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berkshirebud
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PTGC Misfits: Queen's Retinue - Photontek SQ300W Pro

I'll be growing five Soul Mate F2 clones under the new Photontek SQ300 Pro LED grow-light.

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These girls have been growing in little 3" (7.5-cm) square pots in peat mix under very low light in my 120x60-cm mom tent. That keeps their growth rate low, and lets me hold onto plants for just this situation without them getting too big. I will transplant them into bigger pots and increase their light a bit, but they are only going to grow vegetatively for a short while. Once the SQ300W Pro arrives, they will go straight into the 100x100-cm flower tent.

It's not quite enough plants or enough veg time to really develop a "sea of green", but with one larger plant already growing in that tent it will be more like a pond of green, or maybe a moat of green. It's not fair to expect any light to be able to fully rescue plants from a start like this, but I can't wait to see what the Photontek is able to do!

In addition to providing me with a light to grow test under the CocoForCannabis Product Evaluation Program, Photontek also gave me a discount code! Use the code BerkPTK for 5% off anything you buy at Photontek. And during the month of October, get 10% off!

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Posted : 10/07/2021 7:40 pm CrackBabies liked
berkshirebud
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It's launch day for the Photontek SQ series! Don't forget you can get 10% off all Photontek lights in October 2021 with discount code BerkPTK. I can't wait to show you the new SQ300W Pro, as soon as it arrives.

In the meantime, to celebrate the release of the new lighting series, I potted up those little clones and moms, and gave them a bit more light in the mom/clone/veg tent. I will up the light even more over the weekend to prepare them for their transition to the SQ300W Pro.

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Posted : 10/08/2021 2:16 pm KeystoneCops, Rosettastoned and CrackBabies liked
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No tracking number yet from Photontek but the website now has an “Order Now” button! That means you can order the SQ300W Pro or SQ200W Pro. If you want 10% off any of their lighting in October 2021, use discount code BerkPTK.

Meanwhile, I’m keeping the new clones in the mom/veg tent while I clean out the flower tent. The “Queen” turned out to be another male with a few pistillate pre-flowers a textbook example of a hermaphrodite, with both staminate and pistillate flowers a couple of weeks after the flip. Since I discarded her,  I will likely grow just the three larger clones, and veg them a bit to do some sort of training on them before flipping. But I’m keeping them slow under relatively low light on late veg nutrients for now until I get a tracking number.  

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Posted : 10/13/2021 10:01 am KeystoneCops and J2DaG liked
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Even though I don’t have a tracking number yet, I need to get the plants ready for flipping and growing under the Photontek SQ300W Pro. 

Since these were spare moms and clones, they had already been topped a couple of times to generate additional cuts and to keep them small.  

So I found the best branches I could, trained them to about the right height, and pruned off extra branches.

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I still have the two smaller clones, which I topped a second time.

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Posted : 10/16/2021 11:20 am KeystoneCops, NYWeedMan, Chefomj and 1 people liked
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Countdown to Photontek SQ300W Pro

T-minus 5 Days
Exciting news! I have a tracking code from @photontek_lighting for my SQ300W Pro!

So just a few more days in the crowded veg tent for these moms, then I will move them over to the flower tent with the new SQ300W Pro.

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I will try to post short versions of the unboxing and setup and grow videos here, but if you want to be sure to see them, stop by my YouTube channel and subscribe and hit the notifications bell there. This is gonna be fun!

And remember, if you want your own SQ300W Pro or any other Photontek equipment, you can get 10% off during October 2021 with discount code BerkPTK!

 

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Posted : 10/18/2021 2:48 pm KeystoneCops liked
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Here comes the sun!

The Photontek SQ300W Pro left California this morning and is on schedule now for delivery in 6 days! 

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I know it doesn’t look like much is happening, but that’s mostly because I have been doing more pruning, trying to even out the branch lengths as much as I can this week. That is giving the root systems time to expand to fill the air-pots, and preparing the plants for a final bit of vegetative growth next week under the SQ300W Pro before flipping.

I predict they are going to simply explode when they get some real light!

 

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Posted : 10/19/2021 6:31 pm KeystoneCops liked
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Countdown continues

First things first: the Photontek SQ300W Pro is crossing the country. Currently passing through Navajo Nation.

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That will get it here after the weekend, so I’ll keep torturing gently training the Soul Mates. Bit by bit I am pruning off extra branches, bending longer and taller branches down to redirect the growth to the shorter and lower branches and give them a chance to catch up.

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That also gives me a few more days to get the flower tent cleaned and the old light out of there. 

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Posted : 10/20/2021 6:18 pm KeystoneCops liked
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International travel

Started in Ontario, CA (that’s California, not Canada) headed to Navajo Nation and now it is in Lebanon (Missouri). How many countries can it pass through and still stay within the outlines of the continental USA?

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And here’s a little tour of the moms and clones!

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Posted : 10/21/2021 4:44 pm KeystoneCops and J2DaG liked
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Check out my YouTube channel for the full unboxing video. I'll try to embed it below as well. Tonight I will setup the light and move the plants in! What a beautiful light this is.

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Posted : 10/25/2021 12:02 pm
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Last night, I finished taking video of the setup process, but won’t get that edited and online until this evening. In the meantime, here are some shots of the process.

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Photontek doesn’t provide a PAR map or estimate of max PPFD at a given height, and Dr. Coco hasn’t tested the light yet, so I’m just winging it for now. The manual says to hang the light at 6-16”. 40cm is just about 16”, so I started by hanging it at 40cm. I set the dimmer to the 25% setting, so the plants can get used to real light. I am keeping them on an 18-6 light-dark schedule for now. Once I get them up to 100% in a couple of days, I will go ahead and flip them. 
This morning, I scropped the two younger clones to open them up and spread out the branches, removed some unwanted branches, and tied everyone down a bit to even things out. As soon as my new air-pots arrive, I will pot up those “smaller” clones. 

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Still hand watering twice a day, and looking forward to getting the auto-water setup.

 

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Posted : 10/27/2021 11:30 am NYWeedMan and CrackBabies liked
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The plants are growing fast under the new Photontek, even at 50% power. So fast, that they are showing some slight nutrient deficiency. 

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I'll give them a foliar treatment of 1-ml/L 2-0-0 Cal-Mag tonight when the lights go out (forgot to do it last night!). That should give them a bit of extra N along with the Ca and Mg micronutrients and get them greened up and photosynthesizing on all cylinders.

Meanwhile, I did remember to setup the auto-fertigation system last night, so they are now getting 5 fertigations a day of late-veg nutrients at an EC of 1290 µS/cm and pH 5.8, instead of two hand-waterings. That should help as well. I did something a bit different this time, and ran the vinyl tubing in a loop around all the plants, with tee fittings for each pot. I'll be sure to cover that in a future video.

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The Photontek SQ300W Pro really is a great-looking light. Every time I open my tent, I get a big smile. I'm a real sucker for well-designed, well-engineered, and well-built technology. The fact that the color matches my new red iPhone SE doesn't hurt!

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Posted : 10/30/2021 8:34 am KeystoneCops liked
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Last night's foliar treatment has definitely started getting those leaves looking a little bit better. Outflow EC is trending up (1440 µS/cm this morning), so I may need to increase the fertigation time. I have it at 15 seconds, but with the pressure on the pump turned down all the way. Not worried, but dialing in the auto-fertigation always takes a few days.

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And if you want to watch me setup the Photontek SQ300W Pro, here's the next video in the series! This will probably be the last one you can watch inline here. My guess is that as soon as actual cannabis shows up in the video it will be tagged as adult-only.

Don't forget that discount code BerkPTK is good on all Photontek lighting!

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Posted : 10/31/2021 1:01 pm
berkshirebud
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Last night's foliar treatment has definitely started getting those leaves looking a little bit better. Outflow EC is trending up (1440 µS/cm this morning), so I may need to increase the fertigation time. I have it at 15 seconds, but with the pressure on the pump turned down all the way. Not worried, but dialing in the auto-fertigation always takes a few days.

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And if you want to watch me setup the Photontek SQ300W Pro, here's the next video in the series! This will probably be the last one you can watch inline here. My guess is that as soon as actual cannabis shows up in the video it will be tagged as adult-only.

Don't forget that discount code BerkPTK is good on all Photontek lighting!

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Posted : 10/31/2021 1:01 pm KeystoneCops liked
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Posted : 11/03/2021 8:46 pm CrackBabies liked
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Sorry no video yet. Had a family wedding to travel to this weekend and it has messed up all my schedules!

Fortunately, the auto systems worked fun on the plants while I was away, and I returned to very happy plants.

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Just at lights out last night, I finally decided I was tired of tying don individual branches so I hung my scrog net to hold things down.

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