I have learned a lot from this forum and felt that my grow may interest others. (maybe not, but I am doing things a little differently)
I react badly to the chemicals used in hydroponics so I grow in dirt. Yes I know you can clean them out, but for me it is just better not to have them in the first place.
I used to be an outdoor grower. The license allowed for 10 plants. I couldn’t make enough to do the year (stupid no-nutes) so I re-applied for an indoor-outdoor license. I can grow 19 indoor plants, and 5 outdoor plants, just not at the same time. If it works out indoor, I won’t have to bother with outdoor (although I like the free light)
My plan is to have 6 mothers. So far I have chosen:
Chemo (Jordan of the Islands)
Plants are dark green, medium height and big budded. The smoke is strong, very tasty but not as stinky as other varieties.
Flowering Time: Indoor 6 - 8 weeks
Approx Yield: Moderate to Heavy
(Doesn’t sound like much, but I have had it from the compassion club, and it is unbelievable for pain (and puts me to sleep as well).
Romulan (Next Generation Seeds).
Romulan is a legend, a medical and personal favorite. Now on the 8th Generation back cross, this B.C. original has increased in size and vigor. A squat growing strain known for its overwhelming narcotic stone. It has large dark green leaves, purple stock and leaf stem with frosty buds that are hard and dense. Strong piney smell, a must have for the connoisseurs' head stash. Pure breeding genetics. As seen in Cannabis Culture and High Times. Flowering Time: Indoor 8 weeks Approx Yield: 250 - 350 grams per square meter
(Romulan is well known as a medicinal grade bud)
Atomic Shiva (Dr. Atomic)
Looking for pain relief? Couchlock? F**ked up? Heavy lethargic stone?
Try some Shiva, its fast, compact and HEAVY!
Flowering Time: Indoor 7 - 8 weeks
Approx Yield: 70 - 100g per plant
Lineage: Northern Lights, Thai Haze
(OK, so I bought it because they used the words ‘F**ked up’. It’s been along time since pot has rattled my cage. I am safe with the first two for pain, but never hurts to have options.)
Once I get these ones going I will select three varieties that will help me deal with the psychological aspects of chronic pain. ‘Cause if my minds tore up then my body don’t care’ Dinah-moe Hum, Frank Zappa (RIP)
I use a mix of black earth, cow manure and compost (18 liters initially - equal parts). I just water with my softened well water, and after each 4 weeks I add an inch of the soil mix to the pots (kind of like feeding them).
All the pot I am choosing veges for a month and flowers for 8 weeks, so I can grow a mix without worrying about special needs. My plan is not to have a continuous grow. I have set up a grow room for the 6 mothers, and another for 12 production plants. In theory I will be able to select the types I want and grow them as required. We will see.
The production room has a 600w HPS and can hold 12, 5 gallon buckets. Both the rooms drain to a sump pump, and I have a 50 foot water wand. The idea is once I clone a production run from the mothers. I place the clones in the production room 18/24 for a month. Then switch to 12/12 for two months and grow 6 month worth of pot. I take a few months off (just caring for the mothers and cutting a few clones) and then start up again, with the same or a different mix of plants.
I am trying to keep it simple. I am not trying to get the most bud possible. I am modestly hoping for 50 grams a plant once I get the whole thing up and running. A single production run will then yield 600 grams, which is about 6 months for me. Two runs (plus a little from the 5 in the summer) and I think I am good. If I had to I woud move up to a 1000w.
I believe the genetics will take care of the quality, and all I need to do is provide a reasonable growth environment. Having said that, any simple, clean techniques (especially during flowering) would be appreciated.
I am new to indoor growing (tried last year but fried everything that went into the too small ‘flower’ room) but not to pot or growing it.
I look forward to learning, sharing, and growing some wicked bud!
This picture is of the first 8 ladies. 4 Chemo and 4 Atomic Shiva. They are 25 days into 12/12. They were about 11-13 inches tall then I started the 12/12, and they are 21-23 inches now, so they have grown about 10 inches in the first almost four weeks. My room is tall so I have no worries even if they doubled in size (I wish).
(Yes, I over watered them a little in weeks 4 and 5, but they seem happy now)
(Check out the stalk on the front left two Chemo plants)
Thanks for watching and for any simple advice.
Edited by sterces, 24 December 2010 - 04:28 AM.