GoodBadger's First Cocoforcannabis Grow
Welcome to day 26! I'm happy with the trend of the plants currently. They're consistently looking more healthy. I'm embarrassed to say that I had my light way too close. It's on a dimmer and while I think the luminosity was appropriate, having them too close to the plants is not encouraging vertical growth. One of my side profile pictures today illustrates how tight most the nodes are.
Tomorrow I'm going to top the plants that are ready as almost all of them have established a fifth true node. I've never done this before, so I am excited!😁 While these plants haven't had the most vigorous start, I'm still planning on topping most of them as that was the original goal of this grow; to experiment with different training methods. These plants may be aren't ideal for vigorous training because of their somewhat diminutive size, I'm not worried about having small plants. With seven plants headed for a 4x8, keeping some of them small will work out just fine!
Welcome to day 28! Well here on day 28 I topped the plans that I plan to top. Most had a fifth node but a couple were trimmed at the third node while only having a fourth node present. I also went through and removed growth tips from the first two nodes and all the plants where I could easily get to it. Environment is still holding steady and I continue to fertigate two times daily. I hope that the new growth at the third node is able to take off.
Welcome to day 28! I think the plants of responded pretty well to their topping yesterday. Growth tips are noticeably larger and are actively orienting themselves up toward the light. The only plant I did not top is the runt of the litter, as I plan to just use some LST on that one. My environment continues to be more stable as I familiarize myself with my new grow tent and light. I'm still fertigating twice a day with EC at 1,150. Run-off is much more stable and is about the same.
Welcome to day 30! Things continue to move right along.I can safely begin to prepare for the final transplant into 3.7 gallon air pots.
I am wondering a little bit about a manifold training strategy. I have seen Dr Coco in his main lines and manifolds article talk about three topping events:
1. Grow to the fifth cut at the third node
2. Grow to the fourth cut at the third node.
3. Grow to the second cut at the first.
Wondering if anybody has thoughts on potential downside to this slight modification:
1. Grow to the fifth cut at the third
2. Grow to the third cut at the second
3. Grow to the second cut at the first
If anybody reads this and has thoughts, I'd love to hear any opinions. Otherwise, another option might be for me to instead manifold a couple of the slower plants because it would require one less cutting.
Welcome to day 31! Will begin prepping for the final pot-up soon. Almost all of the plants show quite a few root tips coming through the bottom of the fabric pots. The plants continue with what looks like healthy light green growth. Some of them will be ready for a second topping in the next day or two. Again, I've never done anything but LST in the past so this is all quite dramatic for me, but I'm chilling through it pretty well 🙄!
Welcome to day 32! Things continue to go as well as I could expect. Three of the seven plants were topped a second time today. Now six of the seven plants have been topped at least once with the runt of the litter remaining unmolested. 😁
I have also begun recycling some coco that I used in my last grow. Tomorrow I will begin CalMag treatments for the final pot-up that will happen within the next two days depending on my schedule. **Edit - one of the ways I save time on my journal is dictating into my phone. Most days I go back and edit the nonsense, but I just read this one and I could die! Kill mag! 😂**
Welcome to day 35! I have not noticed any adverse reactions thus far and it's been 24 hours since the pot up. Still using Mars Hydro lights, an, AC infinity fan, and a version of Dr Coco's automatic watering system. Plants are continuing under a 18x6 light schedule with nutrients at 1,200 EC and a pH of 5.9.
1 ml/Gal Armor Si
5 ml/Gal CaliMagic
2.5 mL/Gal Micro
2.5 mL/Gal Gro
1 mL/Gal Bloom
.5 mL/Gal FloraBlend
2.5 mL/Gal Ful-Power Humic Acid
2.5 mL/Gal Yucca Wet
1 mL/Gal Roots Excelurator
2.5 mL/Gal 29% H2O2
Welcome today 36! Today I was only able to recently check out my plants for the first time today, late in the day. Unfortunately, what I saw wasn't very good! None of the plants look happy. After checking the runoff water, the EC was good but the pH was at 6.44. Too high in general and quite a bit higher than the pH level I was at while hand fertigating.
I've developed a bad habit of checking the EC and pH of one of the buckets I'm using to fill my reservoir instead of taking a final measurement in the reservoir after two or three buckets are combined. Really careless. So I think what I'm seeing is a couple days with a significant swing in pH solution and ending up here way too high. Maybe it's locking out sulfur. My remedy? More careful final measurement of a well mixed reservoir to ensure proper water parameters going forward. I'm not quite sure what else it could be. I guess a problem with calmag should also be high on the suspect list. Regardless, I feel like I'm supplying enough of these things in that the root of the problem is that pH fluctuation. We will see!
Welcome to day 37! We are still trying to recover from a pretty substantial pH swing. Things are testing out all right but the plants are still not looking very happy. I am disappointed in how I've handled transitions during this grow. Each time I graduated into a larger growing environment, I had failures that have stunted this growth. I guess, let that be a lesson to me to make sure environments are ready and dialed in before the plants move there! Anyway, we're still chugging along and the plants definitely already to start being trained. I will try to begin that tomorrow!
Welcome to day 62! Where do I begin? Shortly after my last post, I began to get sick and not long after ended up in the hospital after an emergency appendectomy.
It got a little bit scary, and I was there for three days. As a consequence the plants obviously suffered. There was NO water available to them for a four days!
Which resulted in the plants drying out quite a bit with three of them splitting where they were topped at the third node. And then ran into difficulties battling
pH drift in my reservoir. Regardless of how careful I am and getting a final pH of 5.9 when the reservoir water reaches 70 degrees, within 18 hours it will have drifted
up .3. not exactly sure what the issue is but I suspect it might be the silicone which I've always given time to dissolve, but now I'm mixing up my full nutrient batch
and letting it sit 24 to 48 hours prior to going in the reservoir to see if that extra time gives me more consistency.
Despite all of these issues with neglect and pH instability, you can see the plants are still fairly large in size. These plants are in line with other seeds that I've
got from Seedsman. They always seem to grow fairly large in size regardless of how they're treated. Most of the plants were trained using a mainline technique but then
abandoned for a period of time almost immediately after their third topping. I'm just grateful to be back and healthy enough to be able to salvage what's remaining of
Welcome to day 67. Well apparently you can miss 5 days completely, have your plants split at the 3rd node, fluctuate their PH (5.8- 6.2 within 12 hour period)
and still outgrow your tent. Some more pictures. Two plants reaching above their lights, including one strange pheno that has wider, darker leaves with massive stems and hasn't really begun to flower yet! Not sure what's up there