I tend to ramble sometimes, like most stoners, so please bear with me. I’ll try to stay on point, but there’s a lot of stuff to say. So I guess you’ll have to allow for some rambling. But flame if you must. Also, please try to keep in mind this is only a medical, fun, hobby, type grow. This grow is for personal use only and it’s a learning thing. But I would like to be rewarded for my efforts with some decent smokage someday though.
Sadly, my plants are stunted. I’ve tried a lot of stuff to get ‘em to flourish, but they’re still small. Only 3” tall at about 2 months old. This is my second attempt. The first ones didn’t even last this long. I think I over-watered, over-nuted, and just loved them to death. When I pulled my dead babies out of the pots, I found the soil in the bottom of the pots to be almost soggy. So for my second soil mix I used a lot more perlite along with peat moss, dolomite, and potting soil mix. I also drilled bigger drain holes in the pot’s bottoms and put some rocks in there before the soil mix, hopping that would help drainage. I started this grow in the old pots (but new mix) but the pots still weren’t draining or getting air to the roots so I wrote here asking for advise. Stinkyattic suggested I drill big holes in the pots making them like Swiss cheese. Yeah, hardy, har, har, har! I tried it, and made some big ‘ole cheese holes, but then transplanted to these pots I’m using now anyway, after there was no visible improvement and my moisture meter was still reading high for the pot bottoms after a week or so of trying. (Ramble, ramble, ramble).I have my babies in a little Mylar walled cabinet and have six 27W cool cfls going. I usually have to shut down four of ‘em in the afternoons when the temps get upwards toward 85F, but they’re on mornings and evenings. I have the cab doors open and a desk fan going about a foot outside the cab door. I also a have little computer fan going in the back of the cab for some exhaust, but it sucks…literally. I try to keep the little buggers about 2” from the light. The plants are on an 18/6 schedule right now. I water with Ph (6.6 to 6.8) distilled water. I tried this cheap ass Expert Rhododendron and Azalea fertilizer because it was 30-10-10, so I thought it’d be good. But even diluted in half from the recommended, I think it burned ‘em. And I don’t think I will use it again. I’m not thinking they need to be flushed as I’ve only nuted once and I’m not confident they could take the stress of it. I’m kind of shy about using more superthrive too. I tried foliar feeding with that stuff in the water thinking maybe they needed a kick in the roots, but nothing there, either. I tried some Epsom salts in that foliar feeding water when I thought it might be a Mg deficiency. But after a week or so of that, no change. I’m thinking I’ll find what they need sometime and they’ll just take off. Overall, they look fairly good to me, just so damn small. Smell good too. The bottom leaves do die and fall off, but I’ve read some growers saying don’t worry about it. It’s just a natural process the plant goes through. Then again, I’ve read others say, “Bullshit”. Damn opinionated folks, them. I say whatever floats your boat. I’m thinking I should drill some more air holes in these pots, again. That was kind of fun anyway. They do like the distilled water better than rainwater. Ph was a little high (7.0) in the rainwater before so maybe I was getting lock-out. But I wouldn’t think 7.0 would do it. Any suggestions here really appreciated. Even though this is slow, I’m looking long term anyway, as long as I don’t get busted. 21g gets you a felony, fine, and a mandatory minimum incarceration here. Moving is always a hassle, but jail would just suck, especially for something like cannabis. So hey, toke on kids. Oh, and by the by, one of my babies might be Blueberry. The seeds are from an indoor mix but something sure smells sweet and fruity and I can only hope she’s a chick, if it is berry. Berry, berry goot. (Steve Martin, SNL flashback?)
P.S. Those are plastic shopping bags you see under the pots. I use ‘em to catch shit and I try keep ‘em loose so they won’t cut off any air.