Please share any and all constructive criticism!
First off, The Case:
Dimensions: 24.5"H X 15.5"D X 7.5"W
Lining: Emergency blankets (mylar)
Lighting 4 x 23w 2700k CFL (9000 lumens @ 92w)
Exhaust 2 x 80mm 12v PC fan's (CFM unkown)
Intake Custom made light louver based on this.
Pot 1.375 Gallon container, only 4" tall!
Its a server case, so much taller than a normal ATX case.
I've removed all internal cages and whatnot, leaving only the shell.
I've added a 1/4" thick piece of plate glass directly under the bulbs.
This isolates the heat and allows an 80mm fan to exhaust the light section separately from the grow area, which has its own 80mm fan.
Temperatures in the "light section" are about 110 degrees, while never going over 80 degrees in the "grow section".
Currently, I have no carbon scrubber on the exhaust (to maximize airflow).
This means it is not light proofed either. My dark period is at night when I
am sleeping so as to not disturb the plant.
The intake is light proofed, using a custom light louver.
Now we can talk about The Strain!
For this grow (my first!) I will be growing the JDs Easy Ryder.
A Lowryder #2 crossed with Auto AK47, I have very high hopes for the final quality of the product!
I'm not going to guess about harvest weight, because this is a micro grow and I have no idea what is going to happen.
I will be growing the plant on 20/4 light schedule the entire time.
Next, My Questions!
I need to keep this plant as short as possible.
Because my plate glass is angled in the top of the case, and the pot is 4" tall, I am left with between 16" and 17.5" of vertical space.
Currently, I have 4 x 2700k bulbs, but will using 3 x 6500k and 1 x 2700k during the first week and a half keep the plant shorter? Or will veg spectrum bulbs only make it taller?
Also, I'm thinking about using some bushmaster (sea kelp) to keep the plant small. Does anyone have any experience using bushmaster on autoflowers/easy ryder?
Lastly, topping, fimming, supercropping, or any other stressful method are out of the question due to the short life cycle of the strain. There is simply not enough time to recover. I am debating LST or a minimal SCroG if the need arises. Thoughts?
Lastly, My Grow Journal!
Day 0: Tap root appeared after germinating using the paper towel method.
Placed seed in "Burpee" Organic Seed Starting mix in a solo cup covered with a plastic bag to up the humidity.
It comprises mainly coco coir and perlite, with a nute ratio of .06-.03-.03
Temperature 80 degrees during the day, 72 at night.
Day 1: Early this morning I saw the cotyledons begin to break the surface, and several hours later, they were out and unfolded, but not standing straight up yet. (Should I remove the plastic bag at this point?)
Temps still 80, and humidity around 30%.
I have put her on a 20/4 light schedule, as recommended by the JD.
Thanks for reading, and here's the pics I promised!