Blue Dream ILGM first grow

I keep my top off simple, once in the middle of the week.
Or middle of the seven days for those who start there grow mid week.

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Thanks so much, I think today is a good time to top off in that case since it’s been 3 days now. I’ve been going through bottle no. 5 a lot as well, …is that normal? Otherwise she looks healthy! I want to trim lol but she’s not that tall thankfully so I’m not sure if I need to or not I want to expose as many sites as I can that will benefit as she matures :smile:



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You can trim up the bottom for sure, no more than 20% of the plant.
Bottle #5 is always used the most.
Proper ph-ing your RO or Distilled water eIfore it enters the reservoir helps use less nutrients.
Your nutrient intake could be lower considering your plant is still very small.
Watch the type of water your using. Make sure there is no buildup on your probes.
But don’t panic because some plants eat more and your nutrient levels do match up across the board just a little more than usual and that may be due to water choice.

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I have been using distilled water pkgd in gal bottles from the grocery store it seems to be working good but I think I will be looking into a water chiller in the future it’s pretty hot in the south and my water temp sits right around 73 most times although I am using about 2 caps of hydro per drain and fill

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I use 3 teas of hydroguard per drain and fill.
I like to mix my RO water with distilled water.
Water chillers will void out your warranty if you have purchased one.
I have high temps in Michigan in the summer months, I use my air conditioner to keep the room cool.
I have two small fans inside my Grobo and one that sits on top facing the back.
You can also change your light schedule to run lights at night when temps arent as high.
Ceiling fans help and ice in a Temporary emergency.

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Definitely a good time to fill her up, let me know how much it takes, I’m curios, I’m a little bit behind you grow time wise and my last top off took over a half gallon.

As far as bottle #5 I was going to ask the same question on my plant’s thread as my bottle 5 is also being used a little faster than the others as well. I was using RO in the beginning of my grow but switched to distilled at my last drain fill on the recommendation of @chris_barfield. Do you have back up nutrients on hand for down the road (just in case)?

@Bplatinum9 what advantage do you find with mixing your RO with distilled? I would love to do this also as I have an RO filter and can produce as much as I want. I’ve ordered a distiller as well but it is backordered co I am currently using bottled distilled water.

See Chris’s recommendation here, makes perfect sense (dude is a master grower):

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The only thing that makes tap water bad is chlorine and chloramine … RO isn’t bad but if you don’t buffer the RO water it will leach nutrients from the plant …

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Got you, does distilled have that buffer in place straight out the bottle?

I find that I use less nutrients when I mix Ro & distilled, try it out for a week and see what you get, let me know how it goes!

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I’m going to do 3 teas of hydro per drain and fill from now on thanks! I did some slight trimming just now and will not be purchasing any Water chiller since I don’t want to affect the warrant thanks besides the plant seems fine I suppose no need to fix anything if it’s not broken

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I did a mid week top off just now, and it hardly took in any water it pumped for like 30 or 45 seconds only seems to be pretty full still.

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Bottles 3-5 are dispensed according to the recipe and now that you’re in late veg it’s going to get higher doses is all. The only thing the machine regulates after that is the pH 1-2 which it checks every hour👍

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Day 35 11/14 Late Veg. Looking healthy! I did some light pruning the other day and now is water top off day. Really starting to get that awesome smell :grin:

As I’ve been reading, I see many others extending late veg phase. If anyone has any advice for me and my girl we would greatly appreciate all the tips we can get thus far! Cheers



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Hey @Letsgrowmore,

To touch on your extension question, as I’m sure you have read, many growers do recommend growing to the bottom of the second fan for sativa/sativa dominant genetics and the top of the second fan for indica/indica dominant genetics. That said, many have also suggested that for your first grow with a certain genetic (and especially your first grow ever) to be very cautious when extending as you are not aware of how high it will stretch in your environment and should the plant become too tall you will most certainly experience significant detrimental issues.

In conclusion (take with a grain of salt as I am just as new to this as you are), I would recommend extending for one week to account for the recovery of topping your plant and then reevaluating and deciding whether or not to add another week. Question to ask yourself over the coming week, what are your goals with this grow? Is yield one of your top priorities? High enough for the risk of your plant being too tall for the Grobo to be considered “worth it”? If so, veg it out to the bottom of the second fan. If not, flip to transition and let’s watch that baby stretch!

Love watching your grow, I’m right behind you by a few days, very cool to be able to compare the two!

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You are the man!!!

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Since my girl hasn’t reached the 2nd fan in the unit yet I will take your advice and extend the late veg for a week just to see another week of progress before re evaluating again :smiley:

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Day 41. (17/21) Late Veg. Extended for 1 week to see how she grows… she seems to be doing great! Did some pruning this morning with a fresh water change! She’s growing a ton of little branch leaves now which I take is developing popcorn?? She’s still not to the second fan yet so I am not sure if I should extend again on let her go into transition phase. I hope everyone has a great day today! :grin:




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Day 45. 21/21 late veg. Extended Late veg 1 week but still has not hit the second fan, she loved the pruning and looks like she wants more! should I be extending late veg again or let her roll into transition? Any advice would greatly help thanks!
@SWSVIC @SilverGrobo @Bplatinum9 @vegetato



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What are your plans for her? I think she could definitely use a good bit of pruning. How many colas do you wish to have? Are you planning on doing any training? You might consider deciding and acting on these things and then extending a week to let her recover before heading into transition. Would like to hear what the others have to say. They are all for more experienced than I. (Technically you are also more experienced than I :joy:). She’s looking super healthy, great work so far!

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Thanks, I do like to read others feedback and opinions on everything as well. I am going for yields so the most colas good for yield is what I’m learning about. I want to have some good personal for as long as possible for in between grows. And ultimately just a hobby to achieve great yields from all sorts of strains! :grinning:
I am planing to try a scrog soon, but I’m just trying to make the best personal at home so it’s so simple!

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