High everyone! Thought I'd share this little experiment I've been doing. I love not having to use liquid nutes, it's such a low maintenance way to grow. I normally make my own coco mix with amendments but this stuff grabbed my eye in the hydro store so thought I'd give it a try, it really looks good... Experiment: If we mix in some fertilizer with the coco, we should be able to grow by just adding water and more fertilizer every few weeks. I'll take a picture every week to post her progress, I'll take the pictures on Saturdays and update this first post COCO MIX For vegging we will us a 1 gallon pot 1 gal coco fiber coir + 2 oz perlite 3 tbsp Marine Cuisine 2 tbsp Epsom salt (some extra magnesium) For flowering, probably bat guano, we'll see when we get there. WATER I have a standard water I use for all my plants, I call it "Base RO", I'll use this through out the grow 1 gal RO water 1 tsp epsom salt 2 drops Superthrive ph'd to 5.5-5.8 STOCK I'll be using a G13 Labs Skunk #1 feminized seed, I'll name her Aunt Peg because she is such a legend and institution and a part of so many other great ladies that we enjoy. I'll use Marine Cuisine (Fox Farms) for veg (about a week or two) and bat guano for flowering. The maxicrop is a nice treat for the plant every week or two during flowering, this is a source of potassium which seems to be lacking in the guano. Here's the Marine Cuisine, great mix of shit & meals Looks like our seed is ready for coco! =========================================== WEEK 1 Mon - Broke ground Wed - 16oz Base RO Sat - 16 oz Base RO & took picture (below) Day 7 (7/3/10) ------======----- WEEK 2 Tue - 3rd set of leaves opened up, she should be feeding now Wed - 16oz Base RO Sat - 16 oz Base RO & took picture (below) Day 14 (7/10/10) Her growth has been fantastic, went ahead and topped her. I figure she has about 3 weeks worth of food starting now. Next Saturday she will flip to 12/12. -----=====----- WEEK 3 Mon - 16 oz Base RO w/ 2 tsp Maxicrop Fri - 16 oz RO & took pictures (below) Sat - Moved to 12/12 flower space Aunt Peg continues to grow well, I noticed some purple/red stripes in her stalk last weekend so I gave her a little Maxicrop to be safe and get the microbe party going into overdrive. I also saw some strange leaf tips in the new growth so I'm watching that. Not too worried about it but a little bummed, she was looking perfect! And really she still is, she's very healthy. Day 20 (7/16/10) -----=====----- WEEK 4 Wed - Transplanted to 3 gal, watered in with 32 oz Base RO + 20 ml Maxicrop, topped all 6 branches @ 2nd/3rd nodes Fri - 16 oz RO Sat - Took pictures (below) Aunt Peg continues to progress nicely. She's 28 days from breaking ground today and she's been in 12/12 for a week now. By next Saturday's update she should have some preflowers. Last week she had damaged leaf tips I believe it's burning as I put 3 times the amount of Marine Cuisine as recommended No big deal, it was with just one layer of leaves oddly enough. The gnats have been really bad lately so I put a layer of perlite up top, it's kept them away Her new growth does not have the fucked up tips so looks like all is well for now. She's a little light in the centers but I'm not too worried about that. Let's wind the clock back a few days to Wednesday just before her transplant. You can see her new shoots have the strange tips. No biggy as I normally top at this point anyways. She has 6 branches, all of them were topped after the 2nd set of branches. New flower mix: 2 gal - coco coir 2 tbsp - Marine Cuisine 4 tbsp - Indonesian Bat Guano 2 tbsp - Dolomitic Limestone - pelletized (to compensate for coco's calcium issue) 2 tbsp - Epsom salt (magnesium supply) -----=====----- WEEK 5 Sun - 32 oz Base RO Wed - 32 oz Base RO Fri - 32 oz Base RO & Took pictures (below) Growth has been fantastic, she's so happy and really starting to take off. I have been so impressed with this Marine Cuisine that I'm starting to send a lot more plants down the line with it, it's a champ for vegging for sure. I've yet to cut a leaf - even the damaged ones are still there. I haven't seen a pistil yet here at 12 days of flowering, but it should be any day now. More importantly, she is showing no signs of deficiencies, I give high marks for the veg stage - this stuff has made my life a little easier to get things started. Here she is in the flower space with her cell mates. -----=====----- WEEK 5 1/2 Well everyone, some good news and some bad. First off, the good news is that that this is one ofthe healthiest plants I've ever raised, the Marine Cuisine has impressed me to no end, these pics were actually taken last Tuesday (been busy ). The bad news is Aunt Peg came up positive in a random nut check, we have a male here I don't see any pistils anywhere so we're not talking hermie that I can tell. And yes this is a feminized seed. Ah well, my first male from a fem seed, bound to happen I suppose. Uncle Peg is outside on my patio while i think this over.