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Old 02-04-2005, 09:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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General Growing Tips - For FAQ inclusion

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For inclusion in this faq item.. what do you think are some very general tips that any new grower should be aware of?

A few to start:

- Over watering is as harmful as underwatering as it means a lack of oxygen in the soil, extreme cases can lead to root rot and ultimately the death of your plant. Early signs include wilting leaves and yellowing of older, lower foliage.

- In an indoor garden ventilation is as important as lighting, a well ventilated room gives a good supply of CO2 to your plants and keeps heat down.

- Stay one step ahead of your plants when it comes to pot size to make sure they have adequate room to lay a good strong root system.

- Keep your growing space neat and well organised, trailing wires, empty nutrient containers etc etc are all accidents waiting to happen, keep it clean.

- Canna loves consistancy, try to give a stable environment to your plants. This includes watering and feeding schedules, light cycle and all environmental factors.

- Yahooka is a great but humble source for all you growing needs.
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Old 02-06-2005, 08:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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http://www.yahooka.com/forum/faq.php...q_gfaqtext3202

For inclusion in this faq item.. what do you think are some very general tips that any new grower should be aware of?

A few to start:

- Over watering is as harmful as underwatering as it means a lack of oxygen in the soil, extreme cases can lead to root rot and ultimately the death of your plant. Early signs include wilting leaves and yellowing of older, lower foliage.

- In an indoor garden ventilation is as important as lighting, a well ventilated room gives a good supply of CO2 to your plants and keeps heat down.

- Stay one step ahead of your plants when it comes to pot size to make sure they have adequate room to lay a good strong root system.

- Keep your growing space neat and well organised, trailing wires, empty nutrient containers etc etc are all accidents waiting to happen, keep it clean.

- Canna loves consistancy, try to give a stable environment to your plants. This includes watering and feeding schedules, light cycle and all environmental factors.

- Yahooka is a great but humble source for all you growing needs.

thanks for the extra info man, but the thing you said about being one step ahead of the plants with pot sizes, could you just put them in a really big pot after youve sexed them?
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Old 02-06-2005, 12:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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-be prepared I fouind that with my last grow I was getting supplies to late, they got root bound, had to go get soil at the last minute. If you have all your supplies when you begin it makes things much easier, for you and your plants.
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Old 04-18-2005, 05:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Chamomile is a great anti-fungal. Spray indoor seedlings with cold chamomile tea to stop "damping off".
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Old 04-19-2005, 08:39 AM   #5 (permalink)
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All the above updated to FAQ.

Come on guys, let's have some of your own.
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Old 06-04-2005, 07:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It is better to use less fert than too much. When nutrients start to lock up it is very hard to know what to use and how much of it to undo this. Frankly because it's difficult to know exactly what is locked.
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DO NOT USE a regular home light bulb for your plants as it will cause them to over stretch. I found out the hard way

If you can't afford a HPS/HID light then get a plant/aquarium fluorescent light from Home Depot as they cost only $7 for a single 48 inch light and work fairly good .

Oh and keep all plants out of reach pets (my cat loves to sniff my marijuana plants).
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Old 12-29-2005, 10:36 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Propagation using cuttings:

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Cloning, it only SOUNDS complicated cos you N.Am's went and called it CLONING!! Which sounds all posh and scientific like.

If you call it taking a cutting it suddenly becomes a whole load less daunting!

Taking a cutting by Shot:
  • Go to the flourist.
  • Ask for some of the material they use to arrange dried flowers (in the UK it is called Oasis). Buy some.
  • Go to the garden centre.
  • Buy some rooting hormone, any will do, I like gel rather than powder but whatever.
  • Grab some new small scissors while here.
  • Go home.
  • Smoke a doob. That was hard work.
  • Prepare your Oasis cubes by cutting them into inch by 2" cubes.
  • Wash these cubes to remove any fire retardent.
  • Break a biro pen and use the centre bit to make 1 1/2" hole in the cut blocks down the long end. I make these holes slightly angled so the cutting slides in /, this allows for greater surface area to root.
  • Prepare your rooting hormone, powder or gel, seperate some from the main container so if it gets infected your whole supply isn't.
  • Get your potential mum out, any girl with a branch with a node that regrowth can occur from, then another node that can be buried, then another node an another.
  • Cut the branch between the first and second node.
  • Strip off any growth at the now lowest node of your cut.
  • Do the same for the next.
  • And the next.
  • You should have two medium sized leaves and a growing tip left.
  • Recut the stem at the bottom at a 45 degree angle and wound the lowest inch and a bit by scraping the outer surface lightly.
  • Dip the lower 1 1/2" into the rooting hormone. If you are using powder be sure to spreadit on the sides but do not cover the bottom of your 45 degree cut. Covering this may stop the cut branch taking water.
  • Put the cutting into the hole in your oasis cube.
  • Put the Oasis cube onto a warm surface. I use a cheap heated propagator (http://www.growell.co.uk/p/0960/Hi_Top_Propagators.html) and keep the cubes moist for teh first few days but allow them to dry almost all the way through (look at the colour of the cube) before re wetting. Don't bother with misting or a dome.
  • 7 -9 days later pot these cubes into a small pot of your final medium and leave this in the propogator for a further 7 - 10 days before potting on.
  • Smoke a celebratory doob.

Regarding cuttings and mothers, when I grow from seed I generally am looking for a mother (or indeed father) so I will take cuttings off all potential mothers and fathers before flowering, root them and keep these labelled, evaluate the seed plants and ditch those that don't spec up.

But that's just how I do it.

Some stuff always slips through the net though and you CAN root and reveg a cutting off a flowering plant, the furtehr it is into flowering the harder it becomes, but it is not impossible. The attached images are from cuttings taken just 3 weeks before the mother plant was harvested. They've taken a long time to reveg, about 40 days so far, but are finally reverting to veg growth. It's not best practise though as it is pretty stressful.

Talking of good practise, it's equally not recommended but you CAN keep cuts in the fridge for a little while before rooting them, just be sure to recut the ends before rooting.
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Old 01-25-2006, 12:59 AM   #9 (permalink)
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im going to tell you something that will make you a better gardener: try not to look at your plants too much.






alright dont tell anyone but for my potted plants i often use a moisture meter like this one
its like 8 bux and lasts forevr. you stick the pokey end into the dirt and it tells you dry/moist/wet and i use it outside in the garden in summer and i think its great.

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May be worth mentioning... try not to start with soil and then convert to some form of a hydroponic system because you got some knowledge now and want a huge yield. Save that knowledge for the next time. I DID make this error and swapped them from soil to hydro two weeks after germination. Ended up costing me 2 out of the 4. I HAVE read there are those who have had success merging from one to the other, but it's a high fail rate. Soil really is the best if you're just learning because you can "leech"(run water through the soil to purge chemicals out if ya screw up). Growing hydro can require some refined finesse.

A ph test kit is essential if you want your medicine to absorb the nutrients you paid all that $$$$$ for. I had to learn this one the hard way too.

If you can afford to, keep a backup bulb on-hand, nothing worse than a bulb going out and then having none available in your area to quickly fix. Somebody may be selling a cheap, used, backup on CL if the money's tight.

Can you keep a secret? You can? Here's the test, tell NO ONE. It's exciting to do your first grow but loose lips WILL sink ships.

If you go to a Hydroponics store DO NOT mention you are growing anything but tomatoes...The local shop here has a policy of giving ya the boot for 24-hours if you mention "indica" or anything that is STILL prohibited by the feds. I had to drive 30 fucking miles to the next store to get some desperately needed Smart Pots.. =) Oh, but I won't ever forget the lesson.

A hundred growers could come up with innumerable ways to grow 1 plant. I suggest sticking with the tried and true methods when starting out. They have lasted the test of time for a reason~ they work.

Measure twice and cut once, if ya know what I mean. Do your homework, READ all you can. This site has most of the answers to my questions, hope it works as well for you.

Finally, trust your instincts and hope for the best but PLAN for the worst. Take some clones off that beauty before you try a new and exciting grow method.

Plants thrive in good energy. When around your plants, be happy, try to whistle if you're not. (My dad says it's hard to be pissed and whistle at the same time Plants also enjoy music, I'd swear by it.

You CAN do it!
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Unhappy Spindly Seedlings

I don't know if this is the right place to post this question. But my seedlings are long and spindly after about 8 days and it could be because I did not have proper light the first 5 days. Are the plants ruined? will they become normal?
I have metal halide lamp on them now. I hope that brings them around.
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I don't know if this is the right place to post this question. But my seedlings are long and spindly after about 8 days and it could be because I did not have proper light the first 5 days. Are the plants ruined? will they become normal?
I have metal halide lamp on them now. I hope that brings them around.
Just get 95% of that exposed thin stem under dirt. Make it part of the root system instead.

Since they are still tiny, but stretched quite a bit, i think something like a 1 or 1.5 liter soda bottle would work pretty well. Still a small container for seedlings, but nice and long to accommodate that stem.

Then just carry on normally, I believe it should grow totally normally now that you got a good light.
Dont keep the MH light too close though to overcompensate either. That will further harm your delicate seedlings. Keep it a normal distance away and just carry on like you would normally with babies.
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the plants 'feel' you. If you are confident and not paranoid and you have a mental image of the plants being big, bushy and with a high yield, then that's what will happen.
its all a state of mind.
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I wouldn't put soil up around the stems. It can cause rot. I would say the problem will correct itself with proper lighting, except those in the back. Those will probably die. Also, I would get a light breeze going on them, to strengthen those stems.
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Thanks! Thats a great idea. I am going to get cups and make rings to build them up
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the plants 'feel' you. If you are confident and not paranoid and you have a mental image of the plants being big, bushy and with a high yield, then that's what will happen.
its all a state of mind.
I would say this has very little effect to a plant's success.
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