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Hey guys,

This was my first grow, made a load of mistakes but learnt a lot. I had roughly 19 plants, out of which I had a rough 50%/50% male female ratio. I lost my pics of my harvest, so no mature pics.

Mainly some swazi sativa's from bag weed, then Anesthesia from sannies shop.


My primary grow closet. It was roughly 1.2 m * 1.2 m wide and about 1.7 m tall. Wooden frame covered with thick plastic, white inside, black outside. I ordered the plastic from a nursery wholesaler. Had two intake vents on the left, with two large AC fans top right for cooling.
Lighting:
The big spiral bulbs = 85W
Smaller bulbs = 45W
600W in total.
24/0 from the start.
Nutes: Seagro, Seagro foliar spray and Nitrosol.
I went a bit crazy and dedicated a room to my grow up - this was built inside that room. The room was sound and light proof - also helped with the smell I guess.

My first attempt at a grow area - Rubbermaid tub:
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The actual grow closet I built later (and sadly had to take down again):
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Sativa happiness, one of my biggest girls:
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Same girl later on:
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Plants in the grow closet:
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New grow - in a small room, vegetative area and separate flowering area.

Lights - Veg: CFL, 5 X 85W, 425W in total
Lights - Flower: 1 400W HPS, home made bird wing reflector
Plants: 4 Sativas, 1 Anesthesia, 1 LowRyder, 1 Anesthesia B, 1 El Monstre
Nutes: Wondersol + Diamond nectar for veg, Bat guano and GHE bloom booster for flowering
Light cycle: 18/6 (I had stress issues under 24/0, could have been heat as well)

All grown from seed. Hoping to get one decent Sativa mother and 2 Indica dominant mothers, cloning from there on.

Most of them are 2 months old. Preflowers starting to show.

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Anesthesia:
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Anesthesia B:
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Plants in veg area:
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Lighting needs are figured by lumens per sq ft--the wattage of the bulbs is immaterial.....so how many lumens do you have?
 

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Lumens for the big 85W twists are 5100 LM.

If I have to judge by the plants in veg they are happy with what's provided.

The first grow was flowered using the same lights and I could see that I needed more light, which is why I decided to go with a 400W HPS for flowering this time. The flowering space is roughly 90 cm X 90 cm.

Veg, probably about 1m X 3m
 
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Why is your veg space so much larger than your flowering space?

A 400W should work just fine in a 90 cm x 90 cm space. In addition, the 400 will give you a whole lot more lumens for a lot less electrical consumption. You should be getting about 33% more lumens (50,000 compared to 36,000) for about 33% less electricity consumption (400W compared to 600W. Do you have any type of exhaust? Ventilation is for more than temperature control. Your plants need a continual supply of FRESH air all the time the lights are on.
 

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Looks like you are handy at making things brosef....very nice. Like THG said you need to figure out your lighting needs. 3000 lumens a sqr foot for veg and 5000 lumens a sqr foot for flower....I use those as minimums.

Hats off for growing Sats....I don't hve the patience even with a 4x4x6.5 flower tent.
 

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I re-measured, must have been tiredness, hehe. Veg is more like 90 cm X 1.5 m - it's just the area I couldn't completely light-proof so I decided veg is safer than flowering there.

I run a big 300m3 / hour inline duct fan for exhaust, a smaller 90 cfm for intake, and I have circulation fans. Air is replaced every 4 minutes or so.

As for making things myself, yeah I have to most of the time. Being in the ******* end of the world means I have to import most of my gear and the charges for a big items are just prohibitive

thanks for all the advice and tips.

@THG
You recommend then rather a 400W MH bulb for veg?
 
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I use T5 fluoros for vegging and HPS for flowering. I have a space a little under 2 x 4 for vegging and use a 4' 4 bulb T5 in there--216W emitting 20,000 lumens. The flowering room is 3 x 6.5 and I have 2 600W HPS in there.

A fan pulling 300 cubic meters per hours is only pulling about 175 cubic feet per minute and is not really a very large fan. Is it an inline duct booster fan or a centrifuge type fan? I am using a 448 cfm vortex and a 150 cfm bathroom type exhaust fan in my flowering space which is a little under 150 cu ft. I would be for replacing the air in your space more than once very 4 minutes.

I live in the mountains and order almost all my growing stuff online. I make what I can myself.
 

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@THG

Thanks for the info.

Not sure what the difference is between the fan types - looks like this:

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I saw some of your grow logs, damn, you do great DIY work - esp the mini scrog setup
 
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That appears to be a centrifuge type fan and should do you just fine.

Thanks. I like it when I can DIY my own stuff. I was the oldest of 4 girls. My dad taught me to use tools, fish, handle a weapon, shoot hoops, etc.--pretty much all the things he would have taught a son. I was the "token female" in the hardware dept at Sears in the early 70s. I have worked in the trades for many years.
 

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The Hemp Goddess said:
Some pure sativas can take 14-16 weeks or more to flower.
Sorry for the offtopic ... But someone told me the flowering time of Original Haze ... 5 months :eek: . Anyone ever tried this ?
 

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I dont know about that but I think some phenos of strawberry cough can go 14 or 15 weeks which is close to five months
 

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