SAFC Seedsman: 420 Auto Grow Challenge
This late flower stage is the part I kinda don’t like. They just sit there maybe a little more frost or adding to the flowers or for me burning leaves 🍁.
I have got the run off ec down SS2 the inflow and outflow is the same 😂 1.3 ec SS1 is still 200 above at 1.5 ec. I hope that I can lower the amount of run off because I am using 12gal a day for 2 plants. I have a lot of fans going I wonder if they are evaporating too much water and raising the runoff ec. I wonder if the air pots do the same I guess I will take the hit and buy some. What size do I need for autos with high frequency watering I am using 3gal fabric pots now and I am wondering if they are too small and is causing more fluctuations in the ec with more media maybe more buffering what do you all think? also I am using Tupur and I think it has peat in it maybe it’s holding onto the salts and causing burning also I don’t think it’s buffered on the Royal Gold website they Have a warning on Their Straight Coco that’s it’s buffered and the ec is high and might need to be flushed but not on the Tupur. Dr Coco was doing a test on the Tupur and got some Cal-mag deficiencies in the young plants. Next grow I have a list of things I am going to do different like plant training and defoliation scrog nets and try to fit 4 plants in my 42” square box. I would post more pictures but they look just like the last ones maybe a few more burned leaves 🤨
Well the leaves continue to burn on SS1 last I checked the runoff ec was 150ec higher I am setting the Ph @6.2 I was running it at 6.0 before I was told by the guys at the grow shop that during flower I should run a higher ph For better uptake of potassium and I also read a post on here saying the same. I guess it’s not really a problem as the flower doesn’t seem affected.
SS2 (the big one) has some spots on the leaves but not bad overall the flowers are growing slowly it seems I am going through a lot of water I cut it back to 45 seconds 6 x a day but still getting a lot of run off if the leaves are going to burn any way dumping lots of nutes down the drain doesn’t seem to be helping.
Nutes I am using Botanicare I go to the website enter all of the different bottles I have and how much water, week of flower and it tells me what to add and I fallow it At 50% strength. I also add natural wet surfactant, rapid rooter at the same strength ph 6.2 ec at 1.3 I believe I am doing what I am supposed to do??? Maybe that’s just the nature of the beast? And no amber trichomes 😅
I had a interesting day I have been working on getting the ec runoff into the range it’s supposed to be CCFC says the runoff should be no more than 0.3 ec from input and I got a 1.3 in and the same output 1.3 and as I was testing the samples I noticed gnats swimming 🏊♀️ in the cup. This grow is keeping me busy but I called the grow shop and asked what I could do they said that they wouldn’t kill my girls so just right now I put sticky traps up and diatomaceous earth on the top of the soil so that’s what I did. I haven’t been using H2O2 in the reservoir because I am using Hydro-guard and I don’t Want to kill the bacteria and I don’t know if it kills gnats. Here are some pictures of leaves that I have been crying 😢 about. Grower Love all
Week 7 of flower and I finally saw some amber on lower leaves 🍁 but not on the buds yet. SS2 the big one is behind SS1 a week or so. What else can go wrong well SS2 is falling over I am happy that she grew so big and I was happy with the LST I did I pulled her to the wall but the colas are bunched, next is mold most likely! She is sticky I had to spray my arms with goo-gone. I lowered the nutes as they are still burning the leaves I might lose some weight as SS2 is still growing the flowers but I don’t need all that as I am going to have to concentrate what I have as I can’t smoke what all I already have 🥳 .
Next on the vertical learning curve PLANT TRAINING I am going to manifold my next grow and I am going to build scrog nets I can clip into the wall to stop what I am dealing with now
Seedsman doesn’t give you a lot of info about the freebies “Strawberry Cheesecake “ it does say 10 weeks seed to harvest. I am at almost 13 weeks and on Monday they will be starting week 8 of flower and I am going to lower the nutes to 33% of feed chart levels I am wondering how much longer the big one SS2, is going to take she started flowering at the same time as SS1 but stretched for longer and is slower adding flowers the pistols are still standing up as the other one they are laying down I should harvest SS1 in the next 2 weeks then I will have more room and I can move SS2 into the middle and support it better I guess I can buy another fan and point it at the bunched colas and hopefully keep the mold at bay
I was looking at the badges and the standard for being a competent grower is to produce 0.65 grams per usable PPF now I have too much light (960) for the 42” square space and I would have to grow 1.5 lbs so I am going to remove 1 of the TS 1000 (242.1 PPF) that would leave me (718 PPF) and with proper plant training I would be able to get 467 grams just over a pound that is what I used to get 20 years ago with my SOG grow 16 plants in a 4 x 4 box 1 gal pots flood and drain I had skunk 🦨 clones but I have to keep to a 6 plant limit now. I am going to try to get it with 4 plants about 21” sq space each so build the nets and top the plants. I am working with autos this time but I think I can do it. 🙏🌱💚💚
The grow challenge is that one of the girls is growing foxtail buds I believe it is anyway. SS2 the larger one has started to stretch again the buds are airy and it’s not ripening I have pistols standing up and it’s growing into the light the only changes are to the nutes as I am giving late bloom mix but less ec I am dropping it to prepare for flush next week. I was counting my chickens 🐓 before they hatched. I was counting 6 + OZ from this one. 😢 on the up side I just got a bubble washing machine I can try out😎 now if I can get permission to bring it into the house and then put it in the freezer🥶
I have some amber on SS1 she is growing true to form nice hard buds she was the helmet head and split like it was topped at the first node she has the larger colas somewhat even I am going to clean up the lower branches on my next grow I can’t complain about the genetics but as a hole I don’t think the line is stable. She was Smelling great but as I have lowered the concentration of nutes the smell is almost gone. I now think the leaves burning is some light burn this is my second grow and I have had it both times I grew with HID lights before and if they grew to close they would burn from the heat and maybe some bleaching but I had the lights close and didn’t get this. LED lights are a lot different but I now Promise to keep my lights at recommended distances 🧐
This is week 8 of flower and I will have 14 weeks from seed drop to harvest a bit longer than the 10 weeks Seedsman says they will take I am sure most likely it’s my grow prowess that’s the difference.
This plants ec was more stable than the other I just couldn’t get the Watering to flush the Media right and kept getting high ec runoff I couldn’t get the halos due to shipping problems with COVID-19 so I tried the drip emitters I couldn’t get it to work so I built some halos with tubing and a drill.
I was looking at info on foxtails and it’s a stretch and I have seen some of the calyxes getting bigger like she is making seeds I haven’t seen any male flowers. The lower buds are firm and I cut them off I got 1,5 lbs of wet buds drying I kept them if they were frosty even though they were not as hard as I would like I think they would make good smoke they had a few amber but mostly cloudy a few clear. I also got 2lbs of larf and airy buds but they were quite frosty all weights are wet I will have a better update next week 💚
I filled 3 1 gal freezer bags I am going to run them for hash and then extract them with everclear I am also going to make some honey sticks looks like I am going to have a lot of material for edibles MAKE Lemonade🌱🙏
I have lowered the ec to 740. Today it gets lowered again. Tomorrow it will be plain water maybe I can finally get the salt out of the roots. Does the flora kleen just do a lock out or remove salts? I am going to try to make some bubble hash and see how it goes SS2 will be harvested in steps as she is too big and I am too old, so fill another drying box And more fresh frozen. I am happy to finally get to do something instead of watching paint dry
SS1 is doing good almost all the sugar leaves are dead. The grow shop I go to says it is normal to get burned leaves but it is bugging the shit out of me. SS1 buds are turning pink so I am guessing that is where they get the strawberry cheesecake name. I also unplugged the lights I am only running the TS1000 over SS1. Overall I am very happy with SS1 she has great colors and smells great if I get a oz from each big bud she will make quite a bit 🥰 she is my sweetheart.
According to royal queen seeds foxtails are caused by genetics and stress which mine have had plenty of it says if the Foxtails are uniform it has a genetic trigger mine is growing all over the plant it started at the top closest to the light but the two stressors are nutrient salts build up and too close to the lights.
I have the message girls.
If she was had room or was a outdoor grow the foxtails can increase the THC
I think she knows its summer and not time for harvest yet and she still has time to make seeds 🌱💚
Today the girls are on a water only diet! I will keep a close eye on the trichomes hoping to get more amber but they are going to be coming down this week week 9 of flower.
I made some bubble hash this past week from SS2 it was quite green my first time 4 grams 1/2 plant material and that night I watched a video of Frenchy Cannoli and the next day I got 3.8 grams of blonde and got 2 grams of greenish resins for a total of 5.8 grams I washed 12 oz of fresh frozen I dried it and it was 34 grams so I got a good amount and it was larf I think I could get to liking this.
It’s been a week of water only and 2 days without light or water and I am going to harvest tomorrow hopefully.
SS1 the smaller one had turned out good nice solid colas I am not getting much amber I gave her another week but she didn’t change so mostly cloudy will be good. I am very happy with her I estimate about 4 oz after drying and trimming. SS2 is mostly clear with not much change this week but most of her will be in the hash bin I wish I had freezer space but I don’t so she will be dried sent through the washing machine BUT I am going to have to wait for winter as keeping the shed at 68* will be hard to do as well as keeping it cool and dehumidified with outdoor humidity in the 90s, it’s 100% right now. Drying is going to take 10-14 days I am going to set the A/C to 68* and keep the doors closed but they say that slowly drying is best. I am going to remove the lights and hang Them with only the small intake fan running. I am going to dry without trimming too close as I have a new trim bin and hopefully get some Keefe. It will take longer to dry this way.