Thanks for the advice. Delaying a day. The stalk is filling in but the leaves are a bit small still.
Not sure about the double grow. Since this is my first I will probably stick to one.
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Day 19 update,
Took these pictures right after sending the plant into Veg 1. I had completed a water change prior to heading into the seedling stage however the ratios of nutrients stay the same into Veg 1 so I did not complete a water change for this phase change. Also, it appears to me that some of the newer fan leaves seem to take on a paler green than leaves that have been there longer, is this normal/ do these plants look healthy? I am a first-time grower so any advice would be greatly appreciated.
We just want to stress the importance of pruning as much as you can when growing inside of the BLOOM. There are several reasons why it is so important:
Space is limited in the BLOOM - this is the most obvious reason, but you want to prune to avoid having your plants grow into the lights. The top lights are 250 watts and the side lights are each 25 watts. This generates a lot of heat and the lights can burn your plants if they get too close.
All plants transpire in order to move water throughout their stalks to the branches and leaves. This means that as the plant is larger, you won't need to fill the humidifier as much because the plant is busy converting the water it takes up to a gas. If you start to see a "steam room" effect inside the BLOOM, you should consider how large your plant is and prune wherever possible.
Pruning encourages new growth in the plants and because the BLOOM provides the perfect environment, you WILL see faster and more frequent growth. It may feel "wrong" to prune early on, but you will quickly notice that the plants will bounce back and be stronger than ever!
Post to the forum if you have any questions about when/where/why to prune your specific plant. Yes, there is a lot of information out there to help you, but be aware that a lot of the tips on the internet are geared towards outside growing vs. the controlled environment of the BLOOM. Our BLOOM experts and community members are always happy to help!
Hi, @DJ. We had a chance to look at your system data and see that you are in the "Drying" stage.
First, a couple questions:
Is your plant cut and hanging and are your lights off?
We can see that your heater is working (we've observed an increase in temperature to 61 at certain points), but we believe that the heater is essentially battling the radiator which works constantly to help maintain target humidity levels. The heater will only kick on for 2 minutes at a time to avoid overheating and frying the plants.
We appreciate the data and are looking into how we can make both systems work in conjunction with each other more consistently. For now, having a temperature of 60 vs. 65 is totally OK and it is more important to have the system work to control the humidity levels than to constantly heat during this stage.
Please let us know if you notice anything else and reach out if you need additional help.
Here's a very helpful video displaying the correct connection of your Drain Tube to the orange Quick Connects.
Having these properly connected will avoid a leak during the water change/draining processes. Note that when you re-secure your orange quick connects to any of the blue inlet/outlet tubes, you'll want to make sure they are snapped into place as well.
Day 10 of stage 2.
Removed the “weaker” seedling following some of the other bloomers on the site. (Thanks gr0w3r)
Nutrients are hovering at 700+ with the target set to 600 at the start of stage 2. Assume that the lower volume of water in the reservoir is making it a little difficult to stabilize just 24 hours after the stage change.
Day 20 - My first topping of the plant. Followed all the great content in the forum to reduce my sets down to three to promote a wider growth pattern. Really nice to see the smaller less mature leaves underneath the cut ready for action.
Being a newbie, cutting the plant felt wrong but assume that feeling goes away really quickly as it seems like a reoccurring activity in the life of the plant. :)
Has the nutrient level reading flat lined despite maintaining the “increasing” indicator?
Test the dosage pumps through the system check feature on the Bloom. If those are working it may be just a hiccup in the software. Sometimes turning the unit off and on helps.
I am by no means an expert but had similar issues come up with mine.
My trainwreck continues to fill out with multiple tiers in the main branches. The back right branch seems to have paused with little growth since the last post. Could the trellis restricting the growth?
Fun to watch but not a whole lot to report. Just thought I would maintain an update.
Been dealing with a PPM sensor and dosage issue but manually getting things under control. My plant is developing at a steady pace but not as quick as some of the others on the forum. Regardless sharing a few pics and looking for additional pruning advice.
Main question is around the red circles on the below. Should I remove the lower flowers starting to form on the center stalks? How about the side stocks? Seems like the right move to top the four center stalks instead of removing the lower layers to shorten the plant and allow the sides to catch up. Thoughts?
Lost all my data as we needed to reset the bloom so I don’t know what day it is (much like covid life) but we are in the bloom stage.
Continued to aggressively prune the under layers of growth and train the main branches to reach toward the sides of the grow chamber. Starting to show development around the tips as well.
Trimmed up the lower layers again leaving only the top set of leaves on each of the main branches. Already seeing the upward growth of the branches extended laterally by the trellis. Growth is happening in real time now with daily visible changes!