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Yay! Bertha was finally large enough to offer eight clones. Time to get to work!

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I use Root Riot plugs for germination and cloning, so I started by dissolving a healthy glug of Clonex into some water and then soaking the plugs in that solution. I also prepared a milder Clonex solution in another container for the cuts.

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I removed the bottom four nodes to get clones of sufficient size and used scissors to snip off each branch before directly putting each branch into the Clonex solution. The clones sat in that solution for three hours as I was busy with other things.

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When I returned, three of the cuts stood proudly, while another three were semi-wobbly, and the last two were almost completely limp. Dafuq?

I only had those eight cuts, and Bertha would have to grow more for additional cuts, so I had to roll with it.
I removed unnecessary leaves and made a new cut on each clone with a fresh razorblade (a bit below a node) before dipping the end into Clonex and putting it into a plug.
(Note: Put some Clonex in a shot glass and then dip the clones to avoid contaminating the Clonex bottle. I learned that the hard way…)

The plugs went into a germination tray with a humidity dome over them, and the tray was placed under a T5 LED light, which is part of the germination/seedling set-up I use for my veggies and herbs. I also placed a heat mat underneath. The mat is on a 15-mins-on / 15-mins-off schedule to keep everything nice and warm but not toasty.
The humidity under the dome is around 95% (+/- 3%).

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I also started the peppers I’m growing this year and put them in coco plugs on another tray next to the clones.
Super-hot peppers aren’t my jam, so my selection is all on the milder side of things. This year, I’m growing Serrano Purple, Chihuacle Negro, Cayenne Yellow, and Penis Pepper Red. it’s a colorful mix this year!
(I grow my peppers close together and think they look purty in many colors.)

Yes. I picked that last pepper entirely due to its name. My girlfriend will have a blast talking about and showing off my proud Penis Peppers to everyone. (I know her well enough after 20 years together…)

Also, a few of those seedlings will become fabulous gifts to some of our gay friends.

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The next day, the semi-wobbly clones had straightened up, and the limp ones turned into semi-wobbly ones. There is hope!

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Posted : 02/17/2024 4:20 pm CannaPhoenix and Bubba42072 liked

We're at the end of another week, and both Bertha and her kids are doing great.

I reduced the light in the small tent to slow down Bertha's grow rate, as I don't want to flip her into flower until the clones are rooted.
I also threw in a scrog net to help tame her when I do flip. She only has a tiny tent with very limited height, so I hope it'll work out considering her size.

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Berth and her kids smell A LOT. I have never had a cultivar smelling this strongly in veg. I'm concerned about how the four clones will smell in full-flower...

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I flipped Bertha four days ago. I planned to wait until the clones were rooted but she was getting too big, so if I am to have any chance for a harvest in my tiny tent, I had to flip her. I looked at a bunch of other diaries growing this cultivar, and it looks like the stretch isn't that bad. Fingers crossed!

She looks healthy and vibrant, but holy hell, she is one stinky lady! Let's see how bad it will be once she actually has some buds.

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The kids are just chilling out in their tray. It's been a week now so I'm hoping to start seeing roots soon-ish. I put in a small USB fan inside tray to provide some airflow under the humidity dome, and I directed the fan away from the clones so they don't get dried out by direct wind.
Today, I also gave them a very light foliar feed, using a very mild solution of liquid organic nutrients for veggies, that I had standing around. I'm not going out to buy some expensive cannabis nutrients just to feed my clones a few times. Cannabis is just a plant after all.

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Today, our government voted through cannabis legalization!

637 Votes: 407 Yes vs 226 No, with 4 Abstained
 
The law takes effect in seven weeks. Sure, there is a bunch of silliness in the law, but I take silly-legal over stupid-illegal any day!
 
Plus, we're getting home-grow. YEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!
 
 
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We're at the end of the first week of flower for Bertha. She has had a busy week and almost doubled in height.  I hope she will calm down, or I will run out of room in the tiny tent.

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The kids are still chilling in their tray, with no visible roots. Fingers crossed that we see some soon. In the meantime, I have been preparing the tent for them so it is ready when they are. Hanging the fan and filter, installing the light, pulling cables. The usual.

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Posted : 02/25/2024 2:25 pm CannaPhoenix and Bubba42072 liked

The first visible root on one of the clones! It took long enough (13 days), so let's hope the rest follows soon.

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Bertha is still stretching, and I hope she is done soon, or I will have a problem with my tiny tent.

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The second week of flower is at an end, and Bertha is loving life. In fact, she is loving life a little too much as she is starting to get dangerously big for my tiny tent. I supercropped her today to try to keep her down.

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I gave her some topdressing earlier this week to ensure she has all the goodies she needs, considering her size. She better stop stretching soon, or I will have real trouble...

Today, seven of the eight clones showed visible roots, so I transplanted the four best-looking ones since their leaves started showing signs of deficiency. Well, I transplanted all of them, but the rest are going to a friend of mine.

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As these clones are now rooted and on their way, they will have their own diary, while this one will be dedicated to Bertha alone.

 

 

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Bertha is growing to become a big lady, and it is getting tight in the tent. 

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I removed the fan from the tent and placed it outside to maximize the space inside.

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Hedgehogs have invaded the tent! We're at the end of the third week of flower, and Bertha is looking great. 

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Fortunately, it looked like the stretch was over, which was great as I was running out of space in the tent.

Today, I shaved Bertha's legs by removing all leaves and branches down low. I kept a few cuttings even though Bertha is in flower because why not 🙂

Finally, I installed another grow light, to provide some side lighting and under-canopy light. It might not help much, but I already had the light lying around, so I might as well use it.

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How's this for being a lazy stoner - I was supposed to post this six days ago...

We are at the end of an uneventful week.

The most exciting thing was that I changed the power cable for the light to a cable with an angled connector. This allows me to raise the light another couple of centimeters. Every millimeter counts when the space is tight!

That's it. That's the excitement of the week. Cruise control on!

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This was another uneventful week. Bertha is just chilling in her tent, slowly fattening her buds. Judging from her progression, I'd guess we have another three, maybe four, weeks to go. Her buds have a strong scent of pine.

The only "exciting" thing that happened this week was letting the reservoir in the SIP go dry. Currently, we have tons of fungus gnats in our house plants, so I ordered enough nematodes to treat all the decorative plants in the house, all the tomato and pepper seedlings, Bertha, and her clones. So I had to let Bertha dry out a bit before I could apply the nemos by top watering.

Speaking of clones... It has been a wild ride with the clones. Somehow, the clones went into flower while waiting to get roots. I have absolutely no idea how that happened since they were on 18 hours of light all the time.

After transplanting the four clones I selected to keep, I changed the light cycle to 20 hours and put them under their regular, more powerful light to force them back into veg. It has now been three weeks, and they are finally starting to veg again after looking terrible the entire time. They still look pretty funky, though, as re-vegged plants often do. Two of them managed to top themselves since the top was flowering.

I also see a clear difference between the soil recipes, so even though the clone grow has barely started, I have already learned valuable information.

I planted my clones into my soil mix but used commercial soil for the other clones I planned to give to a friend. I don't know what's up with that soil, as all four clones died within four days! I used the same soil for my peppers and tomatoes, and they all look great. Weird shit.

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Here I go again, posting six days late. I can't even blame being stoned, as it's all down to work.

Yet another week has passed, and I suspect we are about to start the end sprint. Another two, maybe three, weeks to go for Bertha to fatten up her buds and hit senescence.

The week was utterly devoid of anything exciting. Besides filling the reservoir when empty, I didn't do anything, really. Well, except for putting a small dehumidifier in the tent to help with the high humidity. It brought the humidity down somewhat, but I still saw +70% RH, which is way too high for comfort this late in flower.
We just went legal (YAY!!!) so I don't need to worry about any smell anymore. My girlfriend suggested that I keep the tent door open as she is totally cool with a weed-smelling apartment now when we are legal 🙂

So, this is now my ghetto solution to dealing with high humidity: I open the tent door and keep it open until the lights are out. I then turn on the dehumidifier and let it run throughout the night. The next day, I rinse and repeat.

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