Hey y'all! So I've decided to call it "surprise! Grow" because it was a last minute, spur of the moment idea. Me and mom decided to grow at her house. So that means I'll be driving over every few days to check up. But my mom is learning lots so she can do some work aswell! Thankfully I set up an auto water system this time around with the awesome help of this site.
I'll be growing in a 3x3×8 gorilla grow tent, using the full general hydroponics line. I'm going to be pretty much using 100% of the guides on this site.
So far I've germinated my seeds using @dr-coco's exact methods. My final containers all mixed with coco/perilte also using the recipe guide on this site! It's amazing how much work you put into this site Doc! And I'm so glad I can finally set up just like you. Last time around I tried my own way and it didn't work as great haha.
My seeds are in paper towels as of yesterday 12 noon. It's now 8am and the lithium OG kush has already cracked open! That's 11 hours of being wet (had them in cups at 9am yesterday) oh and I'm using a heat mat for the germination process. I can already tell this is gonna be a good one. Thanks Dr.coco
Here are some pics of my set up.
So I had a few questions regarding the autowater system. I found the guides to topping off and cleaning out the res. To my understanding, If you want to replenish 3 gallons that are missing from your res for example, you would have to fill a bucket with 3 gallons of water, mix the nutrients in their and poor that bucket into your res?
And I posted a picture of my stirring pump in action, I'm wondering if that is enough agitation for oxygenation? It's just an underwater fan essentially it doesn't actually suck water inside of it so I'm unable to attach a tube to it to bring water to the surface.
So yesterday afternoon the white rhino had a nice tail so I put it in the rapid rooter. The OG kush has cracked but no tail, it's been like that for 24 hours now I hope it makes it! Here is a picture of last night
The OG kush STILL has no tail, just a shell semi cracked open so I started another one tonight. But the white rhino has already grown a root out of the bottom of the rapid rooter! I've never seen a seedling grow so fast haha 4 days later and here she is
I still had some grow bags left from when Dr.coco sent me some. Very nice to be able to try them out! Is there a trick to get them to stand up? I can get it to stay but as soon as I touch it or bump it, it's falls over
The white rhino is doing awesome. The seed shell fell off right away but she still had some clear stuff stuck to the cotyledons creating a helmet head. I called it afterbirth lol. So I removed that manually and the serrated leaves had already started growing!
I mixed a batch of nutrients this eve using the Dr's recipe guide. But it came out to an EC of 1212. So just diluted it with 2 parts distilled water 1 part nutrient solution and it gave me an EC of 450 and pH of 6.3.
The lithium OG kush isn't looking great right. Now. The very 1st seed is still not doing anything and neither is the new one I started yesterday. I'm gonna keep trying until I run out or one works. I have 3 lithium seeds left
Day 4 the new lithium OG kush seed went into a cup of water. And here she is today
let's see if she can shed her shell by the end of today! That would be faster than the white rhino.
Here's the white rhino
sorry for the poor quality didn't wanna take the dome off again. Can anyone tell me why the cotyledons have curled so much?
I think I found out why the white rhino's cotyledons were twisting. I measured the run off EC and it was 1600......???? I don't know how that's even possible when I only fertigated the thing like 3 times before testing the run off water. And yes I did test the coco before adding the plant. I ran water through the media and tested run off until the EC was around 100. And I've been watering it twice a day since it's been in the seedling bag. But anyway I gave it a flush last night and the run off was back down to 400.
I guess my lesson here is test the run off as soon as I see any sort of issues, if I haven't done it already.
Ok I was gonna make a post last night but I didn't. Girls are doing good, they seem a little slow tho. I'm going off what the doc says on the site here. I think he said 2 weeks from seed it should be at the 3rd node. But I think I'm aways away from that yet. Maybe I'm wrong. The OG kush is catching up thoand here is the white rhino
And maybe someone could help me with the docs feeding chart. I would ask @dr-coco himself but I think he's to busy right now! Anyways the first 6 days on the chart are called the seedling stage. And on day 7 it goes from 400 to 1100 EC and it's called the young veg stage I believe. But I thought the veg stage started when the plant has 3 nodes? Wich definitely takes longer than 7 days. Is 1100 EC safe for a 7 day old seedling? Or should I start increasing it from 400-1100 when it has 3 nodes?
I got some pics of the girls last night!
I have them both on a nutrient recipe with an EC of 650. I'm gonna keep it that way for a little while I think. Maybe increase it to 750 in a few days. Anyone think I should have it stronger sooner?
I'm gonna post more pics tonight, I think white rhino has calcium deficiency. The newest growth is coming out twisted. But I don't have pics yet, stay tuned!
Im really bad at making journal posts at night lol. I'm definitely a morning person, but I always take my photos in the evening. So again here are the girls last night lol
So I think I was starting to see cal deficiency in the white rhino. You can see the newest growth was a bit twisted and wonky. Very very minor but I don't want to take any chances so I gave them both a foliar spray
Girls are up to 840 EC. Should the white rhino be at 1100 already? Or maybe both could handle it now? Here are pics of the last 3 days, they kept getting so much bigger I had to keep taking pics lol
And here's the lithium OG kush!
So I transplanted the white rhino yesterday
and here she is today
The lithium OG kush is definitely ready for a transplant now.
tomorrow night I will transplant her. White rhino is at 1050 EC and the OG kush is 940. I think I can bring them both to 1050 now! @chefomj you have an autowater system set up right? Can you start it up on the 2nd container? I'm using a 1 gallon and the hydro halo fits in the pot. And if not how come? Lol
Transplanted the white rhino to her final home.
I also removed the 1st and second pair of growth tips earlier this morning. In a few days she will be ready to be topped!
The OG kush isn't quite ready yet. Almost