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    Timing my next grow. Opinions please.

    I am on course to harvest my current grow by September 1st. I know that within a week I will suffer a very strong attack of ETS (Empty tent syndrome). I grow for a hobby and entertainment more than to obtain product. Of course the only way to demonstrate success in this hobby are by yield, effects and reduction of my own grow errors. I always have much more than I can consume and have developed a large group of faithful friends.

    I am trying to decide on the timing of my next grow. We are leaving for a week in early December. If I start a grow right after harvest, it will be in it's 13th week when we leave town. What are my choices? Wait until my return to start a new grow and suffer ETS for three months or start the seeds in a week or so using a fast growth bud and hope I can get a harvest prior to leaving town. I was planning on planting 2 each of Caramelo early version and Sugar Black Rose early version. Both are supposed to have a 45 day flowering period.

    PLEASE! I am soliciting as many opinions as possible from experienced indoor growers. What would you do? Start seeds now or wait until December.
    Current Grow:
    2 Tutankhamen , 2-Critical Poison All Photo's
    Soil in 3 gallon pots. Indoors,

    It would be very tight. I think you could probably bring in the grow by then if you start on sept 1 (but better still if you can start the seeds right away) but the bigger concern would be trying to monitor the dry and cure for a week fairly soon after harvest when you aren’t home for a week. If you start the seeds right away it might give you that little bit of breathing room to stabilize he harvest in jars and burp them for a couple weeks at least.

    You might consider starting later, maybe in late September or early October, rather than earlier and harvest after your return in mid/late December. Give them a good drink before you leave and mix up some nute water in case you can convince a friend to water them once or twice while you are gone.

    edit: not sure if you have them but there are sensors that you can check online that will give you the humidity and temp in your grow room as well as graphing it over time. That would help with peace of mind while you are away. You could also get a nanny cam you can check online so you can keep an eye on your grow. Probably not of interest if you are a traditional grower but if you like toys (like I do!) it might be a good excuse to pick a few things up.
    Last edited by DeadlyFruit; 08-04-2021, 11:30 AM.


    • GreenState
      GreenState commented
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      Don't forget, you have to dry it and attend to the jars for a week plus burping ect. Have to add that to your grow time as well.

    ETS is horrible. I'm in the the middle of it right now and it sucks!! If it was me I'd throw them beans in a pot asap and hope for the best.
    5x5 Gorilla tent
    Spectrum King SK402 - 2× Optic XL1
    Infinity T8 exhaust fan
    Technaflora nutes
    Nectar of the Gods soil


    • PLreef
      PLreef commented
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      Do you have any trusted friends that could potentially tent to your crop while your on vacation?

    One word: Autos.
    A his own mind - , 48" X 60" X 80" 2-in-1 Grow Tent, Flower light: Vivaspectra P2500 LED. Veg light: Mars Hydro TS600 & Mars Hydro TS1000 LED lights. Nutrients: GH Flora Trio/Calmag coco/perlite, pure lemon juice for late flower


    • OldManGrower
      OldManGrower commented
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      Good idea if I had the seeds in hand. Unfortunately, all I have are photos.

    dang, I feel for ya. ETS is horrible! If it was me, I'd start the seeds and start the search for a 1 week caretaker in your "large group of faithful friends" Best of luck with the ETS
    "I can't stop thinking big, I can't stop thinking big. In a world where I feel so small. I can't stop thinking big." Caravan | RUSH


      Yes I am down with ETS as well but my beans are in the mail so I have to practice patience. Aahhh the wait!
      Grow # 3 100% Indica Purple Bubba photo fem
      Seeds drop in water 1/2/2022

      Medium: FF Coco Loco plus 30% Perlite in 7 gal cloth bags
      Space: 30x48x62 DIY cabinet lined w/space blankets
      Lighting: Bloomspect SS1000 Quantum board x 3 - 300 watts actual draw
      Soil Supplements: Worm Castings, Crab Shell, Oyster Shell, Neem and Karanja Meal, Volcanic Basalt Dust (for minerals), Recharge root micros. Grow 3 is with reconstituted super soil to which I've added several additional minerals and supplements. A more complete list based on Cackamas Coots super soil recipe can be found in my Auto Toka thread
      i don't grow plants anymore, I grow soil that my plants can thrive in!
      My filtered tap water runs over 7.5 pH but the soil microbes
      make pH correction unnecessary
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      8" bottom intake fan, 6" clip on fan, 6" heater as needed
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        I don't have ETS but I have EGRS... Go with autos I'm doing it all the way this time. Me too my autos are in the mail. Now it's a waiting game.
        Light: Viparspectra P2000, Viparspectra P1500, Viparspectra XS2000, KingLed 1500
        Medium: organic, Fafard perlite, Fafard Urban Garden organic mix, Organic compost shrimps.
        Nutrients: Alaskan Fish, Advanced Nutrients Big Bud, Advanced Nutrients Ancient Earth, Advanced Nutrients Sensi Cal Mag Xtra
        Waiting for my next grow
        Grow room : 8X12X10, 2 industrial fans, 1 dehumidifier, 1 Vivosun carbon filter & controller


          If someone can't go in and tend to them during that week while you're gone I'd wait until December. Not sure if you don't want someone in your place while you're gone or don't trust them to know what to do? Even with remote monitoring and auto-watering you'd need someone to go in if there was an issue.
          Soil: Coast of Maine Stonington Blend, perlite; Seedlings: CoM org potting soil
          Indoor: 2 x 5.5 x 8' Closet grow
          Viparspectra XS2000; EnjoYield 220W full spectrum light added during flower
          Various size fabric grow bags
          Cal-Mag & GH Trio if needed; Flower Fuel & molasses during bloom; ReCharge
          4 clip fans. Exhaust into attic is vented to the eaves
          Current grow: DEAD FLOWERS

          "Joker, smoker & midnight toker, I sure don't want to hurt no one"


            Boy i do feel your ETS right now. I've got very low reserve of homegrown and nothing to harvest in the near future until mid to late sept. crossing my fingers i won't have to spend much to suppliment until then. But if i were you i'd wait unless you have a very good friend who knows how you care for your plants.
            Smoke Ganja create Peace Respect Nature don't trash the Planet

            Soil grower with coco/perlite mixed in
            indoor/outdoor grower
            1 36"x36"x66" tent- Viparspectra P2500
            1 3x3x6 tent- used in late spring for seedlings both veggies & weed. I have 2 viparspectar 450r for that tent.
            I use a t-5 & 54watt CFL for seedlings
            Sometimes i use plastic sometimes i use fabric grow containers
            Currently using fish/guano during veg growth & FF Grow Big 6-4-4 teens to bloom. Once i see pre-flower i switch to
            Age Old Organics Bloom 5-10-5


              Hey Everyone! Thanks for the input. After reviewing you suggestions, I believe I shall do the following:

              I will start my grow the last week of August. By the time I leave town, they should be in the last 2 weeks of flowering( If the seed purveyors description is correct). I will give them a real soaking prior to leaving and put in two 12 ounce watering bulbs per plant. I have done this before and the plants made it through fine. I can have a neighbor check in to see if any more watering is required before I return. By the time I leave, the plants will be sufficiently into flowering that I will be finished with defoliating and LST and there isn't much more I can do but wait. When I return, they should be close too or ready for harvest.

              Current Grow:
              2 Tutankhamen , 2-Critical Poison All Photo's
              Soil in 3 gallon pots. Indoors,


                My yield is always so low that I've convinced myself that success is based on the tastiness of the bud. I have little hands and feet too.


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