SAFC Seedsman: 420 Auto Grow Challenge
I am setting up the automatic watering system listed here it’s a lot of work but a time saver after setup. I am installing the halos and it’s a good opportunity to do some more LST SS2 is into flower more so this should be the last of the training yesterday SS1 got her halo. Today her sister will get lollipoped, she needs it.
The halos didn't work all I can find are 9" rings they don't get the centre of the pot wet so I installed 4 drip emitters per pot instead I have them balance so they all have run-off at 2 min. I am firdgating 4 x per day. I am on a 18/6 lighting cycle
The strawberry cheesecake girls are looking great they are in full flower and doing the cola building
I have removed some of the interior growth to improve air flow on both plants though you wouldn’t know it to look at them 12 hrs later it’s all filled in. I am fertiagting 4 x a day I lowered the ec from 1600 to 1200 and they are doing better the leaf tips we’re starting to curl. When I added the RO water to dilute the mix the PH changed from 5.8 to 6.2 so I left it. I should have brought it down to 5.8 to see if the plants responded to the ce or ph.
I have been trying to get to automatic watering system balanced and have changed the emitters 3 times now there’s not enough pressure so I ordered another pump I ordered a Vivosun 800 gph pump I have my fingers crossed. I wonder if installing two pumps would boost the pressure and exactly how would I plumb it in? I would try to cut in a tee into the main line Before the siphon break or hole. I drilled a hole in discharge line just before it exits the tank. I used the smallest drill I had and it’s working no siphoning but might be the reason I don’t have enough pressure. But I want to fill up the tank with 12gal of water but don’t have the plants high enough. Here are pictures they are in flower Stritch and I am feeding them the bloom recipe Botanicare and Touper coco mix I didn’t know it was a mix until I read Dr M J’s 420 Grow journal but it works ok with high frequency watering like I said 4 x a day though I can’t run it up to the Ec levels recommended. well here are the pics
I found a hack for the siphon break I had a hole in the tube in the tank to stop the siphon but it was reducing the pump capacity which was a problem. So what I did I enlarged the hole connected some 1/4” tubing to it then ran it up the wall about 2’ and connected a check valve from the bubbler air to let air in but not out. It works great no pressure loss but lets air in and stopped the siphon. I got some new spray heads I am hoping for some spray not just leaking. The 6” halos won’t get here until July. I will be harvesting about then so I need to make it work now.
I planted clover as a cover crop on the soil I used for the last crop I just cut the plant level with the soil and planted the clover I am going to do a no till I will cut the tap root deep enough to plant the 1 gal seedling into the final pot add some top dressing and some compost tea and see what happens 2 plants in soil and 2 plants in Touper Coco mix a side by side grow and see what works best
I finally got the auto watering system working better I replaced all of the tubing with larger size it’s not leaking from the connector even though the tubing is 5/8” and the fittings are 1/2”
The leaves still have some curl to them I had lowered the EC from 1600 to about 1300 it had no effect so I lowered it to 1000 EC and increased the pump time to get more runoff. Maybe once the leaves curl they don’t uncurl regardless the girls are growing strong they’re is a lot of stretch they will have large colas if they fill in.
On another topic I added some Safergro Natural Wet it’s a yucca extract it made my tank foam A LOT I called the local hydro shop and they said they have the same problems and they don’t have any product to knock the foam down does anybody know what to do about it.
The Auto clone from my last get Northern lights I wanted to see what would happen I had seedlings in the dome anyway so I Dip and Growed it and placed it in a Rapid Rooter when I had roots coming out the bottom I placed it in Tupur 1gal treated it the same as the autos. I like it I could have a hole bunch of them that would be nice
Ok update I am using Botanicare nutes so my latest nute calculator I did it for 8gal of water and I have 12gal I up the Cal-Mag up 5ml and I got 1184ec the girls like it at that level so I feel like I have it dialed in for now I changed to 5 waterings per day during lights on 18/6
The stretch is starting to slow I haven’t had to raise the lights for a couple of days they are big my grow space is 42” x 42” and they have covered up one side so I am glad they are slowing. I haven’t put a net over them I hope they don’t break branches I would be so lucky to have colas that big😊
I finally got the 6” hydro halos it’s been like a month and a half so I get the plants out of the box thin out some leaves remove the drip system piping and go to install the halo and I can’t get it over the stem well next crop 😢
I took some runoff samples and SS2 has a high ec it hasn’t been getting enough water SS1 is within 50ec the other one 1200 so extra hand watering tomorrow until I get it down SS1 is getting frosty none on SS2 I guess August is the next grow challenge I hope to have the grow dialed in by then.
I had a problem with SS2 she had high runoff ec wasn’t getting enough for runoff and they built up I have changed the timer to add a minute of watering and it seems to have runoff in n the saucers I will check it. SS1 is getting FROST starting 8 weeks tomorrow not bad another 4 weeks they should have lots of frost. I noticed that SS2 is starting to frost as well now that the ec is under control
here is a picture I mucked around with it to be more pronounced