Q&A with Jorge
I am a longtime reader and a longtime grower, about 50/50 indoors and out. But I have been on a six-year sabbatical due to my career and the travel it requires.
I grow for medicine. Could you recommend a strain that will do well in a grow cabinet? Is heat going to be an issue with two 430-watt high-pressure sodium (HPS) lights in the 27” x 54” x 46” box that BC Northern Lights calls the Producer? Would soil work instead of hydroponics in that small area? I have mainly been an indica-seed grower. Will switching to clones mean that I lose the main cola? Do you have any other pros and cons to enlighten me with?
Not much more could fit in this little grow closet packed with buds!
Once a grower, always a grower! Now you are growing for medicine. I know so many growers who stopped for one reason or another and now are back at it. Thanks for joining the growing ranks once again!
There are many strains that do well in a small space. Since you have the most experience with indicas, you should look for short, indica-dominant strains such as Hash Plant crosses, Opium (Paradise), just about anything from TH Seeds, etc. Each of the 430-watt lamps in the Producer by BC Northern Lights has its own ventilation system that whisks the hot air generated by the bulbs directly out of the cabinet. The heat doesn’t have time to affect the temperature inside the box much. The lamps also heat the roof of the container. This heat does build up a little, but it’s dissipated through the top of the enclosure.
Here are the same abused plants in the grow closet flowering. They do not look much better!
Poor plants have been abused in this grow closet. They suffered heat and nutrient stress.
You should switch to clones for best production if you plan to use a small grow closet. Clones are more manageable than plants grown from seed. Clones taken from a mother plant are guaranteed to be female; seeded plants are not. Clones grow consistently, retaining the same height and growth pattern; seeded plants do not. If you flower the plants in a small grow container, you will have to have another space where you can cultivate mothers and clones. Clones easily retain the main cola, or central stem and bud. Also, it’s very easy to trim off the lower branches to achieve a lone central bud.
This I-Grow closet has all the right stuff! The plants look great, including the harvested plants packed with buds in the foreground.