Dearest Professor Lee,
Hi there I’m a 1st time grower and I am looking for any tips you can give me. I have bought myself a few lights; a 1000watt warm deluxe halide and 1000watt HPS both with adjust-a-wing super spreaders for my flower room. I also have 3 x 400watt HPS lights for my grow room. For growing in I use a standard size spare bed room, within it I have fans, white plastic on all of the walls, 4 x 65 liter hydro tubs with lids, which have 4x 4inch netted pots in each lid and 1 tub for a brain-wit pumps timers etc. I have a friend with a filthy stinky big bud strain clone. I just wonder what u would suggest and how many plants and what lights and how tall in grow to get the most from my equipment thanks heaps any info would be great
It sounds like you are off to a great start. You have some really nice equipment and a good genetic source. Other growers have started out with a lot less, including yours truly.
For most growers how many plants you should grow and how tall to let them get all comes down to the grower’s preference. One could either grow a bunch of smaller single cola plants, averaging one per square foot. Or, they could grow larger bushier plants that might average four square feet per plant. The single cola plants might get about two feet tall and the larger about three to four feet tall.
I always favored smaller single cola plants because I used a quick rotation system that allowed me to harvest every month. Each of my plants only took up a square foot each and averaged eighteen inches tall. But, in your case you’ll be growing a batch of Big Bud clones. So I can tell you that on average these plants are likely to get rather large despite their indica heritage. For instance if you veg your clones up to a foot tall and then start the flowering process the plants could grow to five feet tall before finishing. I suggest topping the plants to produce bushy plants and give them plenty of room to grow. After a crop or two you should be able to predict the maximum number of plants your system will handle and just how tall your particular stain will get.
I also advise that you give the plants lots of support to prevent branch breaking. Also, be sure to utilize a good circulation fan to exercise the branches as they grow. A broken branch takes time to heal and subtracts from your final harvest weight.