SAFC Asteroids: Caution to the wind
Throwing caution to the wind and firing the Space bucket up for the Space themed challenge. Growing a sour crack by mephisto (I think. I'm not 100% sure what the bean is but that is my best guess)
Originals Strain: Sour Crack
Genetic Heritage - Green Crack cut (Cecil C) x Breeding auto L2 x 24 Carat
Seed Type: F8 Feminised Automatic
Project introduction and Overview:
Sour Crack, love or hate the name is one of our fastest and most popular varieties. We feel she is one of our flagship cultivars and really broke ground and gained traction with the idea of connoisseur automatics. Sour Crack is a perfect sea-of-green machine, one of the frostiest varieties in the Mephisto arsenal and is a very useful strain to have in your auto-toolbox. Not only is she lightning fast but it is extremely resinous and potent to match. Mephisto Genetics were looking for a strain for stealthy quick runs, that could double as a commercial quality autoflower with a connoisseur flavour profile.
Both of her photoperiod parents are extremely fast and frosty varieties. The Green Crack has the rush high, and the 24 Carat has the Afghan couchlock effect, together they make an incredibly powerful yet well rounded effect. Sour Crack has been used as the auto parent of many strains down the years including our Artisanal strains Sour Stomper & Sour Livers, and our Limited Edition White Crack.
Sour Crack truly is a cracking variety.
...I'll let myself out.
Strain behavior and structure:
Sour Crack, being a fast strain, has a short seedling stage and as soon as she sexes there's a small time period of extra veg/stretch growth before switching hard into flower mode. Frost levels are very high, trichome development is apparent from early on and she quickly makes chunky dense buds that are dripping in resin. Consequently, Sour Crack makes a beautiful extraction/hash plant to work with. Commercially, she can be taken as little as 55 days from sprout, but for the connoisseur auto grower and toker, 60-65 days is more accurate depending on the exact effect the grower wants. She's an auto akin to the reason we love autos! Sour Crack doesn’t want for much, take care of her, watch the amazing daily progression before your eyes and the rewards will soon come.
Sour Crack works fantastically as an autoflower sea-of-green strain, for really above average yields. Having dense buds and being a short stature plant with thick foliage, she’s not best suited for outdoors unless you’re in an arid climate.
We have lift off 🌱🌱 seed was soaked in tap water straight out of the tap untested at 10:00pm local time for 14hrs.
I added a 1/4 teaspoon of fulvic acid from organic gardening solutions right before transferring to a paper towel on the 21/4 12:00pm local time. Sealed in a plastic container and kept at 28°C on a new seedling heatpad.
Transferred to Jiffy pellet soaked in rain water on the 22/4 at 5:00pm and under a lamp 🤙🤙🌱💚
Off to a flying start. Under an standard LED bulb 24hrs
23rd April- she popped her head up with a helmet head. I had to perform delicate surgery with a tooth pick to remove the shell.
24th April- Tap root popped out the bottom of the jiffy so She was transplanted into solo cup with coco that had been soaking in Callaghan buffer solution for, wait for it, 8 months 😆. Flushed down to 300EC run off and watered with fresh rain water.
25th April- first node going well.
26th April- started fertigation at 500ec 6.2ph with the standard seedling mix. Should mention I'm using Green planet 3 part nutrients instead of GH
27th April- Second node starting nutrients at 600ec 6.2ph
28th April- second node powering. nutrients at 700ec 6.2ph.
Grow has been going smooth. Still battling a bit of calcium ripple. Have been spraying daily with a high nitrogen calmag with a soap nut shell in the sprayer. Noticing she is fairly dark green so switch to calimagic.
5/5/21- transplanted into 1gal pot. Switched to early veg nutrients.
7/6/21- added some automation and data logging to the barrel via smart plugs and sensors
growth seems to have slowed slightly. Run off EC under 1000 with inflow 1100
10 May - She's packing nodes in tight! Working on 6th node now and roots showing at the bottom of the pot. Will top tomorrow and transplant 24hrs after
Shiny because she just got her calmag spray. Oh and I found a caterpillar under one of the leaves that I picked off! Didn't take a pic before I crushed it though.
11 of May- I went for her topping but noticed the first couple of pistils! Missed my opportunity to top her 😥 Dam that's fast.
13 of May- transplanted into final 3gal pot. A little behind schedule with NER as I'm still on mid veg. Transitioning to early bloom tomorrow. She is a little droopy because she just woke up and it's hot af. Not much I can do about that.
17/5/21 - Have moved on to early flower nutrients. I wasn't planning to but have decided to give her a little bend in her neck because I hate the idea of not maximising her canopy, and my humidity lends itself to smaller nugs. EC in is at 1150 and out at 1200. PH in at 5.8.
As you can see she is going to be a compact little weapon. 3gal fabric pot if I haven't mentioned previously.
Sorry about the lack of updates. I have had a bit going on with moving house etc. She is on late flower nutrients atm minus bloom booster. Decided I would skip the bloom booster for this run to avoid the complications that can arise.