NYGC PE Auto: CHOO CHOOOO!! Pineapple Express Autos!
Room for another on the Pineapple Express?!
Seeds have arrived and I'm officially on the train!
This will be my first time going from seed germination to harvest EXCLUSIVELY in coco. The current grow I have going had seedlings that were started in soil in a solo cup, then transferred to coco. Since then, I have learned to use an automatic watering system and adopted the GH nutrient schedule here on the CFC site. I will be using the same methods for the PE grow alongside a companion grow of the Jack Herer strain (if the seeds arrive in time).
I will be implementing my three-tent setup in an exclusive grow space for the first time as well. One tent will be used to veg all the plants for the NYGC, then 4 PE plants will go into one of the other tents to flower under either the HLG 550v2 Rspec or the Fluence Spyder 2x (assuming it arrives on time), and the other tent will contain the Jack Herer grow under whichever of those two lights I decide not to use for the PE's.
Both flowering tents will have their own res and auto water and drain system attached. The room is sealed and will be climate controlled by the Daiken mini split I just had installed, and I will supplement Co2 to ensure the plants have enough (though I have yet to decide what ppm that will be until I get further consultation on that). In the room there will be a dehumidifier (45 pint Active Air) to keep the RH in check. Since the room will have both vegging and flowering plants in it, I have decided to keep the RH between 50-60% so that both sets of plants can coexist in an acceptable range.
If anyone has any suggestions on the setup I listed above or how it could be improved, I'm happy to hear them. I look forward to growing with the PE team!
Taps all around! Since all 5 have popped and I only need 4 for flowering, I'll select the best looking 4 and go forward with them. I'll be putting them in Jiffy pellets tonight or in the morning.
All popping up!. Prepping for the mini-air pot stage and will be ready to plant when those taps shoot out.
Transplant into solo cu... wait no - mini air pots!! Cutest pots ever? Yeah, I think so!
I let them get a bit stretchy by not having the light close enough, but that problem has been fixed and we're moving on. Here's a picture of my janky little self draining saucer adaptation for the babies 🙂
Who says seedlings can't have auto drain?? Now to manufacture the world's tiniest hydro halos and take over the seedling universe!
Below is a closeup of each of the 5 PE I popped for this grow. I have some thoughts on them, but I'd love to hear what others have to say. There are a couple of obvious issues, one being that I let them get too stretchy in the first few days by not giving enough light. That's one of the areas where I don't feel confident at all in the seedling process. I don't currently have a way to measure how much light I'm giving, so I don't have hard numbers to guide me and that makes me nervous. I started them under a 24w 18" t5, then when moved them under the HLG 100v2, which is where they are now. I think I left them too far away from the 100w when I first moved them into it, but not entirely sure.
Daily update on these Pineapple Express babies. Thinking they will get transplanted within a day or two now. Checked the bottom of the mini air pots and they are already showing roots poking through the bottom.
Prepped and potted the coco last night, then ran nutrient solution through it today till the runoff matched the inflow (1.2EC/6.1ph) of the mid-veg GH nutrient schedule.
Had my helper supervising the coco preparations:
Last pic of the babies pre-transplant:
Here's a vid I uploaded to YouTube showing the reveal on the roots and drop into the new hole:
I had one too few mini air pots so I had to grow one of these babies in a solo cup. Here's pics of the roots from both pot types, interesting to see the differences:
And here they are up close after the transplant and then next to their Jack Herer sisters:
Nothing much new to report, just moving along in mid-veg section of the GH schedule, they seem pretty happy with that. Staying at the max recommended CalMag does of 5ml/G just to cover my bases and all seems well on that front. Here they are with their Jack Herer sisters:
Ok update time!
I did a pretty aggressive mainline type training on these autos, so we'll see how they respond. They are definitely producing pistils big time now and have begun stretching. Overall I'm pretty happy with their progress, but taking pics of the mainline and sharing with chat last night, @michelangelogrows noticed what looked like pollen sacks. Here is a photo of the initial discovery:
You can see the small sacks there at the main branch joints. I took a couple of closer-up pics, and sure enough, they looked like pollen sacks:
Keep in mind, these are supposed to be feminized auto seeds from Fastbuds 420. I carefully removed the sacks and dunked them in water to be safe, and carefully inspected the remainder of that plant (and the others, to be safe). Below are closer views of the main branches. To my eye, these look nothing but female. I could not locate a single other suspicious sack on the plant. Please take a closer look and let me know what you guys think of the sex of this plant:
I spoke to Doc about it and he said to keep an eagle eye on the plant as it develops, but that it didn't yet deserve death.
Here is an overhead of the 4 remaining PE plants. Since these are obviously growing pretty aggressively, I'm going to let them stay in the 5x5, and put the JH plants into the 4x4. I didn't do a traditional mainline here, I guess it's more of a hybrid with manifolding, but I feel like i left too many smaller growth shoots near the middle of the plant. Let me know if you guys think I should remove the smaller ones to help the plant focus on the main parts. I feel like i should, but they are already flowering, and have just gone through a massive training, so I'm not 100% for sure if I should push them more at this point: