The medium was amended about 30 days ago and in the cooking stage (actually done) I will transplant the seedlings into 1 gal containers using just a base mix of coco, peat, ewc and perlite before the final transplant into 3 gallon containers.
I would have liked to have used 5 gal containers but the money is squeaky tight.
The 3 gallon pots are air pots and will be good for the roots in that size container. The main reason for using 3 gallon is I only have room to do 4 plants at most under a 240 watt Blackstar HO led for vegging with a few cfl's and a 600 watt hid for flowering.
My concern with a 3 gallon pot is having enough fertilizer(amendments)to supply the plant from start to finish. If I don't I am prepared to cheat and top dress with Dr.Earth.....
My main feeding regime will consist of water, and an ocational ACCT during veg and flowering.The plants will veg for 6-7 weeks before the start of flowering.
I started 6 seedling and are in various stages of growth and wanted to share my seed starting method....lol I know I said 4 plants but, thought 2 were going south on me.....
I've tried several mediums to see what the best was for seed starting and will assure you pure coco wins hands down, with Jiffy organic starter mix coming in second and my special blend of coco, ewc and perlite which did not do as well because the soil texture was poor for the roots to get started. I eventually transplanted these into coco and they are looking good.
2- Acapulco Gold(Barney Farms)
2- Blueberry Gum(G13 Labs)
1- White Shark 33(?)
1-Jamaican Dream(Eva Seeds)
My feed is 1/4 tsp Alaska Fish Fert, 1/4 tsp Liquid Seaweed and 1/4 tsp of Equilibrium by Humbolt. The Equilibrium is an all natural cal/mag supplement 1-1-2 with iron.....
I treat the seedling as a soil grow and let them dry some between watering. I am using distilled water, not ph adjusted and will change to purified soon....
Seeds are first rinsed a few minutes in a solution of a cap full of h202 and cup of water to kill any pathogens. The coco is hydrated with 1/4 tsp of Equilibrium before planting the seed 1/4" deep I sprinkle a little xtreme myco in the hole and gently watered in.
I only use enough coco to fill the cup a little less than 2/3 full. As the seed sprouts and leaves grow I add more coco to help support the seedling and to provide more stem area to grow roots from.
These seeds are the last of the freebies except for the Acapulco Gold. All the free seeds have less vigor than any I have started....
2-Blueberry gum planted 8/10...jiffy organic starter mix
Close up Blueberry Gum
2-White Shark 33 & Jamaican Dream® planted 8/19-8/20..my mix, then transplanted to coco
Jamaican Dream Close up
2-acapulco gold planted 8/21...pure coco
Acapulco Gold close up
Edited by colafarmer, 29 August 2012 - 09:57 AM.