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NYGC Misfits: Rockwool - Mai Tai x Apples & Bananas

Today is Jan. 3rd and I am a few days late on my NYGC journal. I started soaking my seeds last night and will move to a paper towel tonight. 

For this run I will be growing Mai Tai x Apples and Bananas from Starfire Genetics (Starburtsz) . I have never grown anything from this breeder before but these seeds were gifted to me by a friend so I wanted to give them a shot. 

I was really debating whether to grow these in Rockwool or Coco this round. I started using Coco in another tent and I have really liked the results. I decided to stick with Rockwool for this run as I have a case of the blocks ready to go. 

I will be growing 6 plants in my 4x4 tent and will be running a single strain. For nutrients, I will be using CropSalt and nothing else....no other additives of any kind. One of my goals will be to switch the lights and put the 650w Floraflex into the 4x4 tent and then take out the 730w SpiderFarmer and move that to my 5x5 tent. I still have another week or two until the tent is freed up so I will start these seeds outside of the tent for now. 

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Posted : 01/03/2022 7:24 am Soil Sheppard, Mycomatt and ChaseG1992 liked
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NYGC Misfits: Rockwool - Mai Tai x Apples & Bananas

Ok.. well I know I joined misfits because I was gonna grow in Rockwool but I am having second thoughts. I got another floraflex drain system and more 3g pots and I am thinking of setting it up for this run.... we will see...

Well I soaked the seeds for 24 hours, put in paper towels for 24 hours then put inside some Rockwool starter cubes. I soaked the starter cubes in a 500ec veg solution at around 5.5ph. Since my clone dome had some PM and I haven't properly cleaned it yet, I set these ladies up in red party cups. I see heads already starting to pop overnight. 

 

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Posted : 01/06/2022 11:56 am Soil Sheppard, Mycomatt, ChaseG1992 and 1 people liked
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We have some leggy seedlings but that is OK... They will do fine as they grow. I have gotten the tent setup and I have decided that I am doing a coco grow with floraflex as opposed to the Rockwool grow mentioned in the title... Sorry but I changed my mind :). The new water and drain system has been checked for leaked and I am ready for these seedlings to mature. I have a few small roots starting to poke through so I will transplant to a party cup soon. 

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Posted : 01/11/2022 8:23 pm Soil Sheppard, Mycomatt, ChaseG1992 and 2 people liked
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Seedlings are looking a little lanky but that is OK. I transplanted today into party cups. I add some Sonic Strawberry seedlings too as I will need 9 total plants for this 4x4 tent. 

 

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Posted : 01/14/2022 6:56 pm Mycomatt liked
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The plants are looking great now. I have 9 that I have transplanted to party cups. I threw a few of the Sonic Strawberry (Gary Payton OG x Strawberry Guava) from Bloom Seeds in the mix as I am going to put all 9 in a single 4x4 tent. I will likely need to flip them early as that is a lot of plants!

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Posted : 01/19/2022 8:00 pm Soil Sheppard, Mycomatt, Rob123 and 1 people liked
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Today was transplant day 🙂 I went against my original plan and went coco instead of rockwool and did 9 plants instead of 4.. so now I have (4) Starburstz from Starfire Genetix and (5) Sonic Strawberry from BloomSeedCo. 

I transplanted from red party cups to a 3g Floraflex pot filled with Plagron Coco 70/30 blend. 

I could not put the top on one of the coco buckets as the plant is shorter than the others and I put a few inches too low into the pot. So I will leave the lid off for a week until it stretches into the light and then put the round lid over the coco bucket. 

I just watered at 900ec using my CropSalt nutrients and I turned my 730w Spider Farmer light to 40% power. 

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It has been a few days since I transplanted from the solo cups to the 3g Floraflex buckets. Plants are doing great and they haven't skipped a beat. 

I have began watering daily for about 10 seconds and will gradually move up to a higher frequency feeding schedule. 

I am feeding the plants around 1300ec using the CropSalt A and B and nothing else.... My PH come out around 5.9 so I am leaving it alone. 

Based on the number of plants I am NOT going to top them and I will likely flip in the next 7-10 days to keep it manageable. 

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Today is flip day for these ladies. Everything has been going well and the tent is filling up quickly. I am watering 5 times a day right now for about 6 seconds per feeding. 

I have some very slight tip burn but that is OK.. just means I am pushing the plants to their fullest potential :).

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Well the tent sure has filled up quickly! I left for 3 days and came back to some nice and healthy plants. They have grown a decent amount since the flip but neither strain has stretched much at all. 

I can see yellowing tips on some of the Starburstz but nothing that would want me to dial back my nutrient strength. I still have the light at 80% and based on the plants, I think they are getting plenty of umols. 

I may remove a large fan leaf or two next week as a few are covering a lot of the plant... I will wait and see how they stretch over the next few days though. 

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Not too much to report right now. Plants are growing well and starting to take over the tent. I am not a huge fan of defoliation but I may have to clean these plants up to make sure the get the light they need. 

I am still feeding these plants veg nutrients and will likely not move to flower nutrients for another week or so. 

 

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Definitely a full tent and I definitely need to remove some large fan leaves. The next update will show this tent cleaned out but until then.. here are some pictures of the forest. 

I switched to Bloom nutrients yesterday and also upped the feeding a bit to about 1800EC. We are seeing a little bit of stretch but still a minimal amount. Still feeding Cropsalt A and B and nothing else....

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I am not a fan of defoliation but with 9 plants in this 4x4 all from seed.. I had no choice. I didn't top but these plants are still too bushy and I had to remove branches and a ton of leaves. Here were the plants right after the heavy defoliation. 

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Well it has been a little bit since the last post but the plants have filled in nicely since the trim. They are all starting to bud and are looking good. Since these are from seed there are a few much shorter and taller than the others but I expect some variance. The lights are getting ready to turn off so the plants are a bit droopy in the picture but here they are:

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Tent is looking beautiful as it starts to fill out even more. I have had to supercrop a few of the branches as they seem to keep growing! Everything has been going well with no major issues or concerns.. no pests, PM or anything undesirable 🙂

I have left the feedings at around 1800ec and the lights are between 80 & 85%. I have increase the exhaust fan speed this week to help manage the increasing humidity. 

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Things sure are moving along fast in this tent. There has been a ton of growth and the Sonic Strawberry is stacking very nice. I think they are going to be some nice and full nugs.

I still have 3-4 weeks left and since I have plenty of fresh/frozen waiting to be washed I am going to let these plants go full term with 20% amber. 

I am watering these plants 5 times a day for 13 seconds each time at about 1800ec and I have moved the PH to around 6.2 - 6.3. 

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