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About Zrex

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    English and American History, Genealogy, Physics and learning to grow Cannabis to produce med's that I need.

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  1. Folks, I'm sorry for taking so long to respond to some of the responses- but I have been listening and making improvements since making this thread. Lots of changes, but believe to have it all worked out now. I have 4 "Cherry Wine" females in the big tent that have already started to bud up nicely and a few others I started from seed that will go out to my garden to replace the ones i've lost for various reasons (rabbits & horses included). Running my 1000w lamp at 50% and the temp stays in the 70's unless i'm in the room long. The exhaust fan doesn't need to come on... Even with the T5's running. Sweet!
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  3. Liking my new setup... Have some local hemp growers going to come by soon to look at our farm and give me a hand to get me started growing Hemp. Couldn't be much happier at the prospect of this as my retirement!
  4. @shiskaberry savior thanks for the comments. I am only using the Basic Flora Series (7 products). I am feeding once per week with watering's between. I am on a well here and my PPM out of the tap is about 20 after running through house filter. I will definitely try the Epsom salt, but I don't plan to flower these. Just going to select a mother from each to take clones from. I will be planting those outside... But, now that my new Agromax large tent has arrived, I may just finish a couple out in there. Can use the practice anyway!
  5. 27 February Update: One month since Germination Temp: 75.4F RH: 55% PH: 6.17 PPM: 509 Lamp: 1000w IPower digital at 75% power and HPS lamp. Medium: Coco/Perlite Gave them all their GH Flora Series feeding today at 1 month since they popped. All systems go. I noticed that some of the lower foliage wasn't getting enough light, so I did the only things I could think to do: Turned up the power to 75% and ditched the tray I had them in so I could give them more space to breath and grow. I have been rotating them around and turning them periodically, so I'll keep doing that too. I continue to look for them to show sex and may have bogey dope on some bandits in the midst, but will give them some time to know for sure. I am anxious to get some ladies into Autopots so I can start cloning soon!. I resolved my low-RH problem by running two room humidifier's non-stop and actually saw 55% today! It's been around 30-35%, so I'm happy with that and think it has something to do with changing the upstairs thermostat and a rise in outside temperature cause it really shot up. I had been measuring PH and PPM in my bucket after mixing in the nutes. This time I read the runoff from one of them to get a PH of 6.17 and PPM of 509- which is a bit low according to the schedule GH put's out, but I am creating a custom schedule so I could probably give it a boost of something next feed?
  6. 25 February Update: Herebei and Jackberry at 1 month Temp: 75.6F RH: 53% PH: 6.16 PPM: 330 Lamp: 1000w IPower digital at 50% power and HPS lamp. Medium: Coco/Perlite Posting some Herebei and Jackberry porn at the one (1) month since popping. They have yet to show their sex, but I am watching closely. I plan to keep two (2) mother's of each strain in Autopots that i'll take clones from later. I am new to growing but really happy as these look much healthier than anything I have tried before. I've labelled them either "H" for Herebei / "J" for Jackberry and numbered them accordingly. Which one is your favorite? Week 4 and they're so thick I'm having a hard time sexing them!
  7. 23 February Update: Week 3 of VEG Temp: 76.4F RH: 40% PH: 6.16 PPM: 330 Lamp: 1000w IPower digital at 50% power and HPS lamp. Medium: Coco/Perlite Week 3 of Veg ends next week (27 Feb). My plan is NOT to flower these but to take mothers that I will keep in this tent to veg and take clones from later. I plan to move the tent from where it is in the image below to the right side of the desk- where it will become my mother and clone tent; I will put a larger tent (55x55x79) where this one is now to put clones to finish them out when I cannot do so outdoors. VENTILATION: I was not happy with my ventilation setup through the window, so decided to vent heat from the lamp into the space above my ceiling (to small to call an attic). However, I am VERY HAPPY with the environment and being able to keep the temp down below 77F consistently with only a rare need for the exhaust fan to kick on set at 77F. PH and PPM (in my water bucket after mixing in my nutes) is good; the only thing I don't like is that my relative humidity (RH) has been low. Even with 2 humidifier's running on high in the room, I can't get it above 40% it seems. Without them though, RH would drop below 30%. Should I bite the bullet and replace the whole house humidifier that hasn't worked since we bought the place? PLANTS: Still waiting to sex them... I'm very impatient and checking them two or three times a day now. Seeing a lot of stretch on H2 (front middle) over the past 24 hours, but not so much in the others. Sure smells nice in there though... PLANS: Intent to order another tent soon and looking at the Agromax 55x55x79. I plan to put it where the existing one is (under the HID Lamp) and move the existing tent to the right of the desk in the picture for mothers and clones. The bigger tent will be for clones and to finish them out if needed. That way I don't have to mess with the light or ventilation with the new tent- but I will have to do something with the old tent. The 4' 6-lamp T5 fixture I have doesn't fit inside the existing tent. It is about 6" too long and therefore I cannot zip the tent all the way closed. So it looks like I am going to have to also buy a new lamp because the only other one I have is a small 2' 2-lamp T5. I could use recommendations on not only a lamp strong enough to keep up to 4 mothers in that tent, but also how to ventilate it- hopefully somehow with what I already have going on...
  8. Week 2 of Veg Growth: 16 Feb: Temp range in tent: 76.6F - 77.0F Relative Humidity: 35% PH: 6.79 PPM: 024 Still struggling to get RH up to 40% or more. I had read a higher RH increases the chance of females, but my room is too big. But I plan to install a whole house humidifier. Actually have one that burned up and just need to replace it... That should work much better. Until then, I am running two room humidifier at maximum and highest it has reached was 38%. Everything else is running smoothly. Even my culls are still hanging on and tomorrow i'm planting them outside surrounded by a ton of mulch. Doubt any will survive, but why not let them try? Seeds are too damn expensive for me to watch them be wasted... I fim'd all but three or four and it didn't seem to slow any of them down much- it at all. Noticeable growth every day! The strongest of the Herebei I believe is beginning to show signs of being a female. Just seeing hints, but I should know this coming week on some of these so I can get some into the Autopots. Once there, I still have to feed them by hand for 10 days before I can start them up. Next feeding in three days!
  9. Transplanted 4 Jackberry's and 1 more of the Herebei to fill out the box with 9. The rest I'll cull, but it's a shame... Wish I could donate them!
  10. 7 Feb: Transplanted 4 of the Herebei that are now sitting under HPS at 500w 2' above them. Temp in the room before lights came on was 67F. After 4 hours with all lights on, temp was 74.5F near the floor where plants under HPS are sitting and 77F in the tent where Relative Humidity was 30%. However, the temp reading outside the tent- where the unit is sitting on top of the tent- the temp reading was 86.5F! I think it is because of where it is sitting though because the room is not that hot...
  11. Week 1 of Veg Growth: 7 Feb: Temp range in tent: 76.6F - 77.0F Relative Humidity: 30% PH: 6.79 PPM: 024 Transplant Day Armed with a bunch of 1 gallon grow bags, I think it's time to transplant some of these seedlings. The Herebei have been rooting for 2 weeks now and veg growth is clearly underway now... I have a coco/perlite mix ready to put into the grow bags. But before i do, my plan is to mix in one last gallon of water to it with all of the GH nutrients recommended at this stage of growth so I don't have to feed them this week except for water they may need until next feeding. They will have to stay in these 1 gallon pots being hand fed until I can sex them and get the ladies into the AutoPots. My environment seems to be perfect with the exception of relative humidity. I can't seem to get it high enough. I added a humidified to the grow tent last night and this morning it had only reached 33%. Will keep an eye on it closely today and tonight; make changes as necessary. Last night I tried to b.utton the tent up and ran an air exhaust to vent the heat from the T5's with the humidifier in the tent. Temp shot up to 86 quicky before I got the fan's temp control setup to kick on over 77F. Now I'm just running with the tent open and stable at 77. At some point soon, I'll need to transition these off the T5's to HPS which I plan to do at 50% power with my 1000w lamp.
  12. BTW, I am really impressed by the fact that these seeds are now at least 3 years old. Only 1 of 8 Herebei failed to sprout; The Jackberry don't seem to be as strong, but high success with those too. What's even more impressive is that I didn't examine any of my seeds before saving them. That alone could explain my losses... Thanks Sanni.
  13. Apart from the uneven growth with the Jackberry that was my doing, they seem to be happy and healthy. I marked them with a piece of tape to track their growth so I can determine the best ones to select.
  14. Just got around to reading this and it makes me feel much better about my decisions moving forward.
  15. Thanks for the advice on what size pot to use to get my seedlings to preflower stage for sexing. I am leaning toward 1 gallon (Melonfarm) grow bags as my option for transplanting over a 2 gallon bag using the following reasoning. Please let me know if you believe this would be an ill advised approach in your opinion. The grow bible recommended to me suggests a gallon for each month the plant will be in the pot and that it should take 4-6 weeks for a plant in veg to reach preflower so a determination on their sex can be made. This suggests a pot size of 1 to 2 gallons. Given that I am growing in a very light medium of coco and perlite for the roots to grow in and they should be transitioning energy to leaf production, by using the 1 gallon pot the roots hopefully will not become overly stressed in the smaller pot should they take a little longer to preflower [although I seem to be in the sweet zone it recommends to encourage females] which will make it much easier to then transplant the females I want to keep as mothers in my 3.9 gallon Autopot's. Considering that I have 16 seedlings in a 3x3 space, I need all the room I can get to ensure I get 4 of the healthiest females I can get out of them. A 2 gallon pot would diminish that choice by half. But we're only talking a $2.00 difference in the cost of the bags in the long run. So if in the end I am better off for a reason I have yet to understand, I am happy to go learn from the groups wisdom and get the bigger bags because it looks like I should order them now! In the past 24-48 hours, they've started making noticeable changes in growth although that isn't saying much at this stage... I have also made a roughly 50/50 mix of cocotek and perlite in the photo below. It's the fist time I've made a mix like this but it feels really moist (not wet) very light and fluffy. Very nice to the touch actually... So I think it is ready to go. But I also plan to mix up week 2 of the GH Flora nutrients and pour into this mix and give it a good mixing again before potting to get the seedlings started. Afterward, I will need to begin feeding them from above for the next 4-6 weeks before I can sex and get them into the Autopots where they will need to be fed another 10 days from above before I can start the Autopots. It's starting to get fun!
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