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Oh and I almost forgot I broke one of my air layers. It snapped so we will just treat it like it's a cutting and see if it roots.

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It has a ziplock bag around it to retain moisture, and I did trim back the fan leaves. Oooppppsseeee, well hey I gues I get the regular cutting experience, I hope it didn't get an embolism. 

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Posted : 02/04/2024 11:59 am Crispywannabe, smotpoker, Bubba42072 and 1 people liked
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Okay air layering update, from experience. Air layering is great for a larger clone, smaller clones didn't work out I think when I shaved the node down to clone I cut into the xylem. For cannabis air layering is a non starter, it requires bigger branches. The problem is that I want to take clones I will want to take them from cuttings that are smaller. I want to take clones from branches that I am cutting down because they will not be great producers of flower. Air layering works better for larger braches, that you can put the device on and the plant will support it. Let's look at why you would want to air layer in the first place. It works really well on plants that take a long time to develop roots from cuttings. If it takes more than a month to root from a cutting then air layering is your ticket. Cannabis that is not the case, and taking cuttings is far more efficent. If air layering was more efficent then everyone would do it, instead of taking cuttings. I think that I will get roots from my big air layer from the third node. The smaller cuttings it is too fidley and requires a precision I don't have, plus putting on the air layering device seems to damage the plant on smaller branches so much that the plant just decides to let that branch go. As far as the smaller branches they were getting water so they didn't show any issues but when I moved the plant the branch just fell off so what is the purpose.  Just take the cutting put it rooting hormone and call it a day. Why add the complexity of an IV drip system to keep it wet, just cut the branch off put it in rooting hormone and your choice of starter media. Now the larger branch that is still under air layering this presents an intresting thought. If my larger branch roots before the flip is complete I have a larger clone that is in the bolt stage. I don't think this adds much to the equation. I think air layering for cannabis is a non starter, and I wouldn't do this again. It is inefficent for taking clones, and under no condition for cannabis do I think this is productive. Unless you have a low plant count and want to take clones but even then I cannot figure out the payoff for the added complexity. You win some you lose some but if you don't try you will never know.

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Posted : 02/12/2024 7:34 pm 419grower liked

Oh let’s see the growth. 

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they are going crazy had to add another tent and nets to slow them down.

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Posted : 02/12/2024 7:59 pm 419grower liked

Oh I had a major upgrade this last weekend went from a cheap as chips flow meter to a industrial grade flow meter. It was given to me and it is more sexy. However it won't grow better plants, it will just make my operation more efficent on water use. However free flow meters are free, and if it's free its for me went from this flow meter. 

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Did I mention it was free oh yes I did so if I didn't use it would be a waste. In the end the automation system accounts for errors on the intial fill with an ec measurement, if the ec is too high then the system will add water to get the target ec. The plants don't give two f@#ks about the the amount of water it takes to make the correct ec, it just cares that the ec is stable, and the ratio of nutrients are correct. The flow meter only tells the doser how much nutes to add, initialy. That is it, and in the end it tells the system how much H2O2 to add to make the solution sterile. 

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Posted : 02/12/2024 8:09 pm Bubba42072 and 419grower liked

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Posted : 02/15/2024 4:35 pm 419grower and Bubba42072 liked

Okay I killed the air layer project, didn't get any roots whatsoever. I don't know if it is technique or my lack of patience. My plants are starting to bolt, and I will need all the height in my tent I can get. I see some supercropping coming up to keep the plants down. I however took the two air layer branches cut them downn and put it in a glass with a air bubbler and some rooting hormones. This grow I have been fighting with drybacks, I am realizing when my automation used to put a gallon thru the system a day it was because the plants were using it. Veging for 6-8 weeks these plants are slurping down the nutrient solution like they are outside on a hot summers day. I am experimenting with some new sensors, well old sensors that feel new again. Now that I can quantify my runoff I am trying my moisture sensors again to work the fertigation timing. I want to see if these sensors actually have a place, in my grow automation. It simplifies so much, tell the system how much of a dryback you want and it does the rest. However these sensors are of questionable accuracy and repeatability. Now I could go buy a $100.00 sensor and they are far more accurate. I want to see if I can get some repeatability out of these sensors. I can always go back to the timers if needed, and I am home for a change so let's see where this rabit hole goes.  Or I can spring for the 100 sensor that tells me saturation, soil temp, and soil ec, but let's see what this does, before splurging on a expensive media sensor. 

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Posted : 02/19/2024 3:44 pm Bubba42072 liked

Update from the tents one tropical cherry was a male, the other tropical cherry is female, the baked apple and the banner lush kush is female. Let’s see what is doing in the tents.

 

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the single plant is baked apple the two plants are on the left tropical cherry @Dean420 the right is the banner kush.

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Posted : 02/25/2024 8:23 pm 419grower and Bubba42072 liked

Well we have some nice pictures from the tent. First is the tropical cherry by @dean420 

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Next up is banana kush she is the youngest but still starting to sport some flowers.

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Finally here is the baked apple. 

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All in all doing pretty good, the tropical cherry is expressing some nice colors. 

 

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Posted : 02/29/2024 6:59 pm 419grower and Bubba42072 liked
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Okay it’s been a minute or a month but the plane has landed. 🛬 Let’s see what the tent produced.

 

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These tropical cherries are filled with tricomes, and they have a nice cherry color. The baked apple wanted to herm on me but she got chopped before the nanners released their pollen. Going to harves baked apple tomorrow before she decides to herm out also. 

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Posted : 04/09/2024 7:58 pm 419grower and Bubba42072 liked
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The results are in the Trop cherry is the best of the best! I really am enjoying it, the baked apple and banna kush are mids needed more time in the light. Oh well live and you learn. 

 

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Posted : 04/22/2024 5:22 pm 419grower and Bubba42072 liked
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