With temperatures rarely reaching 70F (21C) girls are now 67days from germination and plants are 6 to 10 inches (15.2cm to 25.4cm) in height with thick lush green leaves and short internodal spacing and thick trunks. Plants 4 and 5 are really charging ahead and I feel like if repotted they would explode. I am also seeing the arrival of the secondary shoots off the main trunk in plants 4 and 5, plants 1, 2, and 3 are slower in their advancement. The same regimen of nutrient solution is still being applied to the water which is administered every few days.
Now 124 days from germination plants are 10 to 14 inches (25.4cm to 35.5cm) in height and bursting out of the styro container with a full root zone. At this point I have to transplant into larger container. I continue in veg despite plants being ready to flower. Same nutrient regimen, temperatures, and light pattern are continued. I transplanted into 1 gallon (3.7L) nursery pots using a clay pellet as a base for drainage in the pot and filling with a coco perlite 1:2 mix with no organic amendments. Foliage is nice lush green with dense nodal spacing, plants are healthy and doing well after the transplant.
At 145 days from germination plants are about 2 feet (.6m) in height with nice secondary branching. Now that I have space in flower I will transfer these ladies into the bloom cycle. Root zone was nice and full in all plants. I decide to top the largest 2 girls which are #4(25”(63.5cm)) and #5(24”(60.9cm)), #3 is the shortest of the bunch at 17”(43.2cm), #2(21”(53.3cm)), and #1 (20”(50.8cm)).
The girls are transplanted for the last time into a 15L nursery container for flowering. The nursery pot was filled with a clay pellet base and a thin layer of straight perlite on top of the pellets. Then filled with the 1:2 coco perlite mix and lastly about 2 cups (473ml) of worm castings added and mixed into the coco perlite mix. Plants are added to the container and then leveled off with the coco perlite mix. Girls are placed into the flower room into a 4’x4’ (1.2mx1.2m) tray under a 1000w HID MH.
A transition formula regimen is mixed 5p/10gal (37.8L) R/O water using the same nutrient line GH 3part Flora series and 2part Flora Nova series with additions of GH’s Floralicious Plus, Flora Blend, Liquid Kool Bloom, Subculture M, and Subculture B; (5p/10gal (37.8L)). Water is recirculated and plants are top fed twice during the light cycle (approx.10 min), just as lights come on and about 2 hours prior to the dark period.
Climate is controlled via A/C which is set at a constant 72F (22C) and CO2 is injected approximately every 15minutes at 1500ppm.
Once the transition formula has been depleted (7-10days), the girls are flushed using straight R/O water ph 6.2 and moved under 1000w HID HPS. I do all of the pruning of inner and lower growth at this time allowing for thicker nug production at the top of the canopy at later stages.
For this strain experiment I decided to leave this variable out as much as possible, only pruning minimally as needed. I also start to build the structural supports for the girls. Using plant stakes I form a grid structure which allows us to bend in early stages as I am limited in ceiling height. After the flush day 5parts/10gallons (37.8L) of a aggressive bloom formula is mixed into a clean reservoir, ph 6.2 and 1500ppm.
I am continuing with GH’s line of nutrients and supplements and recirculating the water, feeding twice a light cycle. This watering cycle continues through the bloom cycle until flush time. Again straight R/O flush one day, fill reservoir with nutrients and 10gallons (37.8L) R/O water the next day, recirculate watering twice daily and letting it deplete all the way, usually about a week and doing it all over again.
About three weeks into flower I have seen some impressive growth and girth in the plants. Buds are forming and trichomes are present. I have seen at least a foot (.3m) or more stretch in all 5 pheno’s. The structure of these girls are all pretty similar, thick trunks, strong branching, large fat pedaled leaves, long thin stigmas and plenty of bud sites.
Plant #1 suffered some wind damage due to an oscillating fan in transition but has bounced back nicely showing decent nug development and good growth.
Plant #3 reached a heat zone below the light and had to be bent down as I saw a bit of burning on the top cola occurring but nug production is healthy and frosty.
Plant #5 is the tallest despite being topped and is also showing healthy nug and trichome production.
Now six and a half weeks into flower I start to see some color change occurring in the buds. I have about one more water cycle to go before flushing the system. I am still using the same aggressive bloom formula with supplements mixed to a ph6.2 and 1500ppm.
Plant #2 the least producer of the five and definitely retarded but has amazing resin production. This plant has little nuggets all over but the nugs haven’t developed together into buds and the pistils haven’t petruded long like other plants have, weird appearance in nug development like cones building and thickening to rock hard frosty nuggets with no hairs(pistils).
Plant #4 is definitely the best in show here, massive bud production, really thick dense frosty colas and buds.
Plant#5 is number two in terms of bud production and overall look. Again nice frosty thick buds throughout the plant. Seems that topping this variety does some wonders for it. Overall topped plants look to be dominating the production variable in this experiment.
Seven weeks into flower I start the flush process. Straight R/O water is given to the plants on their same watering times. Yes I am recirculating this water but I am adding fresh daily for the entire flush period. This flush period lasts two weeks and the water is balanced to 6.2ph daily. During the second week of the flush period I reduce the water to once during the light cycle allowing the soil to dry a bit more between watering.