Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

GJ#7 - First time top-fed DWC / Custom Grow Cabinet / Berry Bomb

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • GJ#7 - First time top-fed DWC / Custom Grow Cabinet / Berry Bomb

    Good morning fellow growers!

    Starting another grow today. Although this is my 7th grow overall, this is my very first time with a top-fed DWC. I've been reading, reading some more, and then reading some more. So I hope I got it right.
    • Strain: Berry Bomb (Indica-dominant hybrid, feminized seed from Bomb Seeds)
    • Medium: Hydroton in net pot; 10-gallon reservoir with 5 gallons water.
    • Light: G8LED 240-watt full-spectrum LED; suspended 20 inches above net pot; supplemented by 90-watt UFO lamp for flowering.
    • Light schedule: 19 hours on / 5 hours off.
    • Nutrients: GH Flora Trio (FloraMicro, FloraGro, FloraBloom), also using CalMag and HydroGuard.
    • Temps / Humidity: Temps are consistently at 70-75 degrees during the day and mid-60's at night. Humidity currently hovers around 50% but I expect that to drop into the 20's-30's as the colder season approaches.
    • Seed placed in net pot on 08/06/2017
    Due to the constraints of my cabinet, I had to look high and low for a reservoir that would hold enough water yet fit within the floor-print of my box. Due to my limited height, I will be using a combination of topping and an adjustable SCROG net to main-line her into eight mains before flipping to flower. And since I have no intentions of growing more than one plant at a time, my reservoir lid only has three cutouts, one for the net pot and two for access / servicing.

    Wish me luck as I am one nervous SOB. I hope this goes well and I can avoid any major screw-ups.
    Last edited by JohnC; 08-06-2017, 03:12 PM.
    ___________________
    JohnC - Colorado

  • #2
    Good Luck JohnC ,

    Comment


    • #3
      6 grows under your belt already? You got this!
      My first grow
      Nirvana ♀ Northern Light photo
      Outdoors
      Kind Soil/Roots Organic Original
      5 gal. Smart Pots

      Comment


      • #4
        Luck! But you got it under control,

        settles in for the ride
        The Great and Secret Garden Indoor-Hydro-LED-Perpetual

        The Ganja Ged Thread
        Water Curing Experiment
        My E&F System


        If you get confused, listen to the music play!

        Comment


        • #5
          Well, not much to report this week other than I have LIFE!

          I sowed the seed on Saturday and I guess my expectations were too high to start as she didn't pop the surface of the rapid rooter until Thursday (5 days later).

          Although I didn't need to, I went ahead and did a reservoir change last night just so I can get into the habit of doing it and establishing a routine while dialing in nutrients / mixing levels.

          If anyone is interested, here is a summary of the strain:

          Berry Bomb by Bomb Seeds - Berry Bomb is a special cross of a hand selected Blueberry mother with the all powerful Bomb #1 father. The result is outstanding; think Blueberry, but bigger yields, more THC and we think a better taste.The influence of our Bomb #1 strain gives Berry Bomb explosive growth while making the strain much easier to grow (both indoors and out) and easier to trim than the original. This strain produces a fat dominant single kola with large internodal distances and the characteristic explosive bomb upward growth. This is an excellent choice for SCROG. Indoors the plant will stay of medium height but outdoors this beauty can get huge. Like most purple/blue strains, Berry Bomb will turn blue under correct conditions (i.e. cooler, lower temperatures at night). It is considered to have good mold resistance. At harvest, buds are super frosty with a sweet berry perfume and taste. Delivering a classic indica high with some sativa qualities thanks to the Blueberry mother it won't lay you out for the count.
          ___________________
          JohnC - Colorado

          Comment


          • #6
            Hi folks,

            Day 21 and it's time I made an update to this journal.

            Things have not been going as well as hoped. I knew there would be some growing pains since this is my first attempt at a DWC, but sheesh, what a PIA this past 10 days has been.

            The leaves on my plant have been coming up all twisted and somewhat discolored. Although some of the symptoms look like TMV, I don't see how I could have picked up that virus in my little plant. I have no other live plants in the house. I've been sticking to my nutrient schedule and as far as I was able to determine, I thought everything was dialed in. Yet, I could not come up with an explanation for what might have been causing these plant deformities.

            Then today, while attempting to calibrate my PH meter prior to a reservoir change, it essentially took a crap on me and I ended up chuking it in the trash. I just could not get it calibrated and I wonder now if it was the source of my problems. In any case, I now have a spankin new Blue Labs PH meter. For $80, I sure hope it is reliable and was worth the cost.

            So I just got done doing a reservoir change, PH'ing my nutrient-filled water to 5.8.

            Another thing I did was buy a piece of neoprene rubber. I felt the plastic lid of my reservoir was a little bit on the thin side and I wanted to be absolutely sure there was no light getting into the tub. So now that I have that black piece of neoprene on top of the lid, I have no doubt that it's dark in that tub.

            One other thing I did today was remove the water pump that was feeding the net pot. There are lots of roots from the pot well down into the water with more roots appearing every day.

            The new leaves coming in don't appear to be as twisted and deformed as the previous ones. Hopefully, with my PH now in check, I'll see a bit of recovery in my little plant this week. Wish me luck.
            ___________________
            JohnC - Colorado

            Comment


            • #7
              That's the very reason I double check with drops once a week and anytime something doesn't seem right, such as no fluctuation in PH from one day to the next or the flux seems to much one way or the other. I love my digital pens and use them daily, but I keep an eye on their accuracy.

              Glad you found the issue!

              Love to hear how the Blue Labs does, I have an eye on the handheld probe one that does temp/ph/ppm all in one unit but haven't decided yet.

              The Great and Secret Garden Indoor-Hydro-LED-Perpetual

              The Ganja Ged Thread
              Water Curing Experiment
              My E&F System


              If you get confused, listen to the music play!

              Comment


              • JohnC
                JohnC commented
                Editing a comment
                GanjaGed - That's a very good idea. Instead of drops, I think what I'll do is keep a supply of high-quality PH test strips on-hand.

            • #8
              Well, even though it's only been a few days since my last update, I thought I'd post some pics of my baby today showing how she has responded since my PH problems of last week. She has four true nodes now, working on her fifth. It won't be much longer until I top her down to the third node.

              ___________________
              JohnC - Colorado

              Comment


              • #9
                Good morning GWE peeps and fellow cannabis warriors,

                It's day 32 and time for an update.

                For the past week she has been growing like a weed! The PH problems of two weeks ago are a distant memory and she has really rebounded. So much so, that today it was time for her first topping.

                Prior to topping, she had five strong nodes and was working on the sixth. I've intentionally kept my light low to minimize plant height as much as possible. As a result, the nodes stacked very nicely and close together.

                As mentioned at the top of this journal, I will be doing a "traditional" main-line on her and she'll eventually have eight mains or tops. To train her into the low, flat canopy that so many desire, I will be using an "adjustable" scrog net to push the branches down (instead of pulling them down with string or plant ties). Note how my grow cabinet has equally-spaced ribs on each side. What I did was cut two pieces of thin wood into slats that fit within these ribs. I then constructed my scrog net out of PVC pipe which I then lay on top of the slats. Now, as the plant grows and adds nodes onto her mains, I can adjust the height of my scrog net as needed. Since I'm limited in height, it's important that I keep the canopy as low as possible until it's time to put her in flowering mode. The adjustable scrog net will help me achieve just that.

                I expect her to be a little stunted after today's cutting, but part of me hopes that she'll just take it stride and continue her explosive growth.
                ___________________
                JohnC - Colorado

                Comment


                • #10
                  So glad to see the GWE forum back up and running. Props to Nebula and her team for all the work that was put in.

                  Wow, almost a month since I posted to my journal, and things are going well.

                  In the past month, I've topped my little plant two more times and she is now sporting eight tops or mains, although they are a little on the small side still. She received her last & final topping a week ago today.

                  I've been using a combination of my scrog net and tying down branches (using pipe cleaners).

                  With this heavy indica-leaning strain (Berry Bomb), I've found that as new shoots come up, they quickly thicken and become hard to bend. Hence the reason for the pipe cleaners. As soon as the new shoots approached about an inch in length I pulled them down with the pipe cleaners while they were still soft enough to bend. You can look at the pics and see how thick those branches are.

                  From here, it's just a matter of keeping those mains spreading out a bit more before I allow them to start growing upwards again.
                  Last edited by JohnC; 10-03-2017, 07:06 PM.
                  ___________________
                  JohnC - Colorado

                  Comment


                  • #11
                    nice pics man. i subscribed to your journal so i can keep up with your posts. please subscribe to mine here on https://forum.growweedeasy.com/searc...2help%22%5D%7D

                    Comment


                    • #12
                      Day 67 since planting.

                      Not a whole lot happening, just steady as she goes.

                      She is drinking more and more water. Had to add a gallon of RO water to the reservoir today to replace the gallon she drank since Sunday.

                      Been doing a little defoliation here and there; I'm only pulling leaves where they are "stacking" on top of each other. When they stack like this, water accumulates between the leaves which can lead to other problems. By keeping the stacking to a minimum, I can ensure air continues to flow around and through the leaves.

                      At this point, I think I've spread the eight mains out pretty good and I can start letting them grow upwards instead of out at an angle. A few more weeks and I can flip to flower.
                      Last edited by JohnC; 10-11-2017, 06:30 PM.
                      ___________________
                      JohnC - Colorado

                      Comment

                      Unconfigured Ad Widget

                      Collapse

                      Check out our new growing community forum! (still in beta)

                      Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter!

                      Working...
                      X