- 2 plants LST with use of trellis
- 2 plants with a more "aggressive LST timeline" + trellis
- 2 plants topped at 3rd node (not before 5th node is present) + trellis
- 2 plants mainlined. (1 with something traditional like 8 branches off the manifold and maybe 1 trying something crazy like Green75 on YouTube...with maybe a bit less defoliation.)
Considering my limited experience with training, this should be fun. I don't really have a ton of experience, but I've reached that phase where I'm no so terrified anymore and can cope mentally with maybe not getting the best out of each plant as I learn. Thanks for reading and feel free to provide any suggestions, critiques or just say hello!
One day before I drop the seeds into water, and I'm getting ready. I'm buffering some brand new coco. It came in a 10lb brick that I'm mixing with 12 gallons of water, perlite and 120ml of GH CaliMagic (10 mL/gal.) I'm buffering 2x @ 8 hours each soak. I've found that for me, 3 27 gallon totes stacked together with 1/8" holes drilled into the bottom of very the top one works well for this purpose. I stack them together for the soak, mixing occasionally, and then after 8 hours, hoist the inner-most tote out of the second and stack it on the other two to let it drain. Why two totes on the bottom? Learned the hard way that 25 gallons of water, coco, perlite sludge is just too darn heavy for single tote to support. 🤣 Also, for this not to make a mess, only drill holes in the top tote that line up with the width of the bottom tote
Here we are in day two! After a light scuffing followed by four hours submerged in water, 5 out of the eight seeds sunk to the bottom of their glasses, while 3 did not.
Regardless, at that time it was out of the water and into the damp paper towels. I use a pyrex that I seal. This is temp controlled to be at 80 degrees Fahrenheit. About 12 hours into this process, an initial check showed tails on four out of the eight seeds. Going to now let them sit until they have been in the paper towels another 12 hours with pretty consistent checks to make sure moisture is retained.
Also had a chance to finish buffering the coco that I will be using through the seedling and first pot-up into one gallon containers. So far, so good! I hope I get at least 6/8 seeds to germinate. I'll plan the rest of the grow once I know how many I've got.
Hello from day 3! So far 7 of 8 have made it into Jiffy pellets. The last remaining seed has an exposed tap root but it's only about 1/8" long. Going to give that one another 6 hours in the paper towel. We'll see! Regardless, I'm happy with 7 if that's how it ends up.
So from the paper towels I transfer them into the Jiffy pellets without trying to touch them if possible. I put them in small humidity domes and on top of a seedling mat inside a 2x2 tent with a T5 fixture supplying about 6, 500 LUX. I actually got this light from my doctor to help improve my mood over in the dark fall and winter months here. But this use actually makes me the happiest, so it's on loan! 😉
I know that LUX is an inferior unit here but it still really helps me get in the right ballpark for the price of a cheap meter.
Welcome from day four! I'm afraid to report I've had my first casualty. The rent sprout did not make it. I might have become a tad impatient but here on day four the seedling wasn't pushing up above the ground much at all and my attempt to dehelmet her tore her whole head off. Pretty sad.Well she would want me to move on so I will! Tonight I am getting seedling bags prepared with diluted seedling blend. As soon as I see some root activities on the bottom of the pellets I'll do their first transfer as the open leaves are now ready for nutrients
I have to admit that I don't have a ton of confidence in the starter pellets that I'm using, they could be off-brand of some type. They seem to swell inconsistently in the bottoms seem bound with with a lot of compressed fabric. Or, I might just be impatient, but after not seeing any roots appearing on any of the seven here on day five, I moved the Pete pellets into seedling bags filled with coco. The EC run off of the seedling bags upon transplant was 100, but after 8 hours or so, I will begin with 400 EC seedling blend 2x daily.
Hello from day six! Things continue to go pretty well. The seedlings are growing, and don't appear to be stretching too much so continuing with 75% humidity lights at about 7,500 LUX and I've begun a 18/6 light cycle today.
I am also fertigating twice daily with 400 EC solution. Beginning tomorrow I might start to ramp that up.
Welcome to week 2! Things seem pretty good so far and things look good to me. The most vigorous seedlings are stretching a bit. I lowered my light a couple inches which brought the LUX up to around 9,000 at leaf level. Also rotated the bags and after a couple more fertigations we're up to 615 EC.
Welcome to day 9! Still have some seedlings ahead of a few smaller ones but nothing to be too concerned about I think. Readying some CalMag foiler spray because it's usually a matter of time. In fact, one seedling leaf may be twisting a bit for that reason. After 2 fertigations today I'm up to 770 EC. 18/6 lighting started a few days ago and will continue for the duration.