Thanks guyz !
@morfin-56 : well, growing is my "calling", if you wish... When I used to fool around trying new jobs (guitar luthier, RC helicopter pilot, racing simulation motion cockpit builder, ... :p), Maman used to tell me : "concentrate on what you do best : computing or growing weed"... Since computing is too mind intensive, not enough shamanic for the new me, I made my choice. Actually, it's been my dream since the first time I visited the Sensi Seeds Bank shop in Amsterdam in 1993 and was drooling in front of the HPS - completely out of financial reach at the time, and I've been sucked into corporate enslavement a few years after that.
@BB : Hehe I knew I'd find you around here ;)
Good to see you again :love: (been following your adventures with laser, I had a hard time resisting my GAS but I stood strong because I want my ROOR bong more ;))
Man, you should smell that Jack... Before 10 weeks, she smells like pure candy... After that, the acidity of THC gets stronger, and the morning afters are getting painful for the eyes and brain...
Well, that's what happens when everything's back to the usual : Adjust-A-Wings horizontally, Jack's and Hazes, square 7L pots, hand watering :
- Vertical lighting was impractical, you really need much more area to go around the plants to tend them ;
- When I grow strains that I like to smoke for myself (not the case of the Cheese, for example), I take much better care of them and it shows ;
- Air Pots were a disaster with coir, I'll never use them again with that substrate ; I understand how they can be perfect for soil though ;
Smart Pots were much more practical and much more efficient than the Air Pots (I wouldn't have thought beforehand), but still drying too fast with an airy medium like coir ; grew some monster NYCD's in them though, with a huuuuge stem like 5cm diameter ;
- Automatic watering makes me lazy... Hand watering allows me to give exactly the quantity of water each plant needs, with the additional benefit of feeling much more precisely where the plant stands, health wise, and in her flowering process. Helps me understand deeply how the plant works. If she's drinking much less, or more, are great pointers to what she's doing internally, depending on her root system and "stuff"... I try not to put the mind into it and feel it in the now, so it's almost impossible to convey with words... I'm sure you guys know the feeling.
I still got tarsonemes and spider mites, though... :cry:
I try to make my peace with them bugs, as it's close to impossible to get rid of them in a perpetual harvest system based on clones and mother plants...
I use neem oil now, following Anne's advice, but too much of it and the leaves end up dying and the plant takes longer to recuperate. Too little of it is the death of my yields, so it's a fair trade off.
Would be really nice not to fear the resurgent nature of bugs like tarsonemes, though... Spiders I can live with.
Edited by SillyCone, 25 April 2012 - 10:23 PM.