How to Unbox
Cut the green straps that are securing the box, then gently slide the box up and over the device.
How to Water
For this step, you will need three gallons of water. Open the lid of the tank and fill it with water up to the third sensor.
Please do not use tap water — instead, we recommend using purified water.
How to Feed
Your abby subscription comes with two bags of fertilizer: gold and silver. Place one pod of gold fertilizer in the left-hand feeding compartment, and one pod of silver fertilizer in the right-hand compartment. It is important to place the pods exactly as instructed.
The ‘hey abby’ app will alert you when your plant needs to be fed. You can expect to feed your plant once a week around the same time. The feeding process will start by dropping the silver pod first, then abby will automatically drop the gold pod 10 minutes later.
How to Insert the Clone
To start, soak the rockwool cube in the water tank (again- do not use tap water— purified water with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5 is best). Plant the seedling in the rockwool cube, making sure the end of the seedling does not poke out the bottom of the cube.
Insert the clone into the growing basket and push the clone down far enough until the roots are exposed at the bottom of the basket. The roots must be exposed to ensure the plant has access to water. Then place the foam piece around the stem to keep it secure. Now gently place the basket into the hole as shown.
How to Change Water
The ‘hey abby’ app will alert you when the water needs to be changed. You can expect to change the water about once a week, on a similar schedule as the feeding cycle. You will need a bucket that can hold 1.5 gallons of water. Find the tube located inside the water tank and insert this tube into the bucket. Then using the ‘hey abby’ app, initiate the draining process by clicking 'start'.
How to Reduce Noise
Start by cutting off a small piece of sponge. Next, remove the air stone from the water reservoir and detach the pipe from the air stone. Insert the piece of sponge into the pipe, reattach the air stone, and place it back into the water reservoir.
How to Germinate Seeds
Note: make sure you get a feminized seed to guarantee that the plant will produce buds instead of spores.
Start by adding water to the seed germination cup, and then soak the rockwool and grow sponge for five minutes. Squeeze out the excess water and then place the feminized seeds inside the grow sponge. Wrap the rockwool around the bottom of the sponge, and then place it at the bottom of the plant basket. Ensure that the rockwool is fully submerged in the water.
Set the cup in a warm, well-lit place, such as beside a window. It's important to provide enough sunlight for the seeds to sprout nicely. On average, seeds will sprout within two days. Be sure to change the water twice a week, and then transplant the seedling into abby after growing 2~4 sets of leaves.
How to Use pH Meter
Turn the meter on by pressing the ‘ON/OFF’ button, then insert into the water for a few seconds until the pH reading stabilizes. Rinse and dry the pH meter thoroughly after use.
How to Top Your Plants
Topping ( Week 2 ):
The goal of topping is to break the plant's tendency to grow one main cola. This technique immediately splits the plant into two main stems, as shown below, and encourages lateral branch development. It's best to maintain the plant at a height of 8 to 10 inches to avoid branches hitting the lights, which will cause albino buds.
How to do LST
Low Stress Training, or LST (Week 3):
You should start LST when the main stem/branch is getting longer than the other branches around it, and has 4-6 sets of leaves. Low Stress Training (LST) training allows us to flatten out the canopy of the plant, which allows for better light distribution. This even light distribution will allow us to create more viable bud sites and thus obtain a larger yield in the end.
Unfold the stem by bending it down and away from the center of the plant as shown in the image below.
How to Prune and Trim
Pruning & Trimming (Week 4):
Remove weaker /unmatured branches, especially lower branches that do not have proper lighting and those big fan leaves that cover light— in order to improve airflow and light exposure.
We suggest keeping only six main branches, less than three lateral branches per main branch.