OK you guys. Here's the deal. It's my first marijuana grow and I've got 9 weeks to start and finish this grow, not including curing and drying. That'll make it around 12 weeks total, just guesstimating.
9 weeks is the time constraint. How do I make it in time?
Here are the primary factors to consider.
1. 12/12 straight from seed! That's why I got feminized Pure AK. Afghan strains supposedly have shorter flowering time.
2. Healthy roots and soil, satisfied by airpots to make shit grow like mad from the start
3. Nutrients, satisfied by aquaponic treated water(fish poop + fish food + snail excretions), ocean forest, EWC Teas.
4. Optimum temperature range, sustained by 400W heater + automatic thermostat.
5. Co2 saturation, which will be satisfied by champagne yeast, air locks, and balloons for the night.
6. Optimum Light, satisfied by 200 Watts of the best brand of LEDs, GLH Spectras.
7. Clean air and odor control, satisfied by ozium spray and a negative ion generator
Here's the run down of supplies:
Soil: Fox Farm's Ocean Forest
Pots: Super Roots Air Pot 2 Gal + 1Liter seed starters
Seeds: Pure AK Feminized + Delicious Seeds - Cotton Candy Feminized (Freebie seeds)
Feeding: Aquaponic treated Water + teas, among other organic things.
Lighting: GrowLEDHydro Spectra LED UFOs 2010 & 2011 Models
Heating: Thermostat + heater = hope this shit works
Space: 6.5 Sq. Feet (32" x 30")
Odor Control: Ozium and Negative Ion Generator
Date: March 4th 2012 - Saturday - Day N/A
I've finalized most aspects of the planning stages. The only things left on my mind are Co2 Tanks, their alternatives, and the cost comparisons. I'm thinking of just buying a Co2 tank, probably around 10-15 lbs. It seems expensive to get the ppm gauge + release thing.
In other news, I am currently awaiting, some recently placed others from last week, incoming orders of seeds and supplies. I purchased a Co2 liquid by API called Co2 Boost. It's supposedly organic(as of March 7th: It's not. It actually has anti-microbial properties). I also ordered a negative ion generator wall plug, and some ozium, acting as a "double tap" against odor.
I was setting up the temperature control today as well. I wired a power surge into my Ranco ETC thermostat, which will shut the device, in this case my 400W heater, on/off based on the temperature. I tested it earlier, around 11pm, and it came on every 5 minutes for about a little less time than it was off, about 3 minutes. I positioned the heater, in a fashion so it is directed at the wall next to the planting area, with a fan behind it to further disperse the heat throughout the room. The temperature is typically peaking at 85 degrees and descends no further below 81. In this temperature, Co2 reaches maximum intake. It is a factor I must capitalize on, which may be further aided by my Co2 water application.
I've been reading a lot through Ed Rosenthal's Marijuana Grower's Handbook, where I found plenty of new information, despite having read through this book last year. It seems the more I know the more I discover. Right after I typed that last sentence I just read 2 pages. It's really interesting and helpful to read, good for a first grow like mine.
I think I spent about 5 hours going through Grow Journals, is this normal? Speaking of Grow journals, I've decided to use these first two posts to update my grow, rather than creating new posts in order to streamline this journal for future readers. I've found it is quite difficult to follow a grow journal, especially ones that exceed 60 pages, when you're only looking to the answer for a single question.
Date: March 5th - Sunday - Day N/A
I figured out my Co2 ordeal. I've decided to take the brewer's path. I purchased 10 packs of Champagne yeast, I've already got molasses, and I've also got a few stoppers and airlocks as well. I plan on getting the 2 gallon purified water tanks that they sell at Wal-Mart, which I see recycled so often. Apparently, they provide quite a bit of Co2, lasting weeks. Here are the instructions I am following.
Fill the bottle with about a 20% solution of glucose (dextrose) by mass and place a few tsp. of yeast in that jaunt. Placing the yeast in some warm water for half an hour prior with some sugar is a good way to jump-start the process. Using those six-carboned sugars, you get optimum results, but other sugars can be used. In general, you'll likely find the 5-carbon variety (fructose: corn syrup, eg.) or the polysaccharide (sucrose: cane sugar). In these cases, its ok to add a little more sugar, no more than 25%. Champagne yeast can tolerate more. Brewers yeast, you may want to shoot for less. Cap that jaunt with the tubing/cap system you rigged up.
Here are some other notes about how much Co2 is produced.
So what does this mean for you? A mole of glucose is around 180 grams. Thus, a 20% mass solution will produce slightly more than TWO MOLES (2.2 to be be exact) of of gas per liter. At standard temperature and pressure, and if you are growing, that's what you want, you will get around 50 liters of pure carbon dioxide from this method, over the time period of about 2-4 weeks. Great stuff.
Taken from an Anonymous user at the Rollitup forum. Great info.
I also looked into some supplements which may maximize yield and potency of the crop.
According the Ed Rosenthal's Marijuana Grower's Handbook, UVB has an effect on THC production, so I may consider purchasing a CFL with UVB. I do also have UV diodes in both my LED lights(along with green, amber, red, blue), so that's another plus.
My seeds have also made it through the sorting facility in NY! yay! I'm thinking they'll be here on Wednesday or Thursday.
Date: March 6th - Tuesday - Day N/A
I thought I'd be using my 300W Lamp for this grow, until I realized it uses a Low Pressure Sodium bulb. Goodbye lamp! I'll just be sticking to my 2 UFO lights, I will probably throw CFLs in to hit the Dark Spots.
I've also been planning this grow with the fact that I'm going on a 1 week vacation sometime in April. I've decided that I'm just going to set up a reservoir/EWC tea brewing tank, 27 gallons, which should be able to feed 6 2 gallon air pots with a pump-driven drip system. I might just run this thing for most of the grow, just making sure to top the water on both my reservoir and aquaponics system. I've found the perfect size already, but I won't be getting it any time soon, in order to stay within budget for the next week.
Edited by DaDankSkunk, 08 March 2012 - 10:18 AM.