Ok, it’s exciting... your seeds have arrived! As recommended, you should have a pack of three 60 - 75 day Feminized Auto Flowering seeds.
At this point, we’re assuming your Armoire is now setup in a cozy room in your home. Refer to the Quick Start Guide and the Owner’s Manual for help with power connections and instrument setup if you haven’t done that yet. The room itself should get no cooler than 65 degrees Fahrenheit and no warmer than 80 degrees maximum. A normal “room temperature” of 70-degrees is perfect. This will insure that the atmosphere inside The Armoire is suitable for your plant.
[Side Note: We name our plants, and since they are all “girls” (female), the sky is the limit! Sky... that’s a nice name. LoL.]
Preparing the Pot
1. Put on your gloves. We recommend powder free / latex free exam grade nitrile gloves. These are thin and provide an excellent biological barrier. Non-sterile gloves are fine.
2. Fill the included pot with soil. You received your first cloth grow pot with The Armoire kit. Fill the pot with soil to about 1 inch from the rim/top. We have a couple demonstration videos: We have a 4 minute video that demonstrates the entire process, and then there's a short 38 second video demonstrating an optional step that can be taken to include using "Light Warrior" seed starter mix.
Note: we ship cloth grow pots. These are designed to allow for “self pruning” roots. The roots will eventually poke out of the sides and bottom of the grow pot. This will allow the plant to “drink air” in addition to drinking water. We want the roots to be highly oxygenated as we move through this 60-90 day process.
Tips: It’s not uncommon to accidentally spill some of the soil when filling the pot, so do this in an area where it’s easy to clean. In other words, don’t fill a pot over your grandmother’s precious oriental rug! Also do try to keep the pot dry and clean on the outside when filling - we don’t want to pick up contaminants or bugs and transfer them into The Armoire stuck to the bottom of the pot (i.e. don’t put it down outside in wet dirt, etc. to fill it - be aware of the environment).
3. Place the saucer inside The Armoire. Your kit included a 17” plastic saucer. It’s easier to place the saucer in the chamber first, then lift the pot and place it in the saucer, inside The Armoire. Your grow pot should now be in the saucer so that excess water will be contained and will not be an issue inside the chamber.
4. Add Purified water. Purified water is water that has been filtered via a Reverse Osmosis process. If you can’t find it on the shelf at the supermarket or Pharmacy, use Distilled water (it’s the next best option - some would say it’s the same or equal insofar as the end result). Do NOT use spring water or mineral water - they're not the same thing. Your water should cost no more than about .99 cents per gallon. For this step, you can pour the water in directly from a gallon container. After planting the seed, however, we suggest 500 mL (16.9 fluid ounce) bottles, which you can buy in bulk for convenience - you are going to go through a lot of them! Or pour from the gallon jugs into a smaller, clean 16oz container. 16.9oz bottles are easier to handle and less forceful when you pour them, which is critical in the early days of the seed/plant’s life. We don’t want to wash her away, expose the root structure, or create problems on day one! Pouring from a gallon jug can forcefully wash away soil - we need to be very gentle with our little baby!
You want to soak the soil so that it is all damp from top to bottom, and from side to side. If you end up with 1/4 to 1/2 inch of standing water in the saucer you are good to go. It will get used up in no time, don’t worry. Pour the water slowly so you don’t over-pour. Watch the saucer to see water running down and outside. Typically about three (3) 16.9oz bottles of water should do the trick. Pour it slowly in a spiraling motion from the center outwards.