NYGC- A Picture Journal - KingKush
Hey I made it to the party ??️????
Gonna document the growth of two plants with this challenge, two different strains grown side by side.
The Strains: Bubba Blue , a 50s/50i Hybrid, new era. And then there is Trainwreck, a vintage clone-only, 90s/10i Sativa dominant old-school.
Grown In: 5gal white plastic buckets with DIY ‘airpot’ Style holes drilled- AIRBUCKETS Individual drip trays. “Strawberry Fields” soil/coco bagged store bought medium.
Grown With: 24w aeroponic cloner: then into 1000w MH veg room (7ceilingx7x7ish) then into 2000w HPS bloom room (9ceilingx10x10ish) There is no climate control other than a fan, a heater, and a window. So it’s manual air/temp/humidity control, which means it sucks. It’s out in the detached garage so keep the lights on at night is the only way to reasonable keep it regulated.
Style: Keep ‘Em Alive! Or also known as, “benign neglect” - Meaning the simple task of watering on time means I’m doing well that week. I’m a TERRIBLE GROWER!!! (I just get lucky ??) but I know my horticulture/agronomy. It is my ‘real’ job and daily grind. Turfgrass is my specialty so if I can maintain an 18-hole championship style golf facility, my handful of pot plants in the garage might be better than the average bloke. But learning where my lack-of-inputs = loss of potential is why I’m still hunting the golden nuggets out here, searching for the real truths... But the plants just go from cloner (3-4weeks, hopefully sooner) straight into 5 gal air-bucket final containers.
Inputs: Topping -soon after the clones take-off after transplanting. I whack them down but leave 9-11 nodes, Christmas tree style, planning on trimming the lower branches as soon as they become profitable for clones, which brings the semi-manifold/topped vegged 5 week plant to 5-7 nodes. Hopefully, ending up with a stadium or colleseum style of training with the center being the lower bowl and the whole plant is taller around the outsides.
Fertilization: Frequent Spoon Feeding. I keep it simple and use a well rounded veg fertilizer with micros (GH Maxi-Gro 10-5-14) and just give a teaspoon every other day or so. Nothing strict, just simple and thoughtful. When it gets late in bloom, transition to an organic based bloom kicker (buhdda bloom .5-2-1) which is used until the plant wants to give up life: I grow for the purpose of the plant fulfilling its entire life cycle, it’s where I decide to end the process that can drastically change the final result.
Now THATS a clone!
-A very old clone, 5+ weeks old so she took her sweet time. Even though you might be thinking “that’s an unfair headstart!”, this strain took 11weeks of flowering last time so I definitely need a head start to finish with the group.
Trainwreck is a little smaller, next time I will try to clone some bigger branches.
Gonna pot them today, January 6, 2019
Looking forward to watching us grow our gardens together!
Topped the Bubba Blue. This strain grows crazy big and out of control, so no worries about stunting or slowing down. The goal this time is a proper manifold. Last time there was too much differences in the buds without proper plant training.
Topped the Trainwreck
So in regards to all the formal terms of plant training: I’m not strict enough to label my techniques or adhere to the definitions. My grow is focused on creating a shape which yields the best QUALITY. I don’t like giant nugs and especially hate larf. After throwing away branches of larf because of the ridiculous trimming inputs, and losing colas to bud rot, I do my best to simply grow beautiful nuggets of medium size.
Bubba Blue looking good:
her sister is too
Trainwreck is coming along:
Nothing beats the stretch of a Sativa, every grow with this Trainwreck ends up with long stretchy, octopus-like plants that overtake everything. So I got confidence with this little girl.
Here are my other possible entries for the Jan21st NYGC Photo-contest. They are all cool looking, taken on my iPhone6.
Have a wonderful day to all my Growmies!