Care to give my unexpected grow a gander?

Discussion in 'First Time Marijuana Growers' started by phoenixfyer, Jun 20, 2017.

  1. Hey there!
    A little about me:
    Veteran smoker but when it comes to cultivation I am a total newb. I came into a clone and have been scrambling for information and resources ever since. I can get a little overwhelmed with depression and anxiety so having something to take car e of is really helping bring focus to my days (I was laid off in April and idle hands are not good for me). Due to the sheer volume of information out there I figured it might help to rope some folks in to take a look at my girl and tell me what they think or give some friendly advice to a gal :)

    A little about my plant/set up:
    Strain: White Widow
    Tent: 32x32x63
    Lights: CFL's (I know, I know)


    Timeline:

    5/18- clone was gifted to me out of nowhere- got a bunch of houselights together and left it under those 24hrs/day for 2 days while I gathered some info.

    5/20- Gutted an old steamer trunk I found and turned it into a grow box, lined with foil, cut out an exhaust hole for small fan, threw up 4-100w output 6500k lights and another small fan

    5/21- really didn't like the soil quality or size pot, so I mixed up my own soil with some pebbles, organic potting mix, worm castings from my worm farm, and some sand. tested PH was 6 so I left it. topped the little girl a bit (just from my previous houseplant experience- at this point I didn't know anything about hst,lst or scrogging)

    6/7 - transplanted again, into a 5gal fabric growbag. tied large stems and pinned down near sides of bag to get max light penetration

    6/13- Grow tent came in (32x32x63) set up, threw plant in there with my lights and fans

    *watered when it was needed with diluted Neptune's Harvest I had lying around. Ordered some FoxFarm GrowBig and Big Bloom but my feeding schedule is obviously out of whack at this point. When GB and BB
    came in mixed per directions and fed every other watering. Got some PH up and Down and tested nutes in distilled water and adjusted PH.

    6/18 Made a ridiculously amateur light fixture to add more light. My girl is bushy af but I know I made some big mistakes along the way. Ordered humidity/thermostat should be here in a few days- overall good air circulation and humidity doesnt feel high.

    current lights in tent:
    Eight 100w equiv 6500k 1600 lumen CFLs
    Six 60w equiv 2700k 900 lumen CFLs



    So, like I said, I came into this clone with absolutely no knowledge or equipment and have just been fumbling my way through it. buying things as I can and hoping for the best while I try to learn as much as I can both about cultivation supplies as well as growth patterns of the plant. I understand that CFL's are not ideal but I am looking to grow for myself and I simply can't afford the hid lighting and all of the extra components necessary to run those lights right now- I need to make a fully informed decision regarding hid vs led etc- so for now at least for this grow and probably the next one- CFL will be all I can work with but I am totally open to NAY and ALL information you guys have to give.

    I think my main questions are:

    What do you think of the look of the plant in terms of size, color, overall health?

    Should I take a bunch of clones and throw this baby in the trunk to keep as a mother?

    What do you think I can expect in terms of harvest?

    Should I leave the lights/ add more/ take some out?

    When do I know that it's time to flower?


    TLDR: got a clone- fumbled my way through the first month, what do you think about the look of the plant and do you have any suggestions?

    Hey thanks for making it through this post! Any information or guidance would be really appreciated! <3 5-18 clone.jpg
    5-20 inside trunk.jpg 5-20 outside trunk.jpg 5-23 after top.jpg 5-31.jpg 6-7.jpg 6-15.jpg 6-17 stalk.jpg 6-17.jpg 6-19 new lights 2.jpg 6-19 new lights.jpg 6-19.jpg 6-20.jpg
     
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  2. Welcome to the start of your growing experience...

    ... enjoy! :wave:
     
  3. Thanks!! It is exciting for sure :yay:
     
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  4. I think your plant looks healthy - good job.
    You can do clones if you like if you have an additional grow area.
    Harvest is impossible to guess because there are too many variables.
    I would add as many lights as you possibly can - cfl's have no penetration and you should basically surround that plant with light.
    If that's the cabinet you plan on leaving it in then I suggest you flower now.
     
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  5. Thanks for the advice :) I do have the original cabinet I made since Im working in the big tent now- was thinking I could turn that small trunk into a clone case. Do you think it's safe to take clones from all that bushy undergrowth? some of them dont have 4 nodes yet. anyway I appreciate the response. Thanks again
     
  6. Just a clarification- the trunk that you see was my original scramble job to have a place for her. now I have tent thats roughly 5ft tall
     
  7. You can take clones from any grow tip as long as it's long enough to cut and root.
     
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  8. Thank you. There is so much to know and learn - my ADD is getting quite a workout (I imagine I will learn the more I grow and the more I fuck up heh) one more Q and I will let you be- in your opinion, how necessary is a cloning heat mat? just trying to figure out what items needs to be moved up on my priority list
     
  9. I don't feel qualified to answer that cloning question because it's not something that I do. I did do it about 10 years ago by simply putting the cutting in a rapid rooter, and I didn't use a heat mat. Perhaps someone that is more proficient at cloning can provide you with more information. If you haven't read it already, I suggest you read this: www.growweedeasy.com
     
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  10. devouring that site as we speak. I appreciate your candor on the subject and all the info so far. Thanks a lot!
     
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  11. Your plant looks great for fumbling through it all but I had to come on and say one more thing... I can't believe you did that to that poor ole steamer trunk! It pains my heart! Lol... I'm an antique-y sort so that was my first thought! Haha.. hopefully it will get more use this way though... ☮️
     
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  12. Oh man, I know! But I pulled that thing off a trash pile at the old workspace I had. I had hoped for the best but in reality, the thing was in unusable condition, the inside fabric was damaged by mold growth, the leather straps were disintegrating and the metal bottom was eaten through with rust. I really couldn't bring myself to get rid of it so when this baby came into my hands I figured, like you said, maybe I could still keep it and give it a purpose. (After a goooood cleaning) Now it will probably be my forever cloning space, and the upside?... It looks like a magical trunk when the lights are on inside :) Certainly better than further rotting in my attic!
     
  13. Oh that's great! Lol! Magical trunk... Got some fantastic weeds (beasts) in there? I love the idea of using it for a cloning space! I'm afraid to start my own grow just bc I don't want to waste any thing but I'm wasting opportunity though. I'm essentially watching other ppls plant/bud porn trials and tribulations. I look forward to seeing how the cloning and all goes. I love the setup as I imagine that is exactly how I'll be starting up.
     
  14. Heat pad is not nessary for cloning unless you live in a very cold environment.
     
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  15. Fuckyea Harry Potter references!! :love:

    As for starting up, I say do better than me and learn as much as you can first. other than that just dive in when you can, growing things is super fun! Cannabis seems to be just as intuitive as anything else- with a little knowledge about the way it grows you might surprise yourself. I didn't want to waste anything either- but I figured this opportunity showed up and I might as well take it. CFL's may not be the best- but I haven't seen anything on my electric bill just yet and I got the tent for about $50. It's an adventure if nothing else lol
     
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  16. awesome. Thank you!
     
  17. Nice! I may just dive in. I need to get my hands on seed or wish myself a bestie who will gift me a clone!

    ☮️
     
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