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    Posted: 26 February 2013 at 16:40
Hi everyone. Welcome to my first Grow Diary here.

The Grow details:
  • 5x Sensi Skunk # 1 feminised seeds
  • Medium – Canna Coco Pro
  • Feeding method – Hand water to run-off
  • Nutrients & Additives – Canna Coco: A+B, Rhizotonic, PK13/14
  • Grow Tent: 1.2m wide x 0.6m deep x 1.6m tall
  • Extraction: Filtered. In-line fan (up to 145 / 187 m3/per hour)
  • Lighting: Envirolites - 250W CFLs (‘Red’ & ‘Blue’ 100% PAR)
  • Water: Tap – drawn from chalk sources (pH8)
  • Water preparation: aerated for at least 24 hours in containers to aid de-chlorination – pH adjusted both before and after adding nutrients – solution kept aerated until use.
Well, here goes. I put the seeds into germination (using plates and paper towel method) and thought they’d maybe take at least 48 hours to get going. Then I got distracted %3coint



The first mistake of this grow. I failed to keep a watch on the little beggars. When I checked them 48 hours later, they had all not only germinated but also sprouted long taproots. Worse, some had started to take root in the damp tissue %3cngry


Anyway, long story short, I managed to get them sown in their little ‘baby’ coco pots without (hopefully) too much damage to them %3cmile

Now it’s just a question of waiting to see if they develop properly (or at all).

Anyway, I’ll certainly let you know what happens - although, this could be a very short diary.

Grow4Life %3cig%20smile

Ps. Congratulations to Sensi on the vitality of their seeds.
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  Quote alecky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 February 2013 at 17:58
Welcome to the forum Grow4life and good luck with your grow. Is this your first grow or just your first diary at this forum?
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  Quote RiffsAndSpliffs Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 February 2013 at 20:07
No need to worry, Grow.

I too use the paper towel method. I've had many a seed that germinated overnight even, to the point where they rooted in the paper towel. I've found that just by adding a little more water to the paper towel, they come off just fine and grow to live very healthy lives.

It's really difficult to determine how long it will take for seeds to germinate. I usually put seeds in the wet paper towel before I go to bed, then check them in the morning.

I've found that germination rate can usually be linked to how old the seeds are. The older the seeds, the longer it takes to germinate (in my experiences). In your case, it seems like you have some very 'fresh' seeds.

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  Quote Grow4Life Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 February 2013 at 23:37
Originally posted by alecky

Welcome to the forum Grow4life and good luck with your grow. Is this your first grow or just your first diary at this forum?

Thanks alecky %3cool

No, this isn't my first grow, just my first on this forum. I started growing a few years ago with a very d-i-y growdrobe. I was so impressed with results that I've been adding knowledge and equipment ever since - but always on a tight budget though.
Originally I was a mud-lark' using compost, then was persauded to try coco - now I'd never go back. So, I have some experience, but I'm always looking for ways to improve my grows.

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  Quote Grow4Life Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 February 2013 at 23:46
Originally posted by RiffsAndSpliffs

No need to worry, Grow.

...where they rooted in the paper towel. I've found that just by adding a little more water to the paper towel, they come off just fine and grow to live very healthy lives.

It's really difficult to determine how long it will take for seeds to germinate. I usually put seeds in the wet paper towel before I go to bed, then check them in the morning.

...In your case, it seems like you have some very 'fresh' seeds.

Welcome to the forum!


Thanks for the welcome and advice RiffsAndSpliffs. I usually check them more often by using a series of reminders on my phone but... ...well, I kind of got ambushed by some really wicked weed a friend gave me to try. Basically, got stoned %3co%20high%3cmile

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  Quote Grow4Life Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 February 2013 at 23:50
A quick update on the 'babies'; three of them have already shoved their heads up through the coco %3chumbs%20Up so it's looking good.

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Welcome to the forum Grow4Life :D
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  Quote Grow4Life Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 February 2013 at 22:04
Originally posted by sarah louise

Welcome to the forum Grow4Life :D


Thanks very much sarah louise - it's a pleasure to be here %3cig%20smile

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UPDATE:

So its just over 3 days since the seeds were put into damp tissues and, so far, it's looking like all 5 seeds are now seedlings. Am quite relieved. They seem to have survived the transfer to pots ok - although the last one to appear out of the coco (the rightmost one in the front of the pic) doesn't seem as vigorous as the others. Not to worry though %3cmile



Here's a couple of random close-ups:




Don't worry, I'm not going to fill this thread with 'baby pics' %3cmile - I'm just happy they all seem to be fine (early days yet of course).

They are now installed in their grow tent, under a single 6400k CFL (placed very high above them). I am monitoring temps, humidity etc. They receive a light misting occasionally, with pH6-7 water containing a smallish dose of Rhizotonic (the coco was prepared with the same solution).

That's all there is for now. Will post updates as things happen.

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  Quote Grow4Life Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 February 2013 at 22:49
Oops top pic appears to be clipped on the right. I'll try to get it right next time %3cmbarrass%3cd

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  Quote sicklehand Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 February 2013 at 16:41
hey grow4, welcome to the forum and good luck with your grow.
i dont care what anybody says skunk#1 is a fantastic strain, i like to grow it every now & then just to remind myself of how breeding should be done. theres a short stocky heavy yielding pheno in the sensi fem sk#1.
that i really loved, ive just grown shiva skunk which is a dam nice smoke skunky but with a more heavy indica side from the nl#5 ill be growing it again soon.
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Thanks sicklehand, have had a look, and Shiva Skunk is certainly going on to my list for the future %3cink
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Update: Day 5 (since starting germination).



The first true leaves have emerged on all but one of the seedlings, so far.

Temperatures in the grow area vary from 20°C, during the 6 hours of darkness, to 25°C during their day. As the medium had dried out a bit by today, I gently re-damped the coco with the Rhizo solution.
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  Quote RiffsAndSpliffs Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 March 2013 at 18:40
Really looking forward to seeing how your plants are doing, as I just ordered a 10-pack of Regular Skunk #1 seeds.

So far so good, I'd say! Yours seem to be loving the coco mix.

I too have heard good things about the Shiva Skunk cultivar through Ganja, though he sadly isn't active on the forums anymore.
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  Quote 1966 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 March 2013 at 21:31
Lookin good so far Grow4.
I have read through your diary so far and as you are not a new grower i was just wandering how high above the seedlings you have your lights.

I have only grown from seed on two grows and the rest of the time its been from clones but i always now get my CFL's as close as poss with far better results than when i first started.
Good luck with the rest of the grow i will be reading with interest how you get on.
All the best and have a good day.
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