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Are They Dead or Alive?????

Feb 4, 2018
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Are they Dead or Alive? On Sept. 8 we will find out. Many people have asked the question..."how long can I leave my plants to go on holiday?" My plants have been left alone in a grow box with 400 watts of light and heat on them for 4 weeks. Now, the question is: Are they Dead or Alive?

I left them growing all by themselves for 4 weeks inside my grow box where temperatures typically hover around 90-100 degrees. I had no choice but to leave them; it was either throw them in the compost pile or see if they can manage on their own while I travelled for a month. (Note, I was able to get someone to watch over the building they are in in case of fire but that's it. The security person won't have anything to do with the grow box or plants.)

Here are the details: They're in 5 gallon pots. They are feminized, 3 White Widows. I watered them very heavily before I left. If that was all I did, of course they'd probably be dead. But, I also set up a wicking system. I placed two 5 gallon water bottles inside the box with the plants. Then, I tore an old cotton towel into strips to serve as wicks. I poked 3 holes in the soil of each plant and pushed 3 wicks into the soil of each plant. Then I covered the soil and wicks with cedar mulch. The other end of the wicks were stuck into the water jugs with metal weights so they stay down on the bottom---also sealed the water jug mouth with plastic.

What do you think---Dead or Alive
 
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How old were the plants when you left? Veg or Flower, how big? With 90 to 100 degrees, I would say dead but would like more info. If they were under 12/12 and you only had about 4 weeks left in flower, my guess is, you would be fine not matter what happened. They could dry in the pot. With that said, those are high temps to be drying in.​
 
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Hi Billyjack, thanks for giving me hope

They were in flower at about 2 weeks when I left them and they were getting quite tall. I have about 4 feet of growing space and they were threatening to stretch to the light. So, I rigged up a wire mesh guard. I'd say when I re-open, (assuming they are alive), I'll need about 2 more weeks flowering. It's true the box is very hot-- but I've grown quite successfully in it before and I'm using the same kind of seeds so---fingers crossed.​