SAFC Misfit Autos: Dark harvest leftover
Hey all, glad to be joining in with the misfit group. I'm not even sure I'll keep this journal, but I'm going to attempt growing the only autoflower seed I have at the moment.
This seed was leftover from our very first challenge. I got a seed mixup from seedsman seeds. I bought some expert seeds gorilla cookies photoperiods but got autoflowers by mistake. I believed the strain to be a bluecheese auto from pictures off their website and the aroma and effects.
Unfortunately I don't have an enclosed space or tent available for this grow. However I have plenty of room outdoors and I'll be letting nature do it's thing. I only have one seed so hopefully everything goes as planned.
I'll still be using a fabric pot and will be growing in soil. Not sure but think I'm going to give roots organics lush a try. https://www.aurorainnovations.com/lush?rq=Lush.
If things don't work out I'll have other journals you can check out this spring. Get a sneak peak on my Instagram account. Instagram.com/chefomj.
See you misfits in a few days 👊🌱💚.
32 hours later.
I think the other bean isn't going to germinate, I expected as much since it was damaged.
Starting this mixup in a small container and will treat it like a photoperiod with a multi step potting up. Going to make sure it gets some good growth and is a little hardened off before moving outside. Weather is so unpredictable and still a little too chilly for outdoors.
Using a cheap Chinese 100watt led that the rest of my starts are using right now. My soil mix I made a few years ago, with a top dressing I mixed months ago that grew mycelium, and topped it with Coco. Poked a small hole for the seed and filled it with mykos wp then popped her in mykos and covered it with a little Coco.
I've found the Coco on top of my other starts is providing a happy medium for moisture below the surface, the Coco can stay wet with a light sprinkle of water, just enough to make it dark. This has been proving to be most effective in reducing the risk of over watering. Just sprinkling the Coco when it gets dry has made my other seedlings very happy and reduced the amount of water I would typically use.
Anyways just shooting the breeze here, thanks for stopping by. Should have some life in the next 48 hours or so. Happy growing!!
My store didn't have the roots organics lush so I mixed up some original with some alfalfa meal, neem meal, seabird guano, rock phosphate, green sand, Coco, ewc, lime, bti, insect frass, mykos, azomite, and epsom salt. Going to get some langbienite to add for flower booster.
Have to let this cook a bit before I use it for the final container. Be sure to check out my IG for some info on a couple of the products that are great for ipm. https://www.instagram.com/p/CAF8MeFHsTJ/?igshid=roxdpqp38cxg
So I decided to go ahead and transplant into final container. Trying to give her some leg room before I end up stunting it.
Filled 13 litre pot with half the soil mix in above post and half roots organics original on top. I always use mykos wp for transplants.
Humidity is a little low in my grow space recently. My recycled soil wasn't cutting it for root development and I hope she does a little better with some leg room and some quality soil. Very fast flowering variety so I'm hoping I still have time to grow her to a decent size.
Starting to fill out the pot.
18/6 light schedule, about to throw her outside for reduced light hours.
Been raining and will be for the next few days, we should have a little break sometime next week. Think we're supposed to see a heat wave and my black pot has me a little concerned. Wondering if the pot will fit in a white bucket 🤔. I'll figure something out to keep her root zone from overheating.
It's been a week since first signs of pistils but looks like she's finally starting to head up.
I did try bending the top over a few times, she just kept popping back up. Not really worried though because she does have some nice branching and all lower growth tips have been removed to promote large flowers.
Going to top dress the roots organics greenfields with some seabird guano. That should get us through flower with just water. Might use some hpk and trinity by roots organics just to help it along. Did a mykos wp water last week and she really took off.
I expected a shorter flower time since last time I ran the seeds, they started flowering much faster. Maybe it was something different with transplanting and pot sizes. It's much different from using Coco, in my experience.
All the autos I've grown in soil just end up being short and flower faster. This time I only transplanted once and got better results than anticipated. Learning how my grows can differ so much with small changes is exciting.
I'll be experimenting with this plant when it's done. I'm going to try my hand at some root grafting, like they do with apple trees. http://alcatrazgardens.org/blog/index.php/2012/08/apple-trees-on-alcatraz/ Want to put some science and information out there for everyone.
Happy growing everyone!!
Was trying to do some lst a few days ago and accidently snapped the main stem. It was a small break I taped up with a splint and some medical tape, the splint was a precaution for harsh winds.
I'm thinking this may not be the cultivar I believed it to be since it clearly won't be done by 55 days.
She really didn't skip a beat with the break.
Dealing with some harsh winds and rain the past few days, I brought it inside for the worst of it. Forecast looks good for next week, here comes the sun. 🌞
Moving along. It's been rainy, windy, and cold the past couple weeks. I've been bringing her in during the worst of it, but not really supplementing light, just your average lit room.
I think the lack of light has had some negative effects on bud development. But the weather has broke and we might have a summer here after all.
Definitely not growing like the other 3 seeds that were in this pack. I don't see them putting a variety in one pack that was supposed to legitimately be gorilla cookies photoperiods. Who knows? Seedsman wasn't as diligent back then as they are nowadays. I think they've really made some strides the last couple years.
Anyhow, there's something else I never noticed on the other plants I grew from this pack. The ones from dhgc were very fast and produced a lot of orange pistils. They also had better and more lighting throughout their lives on an 18/6 light schedule. We're lucky to be getting 14 though I guess. But the pistils on this plant have already decided to show a little color. These ones are showing some pink, I'm assuming it may be the temperature difference and not the spectrum of light itself.
I'll have to go through my phone and edit some pics to get some better shots. Man, I really need a better camera lol.
Here's some shots showing how she's developed a circadian rhythm despite not being a photo sensitive plant.
And here are a couple puff ball shots from today.
Not expecting a whole lot, this was more of an experience than anything. I wanted to see how well autos would do outside in my area, this wasn't the right year for it. Temperatures have been between 45-65f during the rainy cloudy days, which has been the majority of May and June. We're finally warming up again but it's still quite chilly at night. We're supposed to have a good week of sun, hopefully we'll see some good flower production the next time I post. Happy growing!!
Looks like we're finally starting to plump up. And I guess we have another mystery strain on hand.
It took me awhile to figure out which strain I had during the dark harvest grow challenge, now I'm lost. https://www.cocoforcannabis.com/community/old_grow_journals/the-dark-harvest-grow-challenge-shared-thread/
We're going on 60 days now and it's not even close to being done. Buds are definitely still developing but the speed isn't there. It kind of sucks not knowing what to expect, but a little exciting to see what happens.
This is just crazy, I have no idea how long this plant will go. It's put me in an awkward position, making me second guess everything. Did growing it outdoors impact everything I previously experienced? 🤷♂️
Well, I won't drag this post out. I just wanted to express my thoughts to maybe use as future references. I didn't really have a good journal to fall back on, now I have something a little more substantial. I tried to get some better pics of the color pink but every pic looks purple compared to the naked eye.
I guess we just take it week by week and see what happens from here. Mystery strain seed mix up.