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    Posted: 11 March 2010 at 04:46
Hello, Can anyone please tell me if Northern lights big bud is actally a goood strain to begin with and also what nutrients are the best for my babies? Also, any knowledge or tidbits for a beginner is appreciated.
 
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  Quote enjoi_89 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 March 2010 at 10:00
Sorry. Just realized i didnt really give enough info. i'm usig a 3x3 grow tent. A 250 watt HPS.(is that sufficient?) i plan on growing four feminized plants. My sytem is a simple poor mans aeropnics/bubbleponics. 7.5 in net pots. rockwool and hydroton balls.  need help with nutrients choice and before i germinate wondering if i should start my first grow with omething a lil easier like lowryder. Now dont gt me wrong it may be my firt grow but i have been around it my whole life and i have done reearch on it like no other. pleae help. If there i one thing i know its that there is always more to know.
 
 
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  Quote Ganja Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 March 2010 at 10:38
Northern Lights is not a particularly difficult plant to grow. It's an Indica, so quite sturdy and tough and not likely to grow wildly tall in flowering.

Still, on general principles, it might be better to use something powerful, easy and cheap for the very first grow. Skunk #1 fem or Super Skunk fem from Sensi would be good choices. These are both great smokes on their own merits and are simple and fast to grow. Making one of these the first crop will help iron out any kinks in the grow setup and let you know what to expect next crop.

I wouldn't recommend Lowryder (or Snowryder) or any other auto-flowering strain. These really aren't any easier to grow, and may present more difficulties, since their auto-flowering makes it hard to control their height.
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  Quote enjoi_89 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 March 2010 at 11:09
Righteous. Thank you for your input. Quick question. I read somewhere that skunk is one of the strains that ae more apt to getting mold. Is this true or are they just as ikely to get mold as any other strain?
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  Quote Ganja Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 March 2010 at 12:16
I wouldn't say so.

In general, thick-budding plants  - Indicas and Indica-dom hybrids, like most Skunks - are somewhat more prone to mould because of their bud structure. Since buds are dense and packed tightly together they can make a better spot for fungus to flourish than the more open bud structure of Sativa hybrids.

While Skunks are big-budding plants, most are especially vigorous, which makes them quite resistant to fungus and pests. A healthy cannabis plant is quite an inhospitable place for most unwanted life-forms  - covered with microscopic spikes and interesting chemical compounds. When pests or disease take hold, it's often due to plants being unhealthy for other reasons and the new infection just continues the downward spiral, making the plant weaker and more susceptible still.

Even strains that are particularly prone to mould should not be affected if they're grown in conditions that don't promote it in the first place (ie lowered humidity in the second half of flowering, no big temperature changes between day and night temperatures.
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  Quote enjoi_89 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 March 2010 at 22:18

Thank you so much. You have been extremely helpful. This forum rules!

 
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  Quote carlobee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2010 at 07:26
Of course. I love this forum too. I have just been here for over a month and I have been learning a lot from all your posts!

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  Quote carlyman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2010 at 20:01
I was wondering about the dangers accociated with the temp differences between lights on and lights off periods
My lights on temp is around 28degress and my lights off temp is around 17degrees..... humidity is 30% and im on my last week now,
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  Quote skarecrow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 March 2010 at 23:13
Originally posted by carlyman

I was wondering about the dangers accociated with the temp differences between lights on and lights off periods
My lights on temp is around 28degress and my lights off temp is around 17degrees..... humidity is 30% and im on my last week now,
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sounds like your growing in a sauna,
lower the temp to 25 and humidity up to 50.
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  Quote carlyman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 March 2010 at 01:21
Yer easy said than done but ill give my humidifier a good go next time
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  Quote Ganja Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 March 2010 at 09:54
Don't worry, it doesn't sound like you're growing in a sauna.

30% humidity isn't particularly high.

Condensation is one of the main worries with big changes in temperature.
The drop of 11C is quite a bit, but a night temp of 17C is high enough that you shouldn't get too much condensation when the lights go out.

If you're worried, check for moisture in the morning, just before the lights come on. In any case, it's unlikely that there will be any problem in the lastw eek of flowering.

Daytime temp is a bit high. See if you can keep it at 20-23C next time.
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  Quote carlyman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 March 2010 at 16:43
Thanks Ganja ure a bit help mate, yer my grow room is definately not a sauna with the low humidity that i have in there lol Bowen obously doesnt know what a suana is lol
And yer i see what u mean about condensation when the lights go out, cuase like i was saying my humidity is only around 30% but when the lights are off it can go upto the 50s or   even 60s depending if ive just given them there weekly watering and nutes.
The fan that i have in there is only a tiny clip on fan so was thinking to put my bigger desktop fan in there as well maybe this will help to bring the temps down. Just goes to show that envirolights when u have like 450watts of them still make heat lol
Also i have my outake fan on low setting cuase on high setting its way to niosy was thinking about getting some insulated ducting to help reduce the niose as its just a budget extractor fan and kinda crap lol I have no intake fan with my ds60 grow tent as i was told being that its the smallest model  that i didnt need one? With putting a small bathroom fan as an intake do you think this may help with my high temps
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  Quote Ganja Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 March 2010 at 17:31
Humidity going up to 50-60% when the lights go out sounds about right. As long as no water is condensing, it should be fine.

To be sure, you could crank the fan up to full power for 5-10 minutes after the lights go out.

BTW -  not sure if you're referring to another thread, but on this one it was skarecrow who mentioned the sauna. You should avoid bringing the wrath of Bowen down upon you.
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  Quote carlyman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 March 2010 at 19:03
OH no my bad it was skarecrow that siad that not bowen, sorry bowen my mistake was that dummy scarekrow or how ever he spells his name
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  Quote Ganja Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 March 2010 at 19:25
It's okay. Bowen's killing days are behind him (I think).
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