SAFC Misfit Autos: Zkittlez / White Widow Outdoor In Pots
First grow journal, not first grow, but certainly no expert.
For the SAFC I am going to run Fastbuds Zkittlez Auto and Crop King Seeds White Widow Auto.
I am starting the seeds indoors in DIY newspaper pots where it's warmer for germination. Once germinated, I will move to permanent outdoor homes, 7-ish gallon containers.
I am growing in regular potting mix. Some old mix, freshened up with organic fertilizer, home made compost, and some fresh potting mix.
Week 1 update...
Zkittlez finally popped up overnight Saturday. White Widow has not, so, going to start another WW seed today.
Planning on planting the Zkittlez out in a container today. Will have to protect it / baby it along for a week or so until temps stabilize and we're expecting thunderstorms this week, but, especially with the "stay at home" orders should be pretty easy to tend to them.
I am really starting to second guess myself with this plan I put together - haha!
I had the whole Summer planned out with start dates, harvest (estimated) dates, location, etc.. I was going to do two back to back runs in pots, a couple outdoor in-ground during the peak of Summer - all autoflowers, and an indoor run of photos.
But, this weather has turned...we've had rain for days a couple times and been 10-20f below normal for this week and even freeze possible tomorrow night.
So, on top of the issues I've had with my ww seeds germinating (3 tries and nothing), the poor Zkittlez has been thrown out in the cold wet weather and really hasn't grown much. The existing leaves have gotten bigger, but it hasn't pushed out a new node yet so I didn't even bother taking a pic.
Hopefully, things will turn around soon but I'm not expecting much out of this run. Lesson learned on trying to push it outdoors too early.
We did end up having a freeze over the weekend. We set a record for the low on that date and second lowest record for the month. So, I brought this one in for that night. Still has been unseasonably cool with lows in lower 40's to upper 30's. We're supposed to be heading for a warm up in a couple days but also 3+ inches of rain..sigh.
This poor little plant. haha!
wow, that rotate pictures tool is pretty wonky....
Anyway, to the update. The weather has warmed up to normal temps but been a lot of rain/clouds...I don't know the official readings, but, the forecast was for 3.5" of rain over a few days.
Even though it's small, it looks healthy. I just hope that the slow start also translates to slow to flower.
It finally warmed up nicely this past week - above average even, with several thunderstorms/rainshowers. Growth has picked up accordingly. 🙂
I'm trying to decide whether or not to tie it over. That's all I've ever done. Outdoors height / light penetration isn't an issue so, I was thinking about letting this one go natural just for something different. Thoughts one way or the other?
After some consideration last week - as well as a convincing side-by-side pic Drew posted on his log - I went ahead and decided to bend this plant over to encourage some more 'tops'. Here she is after a few days of training.
Another week has gone by, time for update.
This past week was hot and no rain. Watered / fed at least once this week...with all the rain we were having I don't think I have watered this one until this week.
Did a little more training trying to even out / spread out the tops a bit.
For the most part, things seem to be going ok, though obviously way behind a lot of you. I did see some signs of insect damage on a couple lower leaves. And this week all of a sudden there are butterflies/moths flying around the yard, so I'll have to keep an eye out.
Oops, time keeps moving whether I update my journal or not. 🙂
Not a lot to report, it's been warm and mostly dry. pistils are popping.
Some bug damage to some leaves, but, nothing excessive. Saw an aphid (the white kind that love hackberry/mulberry trees) or two, but, nothing too worrisome. Also saw some predatory looking bug so think nature is balancing things out for the most part.
I need to do better taking pics, but, I guess this is better than nothing. 🙂
I can't believe it's been over two weeks since I updated :embarrassed:
Anyway, flowering is in full effect, but, still have some time before ripening/harvest. Doesn't look like there will be much in the end, but, I knew that early on with the cold weather.
The pest/aphid I mentioned in the previous post was just a sign of things to come. With only one plant it's been pretty easy to give it a lot of inspection/attention so I've been squishing anything I find on the plant. The white aphids I believe are white flies, but, not entirely sure. I've seen infestations of them all over my property - weeds, blackberries, trees, you name it. I've also found a few worms that I removed/squished. Hope there aren't too many I've missed.
Also, there is quite a bit of leaf damage. Not sure how much is from the white flies and how much is from nutrient/ph/moisture issues.
Anyway, now we wait for flowers to ripen and hope the pests remain at a manageable level.
Another week-ish gone by.
Buds have mostly finished filling out and pistils are starting to curl up. I suppose I'll start checking trichs in the next couple weeks. Seems like this part of the grow is when it takes forever for something to happen....
The bug damage doesn't seem to be getting any worse, but, man, this thing looks beat up. My whole area is just infested with white flies. At least I think that's what they are. I have continued to disrupt them, squish them, etc.. but they're just everywhere..
Anyway, here's a couple pics to track progress.
Ugh!!! Man, I'm gutted.
Over the past week or so, we've had a few storms / rain come through. So today after a shower had passed I was checking on the girl and noticed how the shape of the buds was really rough and the color was very dark. Just didn't look right given the look a week or even 4-5 days ago. So I started digging around and found this in most of the buds. I think there are some lower / smaller buds that are in good shape (they feel and look tight, not like these) but I think this one is just a loss.