Cors 2019-2020 Winter Heat! Melon Gum Hydroponic 1000w

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  1. Cor

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    Hey guys,

    First time doing a grow journal, so roll with me on this.

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    So here's the breakdown;

    Day 1

    I was talking to a friend I see every now and then, and mentioned that I would eventually need to find clones for the winter. He goes to another room, comes back with a box with a beautiful gift!

    4 healthy, super well rooted Melon Gum (Lavender x Bubble Gum) clones! I was in such a hurry to get them in the 6" Grodan rockwool cubes when I got home, I wanted to shelter the exposed roots from the light. I forgot to grab a picture of them before placing them in the medium. Sorry guys!

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    I tend to soak my Grodan cubes for about 10 seconds in 5.9 - 6.0 pH adjusted water, before shaking the shit out of them to try to get most of the water back out of them.

    Now, I wasn't expecting to get clones today, so I'm in a little bit of a ruffle, considering my main tent is currently in use - and a little full.

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    Slapped them in my propagation tent in the area I keep my mothers, with a Bestva 1000w LED.

    I usually run this LED with both Vegetation and Flower switches turned on, but given the short distance (about 3') between the light and the clones, I decided to run the light with just Vegetation on for now.

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    This tent is brand new, hasn't been used yet and the setup hasn't really been completed. Upon putting the clones in, I realized that I had absolutely no ventilation. Fumbled around the stock, and found a piece of 4" ducting, and ran it from the top of the small tent to the bottom of the main.

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    The negative pressure in the main is so high that I get a cool breeze going through the smaller one. Within a week, the clones will be moved into the main tent, under a 1000w (MH for veg, HPS for flower), in a cool tube, in a dripper hydroponic system. It's a ghetto system, McGyvered to shit, but it works for the couple of days that they're in here.

    I use the complete line of Advanced Nutrients, with tap water, and I never even look at the pH when I mix. I tend to monitor it in the resevoir though.

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    As far as ventilation goes, the main tent runs a 6" cool tube that has a 396 CFM blower, that vents into a dedicated 4" vent on the side of the house. This exit will probably be split to accommodate another 4" exit when I get a permanent ventilation solution for the propagation tent.

    Thanks for following me on this great winter journey!
     
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    Awesome, following! Few questions..

    What strain(s) are hanging?
    The white tower is this a dehumidifier?
     
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    Popcorn, beer, watching!
     
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    Great to have both of you on board!

    What is currently hanging is one of two Quebec Gold (M39 x Friesland) plants that were grown outdoor.

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    One is drying in the main tent, and the other has been wet trimmed, and bagged for a fresh-freeze.

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    This one will eventually go through the extract workshop, to get transformed into bubble hash, and finally be pressed into live rosin.

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    Don't mind the mess under the table - the black hydro resevoir and everything on it go into the main tent when the clones get moved over.

    Hope I got you all the info you wanted. If you, or anyone else has any questions, feel free!

    PS: Almost forgot - no, the white tower is not a dehumidifier. It is a tower fan, blowing into the corner of the tent. Temps are around 19.5°C and an RH of 50%.
     
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    Holy lollipops batman, beasts! Subscribed.
     
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    Welcome abord! We're gonna have fun on this one!
     
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    Day 2

    Went down this afternoon to give the girls a gulp of water for the first time since I put them in the cubes. I gave them a very small dose of 3 part base, some B vitamins, some enzymes for the roots and a little bit of a root cocktail.

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    Not much change as of yet, but it'll soon start the snowball effect and I'll have a hard time keeping up.

    Looking forward to transfering them to the main tent.
     
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    Day 4

    Went to check up on the girls.

    The cubes were still wet so I had nothing to do, but snapped a quick picture for an update here. I feel like they're looking healthier overall, and I feel like there is new growth.

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    Looking forward to moving them to the main tent under some real light, and start them on drip feeding!

    Cheers!
     
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    Yeah they look better and grew some, I have not seen this strain grow before, can't wait :D
     
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    The same goes for me! We'll watch the evolution together.
     
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    Day 8

    Sorry for the lack of updates, I was in trim jail. Had to finally get the stuff drying jarred up so I could move the girls into their final tent.

    Moved them into the 5x5 tent yesterday afternoon.

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    I know the light is far left - and it drives me nuts. The tent was located elsewhere, and I noticed that I was short on ducting. Had to do what I could with what I had. But I'll be resolving this issue over the week.

    As for the girls, they weren't particularly fond of the small tent, with the lack of airflow and intense lighting. I also fed too lightly over the past days, and had some deficiencies. Gave them a full strength feeding, with my personal secret weapon - Revive by Advanced Nutrients.

    Also gave them some Revive and B52 as a foliar feed also, to get on top of this issue quickly.

    So now that they are finally in the hydro system, no more manual feeding. They sit on a 40L resevoir, and are top fed. This system is a recirculating system, meaning all runoff from the rockwool cubes drains back into the resevoir. I personally think that less nutes are wasted than a drain to waste system. I can feed longer, without worry of dumping too many nutes down the drain. I also break the conventionality, and only change my resevoir once every 10 to 14 days, instead of the standard 7. I watch the PH, and top off with water with only my base, unless I have a deficiency. Then, I will top up with base + whatever they're lacking.

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    They are only being fed for about a minute at a time, once a day for now. In later weeks of flowering, I sometimes end up at 10-12 minutes, 6 to 8 times a day.

    Stay tuned!
     
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    They are going to take off!
     
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    I boost hard at this stage with Voodoo Juice, Tarantula and Piranha along with the sugars to feed the microbes. I aim at a thriving rootbase first.

    The tendency is stagnant on top for a while, lots of work in the cube. Then, one day, the top just explodes. Works for me.
     
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    Makes me almost want to shrink myself, hop in a cube and come over for dinner!
     
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    My buddies call me "the chemist". I'm all about playing with the feeding schedule, but I get too much credit. The Advanced Nutrients line are simply amazing.
     
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    Something I need to delve into is making my own soil mixes and concocting organic teas, sprays etc for the plants. I used to be pretty good but forgot much of it, got a bit lazy I guess lol.
     
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    I've never really fumbled with organics or super soil.

    However, next spring, I am planning on trying a fairly new product on the market, called Stepwell Super Soil. Canadian made soil that contains peat moss, mycorrhizae, bone meal, blood meal, perlite, kelp meal, fish bone meal, wollastonite, worm castings, basalt rock dust, gypsum dust, alfalfa meal, humic acid, dolomite lime and yucca.

    If you check them out on Instagram (@stepwellsoil), they pride in growing huge buds using only water. I'm planning on running that soil, along with my Advanced Nutrients lineup, on a lighter schedule. We'll see.
     
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    That is a hell of a mix!! Going to check them out thanks.
     
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    Day 11

    So I've been lazy, and haven't given much attention to the grow over the past few days. Went to check on them today.

    I was surprised to find my PH quite high, sitting at a 7.2. I was quick to drop that down to 5.6. It will drift back up.

    Oddly enough, the girls don't really seem to mind!

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    Now, I definately see some top growth, so I had to check under my cubes. Sure enough, was happy to find some root activity!

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    I cut pieces from a coco carpet to put under my rockwool cubes when I see roots. I took the pictures after cutting and placing them. It makes me feel like I have a bit more control of the root overgrowth (simply an illusion), but more so the fact that the carpet is so light, these roots are never saturated, therefore always have access to oxygen.

    Simply put, you can't drown your plant.

    I'll try to be more active, and shame on me for my high PH today! Hahaha
     
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