This is my first grow, and I will be documenting the whole thing in this thread.
Environment: 4'x4'x7' Mylar grow tent located in the basement of my house.
Soil: 78% ProMix HP, 20% Perlite, 2% Worm Castings, 1/2 tbsp Dolomie Lime/Gallon (Hp already
contains some DL, but I've read mixed accounts of how much.....so I added a little extra)
Nutrients: This is the K.I.S.S method, so I will be using MaxiBloom only throughout the grow.
Water: I will be using Distilled Water for the entire grow
Lights: 2x4' Cool Blue T-8 6500 K (for germination, seedlings and later for cloning
600 W digital MH/HPS light with 6" air cooled Sunhood
Ventilation: 360 CFM 6" vortex fan with carbon filter
2 x 6" clip on fans for in-tent air-movement
Genetics: I wanted to find a strain or two that like the KISS diet, so I'm starting with 4 strains, will
clone from the best two for next crops.
3 x Nirvana White Widow Feminized
3 x Nirvana Northern Lights Feminized
1 x Dutch Passion Blueberry Feminized
1 x Barney's Violator Kush Feminized
I opted for mostly indica-dominant strains for low(ish) height and overall ease of growth. Northern Lights and White Widow are proven, well-documented strains that are generally easier to grow. The Blueberry and Violator Kush sounded tastey, and I thought I'd grab one seed of each just for shits and giggles I figured I'd start them all and then keep the strongest 4 or 5 to flower.
The seeds were germinated using the paper-towel method, and after 36 hours I had a 100% germination rate (so far so good!). I planted the sprouts root down,3 mm deep, in dixie-cups containing my ProMix. The dixie cups of soil were watered with distilled water the day before to get the soil ready and the lime activated. After sitting overnight, I flooded the cups and collected the run-off which tested at 5.2 pH. From what I've read, this should rise over the next few days as ProMix will self-buffer to between 5.7-6.3 due to the lime.
Eventually, I will have a seperate vegging area, but for my first grow I will be using my tent for both veg and flower. My planted seeds are temporarily on a tupperware full of my soil to keep the cups and roots off the cool cement. The humidifier was only in the room temporarily and is now outside the tent, blowing moist air into the intake ducts. Right now, with only the T-8 running, I temps are level at 19-22 degrees C. I have the cups under a plastic hood, where the RH is 75-80%.....I'll be keeping it nice and humid in there until the little heads pop through the soil.
The seedligs will stay under the dome / under the T-8 for the first week or so before the MH light will be turned on and slowly lowered to get the seedlings used to HID. After a few days, the flourescent light will be removed, leaving only the 600 W MH.
I've attached some pics of my set-up and progress so far. Feel free to comment and make suggestions. I'd particularly love to hear from people with KISS experience and those that have grown any of these strains before.