PTGC Misfit: The White x Pre 98 Bubba Kush
All right. A few days later and I’m going for it. I’m trying some super cropping techniques I basically just learned about recently. I pinched the stem until I felt it gently crushing. Then I (again) gently bent the stem until it gave. Tied it down and I’ll wait till it reaches for the sun. I’m too sure if this is too early too be super cropping a clone but I had a little more trouble on the mother when I picked a branch that was a little woody.
Alrighty! Here’s my kinda plan. Lol. I’m going to have to let this baby girl grow up a bit before I do this but I’d like some feedback if it’s a go or a no.
The two, possibly three, auxiliary shoots coming off the bottom...I’m gonna try to air clone them. Once rooted I’ll train them back into the soil. I have no clue how this will affect overall growth or yield but I’m not really trying to get a shit ton off her. I think it will allow me to give her a classic bonsai look. Maybe throw some crystals down and have the roots grow over them... only Jah Jah knows!
She’s doing what I need. Growing! I’ve only been watering with my RO that I use in my DWC. I think she’s doing well so I’ll start in on some feeding soon. I’m all about her shape! I’ve tied her down a little more today. Still just feeling it out. I like the shoots down below. I’m hoping to root them in an unruly way!
moving along with my non-planned plan...I’m gonna use this rock/crystal in my grow. Maybe a drip feed system with a waterfall effect... maybe an exposed root system over the rock.. idk. Ima Figure it out...
With 1 month to go till flip I decided to proceed with my unplanned plan. So I did some research on bonsai and found that I might get away with a “roots over rock Bonsai “.
I chose a rock/crystal that I had in the garden. It has quartz and should energize both the plants and those that view it.
I started by removing the root ball of this The White x Pre-98 Bubba Kush from the soil I had her going in. She’s a little rough. I may have put her in too much soil as well as overwatered a bit. Regardless, she’s gonna be like a tree planted near water whose roots go deep...
Removing the dirt from the roots to expose them was tough. I felt horrible. “What if she doesn’t pull through”..”I’m sorry”... thoughts keep running through my head. After getting the roots exposed enough Zi draped them over in and through the rock in hopes of them growing into and over the spots I sort of chose.
After getting them in place I used super wet soil to kinda paper mache (sp) them into place.
Once secured I wrapped the soul in cheese cloth and then plastic wrap to hold it in place and keep the roots from growing out instead of down.
Placing the pot around the wrap, I filled in the space with more soil. The flight here is to get the roots to stay near the rock and not expand our into the pot I placed around the rock. Once roots begin to grow again they will hopefully take deeper root into the base of the tray.
I had a mainline entry that had pretty much stopped growing so I threw it into the landscape down below.
I followed my heart. Now I’ll let the universe do her things g as I keep a close eye on what I CAN control.
I plan on keeping the bandages in place for a good part of the veg and flower part of her life. Maybe closer to harvest I’ll pull the bandages off to carefully remove dirt in order to expose the root system draped over the crystal rock....whew! lots of pics!
arty time!! It’s time to get this little lady into the party cup. And as with any party, I like to start with a nice candle lighting...
Im using a cutting from a momma White Bubba that is in flower now. I’m going to get my self in trouble because I used a punch jar as my reservoir!! it fit my cup!!
Now traditionally Id be putting an air hose in any DWC used. But I’ve gone across some other info. The Kratky method...
So that’s what I’m rolling with.
I know the roots have to remain in the cup so I’ll be using some bonsai root trimming techniques I have only read about. We’ll see how that turns out since I have to remove the hydroton each time. I reckon the little lady will develop a nice root ball around the hydroton and be fairly easy to pull and trim.
Melting some holes into the cup was in order I figure those itty bitty roots neeed to get an exchange of air and whata!
I’m using a 1/4 strength fox farms nute in the res. I threw the little clone into some hydroton and placed it in the jar. Wrapped that little sucker you with a brown paper sack and called it a day!
Day two of clone transplant into her Kratky condo and she’s taken well. I was a bit worried about throwing her into the room right after pulling her from the thunder dome. But considering that the humidity and temperature are the same outside and in my super secret outside closet treehouse grow at this time it was actually no different.
I’m tempted to pull the cup and look in the “reservoir “ but the universe is hollerin’ sumfin’ about humidity in the root area....alright, alright, alright!!! I won’t look today .
Back to my bonsai misfit experiment!
She’s been doing good. By good I mean not dying. I’ve bent and broke and cut and bent again and cut some more then pulled and pushed... she’s doing good.
As I lay in bed medicating and meditating, I look at this girl in my minds eye. I picture her in a sunset with fat little smelly buds glistening in the orange sky. Ahhhh! So I grab the x-acto blade.
There were a couple of auxiliary shoots coming in at the bottom that I thought about letting grow. I didn’t feel the balance in doing that. I want the canopy to hang precariously Over the cliff when done. Shoots coming UP at the base would take away from that dramatic scene. But roots going down are a different story.
I dug back a bit to where the plastic bandage is open (so water and nutes can still get into the root system) and exposed the shoots coming in. I cut them off while digging into the stem a bit to expose surface to apply clonex to. I lathered that open wound with that gooey purple goodness and wrapped it with a moist jiffy pellet cut in half. I threw some of mudah earth back on top and did a little dance!
My thought here is that the places I cut and placed clonex on will develop more roots that will secure into the rock. I’m looking to really anchor this puppy down to the rock so in the future when it’s supporting like, 4lb flowers, it won’t topple under the weight!
Zee bonsai misfit. This has are going slow. Sure it had nothing to do with abusing the poor thing. As I trained the first bend(supercrop) it eventually split a bit. I normally don’t want this. In this case I think it’ll add a neat look to the trunk of this tree. I haven’t topped this clone. It seems to have just one top at this point. I’d like to keep umbrella look to her.
The party cup is going well. No roots popping out. (My biggest concern at this moment). Otherwise growing well. Plans are to create one main cola with no side growth. We’ll see what cards are really dealt with time.