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  1. New to LED's Best color spectrums?

    If the myth of global warming continues on its current track, we're gonna have to change the myth of Santa Claus to include a yacht pulled by flying porpoises instead of a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer. (smiling pile o' poo emoji that isn't available here) But whatever the story, gotta love Santa Claus You nailed my brother's personality. Him: "if it's a POS, I only spent a hundred bucks." Me: "you spent several hundred on the tent, multi site RDWC system and all the utensils needed for hydro growing, air filtration and exhaust fan, but you spent a hundred bucks on the thing that matters most in terms of growth and development." Think I'll schedule a week off and move my lights from storage to his tent.
  2. New to LED's Best color spectrums?

    Hey Shadey, I have questions. Due to my situation, my little bro has become the "designated grower", and against my vehement caution he bought a no-name Chinese "600 watt full spectrum" grow array for about $110. The light came with documents claiming stout PAR numbers, but no spectral distribution graph, nor any documentation about the actual electricity consumed. From what I've seen of his grow so far, my only comment is "you get what you pay for". Have you seen a bargain basement Chinese full spectrum LED light in action throughout the grow? Are you considering adding to yours just to extend the coverage area, or improve plant performance?
  3. New to LED's Best color spectrums?

    Before we get into that, let me respond to the info LabRat laid on you. Mostly - LEDs are compared to HIDs because HIDs are the gold standard to measure against -, which is absolutely true. He also mentioned that the colas would look better had they been flowered under 400 - 600 watts of HID, and that is personal preference. I used an EYE Hortilux 400W HPS for 15 yrs before switching to LED. Some immediate observations: growth during the veg cycle is more brisk, and foliage is more dense. The flowers produced by the LEDs look smaller and possibly less developed than those produced under a 400W EYE Hortilux, but overall production as measured by weight is higher, and trichome coverage is more dense. The quality of the crop is higher. HIDs are comparatively cheap on the front end. You can buy a primo 1kw ballast/reflector/bulb ~ $300. And the ballast may last a lifetime. My Sun Systems magnetic ballast from 1999 is still in use at a friend's house. Says it has fired lamps flawlessly every day, and it's 18 yrs old. The reflector should last a lifetime. But the bulb needs to be replaced at least every year. And quality horticultural bulbs cost around $70. So in a 7 year period you'll spend ~ $500 on light bulbs. HIDs are hot (the inside of a 400W EYE Hortilux is ~ 650ºF), unless your grow space has an ambient temp in the 50s - 60s, you'll need cooling for the light. An oscillating fan can do it, but a dedicated circuit that blows cool air over the lamp and pushes hot air outside the room is ideal. My "300W" LED array is only warm to touch...but there are UV LEDs, so touching is not advised... LEDs are going to cost you more up front. There's a lot of homework that goes with choosing an LED grow light. The marketing is stoopidly misleading, so you have to be a well informed shopper. Length of warranty - the longer the warranty the higher the quality. If a manufacturer is willing to offer a 3 - 5 year warranty, it means they feel their product is going to outlive the warranty. Actual electricity consumed - this is an extremely important number since efficiency is generally measured in terms of grams per watt...a "600W" LED panel that actually consumes 300W is not going to be as productive as a "600W" panel that actually consumes 360W. If you can't know the actual electricity the panel consumes, move on to the next. Spectrum - if it's "full spectrum", how is that achieved? Are there LEDs of specific wavelengths, or are there a bunch of "white" LEDs, that are way less productive than those of specific wavelengths? Typically, this will be listed as a number of "bands". The more the better. Look for a spectral distribution graph. If the array doesn't have one, move on the the next. High quality LED arrays will cover the spectrum from UV to IR. Mars hydro and KIND LED make decent LED grow lights. Platinum LED Grow Lights, and Black Dog LED make damn good LED grow lights with long warranties. Platinum LED shows a video on their site comparing theirs with other leading brands as measured by PAR output, actual electricity consumed, and actual spectral output. Never seen Black Dog LEDs in a comparison. Their 400W HID "replacement" array is $1,000+, and that's too rich for me. ***I have the wattages for LED arrays in quotes because the marketing is very misleading. A "600W" LED array contains LEDs totaling 600 watts if powered at full power, but no one does that because the life span of the lamp would be too short. Resistors are inline to limit the amount of electricity that drives the lamp(s). This actual consumption number can be as much as 50% of the rated capacity, so it's important to know how much electricity the unit is actually using to get a real idea of what you can expect it to produce in terms of grams per watt.***
  4. New to LED's Best color spectrums?

    Hi EmilyTaylor . Only consider full spectrum arrays in your lineup, and keep in mind that you get what you pay for. That is, there is something to be said for well respected brands....which usually cost more. Many of the lower quality, and all of the higher quality LED grow arrays have "veg" and "bloom" switches on them. The "Veg" switch activates bluer light which corresponds to what is known as the action spectrum, and when both "Veg" and "Bloom" are on, the output corresponds to the absorption spectrum. The action spectrum refers to the chlorophyll synthesis curve, with a major peak in the blue-violet region, and a minor peak in the red region. The absorption spectrum is the entire visible spectrum. Seedlings and rooted cuttings that are establishing themselves..."young" plants respond best to the action spectrum, and established plants..."adolescents" or "adults" respond best to the absorption spectrum. In this graph, the light green, green, and tan lines correspond to the action spectrum, and the bold line that changes color according to where it lies in the spectrum corresponds to the absorption spectrum. The McCree curve illustrates that the plant uses the entire visible spectrum, and is in a state of high energy (70-90%) throughout the green-yellow-orange-red spectrum. I personally run my LEDs in the "Veg" mode until seedlings have 5 - 6 developed nodes, then I add the "bloom" spectrum to the mix. They stay in that configuration til harvest. Two Platinum LED P300 arrays, ~ 3ft x 3ft space.
  5. Paul N

    The problem with dronabinol is twofold. One, it is synthetic THC; and two, there are no other cannabinoids in the pill. Having worked with numerous patients over the years who used both dronabinol and raw Cannabis, the patient who preferred marinol over true, natural Cannabis was nonexistent in my experience. My suggestion for air travel - medibles. They work, and the effects linger for hours and hours and hours.
  6. Dammit, I welcomed spammers with open arms. I love the alterations made to their profiles! Keep up the good work!! I feel a little foolish; now I see this thread was started way back in May by a spammer, and resurrected today by another spammer...hope they're both very unsuccessful in their endeavors. Maybe I can hijack this POS and turn it into a productive conversation.... dr_weed - whatcha growin under that LED array? I used two Platinum LED P300s to light my grow space. Check out my little scrog in the grow files forum....last grow for me in who knows how long.
  7. Grow_Wizzard's 2017 Outdoor

    Looking great, Wizzard! I love the stealthiness of your technique - buds blending in with the other foliage just feet away from ?a trampoline? ...I long for temps of 70s during the day and 60s at night, we're still in the mid 90s during the day and low 80s at night...and flash flood warnings at least weekly. Hope the hurricanes stay out of the gulf for the rest of the season!
  8. Welcome to cc, noobs! If you grow indoors, the climate is perfect for any strain you want to grow, no matter where you live. One of the major points to learn is: don't skimp on lighting. It's hard to provide too much, and the targeted spectrum of full spectrum LEDs is hard to beat (imho). What is the information you require?? I use a V2 Pro series 7, but I vape dry herb mostly.
  9. seeds

    No sweat. It should probably be on the shelf of anyone who grows feminized seeds....looking at the marketplace today, feminized auto flowering pot dominates. True breeding non feminized non auto flowering strains are practically nonexistent. Make sure to read the label and use as directed, else the actual results might not equal the expected.
  10. Hi, and welcome to cc! There is no need to resurrect a 3 yr old conversation to ask a new question. Start your own new thread. As far as solving a puzzle to earn money => if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  11. seeds

    A note for new growers, or anyone new to growing feminized seeds: All female Cannabis plants have the ability to produce male flowers. It's a survival mechanism built into the genome. The makers of feminized seeds treat a female plant with a chemical (typically a colloidal silver solution) that triggers the genetic change, and that female plant begins to produce male flowers. I've seen female plants stop producing buds altogether, and only produce hermie male flowers. The pollen from those hermie male flowers is then collected and used to pollinate another female plant. The pollen is not "female" as is often stated. It is hermaphroditic because it is produced by a hermaphroditic male flower. Genetically speaking, feminized seeds can only produce females and hermies; a true male cannot occur. When reputable breeders perform the feminization process, they use a female which has been stressed to the max, using numerous stressors, and has shown herself to be stable (i.e., not sprout hermie male flowers). When a process like this is used, better than 90% of the seeds produce female plants, and the ~ 10% that produce hermies, sprout hermie male flowers so late in the bud cycle that it's a nonissue. So if you plant 1 feminized seed and it goes hermie and produces seeds, it's within in the realm of expectation....and a feminized auto flowering Cannabis plant has a highly manipulated genome to begin with. Are the seeds any good to grow? Of course. Just know they will likely be hermaphroditic, so do not breed with them because you'll perpetuate the issue. Also, know that seeds born from self pollination can have a high rate of nonviability (in my experience). I'm not big on auto flowering pot or feminized seeds because I like things natural, but Dutch Master makes a product called Reverse that is a "male knockdown" agent. Sprayed on the plant when male flowers are noted, it will stop the production cold and preserve a *mostly* sinsemilla harvest.
  12. Garden bed

    You're welcome. Also check out Teaming With Microbes. It's well worth its price, and a pretty easy read. Lighting, how much (wattage) and what type? Success and quality are largely dependent upon lighting.
  13. Garden bed

    Hi MR2high! The beds should be at least 12" deep, otherwise it can stunt growth. Earthworms will crawl around or under you before they'll crawl on you. Do add them to the beds, they'll eat up organic matter, and poop out incredibly nutritious plant food that also improves the soil. The worms also help to keep the medium loose and airy as they burrow their way around. Add several, even though they're hermaphroditic, it still takes 2 to get it on I appreciate the simplicity of stoking the grow medium with all the necessary nutrition in slow release form, then just giving the crop water. But I personally feel my crop performs better if I do that and supplement it with a tea. Home brewing is easy and all you need are a couple buckets, the organic matter, some water, and time. If your plants are outdoors in a tent, foliars of compost tea have been shown to improve resistance to pests and disease. Why put forth the effort of building a tent and beds, and not give the crop its best shot at reaching genetic potential? Chitin. If you're not familiar, check it out. Also volcanic and glacial sands.
  14. COPD

    While it's true that vitamin A can help rejuvenate lung tissue, let's not forget that the info is coming to us via the seller of a vitamin A supplement, and that it is well known that quality control in the nutritional supplement industry is nonexistent. As you noted, the info states that the study participants were receiving pharmaceutical grade trans retinoic acid, not an OTC vitamin pill. Most folks will gloss right over that to the "buy now" button. I would caution people to be tested for vitamin A level before they start taking supplements that are almost 10X the RDA because it's a fat soluble vitamin, and toxicity (which usually occurs from taking huge doses daily) doesn't paint a pretty picture: Vitamin A may cause bleeding in the lungs, blurry vision, bone pain, breathing difficulty, changes in immune function, chronic inflammation of the liver, cirrhosis (scarring of liver), cough, cracked fingernails, cracked lips, death, decreased thyroid function, depression, diarrhea, feeling of fullness, fever, fluid around heart, hair loss, high cholesterol, increased pressure in the brain, increased risk of HIV transmission (through breastfeeding), increased risk of lung cancer, increased risk of heart disease, increased white blood cells, indigestion, inflammation of the conjunctiva (conjunctivitis), injection site pain, irritability, joint pain, mouth ulcers, muscle pain, psoriasis flare-ups, pain, perisinusoidal fibrosis (in the liver), redness (from skin use), respiratory infection, seizure, skin irritation, sore eyes, steatosis (fatty change), stomach and intestine adverse effects, and suicidal thoughts.
  15. Crowded and too tall

    That's what makes growing weed fun . I personally think, given the decades that Cannabis has been grown indoors (and at least casually studied), if there were any magic hidden in photoperiod manipulation, we'd already know about it. I can understand your stance on big agribusiness; just keep an open mind, you might find some good practices that can be adapted to your situation.
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