Oh boy, here we go.....my 1st grow in nearly 30 years

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A little crude, but it works....4 males wrapped in parchment paper, and removed from the boiler room....

It's funny when you're so far up north that some products, signs, etc. are in French.

Anyway, I basically lollipop the males, keeping the main stem and top 4 branches or so. Each plant will release enough pollen to make hundreds of seeds. Somewhere in the next week or so I'll move each one, probably in the garage, collect the pollen, clean up, then collect the next one. The pollinating will be done on different days to reduce cross-pollination. I'll use a tiny brush to paint lower limbs, and wrap and label each one for a number of days.
 
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A little crude, but it works....4 males wrapped in parchment paper, and removed from the boiler room....

It's funny when you're so far up north that some products, signs, etc. are in French.

Anyway, I basically lollipop the males, keeping the main stem and top 4 branches or so. Each plant will release enough pollen to make hundreds of seeds. Somewhere in the next week or so I'll move each one, probably in the garage, collect the pollen, clean up, then collect the next one. The pollinating will be done on different days to reduce cross-pollination. I'll use a tiny brush to paint lower limbs, and wrap and label each one for a number of days.
It has a nice bouquet, almost floral in flavor.
 
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What are your thoughts going on adding coffee grounds, both mixed into an original soil mix, and as a top dressing? It can lower Ph, add some nutrients........I'm always hesitant to add food items to indoor soil but coffee grounds is one I'd consider.

The elemental sulfur is another way to get the Ph down a little. I don't know how long coffee would take but I'd like to get it down soon. Unfortunately I just watered and need to wait at least a couple of more days.
 
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What are your thoughts going on adding coffee grounds, both mixed into an original soil mix, and as a top dressing? It can lower Ph, add some nutrients........I'm always hesitant to add food items to indoor soil but coffee grounds is one I'd consider.

The elemental sulfur is another way to get the Ph down a little. I don't know how long coffee would take but I'd like to get it down soon. Unfortunately I just watered and need to wait at least a couple of more days.
I don't know about adding to the soil mix, but I've tried it around the plants outer soil outside for slugs; it causes a mould substance on the soil surface. It never does harm, though.
 
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What are your thoughts going on adding coffee grounds, both mixed into an original soil mix, and as a top dressing? It can lower Ph, add some nutrients........I'm always hesitant to add food items to indoor soil but coffee grounds is one I'd consider.

The elemental sulfur is another way to get the Ph down a little. I don't know how long coffee would take but I'd like to get it down soon. Unfortunately I just watered and need to wait at least a couple of more days.
I am no professional but I would say compost coffee grounds. I compost all our kitchen scraps fall leaves and goose poop 💩 from the lake. Making compost is almost a art form🤣 getting the balance of carbon to nitrogen is critical. Now I don't know why but I like the smell of good compost now 🤣
 
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I am no professional but I would say compost coffee grounds. I compost all our kitchen scraps fall leaves and goose poop 💩 from the lake. Making compost is almost a art form🤣 getting the balance of carbon to nitrogen is critical. Now I don't know why but I like the smell of good compost now 🤣
Been there, glad I’m not the only one, catch a whiff, and let it run through my fingers like a freak hahahaha. My wife does it too. We are totally normal people 😂
 
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Gorgeous work too btw, I like the cut of your jib sir 😜
Awww, shucks. The feeling is mutual.

These are the key weeks coming up, there's always the feeling of "how are they supposed to get from THIS.....to THAT.....with only X days left!?"

They do, but still. Anxiety. I remember this anxiety. It goes away, but this one isn't going away for a while longer.
 
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I am no professional but I would say compost coffee grounds. I compost all our kitchen scraps fall leaves and goose poop 💩 from the lake. Making compost is almost a art form🤣 getting the balance of carbon to nitrogen is critical. Now I don't know why but I like the smell of good compost now 🤣
Yeah you're right. I'd feel comfortable adding coffee grounds outdoors, and we do, but indoors not composted.......although I'm really only talking about sprinkling a little on tops, like 1 cup. But yeah I think I'll wait, buying a compost bin is on my list. I've made and worked with compost before. It's amazing how warm it can get....
 
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I don't know about adding to the soil mix, but I've tried it around the plants outer soil outside for slugs; it causes a mould substance on the soil surface. It never does harm, though.
Yes it can easily grow mold unless you dry it and it stays very dry. We always dry ours thoroughly before we dump it outside.
 
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Tonight it's time to move the dehumidifier into the boiler room to get the humidity down. (What other reason would their be.....to add noise?). I'm going to raise the lights a few more inches to the very top to prepare for going from 40% to 60% power. I'm going to do it in stages, first one light, then the other, and start easing it up in the last half hour, hour......until they're acclimated.

They're not quite ready for watering again, I might wait another day, but I want to give them some Ph down. I'll rotate them again, prune any old/useless bottom leaves.
 
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Can’t wait to see them by the end of next week, nice shirt btw 😜
 
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