Hey GC. I’ve been mostly lurking here for about a year but I’ve finally gotten to a point where I’m able to start my first grow. I’m planning a single plant SCROG under about 200 watts of CFLs in a stealth box I built.
I bought this dresser for something like $20 on craigslist. I cut off the front of each drawer, removed the drawers, and secured the fronts back to the cabinet. I made a new back for the dresser with a secret door, then sealed all the edges and painted the inside white.. I also made a fixture for 8 CFL bulbs. I have 4-23 watt 5,000k bulbs and 4-23 watt 6,500k bulbs for veg. (pic3) I’ll probably have 8-26 watt 2,300k bulbs for flower. For ventilation, I cut a passive intake near the bottom of the cabinet and an exhaust vent near the top with a 3" PC fan rated at 50 CFM.
I ordered some seeds from the Single Seed Centre. If you spend over 20 pounds (about $30) they throw in 2 free seeds, so I got a Tangerine Dream, a Pineapple Chunk, and an Untra Haze #1 (all Feminized). After 2 weeks they showed up (with 2 free seeds: Kushage and Mkage). Pineapple Chunk will be my first grow. (only registered users can se the link, login or register)
I started germination Saturday night.First, I put the Pineapple Chunk seed in a shot glass of water. It immediately sank, and after about 5 minutes floated back to the top (which I thought was strange). After about an hour I took the seed out and put it between 2 wet paper towels in a tupperware container, which I put on top of my PC. After 24 hours a taproot had started to pop out (pic4). I don’t have a picture of it, but after another 6 hours, the taproot was about 1/4" long and starting to curl. I dropped it 3/4"-1" down into a Jiffy Pot filled with Organic Seed-Starting JiffyMix. After 24 hours the taproot had poked out the bottom (pic5) and after another 12 hours I have sprout! (pic6) 😀