Beginner growing techniques

Would you recommending topping only once in the Grobo?

I’d recommend topping at least once. You can get 4 really nice colas to form if you top 3 times. (One cut to get two colas, then a couple weeks later top each of those once for a total of 3 cuts & 4 tops.)

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Thanks Stephen,
Just what I wanted to hear. I will add your message to my grow notes.
Looking forward to my first grow😊

Bob Burks

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2 more questions:

  1. Typically how many days can I be away from my Grobo before I need to add more water to my cannabis plant?
  2. Since sativa plants grow tall, will this be an issue with growing one in my Grobo?
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Great questions!

  1. Once your seed has germinated and is drinking, we encourage a reservoir change every 10-14 days. You can certainly get away with missing a change in the early stages, but once your plant enters the flowering stage and is big and drinking at it’s peak, you will have to top up your water more often. (5-7 days)

  2. If you are growing 100% sativa, I’d encourage you to employ some grow tips like topping/fimming/supercropping/LST to ensure that you have an even canopy that doesn’t get too tall. We have both time and plant height triggers built into the Grobo to ensure you don’t out grow your space.

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I was just wondering, if it’s a stupid or good idea to start growing marijuana strain like this in http://www.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com/eran-almog/ forests nearby my hometown now…Autumn is coming and the plants won’t be ready to harvest for 100% sure before winter comes… But will they survive the winter and start growing in spring? I probably won’t be around in springtime when i usually would put out the seedlings in the forest… what do you think?
Thanks for your input!

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Hi Theothelm,

I can’t really help with an outdoor forest grow in an unknown town, but I can tell you that your cannabis won’t survive the winter and start growing in spring. Your best bet at this late date is to start an indoor grow that will allow you to at least get a head start on next spring.

Cheers!
Stephen

@Stephen I definitely want to do some plant training. I can see topping in the Grobo but how would employ LST or mainlining? How would tie your plant down in the grobo for LST? Any pictures of LST training in the test grow?

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Hi Jamminbear,

Sorry, no pics, but I’m using the drying rack as anchors for my tie downs. Available from our online store soon. It’s adjustable and comes in a set of 3. I’ll try and get some additional pics up in the coming months of how I use them.

Cheers,
Stephen

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@Stephen let’s say you top your plants 3 x times. How does recipe get adjusted?

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Hi Jamminbear,

Great question, topping your plant 3 times will give you 8 extra bud sites for big colas to develop. This helps keep the height down and creates a really bushy plant. We are not currently adjusting the veg time in our recipes due to topping, so you will continue on the regular schedule. Most schedules have germination/vegetative growth of about 40 days before flipping to flower. If I add too much time to the vegetative stage, you will grow right out of the unit!

Cheers,
Stephen

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Awesome @Stephen. I’ll do some topping Tomorow. And also I saw he light schedule update. It’s a 20 hr light schedule for the vegetative phase? I thought 18hrs was more ideal?


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So I’m on seed #2. Like the first, it splits within a couple days, but never sprouts. This seed I have now will be on day 6 today, split has happened, white root, but no signs of sprouting. In soil I’ve had no problem getting the first shouts to come out in a few days to 5 max. Coco pod is moist, using all techniques suggested for Grobo. I guess since I haven’t gotten a seed to sprout yet in my unit, I’m getting nervous lol. After the seed spilts, how long have some of you out there had to wait to see some leaves??

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Hey @Dew

You should be able to see life sprouting from the coco pod anywhere from day 3 to 10 days.

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Cool, thanks for the feedback @Azuri. We’ll wait it out, give it another week. Maybe after dosing starts, it’ll speed it up? It’s a GSC strain. Does have a longer grow time than most-

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Seeds are new territory for me @DrDrew I’ve previuosly used clones. The first seed I did in my Grobo popped and is currently growing. Others have had good luck with germinating in a paper towel. If your water is topped off and your coco pod is damp with the aerator running it should pop for you.

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@Dew,
Is your seed a bag seed, or a fresh seed?.. It looks like it is alive so that’s a great sign…


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Hi @SilverGrobo,
It was a fresh seed but starting to become concerned with origin. Might try a more reliable bank. I’m officially trying a bagged seed now. Third times the charm- Hopefully not a male, I’ve had good luck with these and have had them a long time so might as well see. They look like good, healthy seeds- If this doesn’t work I might put in a ticket to make sure everything with my unit is as it should be. Other than my lock that never worked, I haven’t noticed anything with my Grobo. I found some good magnets to make sure my door is closed as it should be- Cheers

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Hey @Dew,

Welcome to All Growers! Your unit looks to be running correctly, pH has been adjusted down (Using tap water it seems?) and your EC is great, but the key to germination is a great mix of water and oxygen, plus good fresh genetics.

I do notice that you have not drained the unit at all. This is important to the health of your reservoir, as the system only doses after a successful drain and fill. Top up after 3 days, then completely drain and fill your unit.

I don’t recommend bag seed, as it is there in your bag due to a hermaphrodite plant in your dealers grow room. These seeds have a much higher tendency to herm again on you while you are growing out the strain. This causes you buds to have seeds and is not desirable.

Good luck on the next bean popping!

Stephen

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