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NYGC Soil-Peat: Growing a MILF

(I started this diary elsewhere on Jan 1st, but heard Dr. Coco promoting this challenge on Growcast so I thought I'd join.)

Happy New Year! Happy New Grow! 🎆🎇🎉🎇🎆

What better way to start a new year than to start a new grow?

This time, I'm growing a MILF: Mom, I Like to Flower!

The goal is to take clones from her and use those in my other tent to test soil recipes. So this is really the first step in a two-step grow. I don't plan on keeping her, so I will flip her into flower once the clones are rooted.

This round I'm growing:

Blue Gelato 41 from Barney's Farm
Genetics: Blueberry x Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies x Sunset Sherbert
Sativa: 40% Indica: 60%
Flowering Time (days): 63 - 70
Indoor Height (cm): 150cm
Indoor Yield (g): up to 600-700 gr/m²
Taste: Sweet, Earthy, Citrus Aroma: Fresh, Fruity
Effect: Clear headed, Energetic

I started like I always do by soaking the seed overnight in a kelp/mycorrhiza solution and then rolling the seed in more kelp/myco before planting in a Root Riot plug. I placed the plug on a heat mat and under a humidity dome.

48 hours later, we have germination.

Her taproot is already visible at the bottom of the plug so I will transplant her into a small pot in a day or so.

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Posted : 01/18/2024 2:58 pm Bubba42072 liked
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I started the first week of veg by preparing the pots I'll need to up-pot her. I then transplanted her into the smallest pot.

As always, I added myco during the transplant and put on a humidity dome to keep the microclimate nice and humid for her.
It's pretty dry right now (mid-high 30s) so a humidity dome definitely helps since my humidifier was in use in my drying tent.

The week has been uneventful, as the first week usually is, and all I've done is check in on her every few days. I gave her a little bit of water on D5.

I slowly ramped up the DLI across the week, starting around 9 on D1 and increasing to 16 on D7.

Height: 6 cm, Width: 6 cm

 

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Posted : 01/18/2024 3:07 pm CannaPhoenix and Bubba42072 liked

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Posted : 01/18/2024 3:12 pm CannaPhoenix and Bubba42072 liked
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The second week is over and it was about as exciting as the first week.

I put in the sub-irrigated planter in the tent on the first day of the week, and all that extra soil increased the humidity so the humidity dome wasn't needed anymore.

All I've done after that is to check in on her every few days.

She has almost outgrown her first pot with roots coming out of the bottom, so I plan to transplant her in a day or two.

 I left the DLI at 16 all throughout the week but increased it to 20 today.

Height: 9 cm, Width: 12 cm

Oh, I gave her a name. It indeed was a shower thought as I was showering after a run, high as a kite of an edible, when I realized I had never named any of my plants. Right away, a name popped into my head. No idea where that name came from as I have never even met anyone with that name. The name is fitting, though, as she will be a mom plant, who will "birth" clones.

So, I present to all of you: Bertha, the MILF.

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Posted : 01/18/2024 3:16 pm CannaPhoenix and Bubba42072 liked

Transplant time!

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Posted : 01/18/2024 3:18 pm CannaPhoenix and Bubba42072 liked

We're at the end of the third week of veg and Bertha is looking great.

She looked a bit sad for half a day after the transplant but has since recovered just fine. In fact, today, I already saw a root peaking out of the larger pot. At this rate, I will probably transplant her again in a week or so.

Today, I mixed an enzyme and growth hormone cocktail for her by blitzing malted barley with kelp powder, fulvic acid, and humic acid. It's the first time I gave her something other than plain water.

I left the DLI at 20 all throughout the week but increased it to 25 today.

Height: 12 cm, Width: 17 cm

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Posted : 01/21/2024 9:27 am CannaPhoenix and Bubba42072 liked

Bertha is rocking it in the tent. Looking strong and healthy.

I went ahead and fimmed her. It's the first time I try to fim as I have always topped in the past. I figured it would be no big deal if something went wrong since all I need is healthy clones.

I think it went well though and it will be interesting to see how she develops from here.

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Posted : 01/25/2024 3:23 pm CannaPhoenix and Bubba42072 liked
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It's the end of the fourth week of veg, and it's been a chill week.

I gave her another enzyme/hormone cocktail today.

I'm pleased with how she is progressing. She is healthy and vibrant with a nice structure. Her leaves are dark green and luscious, but I see some slight interveinal chlorosis on a couple of them. She might be running low on nutrients in her smaller pot, but I plan to transplant her next week into her final pot. She will have a lot more soil then, which should help, and in the meantime, I'll foliar feed her epsom salt.

I didn't change the DLI throughout the week but Bertha increased it herself to around 27-30 by growing toward the light. I'll adjust it once I have transplanted her.

Height: 17 cm, Width: 27 cm

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Posted : 01/28/2024 4:34 pm CannaPhoenix and Bubba42072 liked

Transplant time!

Bertha is loving life and starting to outgrow her pot.

Everything was already prepared so I dusted the roots and the hole with myco and plopped Bertha into her forever home - a 31-liter sub-irrigated planter with a 7,5-liter reservoir. (That's about about 8-gallons of soil and a 2-gallon reservoir.)

I'll let her settle in into her new home for a week or so before I fill the res.

I added straw mulch after the transplant and also added an Ecowitt soil moisture sensor, which is kinda pointless in a SIP but I had it laying around so might as well use it until the clone grow is up and running.

Finally, I gave her a foliar feed with epsom salt to help with the interveinal chlorosis, although Bertha probably doesn't need it now when she has a lot more soil.

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Posted : 01/29/2024 10:59 am CannaPhoenix and Bubba42072 liked
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Bertha was on her own the rest of the week as I was out of town for a few days.

She is looking great overall, but I'm seeing a few necrotic spots on a couple of lower leaves.

A new USB clip fan arrived while I was gone. It's more powerful than the previous fans and will improve circulation in the canopy.

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Posted : 02/04/2024 4:43 pm CannaPhoenix and Bubba42072 liked

Bertha is enjoying her new home and is growing along nicely.

I planned to take part of the clone challenge, but it is too early to clone her as I need four rooted clones, which means I'd like eight cuts (just to be sure), and she isn't big enough yet for that.

She has been in her pot for over a week so I filled the reservoir today for the first time.

Finally, I moved the clip fan. There's no space in such a tiny tent for an oscillating fan so I have to do it ghetto style by moving the fan manually every now and then.

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Posted : 02/06/2024 4:17 pm CannaPhoenix and Bubba42072 liked
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The end of another week, and we are getting closer to cloning.

Bertha is on autopilot, and by using a SIP, I don’t even need to water her, so I let her do her thing.

She is bushing out nicely, and I'll soon be able to take at least eight cuttings from her. I only keep four clones but play it on the safe side instead. I can gift any remaining clones to a friend.

One challenge with growing in a tiny tent is the lack of environmental controls. There is no space room for a heater, humidifier, etc.

We have had quite a bit of rain lately, which made the humidity spike, pushing the VPD out of whack. I cranked up the light to increase temps in the tent and thus get the VPD in a decent range, and finally, raised the light to keep the DLI the same.

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