The Sound Machine; a Steppenwolf inspired "stealth" grow box

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firstgrowdontknow

firstgrowdontknow

Dont roast me too hard eh?

This is a heathkit ta-17 I converted into a "stealth" grow box for fun as a first grow. Its currently day 52 since the switch to 12/12.

Box is ~24in wide, 12in deep, and ~33inches tall. Planters are ~6inches tall. The intake is passive and filtered, and for exhaust there is a 4 inch duct with ac infinity fan/carbon filter set at 50% speed. Total grow area is about 5.5 Cu ft. (I dont count the other cabinet where the filter/fan is mounted.

Light: One of the cheapest amazon leds--- 92w claimed actual draw ("600W" light)

Medium is 50/50 peat/vermiculite with added gypsum and lime. temps with lights on are ~76f at exhaust, and 78f just below the canopy where the deadest air is on the right. Lights off min. temp they will hit is 66f. RH is about 40 at night and mid 30s during lights on. No humidifier.

Planters: Two 12inch terra cotta pots(coco liners for drainage). The pot on the left is 4.28 liters, the "T'air-a-cotta" on the right is of an unkown volume, but it is smaller. I drilled holes to see what would happen. The root ball should tell a story when we are done here. She has had some issues, but she seems to be doing well now.

Where we started:

This is day 2 of flower, you can see I hadnt concocted a drainage system, or quite figured out how to fit both my chosen planters. The plant on the left was not topped, and the plant on the right was topped. I was using this time to learn how these plants grow, and experimenting with how short I could keep them and how to train.
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Day 32 of Flower: Improvised drainage system completed, plants now dont leave the box. The plant on the right tried to kiss the light so she got bent over the next day(minor light burn on the tip of the bud).

Drainage:
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Where we are now:

Whoops, power cord making a cameo
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The ladies wanted a picture together:
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From the right side:
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Main cola of left plant:
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Side branch of left plant:
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One More of the ladies together:
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firstgrowdontknow

firstgrowdontknow

I hate it when that happens. 😥
Yeah she had a long life though. Everything from blues to classic rock to country to death metal was played live with that amp. Probably lasted way longer than the guy who built it thought it would. (His name was on the inside of the amp but Im not gonna drop it here)
 
GrowMore420

GrowMore420

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Based off just looking and seeing that the majority of all the pistols have turned orange that is a great indicator that she ready for harvest... If you have a microscope or a good camera phone just zoom in on the trichomes and make sure they are all cloudy though to confirm. She looks great though 👌
 
firstgrowdontknow

firstgrowdontknow

Based off just looking and seeing that the majority of all the pistols have turned orange that is a great indicator that she ready for harvest... If you have a microscope or a good camera phone just zoom in on the trichomes and make sure they are all cloudy though to confirm. She looks great though 👌
Well, tds finally decided to give me internet again! yay! I cant get a good picture with the loupe, but I got these with my cell. Hopefully they will be clear enough....the trichs seem pretty clear by eye to me
 
firstgrowdontknow

firstgrowdontknow

Got a cheap new toy to take a better look. My hands arent the steadiest, and the grow box doesnt have much room to maneuver, so some of the pics arent the best. I think Im gonna wait another week but any other opinions are welcome.


The plant on the right is still putting out some white pistils, but seems to have some amber trichs in there as well

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For some reason I had worse luck with the plant on the left and only got a couple pics:

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firstgrowdontknow

firstgrowdontknow

Took a larfy test nug from the bottom of the right pant last night and "dried" it over a heating vent. I think harvest day will be tomorrow(at l;east for the left plant- it looks way more mature). Now to learn to dry and cure...
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firstgrowdontknow

firstgrowdontknow

Yeah, I think lefty thinks shes done too based on this ding dong
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Edit: Better pic I think
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firstgrowdontknow

firstgrowdontknow

Welp, plans have changed. After closer inspection with a loupe, the trichs are super clear. PSA- usb microscopes can be misleading when it comes to trichs- they look white through the microscope but clear as glass with a loupe.
 
firstgrowdontknow

firstgrowdontknow

Day 72 (wk11) since flip. They just keep going....

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Lefty main cola
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Lefty ding dong cola + dog hair
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Both together
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firstgrowdontknow

firstgrowdontknow

Day 79 Since 12/12. looking more mature, but got some coloration issues on one plants fan leaves. They are still going and are starting to smell LOUD.
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Lefty Main Cola
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Righty Main Cola

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Righty Main again, I think

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Lefty Side Cola
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Forgot which this is lol
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Lefty Main Cola at center, righty to the right!
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Lefty Side Cola

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Both Ladies together

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firstgrowdontknow

firstgrowdontknow

She's threatening to harvest herself with that lean....also anyone wanna have a guess at yield?
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Trebor77

Trebor77

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Ok, Il take an uneducated guess at total dry yield of 84grams or 2.5 oz.

What was the strain btw?

Very impressed with your stealth setup.....Lovely!
 

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