SAFC 4x4 Grow Tents: Bruce Banner
For this year's SAFC I will be growing Bruce Banner from the Homegrown Cannabis Co.
In this respect, these buds really couldn’t have a more appropriate name. The difference is that with Bruce Banner weed, the last thing it’s going to do is pump you full of adrenaline and fire you up for a fight.
Quite the opposite - you’re more likely to be turned into a couch-bound kitty-cat for the duration!
Likewise, Bruce Banner doesn’t have the kind of overbearing fragrance and flavor you’d expect from a face-melting strain like this. Delicate, aromatic and bursting with sweet berries, this herb’s not nearly as menacing as the famed comic book character. Where the two share an important similarity, however, is in the strength department. Pick up a quality batch of these buds and you’ll be looking at approximately 27% THC.
This is, by no stretch of imagination, perhaps the ultimate ‘one hit and quit strain’.
Bruce Banner was concocted by combining the genetics of OG Kush and Strawberry Diesel, which in their own rights are two of the most exceptional strains of modern marijuana engineering. The resulting THC-heavy monster has a slight Sativa edge in terms of genetic composition - 60% Sativa to 40% Indica respectively - though it’s practically impossible to hit the stuff without ending up completely out of action.
Flavor and Fragrance of Bruce Banner Autoflower
The most prominent terpenes in Bruce Banner are myrcene, caryophyllene and limonene respectively. As you’d expect, this gives the herbs a distinctly fruity and slightly peppery fragrance, with undertones of diesel and sour skunk.
You’ll occasionally catch a tempting whiff of fresh strawberries somewhere in the background, making for a mouthwatering fragrance that travels for miles.
Somehow, this pot has a flavor profile even more complex and enjoyable than its aroma. Combust the buds and those gentle strawberry notes are intensified, with even more juicy berries and a heavy hit of wet earth. The peppery spice is more prominent on the exhale, but not to such an extent as to become acrid or unpleasant.
The well-balanced genetic composition of Bruce Banner Auto provides an equally well-balanced high, which gets to work on the body and brain with a serious punch.
The slight Sativa prominence is evident during the first stages at least, during which you’ll feel positive and optimistic to the point where you’re almost bursting. Giggles, energetic conversation and inspired thinking hit in wave after wave, making these buds fantastic for social situations at home.
If you’re struggling with a creative rut of sorts and need a blast of inspiration, Bruce Banner is just about as good as it gets. The stuff also obliterates every trace of negativity and stress, making it fantastic for winding down after a lousy day at the office.
However, with a THC content of up to 27%, the Indica side of the high eventually hits like a sledgehammer. Not to such an extent as to leave you feeling tired and sleepy - more the kind of laziness that glues you to the couch out of choice. You’ll still enjoy the same sense of inspired thinking and optimism throughout, only now in an almost trance-like state of floaty relaxation.
Timing it right with this herb is therefore advisable, as it’s only a matter of time before sheer bone idleness takes over.
As this is the autoflowering version, you’re looking at a significantly faster seed-to-harvest cycle. In addition, the fact that the autoflowering version flowers earlier than the regular version means slightly shorter plants. This can be a bonus where space is at a premium, given how regular Bruce Banner plants can reach pretty towering heights.
In any case, growing Bruce Banner Autoflower outdoors is the way to go if the weather conditions are suitable. These plants do the business best in a climate similar to that of Southern California, though are more than durable enough to withstand much cooler northern climates.
Resistance to most common plant problems and pest infestation is high, as is the yield you’ll be looking at after around 10 weeks of flowering.
I'll be growing this bad girl under the Grower's Choice ROI 420, with a 20/4 light schedule from start to finish. Feeding her will be General Hydroponics nutrient line, Superthrive, Recharge and Bloom City CalMag.
Follow me and Marvel, as I find out if I can get this Bruce Banner to Hulk out! See what I did there?😉
We have liftoff! A sprout is born and an added bonus of shedding her helmet as she pulled upright. I have a 65w led shop light over her as she continues her new life. Heating mat is still at 78°F to maintain a high humidity under the dome. 🌱💚
Bruce came up nice and fast! Time to get her into a solo cup and start hardening. I dusted the hole with Azos and Mykos, both from Xtreme Gardening. I put her back under the dome, but opened both vents half way. Temps are a little high at 81°F and RH in the tent is at 70%. Gave her a 30ml shot of nute solution at an EC of 500. Grow baby grow! 🌱💚
A little update on the baby Banner. She's still going strong and looks like she's getting hungry. Tomorrow I'll be upping the EC by at least 50 to sustain my growing girl.🌱💚
Starting to add fingers to the leaves! Bruce is quickly moving from seedling to full on veg mode. I had a little PH problem early, but corrected it. I'll be bumping the EC up from 500 by increments of 50 from here on out each day. Tent temperature is between 79°F-81°F with an RH around 65%.🌱💚
Bruce is still going strong and is looking close to being ready for pot up. I've increased the number of fertigations to 2 per day, 60ml each at an EC of 800 at a PH of 6.0. RH is at 60% and temperature is riding around 76°F. 🌱💚
Decided to up pot today (maybe a little early) to 3 gallon fabric pot. I prepared the 3 gallon pot by placing it in the tent a couple days ago and buffering it with a solution of early veg nutes at an EC of 850. Placing the pot in the tent with the light brought the temperature of the coco up to match solo cup temperature. I dusted the hole with Mykos and Azos before placing Bruce into her final home. After transferring, I gave her 18oz of nutes at 850 EC and a PH of 6.0. Temperature in the 4x4 is 76°F, with an RH of 60%. Lighting her up is the Grower's Choice ROI 420. Once she gets acclimated, I'll be topping her the one and only time. 🌱💚
Just as I thought, Bruce didn't like the transplant. She was sagging quite a bit today, but she should be ok. I added 1ml/gal of Superthrive to the mix and gave her 18 oz of nutes, plus 18 oz of a Recharge mix of 1/2 Tbsp/gal. Both PH of 6.0. She started to perk back up after a few hours of the light being on, so it's a good sign that it won't slow her down. I had the Growers Choice set at 75% while she acclimated to the switch from the Platinum P600 and have now moved up to 100%. Hanging height is at 24" for now. 🌱💚
Well, Bruce is still not happy with me, but continues with new growth. Up potting too early definitely took some wind out of her sails. She doesn't look like she wants to go into flower yet, so at least there's that. Since she's already been slowed down, I've decided to let her grow naturally and not induce any more stress. 🌱💚
Bruce looks like it's pulled out of the transplant shock very quickly and has started making moves. I've also switched from my light feed schedule to my medium feed schedule. With the change, comes a higher EC of 1.5, while still maintaining a PH of 6.1. 🌱💚
Well, I decided to go ahead and top Bruce since she bounced back so well. Just going to the single topping because of how late in veg I am, but at least it should keep her from growing into my light. Still on mid veg nutes at a PH of 6.1 and an EC of 1.6.
We have moved to flower now as pistils have shown up. I've changed my nutes from veg to transition/early flower while still maintaining a 6.1 PH and EC is now at 1.5. She seems to be uptaking faster now so I'll add in another fertigation event tomorrow after picking up another pump to get her automated. She's already moving into bolt mode and is gaining in height pretty quickly. Grow baby grow! 🌱💚