GDP1981’s 2019 Outdoor Coco Grow
Happy 420 everyone! It’s a great day to start germinating some seeds for the upcoming outdoor season!
It will be the first season that us Canadians can legally grow up to four plants outdoors. I’ve grown once outdoors previously using a medical license. I struggled to dial in nutrients and pH in ProMix, so this time I’m going to use coco / perlite.
I plan to grow the following feminized photoperiod strains:
Hollands Hope by Dutch Passion
This is my “insurance policy” strain. It’s been specifically bred to withstand cold, wet fall conditions in the Netherlands and Northern Europe. Short of the apocalypse, I know she’ll survive anything Mother Nature throws her way. Last year I nutrient burned her, underfed her, left her alone for five days while on vacation, had the wind blow her over several times and she still yielded over 4oz of decent bud.
Cinderella 99 x Blueberry x Fast by Seedsman
I’ve recently fallen in love with Blueberry strains. The smell and medical effects just hit that sweet spot for me. I knew I had to try growing a Blueberry, but required something that would finish earlier than most. This strain has been crossed with a Fast plant and is supposed to flower in just 6-7 weeks.
Bubba Kush 2.0 by Humboldt Seed Organization
I love the classic kushy heavy knock out couch-lock of a good Bubba Kush in the evening. This version from HSO has been bred to deliver that in a faster flowering form.
Northern Lights by Sensi
A classic Indica strain that’s supposed to be forgiving for new growers. I have always wanted to try growing this strain. It should also finish earlier than most strains outdoors. The breeder says it does best in more temperate “Mediterranean” climates, but I’m going to give it a try up a little further north.
All plants will get a head start in a 2x2 tent under a 135W quantum board LED. After last frost (mid May), I’ll move them outdoors into their final homes in 10 gallon fabric smart pots.
I’m hoping to assemble an automated outdoor drip fertigation system. My rough plan is to have a 50 gallon reservoir, (probably a rain barrel) aerated with an air pump and air stones. A submersible pump in the reservoir will push nutrient solution to the four plants to 9” hydro drip rings at least 5x daily to keep the coco from drying out.
My city’s tap water isn’t great, with a starting EC of over 300. While the plants are seedlings in the tent, I’ll be using distilled water, but outdoors it will be tap water with reduced amounts of CalMag. I plan to use General Hydroponics liquid three-part Flora Series.
My four seeds went into distilled water for soaking this morning. I will move them into damp paper towels later today.
I’m still a new grower, so any questions or comments on my grow journal are always welcome. I want to learn as much as possible.
Update for April 22nd (Day 3):
All four seeds have sprouted tails! Happy to have a 100% germination rate with this batch.
I really should have transferred the Northern Lights into jiffy right out of the distilled water soak instead of paper towel. The tail on her got way too long:
All four have been transferred into jiffy peat starters and placed in a small plastic humidity dome. The dome itself is in my home wiring closet, where I run a small media server. The heat in the closet gets up to around 28 Celsius, which should make the new sprouts happy.
I plan to mix up a small batch of seedling nutrients tomorrow, will probably target an EC of around 300 to start.
Update for April 25th:
So two of my plants (Northern Lights and Bubba Kush) have started off strong. They’ve shed their seed shells and are starting to grow a first set of true leaves.
The other two (Hollands Hope and C99 x Blueberry) are off to a slower start and haven’t pushed up beyond the surface of the Jiffy pods.
Update for April 28th:
My two straggler plants (Hollands Hope and C99 x Blueberry) don’t seem to be making any progress at all. They’ve poked slightly above the surface, but aren’t getting any taller or showing any signs of developing cotyledons.
I’m debating if I should just scrap these and start some new seeds. Any thoughts fellow growers?
Hey @chefomj, I just give them a bit of moisture using a small oral syringe each day. Are you thinking spritzing to increase humidity? Or to loosen the shells? Do you think they should go back into a humidity dome? I removed all 4 plants from the dome together after the other two shot out.
Update for May 1st:
I’m still not seeing any progress on my Hollands Hope or C99 x Blueberry. I’m bummed out that I won’t have a Blueberry strain outdoors this season as I only have one seed.
Fortunately, I do have one more Hollands Hope seed left and also have an Incredible Bulk feminized seed from Dr Krippling.
Into distilled water they go!
Update for May 4th:
Northern Lights is looking good, working on her third node and lower leaves have extended beyond the edges of the Solo cup.
Bubba Kush is growing well, but has some leaf discolouration. Any thoughts on what could be causing this are welcome.
The replacement Hollands Hope and Incredible Bulk have grown tails in paper towel.
Update for May 19th:
Today was a transplant day. I moved both Bubba Kush and Northern Lights from 1L fabric pots into 5L. The replacement Hollands Hope and Incredible Bulk are currently in Solo cups.
They are all showing some serious signs of nutrient deficiency. I’m trying to correct with a foliar feeding tonight. Hoping I can get nutrients more dialed in.
Update for May 21st:
I measured outflow EC for my last two fertigations. I’m currently feeding twice daily 1L at ~1050 and getting outflow:
Bubba Kush — 1119, 1150
Northern Lights — 1259, 1261
They seem to be happy in the tent. Little do they know that they’ll be going outside for a bit this week to start hardening off! It’s finally past the risk of frost in my area so I need to start taking advantage of the sunshine.
Update for May 26th:
The plants spent most of the day outside today for the first time. I was able to get them out a few times last week to harden off, but never for a whole day.
Here is Northern Lights on the left and Bubba Kush on the right:
Northern Lights seems to be doing well, but the Bubba Kush is still struggling. I’m getting discolouration, and leaves curling inwards. It also seems to be exacerbated by being outdoors. Here are closer pictures of some sick leaves:
Any thoughts on what could be going on with her fellow growers? She had slight white discolouration even when she was a seedling. Paging @dr-coco!
The two smaller plants are doing okay, and are ready for a transplant out of their Solo cups — I’m seeing roots poking out of the drainage holes. The Incredible Bulk is on the left and Hollands Hope on the right:
Overall I’m optimistic about this grow, and happy that the weather is finally getting warm enough to be outside. Can’t wait to get into 10 gallon final pots and watch these plants go into beast mode! Grower love!
Update for May 30th:
All four plants spent their first night outdoors last night! The weather here in Ontario hasn’t been great, but last night the low was 13 Celsius. Not ideal temps, but well above risk of frost. They looked fine this morning, so unless there is any extreme rain, wind or cold in the forecast, I’ll be keeping them outdoors.
Update for June 2nd:
Today was a beautiful warm day in Southern Ontario, but unfortunately it was a quite windy, forcing me to move my smaller two plants (Incredible Bulk and Hollands Hope) indoors. They were transferred today from solo cups into 1 gallon fabric pots. They were long overdue for this, and had plenty of healthy roots trying to escape the confines of the cups. Here they are:
Bubba Kush is looking a bit less sick, hopefully she’ll be fine going forward. I’ve trimmed away some dead leaves, hoping to keep a close eye on any issues developing on new growth. Here she is outside:
Northern Lights was the strongest plant from day one and she continues to be the biggest. Some of her fan leaves are bigger than my hand. Can’t wait to see how big she gets outdoors this season. Here she is:
All four plants have become a bit stretchy since coming out of the tent, mostly because I’ve had to protect them from poor weather. Tonight the temperature is going to drop as low as 6 Celsius, so they may have to be indoors overnight.
Update for June 6th:
Yesterday the ladies had their first major soaking with it raining most of the day. Today, however, was absolutely beautiful! Temperatures in the 20s and plenty of sunshine. Pay no attention to those other less desirable weeds growing in the background.