i will use this thread to document my experience with the AeroKit. I will try to give as much information as possible on that run with answers in this thread.
You can also follow my grow on these sites:
My grow room has an area of about 80cm x 120cm and is between 2.20m and 40cm high. I live under a roof. The cross-section of that room looks like a trapezoid. I will ditch my tent completely since that room is a perfect grow area. Its basically a upcycled broom cupboard. The walls are painted white.
Im growing under DIY built 4x Vero29 Gen7. 3500K COB light running at 36.6v and 2.1A which multiplies to about 310W. I never measured it actually, but its a reasonable value.
Chocolope by DNA Genetics
Critical by Royal Queen Seeds
I really want to go with Chocolope as first choice and as a single plant grow. But since things could potentially go wrong pretty fast, i just want to have an alternative.
Techs: Chocolope is known as a massive stretcher. I will use a lot of topping, up to 5 times for 30+ tops, because the rootchamber is that big, and LST. After alot of defoil and pruning i will switch to flower and supercrop her in order to get her into shape in the first 21 days. I plan on a 4 week vegphase right now, but that could be even shorter, since aero is so good at vegging stuff.
Nutes, pH, water
This is actually totally new to me. Its the first grow i will do with mineral nutrition since organic stuff could clog the aerokits nozzles.
I chose four different kinds of nutrition: Flora Grow, Flora Bloom and Flora Micro for general nutrition and a CalMag addition because actually everyone does it, and it has something to do with the absence of soil. (I dont really know, maybe someone has insight on that!)
I will start with a pH value of 5.8 and will try to keep the solution at a range of 5.8 to 6.3 at all times, while i try to maintain a temperature of 17°C (64F).
Since i live directly under the roof of a 5 story apartment complex i will check on that very damn closely.
I will use pH neutral destilled water for starters. I know my tap water is okay in my region, but i just want to have an easy start on that front since this is m first hydro experience. (thats why some points here might sound a bit newby).
Im doing my usual timelapse-stuff of course, but will also put 2-3 plants in soil next to the aerokit to really bring out the difference in growth! Just watch my feed or this thread in the upcoming weeks.
Im perratay excited.
April 15th: Day 1 - Germinating Seeds for a Hydro culture
Important Note: IKEA actually got a very decent and cheap gardening section for hydrogrowers!
Im using this cultivator which costs the unreal amount of 4€ (~5$) and some IKEA Rockwool for even less. I plan to upgrade the cultivator with some airstones once i will use that thing for more than a week to germinate and seedling stage, but its damn awesome!
The rack is currently under a 72W CFL Light on a 24/0 cycle and given only pH regulated tapwater.
I also cut out the middle hole to the rootchamber so that it fits the IKEA netpot that comes with the cultivator, so transplanting will be less critical …