SAFC Snacks: Trizkit by Twenty20 Mendocino
I'm a bit pressed for time and didn't want my flower tent sitting empty so I started my SAFC a little early. I dropped seeds on 4/1 and didn't get all that I wanted to fill the tent so, subsequently, dropped some more on 4/8. Those seeds are up and in Rockwool cubes while the others are now in solos. Sorry for jumping the gun a bit early so hope it's all good with everyone in the challenge.
I've got my first set of single serrated leaves coming out. Mixed new batch of nutes at .7ec and 5.9pH for my solo cup ladies. I'm a little light on the air movement as these little ones can't take much. I'll be increasing that as time goes on. In the mean time, I've stopped the oscillation on the lower fan and have it directed at the Hot Mess mother plant I'll be moving out to outdoor eventually. I also have my 2 monkey fans up top blowing so it's not still air in here. All going pretty well so far.
Little ladies are starting to push out their first fans. some were getting a bit top heavy and needed a little support as their stems aren't very well developed. I'm happy with the start and hope that I have 8 plants for flower when it's time.
This is always the trickiest time trying to get the little ones grown up enough to weather little changes and less than ideal conditions. Once they've got a few sets of nodes they are far easier to work with. Happy most are growing strong. 10 are still alive and hope to have the luxury or choosing which ones to cull before going to flower. Fertigation is twice per day now at a .7ec nutrient solution.
My little ladies are growing well. Likely the best looking little ones in the tent so I'm happy with their progress. Their stems are having a hard time keeping up with the fan leaf weight but I'm propping them up as needed.
I found some little black bugs with wings on them in the coco of all plants in the tent. I started using Lost Coast Plant Therapy mixed into the nutrients to get rid of them. It's a pretty oily substance and the recommended dose seems pretty strong but I'm going with the dosage advice on the product for the next 3 days. This insect remediation is supposedly safe on seedlings so I made the first application last night. This morning, all ladies are still looking happy so I don't think the treatment had any ill effects on them. It's tough enough getting these little ones going without some bugs eating at the roots.
I'm still treating the plants in the tent with the Plant Therapy but those bugs are not giving up quickly. I might have my first casualty. The one Bad Girl seed that I had going is not doing well. Stem is quite thin at the bottom and was falling over. I propped her up and gave her another treatment. Luckily, I started a few more plants than I needed for my outdoor.
Regarding the Trizkit ladies, they are growing the strongest of my seedlings and are already starting to push that second node. It wont be long now and I'll be looking to pot up again. I have never had autos start this well so I'm thrilled with how things are going at the moment.
It's another wonderful day of growth. Still battling the little bugs and hope that I can rid them in the next day or so. I've been using the plant therapy for 3 days now and need to get back on normal fertigation. The oil in the plant therapy really gums up the medium and it makes getting water down in the roots difficult. I squeezed the cups a bit this morning to help break up the water lock and it has helped. I've got 3 buckets of nutes for this tent, based on vegetative age. When the buckets have been emptied, I'll go for a round of fertigation without the bug remedy and see how it goes. I've lost one seedling already so I'm paying close attention.
I'm in the middle of harvesting my Durban Sunrise but thought I'd post on this grow before getting back to trim jail. I've still got the little bugs in the tent and am not thrilled about treating the coco again. I have added Rapid Start to my fertigations and now up to 3 a day along with the rest in the tent. I'll be happy to get the outdoor grow out of here so I can concentrate on just this grow when I'm home.
It is a warm and sunny day today so I played hookie and rode motorcycle most of the day. I got home about a half hour after my scheduled fertigation in this tent. Ladies didn't seem to mind at all.
The little ladies are growing and ready for a boost in ec. I've been fertigating at .8ec and will likely bump up to 1.0. I'm pretty light to the ec I need to maintain calmag level so the bump will help in that regard as well since I run dry 2 part nutrients. I ordered 8 half gallon starter bags with heavy duty velcro closures on the sides from Rain Science. I already have 4 of them I bought to try and liked them. The 25% I got off of them during the 420 sale made the 8 a great buy. Unfortunately, they sent me the cheaper pheno hunt bags. I contacted them and they already have my ordered bags on the way. I expect I'll be using them to pot these ladies up if they get here in time. I don't want to leave autos in solos too long.
I have some leaf issues but I believe it was because I was using watered down nutrients and the calmag suffered. Got them on a much better fertigation schedule now with 1.1ec and ladies are taking it pretty well. It's about time to pot them up but I have no place to put them. My 4x4 is currently drying my harvested crop and will be tied up for the next few days. I'd like to take the mother plant out of the tent but I don't want her going to flower. I might have to move the mother plant into my empty flower tent so I can pot up my new ladies.
It looks like the ladies are recovering from the calmag issues I had earlier as new growth looks nice and green. I'll leave the damaged leaves until they are no longer useful. I've still got the bugs so I'm running another round of plant therapy to try to get rid of them. I'm also pressed for space as I can't really pot up dues to lack of room. I haven't moved the mother out yet so maybe that's what I'll do tomorrow and get these little gals into half gallon pots for a bit before the final airpots. My 4x4 tent has buds drying in it so I can't use that space yet.
Moved my Hot Mess mother and her little ones out of this veg tent and into my flower tent. I'm still vegging them as they are slated to go outdoor. I potted up my SAFC ladies to half gallon pots, using Mykos to line the hole and Azos to sprinkle on the root balls, then watered them in. I still have the remaining early veg plants to go outdoor in solos but will be potting them up soon as well. I need to take the dried buds from the 4x4 veg tent out first and fire that one up for the remaining outdoor ladies.
I got 10 of my outdoor babies potted up into 1 gallon plastic pots. I normally don't use plastic but they seemed to be the easiest to take the plants out of when I put them in the ground. This gave me a bit more room in the veg tent. I'm confident I'll be able to finish veg for all of them in my 2 veg tents and the 1 flower tent.
These gals looked a little droopy last night so I turned on the humidifier. That didn't seem to help so I shut it back off. Growth is slower than what I expected. I've been adding Rapid Start to the nutrient mixes to try to kick start these ladies. My intuition says that they are busy below the surface establishing that root zone and the results show a few days later up top. All are green and growing. 2 are going to be culled so we will wait for the next pot up to make that call.
Not much going on today. Veg on ladies! The gals have well adjusted to their new pots. I expect that they wont be in these for long before potting up to finals. Since these gals will be going into the flower tent, I'll use my usual #5 Airpots for finals. Fertigating at 1.1ec and 6.0 pH.