A.Start with seven plants from seeds and hope that you have at least 3 females.
B. Clones make it easy. This may not be an option for the beginner, but it is the best guarantee for success.
C. Get seeds that are feminized. They are great for the beginning grower (any grower for that matter) because they are guaranteed to be girls most of the time.
3 The reservoir is shared by all the plants- The main problem here is when you're sexing your plants. Use clones, sex before, or use feminized seeds to negate this. Otherwise you will most likely have to cut roots because after the 5th week as they will be tangled. It's not the worst thing imaginable but you have to be careful. I tried using the method that my bud recommended with fantastic results. Lift the pod tray out of the water and separate the root clusters by hand as much as you can (someone should hold the tray while doing this). Then slowly cut away the rest of the tangles (don't worry, the plants will be O.K.). Lift out the Blooming Pods male plants and discard them (save the pods though!). The remaining females should be lifted out of their pods and be soaked in nutrient-free distilled water for about ten minutes to free up any pieces of root that are from the other plants. While soaking, gently massaging the root cluser will help loosen up these little pieces. Replace the plants into their new homes (top left, top right, bottom center) by wrapping the root cluster in some Saran wrap to guide it through the small pod hole. My bud (and his girlfriend ) uses a plastic bag. Either way. Obviously, you should remove the Saran wrap or plastic bag once the roots are through. It is very important to clean the sponge filter really good in front of the water pump weekly from this point on, because tiny pieces of the roots will fall into the reservoir and can easily block the pump.
The little reservoir also means that the PH and PPM will go up and down often. You need to be on your PH like a eagle. Check it daily, if not more. Keeping your PH between 5.6 and 6.2 will deliver excellent outcomes, although regular tap water works for me. Just make sure you don't do constant PH adjusting because I don't think this system likes that too much. Changing the fluids once a week is what I do instead of the recommended two weeks because waiting 2+ weeks can make a PH and PPM difficult to handle for rookies. So basically, It's harder to regulate the longer it is between reservoir changing.
I am now on my 4th growing session with the modified AeroGarden. My last grow cycle yielded to me about 100 grams. It wasn't my best yield because of the strain, but the quality was top notch fire. I was extremely satisfied. Overall, the Aerogarden is a nice growing contraption and I must admit that I've grown quite fond of it. Be sure to clean it after every cycle. It's pretty easy and fast. I like to use Fox farm nutes with it because the results are amazing. Make sure the first couple of weeks to cut the dosages in half and exchange the reservoir every week instead every other week.
My goal is to help you AeroGardeners have a plentiful harvest of fat and wonderful legal medical BUDS.
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