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  1. PistilPete

    Hello from Ireland

    Shamrocker, welcome... Did u settle into the forums? I am in Ireland and had a brush wirh the law a few years back. Im still on probation. If you are getting i to the grow game over here (RoI anyway) it pays to know how the cops value plants and determine sentencing. A little knoedge can be the difference between 10 years mandatory and a fine or suspended sentence. Hit me back if u wannna know what I mean. Peace ✌️
  2. No mention of bare bulb hanging vertical in centre of room? ....pro's: No extra glass to lose lumens, no reflector to lose further lumens (even clean reflectors waste some light, dusty ones lose lots of PAR)! More usable light per watt- when spaced correctly the even 360°spread of light gives consistent intensity and canopy penetration. (No hotspots as can occur with reflected light).... More efficient use of space by utilising the vertical dimension of the room ......Cons: -harsh on the eyes, -preparation work & LST necessary to 'shape' the plants is time consuming, - greater risk: if one is practiced and confident in a horizontal grow style and money is tight then sticking to the methods one already knows is a safer bet in financial terms. If plant numbers are an issue then vertical bulb(s) lighting taller plants with more yield per individual plant (slightly more veg time tho) might be attractive? I should acknowledge that I have a bit of a fetish for vertical bulbs and large plants since a brush with the law. The authorities valued barely rooted cuttings the same price as seven foot tall, five foot wide 15 to 20 Oz yielding monsters that were days away from harvest. The "cannabis factory expert" cop said "a plant is a plant regardless of size". In the court proceedings the number of plants was quoted many times along with a crazy high valuation of the crop but not once did the judge ask how many lights, watts, square feet (metres whatever) were being used nor did he ask how big the plants were. . . . Since then I have convinced several growers in my legal jurisdiction to reduce plant count while increasing the size of each respective plant. With a bit of practice we now see better yields per watt and per sq foot per year even tho the intention was to reduce plant count for legal reasons the side effects have been very beneficial. Even if plant count was no longer an issue I (plus a few others who tried vertical) would stay with this style anyway. Wow that was long... If yr still awake thanks for reading!
  3. I spy vertical bulbs! Are you gonna run bare bulbs thru the grow? I am a 'vert convert' myself. Doesn't suit every room or every grower but when u have 7'by5' room then you have 35'sq of horizontal canopy ie the surface area of the floor.... If one were to measure all four walls and calculate the total surface area it would be roughly four times that of the floor (or ceiling) surface area. Some of this area must be deducted as the plant canopy will not be right on the walls but a foot or so off therefore reducing total available surface to total 'usable surface area' (actual leaf canopy area). It is likely that most rooms / tents will have around 3X more canopy when vertical nets are used instead of a single horizontal scrog net. There are not so many vertical grow journals to be found in the forums, Heath Robinson first caught my attention a couple years back then Marlo on icmag. I will be watching this one with interest! Good Luck Bigun!
  4. Thank you for your angle on my reg vs fem quandary! It is good to know that I'm not the only person in the world that thinks about details like that! I am grateful to everyone who replied to my thread. It is a good feeling to login and see that folks took time & made the effort to answer my questions.
  5. Good tip on freebies, thank you! I will mention that I'm a member on my order sheet.
  6. Thanks for the welcoming replies and suggestions.... I am now thinking that I will have to do a coco run to Pheno hunt. If I run RDWC then I will have to run my EC at the level that suits the lightest feeders and risk under feeding the hungrier plants- if I run coco to waste then I will be able to tailor my recipe to each individual if needed. Also I will be able to move the plants around which is not possible with a plumbed rdwc system. Once I have my keeper(s) i will set up the dwc and go for gold! Been running same mother for a few years so haven't had to deal with multi strain grows. I am thinking that regular seeds would be more hassle short term but the stability of regular females (instead of fems) will be better in the long term... I am looking for keepers so I am prepared to cull a few males and second best females to get something special. Are regs preferable to fems as mothers? Would an older fem be prone to hermaphroditism more than a reg? Or am i just making work for myself sifting out the males in the regular seeds? .....It's like being a kid in a sweet shop and i just found out the sweets are much cheaper than the other sweet shops! It just makes me wanna try them all!! I will spend at least the same as I spent on the NL5haze and getso much more! I spent hours looking at forum grows and Sannies descriptions but I still can't make the final decision! Thanks agin for the feedback! See you's all soon! Next post will be my final choices! P.
  7. In Europe look out for PLAGRON and BIOBIZZ peat base 'soilless' soil!.... Names like allmix and batmix or royal mix indicate rich soils with nutrients added in the form of worm castings amd bat guano.... For minimal extra feeding look for one of these. You can also buy good quality pure worm castings from Plagron to mix in or top dress the soil. It is possible to skip bottled nutrients altogether using worm casting (bat guano usually higher P content for fruit/ flower growth can be added too). I advise a bit of extra perlite to keep air in the rootzone, especially useful if there is chance of overwatering. The water quality can be poor in BE and NL so check that out. You will likely need pH down if the water is very hard as carbonates can build up over time and reduce nutrient uptake. Collecting rain water is great if u can. I saw a large autoflower yield over 100g dried and trimmed from a bag of Plagron Batmix stood upright with seedling shoved into a small hole at the top (grow bag style). The plant was very green and healthy all the way to harvest. No extra nutrients were added (except pH down which provided a bit of Phosphorous) While yr first grow is ongoing you will have time to research super soil and the principles of composts etc. for a first run I would stick to a ready mixed soil (soilless) medium from a tried n tested brand. If you have several plants you could experiment by addin worm casts and or guano to some plants and not others then make notes as to any deficiencies or benefits in each case. Batmix for the win. (bigger pots = bigger root system)
  8. Greetings to all OpenGrowers! I have been a stalker on the forum for some time. Usually I find the info I need from archived threads so I never bothered to sign up. . . . The reason I finally signed up here at OG is my recent interest in Sannies Seeds (plus the other affiliated breeders on here). I have not come across another breeder that interacts with the community in the same was as Sannie & OpenGrow. Being able to communicate direct with the Breeder is a rare thing! A little about me.... I have been growing for about six years indoors (some half ass outdoor bag seed as a teenager got me interested in growing first). I started in a 1.2m sq tent with peat/soil and 'organic' bottles of nutrients. I had patchy Internet access and had to learn the old fashioned way- by making lots of mistakes!! The usual suspects- over feeding, overwatering, high temps etc etc. it took a while before I got any decent yield but gradually I got my shit together and became a bit of a 'nerd' by reading the grow forums and horticultural literature. I found my way to Hydro by accident. A friend had failed with his DWC and gifted me a few buckets & airstones with a small air pump. Even without a separate res and wild swings in EC and pH my DWC plants out yielded the soil plants by nearly double. .. . . I was converted to hydro from then on. I ran a large (by my standards!) room 4mX5m with 56 RDWC buckets and a scrog net over the top, the yield was good and the growth was very vigorous. The big problem was acces to the back of the room, I would crawl under the net to train and trim the plants and had backaches and headaches from the awkward positions and sometimes accidentally kick or kneel on a rdwc drain hose and flood the room (getting very wet myself!).... We thought about using several smaller nets or leavin a gap round the edges of the room but the plants just grew out into any free space so access was always a bitch!! After an issue with law enforcement I learned that any cannabis plant (seedlings included) are valued at €800 regardless of size! I also learned that any drugs exceeding €13,000 meant a mandatory sentence of 10 years! (30% reduction for early guilty plea!)..... This information changed the game for me!! Instead of focusing on yield per light or per sq metre I had to start thinking in terms of yield per plant. So anything over 16 plants means 10 years in jail!! The owner of the 4mX5m room wanted less plants in the next cycle, he set a limit of 24 plants and commissioned me to work some magic! ..... This is how I got into vertical bulbs and vertical canopy. First round hit nearly the same yield as with 56 plants! The veg time was about 3 weeks extra but most of this was done in veg room so overall the cycle took an extra 10 days or so. I was running an indica Dom hybrid that I had selected for scrog, it has minimal stretch and the vertical nets had some empty space towards the top (loss of potential canopy). The guy was happy with the strain and reluctant to run any sativas due to previous fails. I knew I could get more yield with a taller strain and tried to explain my logic but anything over 8weeks was not considered acceptable. Eventually we parted way (still friends) and he runs 24 plants vertical net style and gets less yield than when I was there but puts in less effort into the training/pruning and also he gets more popcorn buds etc he doesn't smoke cannabis at all so doesn't have the same enthusiasm for quality as me. I have had a short break from growing but an opportunity has come up and I will have access to a big room again. I want to run vertical bulbs with large plants / trees. The VSCROG net is optional (labour intensive) or I might just let em grow big... I got some NL5xHaze from Sensi to get me started and from 15 fem I expect to find a keeper or 2. I ran it before in a tent and had height issues so didn't keep a mother. Now that I have lots of head room I want to 'work with the stretch' and use that extra height to get more canopy. The price was ridiculous for the Sensi Nl5xHazes but I know they are reliable. I am here on OG because I intend to run some of Sannies / Esko strains. In Ireland weed is very generic, nearly always called "ammo" or amnesia even when it is clearly indica. Boutique or "top shelf" weed commands high prices and is hard to come by. I want to be growing something that stands out from the "ammo" and "cheese". . . . Something with a good portion of sativa to give height but eleven weeks bloom would be about as long as I would go for a keeper. I am ready to try a few strains side by side and hunt for that special mother. Sannies Jack and Killing Fields caught my eye (kolossus maybe too short/ indica like?) the Sensi seeds pack was over €200 so I am thinking that I should spend the same at Sannies and get many many more seeds and some variety.... Any growers with good yieldin tall strains from Sannie & co please chime in. The Jack & Killing Fields are already on the list... What else should I be trying?? Sorry for long post!! P.
  9. PistilPete

    stretching

    Are the plants showing vigorous growth during the irregular lighting phase? I love reading other people's experimental ideas... I have never deliberately light stressed my plants but anytime dark period has been interrupted I suffered delayed maturity (longer bloom = more kilowatt hours) so less yield over time and cost & sometimes nanners. I would consider training as ReverendMaynard suggested, also vertical bare bulbs can turn vertical stretch into more plant canopy square footage than could be obtained in same size room using horizontal canopy, take advantage of that stretch! I have noticed that clones usually stretch less than seed grown plants. .... One last suggestion- keeping more blue light (instead of sudden switch to red hps) during stretch period keeps nodes tighter..... Last last thing: many strains will flower under 10hours dark period, some need closer to 12hours, a longer photoperiod with a shorter dark period will reduce stretching, few strains I have tried 13/11 on all the way finished up in normal time ( I told myself yield was better but maybe not enough to justify extra power costs)... Run 13/11 in stretch stage and then go 12/12 at flower set see if it helps? It can't do any harm. I am interested to see how yr plants develop, look out for single finger leaflets and bananas! good luck! Re read ty post, didn't realise u went 9weeks already, have u any pics? Did they "finish" properly?
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