I’m new to these forums and posting in general. I don’t do social media or anything of the sort. I hardly even type up emails so bare with me.
Couple of things. I’m on my 2nd grow and well into flowering. I’m a little “lazy” and wanted to keep things as simple as possible.
Just to prove to everyone that for the beginner, worry, stressing over exact par and nutrient mixes, water scheduling, everything you can stress over, is gonna cause people like me to feel overwhelmed and to quit before they even start.
I’m not gonna act like I know everything, or anything for that matter. I just simply thought I’d share with you.
I used FFHF soil, transplanted twice (once from solo, then to 1 gallon fabric, then to 5 gallon plastic(plastic was a mistake imo))
Temps stay 75 to 79 when lights on. 68 to 71 with lights off.
Right now rh is high 40’s.
5th week of flower. Northern Lights (photoperiods)
Hardly used any nutes just to see difference between this grow and next(will be using heavy nutes).
Always ph’d water to between 5.8 and 6.5.(used tap water the whole time)
Don’t have inline or exhaust fan because they haven’t been needed. Just an 8in desk fan, rigged to hang and blow direct out one of top ports in side wall of grow tent.
Light is maxsisun on 4000.
Grow tent is technically a 4 x 3.
Hi welcome to the community do u have any pics of ur grow ,i used to be the same i used get stressed out mixing nutrients and whether or not i was over watering or under watering them until one day i decided to make it easier for my self i switched to organics i would amend my soil with dry organic amendments before i put a plant in …when the seedlings are big enough i would plant them .but know i just water for the first few months and then i top dress before flowering or two weeks into flowering and then just water
I definitely believe in what you are saying. We will get a newbie asking about what soil to use and a few growers will inundate the poster with complex mixes of “super soils.” Prepared soils work just fine and experienced growers should be making only simple recommendations to the new folks. They can ask if they are interested in something more elaborate. New growers should keep things simple and focus on proper lighting, pH, PPM, and so on before delving into the intricacies what it means to add dolomite lime, worm castings, bat guano, and mycorhizae. It gets a little ridiculous at times.
Some new growers may well enjoy educating themselves on “super soil” components, but I’d hazard a guess that most just want to be successful growing buds in the most simple way possible.
I will upload pictures in approximately 10 hours due to light being off at the moment.
I definitely over complicated the first grow. Turned out okay, but I was stressing myself out for almost the entirety of the grow. Haha.
Now I will state that I’m not gonna be breaking any records with this grow, and I definitely feel like I could have done more to promote fatter buds and everything.
But I was really just trying to show to newbies(myself included) that these plants can practically take care of themselves if given light/water/airflow.
And keeping a decent environment.
From there, you can actually start to manipulate and dial in all the “extras”.
Absolutely agreed. The amount of information thrown at new growers. From other growers, or websites, or anywhere for that matter, is sometimes overwhelming. Especially when being described like you already know what everything they are saying pertains too.( when in actually you know very little of the verbiage and lingo.)
Hey @GrowBro1378 , Welcome to the forum.
Your set up sounds a lot like mine.
4x3 tent, one fan. I have an exhaust system but I do not use it because its not needed.
My lighting falls in the same range. I have 435 watts of led lighting from 3 fixtures.
Also growing Northern Lights. I also have a Blue Dream going as well. Just two plants.
Look forward to seeing your grow.
I’m on my 3rd (un)official grow. Did FFOF with FF nutes first. Then Coco and Jack’s. Too much mixing and pH’ing with the FF nutes. And too much watering in coco, for me. I switched back to FFOF and am about to start feeding with Jack’s. Jack’s lands my tap water at 6.5 so I don’t need to pH in soil. My tap starts at 7.7ish.
First few weeks in solo cups of FFOF, distilled water only.
Next few weeks, in 1 to 3 gallon bags with fresh FFOF. Distilled water only.
After soil starts depleting, I’ll start using Jack’s with tap water. Potentially only 2-3 weeks of feeding
Like @MidwestGuy guy said, don’t beat yourself up trying to add a bunch of this or that and @Fieldofdreams was spot on. KISS. Most growers here will also help steer you where you should go. Your in the right place!
First - welcome. You can find valuable info here for whatever level you are at or want to obtain.
When I started, not that long ago, I took a similar approach. I had a fairly decent light, a quality tent but needed to use filter and fan. I made it through 2 grows without using let alone owning a PH or TDS pen. I thought “How hard can this be?” I am sure you have heard the sayings about a horse and a cart, or the chicken and the egg, or too big for your britches (one of my mother’s favorite).
This approach worked until it didn’t. At some point, sooner or later, the application of more technical skills will be required. Or, you may say, OK I tried that and it isn’t for me. This is fine, or you may be satisfied with what the current status is. You may accept losing a plant here and there or yields not on par with home growers.
I find learning and applying new skills rewarding. I enjoy trying something new and meeting the challenge. Yes, sometimes it doesn’t work out, but I tried and next time I’ll fix what I screwed up.
Whatever route you take don’t stress it and enjoy what you are doing.
Little seedling set up. Realized I need more tents so I can have plants in all different stages of growth going at the same time.(perpetual grow).
This is the best hobby ever if anyone wanted to know. Haha.
Absolutely agree with you. After keeping it as simple as possible, I’m ready to see a difference and yield, and even quality(up to a point). All I’ve grown has turned out decent, but decent isn’t what I’m looking for. Haha. I’m looking for some super good good, ya know.?
I’ve done quite a bit of research and yet every time I’m researching I learn something new that I’m willing to try applying, especially if it helps on the side of quality and quantity.
Oh. And thanks for the music/video. That’s a perfect example of how you need to look at it. Hahah.
@GrowBro1378 thanks for the tag I’m definitely on for the ride!! Feel free to “jack” my thread anytime lol… I’m like @pr and most of the others… it’s all free sharing information and helping each other!! Maybe we should all invest in a big multilevel warehouse we’re we can all live and grow together!! Sorry pipe dreams