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I have a spare room (on HVAC) to grow in year round, but also have privacy enough to grow outdoors too. I have just started putting together my grow room, but have not really had a plan- only a goal of having a perpetual grow in and outdoors. My room currently only has: AgroMax original stacker tent (basically a 3x3x2.5 cube) 4' 6-lamp HO T5 (that i've had to stuff into the tent as best I could) 2' 2-lamp HO T5 (not using) 1000w digital HPS/MH Lamp (with adjustable power)- I have hanging from ceiling over the tent. It is a cooltube design with supply/exhaust to outside the house using 6" fan/ducting. I'm using an AutoPot 4-pot system with a 50% cocotek/perlite mix and about an inch of clay rock ball in the bottom of each AutoPot and will be feeding GH Flora Series Nutrients I have a couple of aquarium air pumps and thinking about putting air stones into the bottom of my AutoPots to provide air to the roots (AutoPot sells Aqua Domes or Air Domes, but think this will work too?) I also have a TON of Fire Retardant Heavy Duty wrapping used in scaffolding or other similar work that would probably make for an excellent tent material. But it is white and not sure how lightproof it would be... I don't even know all of the components of a room that would be required for me to grow year round other than light and water, let alone how to set a room up to efficiently do it easily and reliably. In fact, I would like nothing more than to meet someone locally who knows what they are doing to give me a hand with this project rather than suffering through the trial and error mistakes I know are coming thanks to my OCD and accompanying anxiety. I learn well by OJT... Because of the OCD and stuff, I also need to consider making this operation as understandable for me as possible. Once setup, I want to be able to pretty much be able to just follow a plan and pattern to keep things going and learn from over time while I gain confidence that I'm not going to kill everything I touch. I live in the DC area, so I need a good resource like this one for every aspect of the project from setup to harvest. It is all new to me other than a few rough practice grows and allowed me to harvest some seed to practice with so I can start growing strains that work best for OCD, PTSD, Anxiety, etc. I would welcome comments and suggestions on achieving my goals.
I am a Veteran in Virginia that is retiring from professional life to focus on my health, which includes the use of Cannabis. Because it is still ILLEGAL (even CBD oil!) in Virginia, I went through the motions to obtain a permit to use CBD and THCA only to be told I couldn't get it yet... Since I also own a small farm, I found that I could now register to grow and process "Industrial Hemp" as long as the THC content is below .3 %, so I am now waiting on those permits and have also contacted the University of Virginia to participate in the only research program in Virginia I am aware of that is studying the medical aspects of Cannabis here. I have also built out a small grow and processing room. What I need now is Seed and/or Clones! I have found some local growers. However, I am finding that they all seem to require large purchases of 1000 or more clones or prices as high as $500 for a few seeds. My next step is to contact them individually to ask if they would make an exception in my case as I just want to keep a few mothers of particular strains that work well for PTSD, Anxiety, etc. But before I do that, I thought I would post here and get some suggestions since I am so new to the culture. I had hoped this would be as easy as buying regular cannabis seeds but it isn't nearly as straightforward with "hemp." So it looks like I will just have to grow and try several strains to find ones that work best. Anyone have knowledge in this area to help a guy out? Thanks very much!
Decided to purchase the Yielder Max and give this a go, here are some specs and pics of the grow box: 12 Plant Main Area (3 foot tall or more since plants bend) 14 Plant Chamber For Mid Sized Plants (8-12 inches tall or more since plants bend) 200w CFL Grow Lights (2700k Spectrum and 17,600 Lumens) 4" Duct Blower (170 CFM, 0.7 AMPS, 2.15"/w Static Pressure 10 Pounds and 1 Inch Carbon Filter for Odor Control Hydro Cloner & Reservoir - 6w air pump (.014 amps/71 gph), 12 gallon container, 3.75" net pots, 2 packs of 12 inch air stones, 3w air pump (.010 AMPS, 30 GPH), 3 gallon 2nd reservoir with 2" net pots and 2 packs of 12" air stones. Total System Power Usage is 2.7 AMPS Yielder Max weighs 162 lbs. 62.5" x 24" x 31" I also added the optional LED lights for the back sides of the box to get some light up along and under the canopy. I opted for the nute package they had which included the following: 1L CNS17 Grow 2L CNS17 Bloom 1L CNS17 Ripe 1L Cal-Mag Plus 1L Liquid Karma 1L Hydroplex 2L Sweet Raw 1L Silica Blast 2L Aqua Shield 1L Clearex To save power and reduce some of the heat I opted for LED main chamber lighting. Here are some specs on the Flip 360 LED grow light: 5w LEDs 110v/220v compatible 700mA 15 band light spectrum 72 Diodes 360watts (actual wattage 190watts) Runs at 75% for efficiency and extended life Able to daisy chain lights for larger grow applications Easy to use. Just flip a switch to go from veg to bloom When things finally take off and the yielding begins I have also purchased the Magic Herb Dryer to expedite and efficiently dry things before putting it in the air The space itself is ~4'3" wide x 4'10" deep x 8'4" tall. I installed the Eco heater on the wall and as of today the highest I recorded in the room was around 66 degrees F. I'm currently trying to get the following things resolved before things take off: - There is an issue with my billing and source of electricity, going to have to resolve this with some other parties before things can commence. - Need to insulate floor as I'd like my heater to work a little less harder to keep it at temp - Create a layer of sound insulation/dampening at the doorway to reduce some of the noises that may be generated I'll continue to update as things progress! Stu