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Expert Seeds DWC (2 Strain)

Spazmagi
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Expert Seeds DWC (2 Strain)

Hey all. Just started this grow the other day (Nov 3rd), and thought I'd go ahead and post it here to see what kind of feedback I can get from the community. Just joined the site because I heard about the NYGC and was excited to participate. I grow legally for medicinal purposes where I am, and I just started experimenting with DWC. I have been growing in soil for a couple years, but this is my first photoperiod run with DWC. I currently have 2 Dinafem Autoflowering ladies growing in 5 Gallon DWC Buckets, but that's for another journal.

 

Anyways! On to the actual Journal!

Start Date: 03 Nov 2019

Strains:

  • Expert Seeds - California Orange (AKA Orange Skunk)
  • Expert Seeds - Gorilla Glue #4 x White Widdow

Medium:

  • 2" GroDan Rockwool cube for germination
  • 6" Rhizocore Net Basket (Hydroton)
  • Stage 1 Veg: 3.5 Gal Bucket
  • Stage 2 Veg: 5 Gal Bucket

Nutrients:

  • GH Flora Series Performance Pack (Testing GH 3-part ease-of-use vs yield)
  • DynaGro Pro-TeKt
  • Botanicare Hydroguard

11/3 - Soak Seeds overnight

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11/4 - Insert into 2" GroDan Rockwool cubes

Cubes were soaked in pH 5.5 water, then drained. Then a light nutrient solution was made using 1/2ml/l of GH RapidStart and the cubes were soaked in this solution and drained again. Then seeds were placed into the cubes and placed under 2l bottles fashioned into humidity domes.

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11/8 - Finally!

The ladies have finally awoken! I transferred them from the corner of my grow tent over to the smaller propagation area of my tent and placed them under a 2' 4-bulb T5HO fixture on 24/0 cycle.

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I'm sure I've forgotten tons of information that I should have included, but here's to a good start! I usually do regular updates on my grow journals on Sunday afternoon/evenings, but I plan on doing plenty of mid-week updates as they start growing more. Thanks again to everyone stopping by and feel free to hit me up with any comments, questions, or anything else. As always, Happy Growing!

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Posted : 11/09/2019 3:00 pm MtnDan and mmxk liked

Hello, everyone! Today marks the start of week 1. They are both feeding from a mix of GH RapidStart and Tap water mixed at 0.5ml/l.

California Orange:

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Gorilla Glue #4 x White Widow:

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Not much to update at this time. They look very happy as of yet, and adding the cardboard shield stopped the nutrient solution from evaporating away so quickly. The California Orange is ~3cm tall and the GG4xWW is about 4cm tall. I plan on keeping them in this approximate setup until they start rooting out the bottom of the cubes as that is most conducive to the Rhizocore net pots that I have. As always, feel free to hit me up with any comments or questions. Happy Growing!

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Posted : 11/10/2019 1:14 pm

Hey, there. Just a quick, little update. I was checking on the little ladies during my lunch break and noticed that one of them (Gorilla Glue #4 x White Widow) is starting to show a little root peeking through the bottom of the 2" rockwool cube.

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All in all, growth is good. She's still at a young enough stage to be able to see differences in her day-to-day. These two were taken 1 day apart.

Gorilla Glue #4 X White Widow

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California Orange

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Thanks for stopping by the garden, and, as always, Happy Growing!

 

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Posted : 11/11/2019 2:17 pm Nugget1234 liked

Hey everyone, thanks for checking out the grow. This will be the update at the start of week 2 since germination. I went ahead and prepared their buckets on 11/13 with 1/4 strength GH Flora Trio Performance Pack nutrients (details below). Each one is in a 3.5 Gallon DWC bucket with a 6" Rhizocore Net Pot Bucket Lid.

Light Schedule: 20/4
Temps(Hi/Low): 73/64
RH: 63%

California Orange (aka Orange Skunk)

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Gorilla Glue #4 x White Widow

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I'm not sure what's up with the GG4xWW. Cubes were soaked in 5.5pH light nutrient solution (250ppm, 0.5ec) exactly the same as the California Orange. Could be something in the Rockwool, but could just as easily be a bad seed (Attitude Freebie). I "rinsed" the cube with some of the nutrient solution from the bucket (see below), to hopefully clear up whatever is bothering it, but only time will tell.

Week 1 Nutrient Solution (ml/gal):
1.25ml Micro
1.25ml Grow
1.25ml Bloom
5ml FloraBlend
2ml Botanicare Hydroguard
pH: 5.9

All comments and questions are always welcome. Thanks for stopping by the garden and, as always, Happy Growing!

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Posted : 11/14/2019 4:03 pm MtnDan and Nugget1234 liked
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Hey all, just a minor update. On one hand, I am impressed daily by how spot-on the California Orange (aka Orange Skunk) is getting on. On the other, The GG4xWW is an enigma unto itself. I have never had a seed with such odd starting growth. This reminds me of when you get really awkward growth when pH is out of whack, but I'm confident that it isn't. It could be something in the rockwool, but it also could just be a bad seed. I know shit happens sometimes. Anyways, here they are:

California Orange (aka Orange Skunk)

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Gorilla Glue #4 x White Widow

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Both ladies are under makeshift humidity domes and they get top-fed approx every 4-8 hours. They are in 2" rockwool, so they hold the moisture fairly well during those breaks. I'm not sure I'll keep the GG4xWW if she keeps throwing off such weird growth. I could just as easily push the California Orange to the limits instead. Just a few weeks longer veg time.

Thanks for stopping by the garden. As always, Happy Growing!

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Posted : 11/15/2019 5:32 pm Nugget1234, FraggleRock and Knut liked
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Spazmagi
Eminent Member
Practicing Grower

Hey, everyone! Thanks for stopping in again. It's been a few days, but I wanted to let them both make some notable progress before dumping more pictures. Without further ado, here are the ladies:

California Orange:

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Gorilla Glue #4 x White Widow:

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As you can see, the roots have shot off! Crystal white and happy as could be. The California Orange looks happy, but I can see some minor signs of ph disturbance, but nothing I am going to mess with until the next res change (TBD). The GG4xWW is also looking much, much better. New growth is more even and consistent. I am hoping that she pulls through since I was super excited about trying this cross. Even warped as it is, by comparison you can see the clear sativa-leaning genetics and the indica-leaning genetics being expressed by these two ladies. As the root mass expands, I expect nutrient uptake to increase. I plan on doing a 4-way topping strategy since I intend on ScrOGing these ladies. On my last ScrOG grow I only did a two-way top and I think a 4-way top will fill the screen more evenly in relatively less time, given the low screen height that I like to use. I plan on giving these ladies each half of my 3x3. Putting the Sativa in the back given her taller bud-structure. I'm not sure if I should alter my topping strategy since they will have a rectangle instead of a square ScrOG. (This is all assuming that the GG4xWW stays). Anyways, always happy to hear from you guys and get your informed opinions. Without collaboration the rate of improvement is linear.

Thanks for stopping by the garden, and, as always, Happy Growing!

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Posted : 11/22/2019 3:05 pm Nugget1234 liked
Spazmagi
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Practicing Grower
11/25 - Disce quasi semper victurus vive quasi cras moriturus

Today is only a minor update. Roots are showing slight discoloration, but I feel that is due to the GH nutes. They still look and feel healthy. Topside growth is improving and she is starting to recolor herself since I bumped up the nutes by ~100-150ppm. She was just starting to get light, so I bumped up to the next week of the schedule I am using.

Week 3 Nutes (per 1 US Gallon):
1.25ml RapidStart
2.5ml Micro
2.5ml Grow
2.5ml Bloom
5ml FloraBlend (Vegan Tea)
2ml Botanicare Hydroguard

~500ppm - 5.9pH - 68F (Res)

Mars Hydro SP150 @ 24-26"

Temp/RH: 66F/77F 45%/70%

Thanks for stopping by the garden. I love being a part of the community here; learning and growing. Thank you for all your support and feedback, and as always, Happy Growing!

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Posted : 11/25/2019 3:05 pm

California Orange

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Gorilla Glue #4 x White Widow

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Posted : 11/25/2019 3:09 pm Dr Coco liked

Hey, everyone. Thanks for stopping by again. Just doing an update since it's been a few days and some minor changes have happened. The good news, to start, is that the GG4xWW is definitely doing much better. I did some minor trimming on her, as you will see, to remove some of the bad growth that had stopped being useful.  They are still being fed ~500ppm @ 5.9pH. They will get a res change and probably bump up the nutes again this weekend. Anyways, Here are the ladies:

California Orange:

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Gorilla Glue #4 x White Widow:

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Posted : 11/28/2019 10:27 am Dr Coco liked