Always make a list of the power requirements for each piece of equipment and make sure your electrical panels can support the electrical load before you make any big equipment purchases.
The amount of CO2 you supplement your garden with depends on how much light your plants are receiving, the growth phase they are in, and their overall size. CO2 should only be used during the “daylight” period, as plants are unable to utilize CO2 at night or in the dark. Sealed grow rooms are ideal when supplementing CO2, as open rooms tend to exhaust the CO2 more quickly than the plants can use it.
Most local jurisdictions require you mitigate the odor from your plants to avoid disturbing your neighbors. Activated charcoal filters absorb plant odor in your grow area. Adding a charcoal filter to your HVAC system or placing one within your grow space is a great way to drastically reduce the odor. The size of the filter is largely dependent on the size of your grow. Make sure filters are sized and installed correctly. Keep track of the life of the filter, as their effectiveness diminishes over time.
Hydroton is a lightweight expanded clay aggregate composed of porous clay pebbles that can be used alone in a hydroponic system or blended with soil or other soilless mediums. Hydroton does not retain water to the extent of coco coir or rockwool, but it does provide plant roots with equal levels of oxygen. Like rockwool, the biggest issue is that it can dry out very quickly, so you have to be extra careful to keep it hydrated, especially when used on its own.
Hydroponics is a blanket term for the growing of plants in a nutrient solution, with or without an inert medium to provide physical root support. Media such as fused basalt rock and chalk (known as rockwool), coconut fiber (coco coir), and clay pellets (hydroton) can drastically improve nutrient delivery. With a plant’s roots system exposed, hydroponically grown cannabis can grow faster and more efficiently, requiring less water and fewer nutrients but also requiring monitoring systems to ensure a stable pH.
There are several different types of grow lights that serve different purposes, each with their own sets of pros and cons.
Soil is a great choice for beginners. It can be much more forgiving and requires less precision when watering and feeding plants. Less-frequent watering and a stable pH foundation can drastically increase the likelihood of a successful first harvest. Soil also contains beneficial microbes and nutrients that help keep plants healthy, though it also creates favorable conditions for pests, mold, and mildew to spread. Working with soil and hand-watering plants can also be messy, but it will allow you to get familiar with the pace in which your plants consume water and nutrients.
This method is more accurate, but you need a magnifier of some kind. The best microscope for checking trichomes is the digital type, since it gives you a more accurate image.
Whenever your plants grow too large for their pots, but you want them to keep growing, you need to repot them.
What I discovered when I decided to start growing again was how far technology had moved on in those six years… Not just with super strains of autoflower seeds and cannabis specific growing soils, but more so with the huge leap forward in LED lighting which, back then, was in its infancy and considered to be ‘quirky’ rather than a viable alternative to the old ‘gas guzzling’ HID’s…
I’m on my very first one here really really appreciate your advice and comments will be doing as written and see what I get.
Is their any kind of machine I can check the
Strength of my grow test the THC etc.
But thanks for everything.
God bless you all
Method 2: Check the Trichomes
If you used non-feminized seeds, you can expect about half of your plants to be male. Now that you can identify the males, you need to remove them from your grow room and get rid of them immediately. If they pollinate the females, you end up with buds full of seeds.
Here is a graphic that shows you what to look for:
The reason fabric pots should be bigger is that the soil dries out much faster in a smart pot. Making the pot larger, increases the time it takes for the soil in the middle to dry out.
Vegging Your Cannabis Plants
When is comes to actual nutrition, cannabis plants need much less nitrogen during flowering. If you bought a nutrient set made specifically for cannabis, it will contain a ‘bloom’ or ‘flower’ bottle. Switch to that one now, since it contains the right mix for flowering.
Many growers even stop watering altogether during the last 3 days to one week before harvest. When to stop watering before harvest depends on the strain, but anytime within that range will have positive benefits on bud size and potency.