Hi guys & girls! First I want to thank everyone who posts questions, answers, and logs on this message board. You have been an excellent source of knowledge and experience for an amateur like myself. Okay now on to the growing... and please excuse me when I ramble like I tend to do.
My friend and I just started growing one day. We had talked about it a little bit and then one day he shows up and says "Let's go buy a light". So we go get a 250W HPS bulb & ballast, some soil and small pots in a tray from Home Depot and get started. Actually he had a plant that he started at home in his room, in a shot glass so while we germinated and waited for sprouts we already had something to watch, which was nice for impatient people like us. The seeds are just bag seed so we don't know what to expect, though my friend talked to who he got the bag from and it's a strain he's been growing for a while so we're hoping for some good smoke.
We decided to set this up in my closet, so we cleared it out, hung the light, and then germinated the seeds. I won't post all the early photos because well they're pretty boring. Right now we are on Day #13 of flowering so this log is going to move through the first month pretty quick (the first month isn't exciting anyway). For now I'll post a few pics showing our progress and then maybe go into some more detail about the set up and what he have done to the plants so far.
We didn't have a clue what we were doing at first and made some amateur mistakes. But this was ultimately supposed to be a learning experience and we have learned very much. It looks like we'll get to smoke some buds as well so that's a nice bonus!
Here is a list of mistakes we made that I can think of off the top of my head:
- Planted seedlings too deep, and not necessarily with the root pointing downwards
- HPS is not the best lighting for seedlings and veg (but it did work well enough)
- Light was too far from seedlings
- Over watered them the first 1-2 weeks (I watered them daily, oops!)
- Ventilation is far from optimal, bordering on downright lousy
Luckily none of those were fatal mistakes, and despite our best efforts to hurt these things they have done nothing but flourish and prosper! What an amazing plant.
This is long enough for a first post, so here are a few pics to whet your appetite and I'll be back with more, probably later today after some lunch.
Thanks again to the people in this community. You're helpful and friendly and this grow would be pretty terrible without all the wisdom you've shared here.