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About AbuKeif

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  1. Thanks! I've been trying to find/make time this summer to put into "stretch training" for other athletic stuff I'd like to improve at, so will definitely check it out. Now to get into the habit of actually making a Practice out of it...
  2. In my experience, words you've heard before but never understood ("bunions," "sciatica," "rotator cuffs") start to mean specific, concrete things, usually with ouchy consequences? I'm about halfway through my thirties, but this is the year they caught up with me. I look forward to many more years of slowly falling apart, and am grateful for all of the exciting things that I did during the years that my knees did anything I asked of them without complaint!
  3. Torn rotator cuffs are the worst! Had my first back in March or so, figured out what was up in May, maybe ("welcome to your 30s," said the doctor), and can just now achieve about 80% of normal range of motion after a month of therapy. Healing vibes sent!
  4. I haven't tried their gear personally, but when I was looking around for regular autos for a potential breeding/crossing project, Flash Seeds seem to have a broad variety of options, a decently good reputation online, and wide distribution through a couple of the bigger European seedbanks that ship to the US.
  5. Welp after six months of radio silence, I decided to offer an update so that others might learn from my mistakes! I learned something important: temperature matters, a lot a lot. I knew this in theory, but working in a room with no temperature controls that got down to ~45 degrees Fahrenheit during the bitter cold of winter stunted my seedlings, and I don’t think they ever truly recovered. Despite this, I will have at least a couple dozen Jalisco IBL seeds to play with, so I will call it a successful experiment. Here is one of the girls at about six months old--she’s now in a greenhouse outside, since some of those seeds can still mature. Please pardon my lack of ability to get good macro shots: As you can see, she’s positively petite, while still the largest of the females. I assume that this is due to some combination of low temperatures in infancy, and my decision to flip to 12/12 starting only a few weeks after she sprouted. I was wary of giving a sativa-dominant strain too much airspace, especially after my (very successful) experience doing a seed run of RSC’s Highland Thai, which were all gigantic monsters that looked like they were going to tear the roof off the tent and gobble me up. Here, obviously, I had the opposite problem I think I’m going to do a second run with the Jalisco IBL early this fall, in which I count on some warmer temperatures, and give them several more weeks and some topping/supercropping so that they fill out and are a bit less spindly. Thanks for reading! I’m always kind of disappointed when I read a grow thread that ends with a vague ‘crop failed, trying again’ update. You could accurately characterize this grow attempt as ‘crap,’ but I hope that this accounting of my miscalculations will enable some other motivated amateur to have a more successful grow experience. At the very least, I hope this inspires someone to do some pollen-chucking at home, since I’ve now got at least 500% more Jalisco IBL 'F2s' to play with next time around.
  6. That trichome shot is gorgeous--what's going on there? It slid past amber into purple? Also, it's reassuring to hear that even the pros make mistakes--I've got some temperature issues right now myself that might ruin a crop. Still can't wait til the Killing Fields regulars are back in stock!
  7. Welcome aboard! And yeah, we're all a little bummed about Eskobar...
  8. Thanks guys! @Sacred Plant Warrior I'd be curious to know more about what you mean when you say a 'satty-specific environment', especially if we're talking indoors. My grows have been strictly indoors so far, and at 42 degrees north in a snowy part of the world, finishing these longer-flowering sativas outside would be a non-starter anyways... It's been tents and aggressive supercropping, which the plants don't seem to hate me too much for. Until I move to Thailand one of these decades (or design a multi-story grow room that can accomodate 14' plants), that seems like about the best I can do, but if you have any tips and tricks for maximizing my opportunities and the happiness of the girls (and boys), I'm all ears! And frankly, I like the challenge. Whenever I read people giving advice like 'don't do those crazy landrace sativas indoors,' I was always tempted to do exactly that, and now I'm even more confident that it's possible. Here's a recent pic of the RSC Highland Thai at week 21 Kindly forgive my crappy photographic skills. This strain will probably never be the best yielder indoors, and the plant in the back is looking a little raggedy from some combo of nute/senescence issues, but I should still get a little smoke and several hundred more seeds to learn, play, and experiment with! One of them also smells exactly like the Bubblicious chewing gum that I would beg my mom for in the supermarket line when I was eight years old
  9. @gardenartus Hi there, thanks for your help! I believe I managed to figure out my issue... I think I've been having trouble because I don't always compose my posts in the space provided in the forum itself, so if I cut and paste '@xxxxxxxx' as part of a document written elsewhere, it doesn't look like a tag in my final post. Hopefully it's smooth sailing from here on out!
  10. How do I tag in the body of a post, though? @AbuKeif
  11. I hope they provide you with more than 25% happiness when you puff them--anyway, those are some fine-looking plants!
  12. Hey y’all! Off to a slow start here, but hopefully that will change as the plants get bigger and potted up. They’re still pretty tiny, since I’m waiting to clear the Highland Thai out of the flower tent, and the Jalisco seedlings are getting by under a little fluorescent. Temperatures have been low here, too, and I have only crude means of controlling it, so a bit more warmth might also speed them along. The fluoro has been pretty close the whole time, and while I know I can’t predict a lot at this early stage, I already get a sense from their shapes that they want to grow up, up, up! @lumatekfan, my plan this time around is to just ‘make an F2’, as you say--crosses will be the next step once I've got a nice seed-stock to play with. Also thanks for the link! I’ve spotted a few of MisterDirt’s posts on the Jalisco, though it wasn’t clear to me whether he’d grown and smoked the Jalisco Jaze, the IBL, or both. It's clear from his words that whichever it was, it's nice smoke... I’m hoping he might chime in with any info on how to keep the babies happy. @Sunnyvale, I agree that the Thai and Jalisco seem like they would be a fun cross! This is my first grow of the Thai, and I don’t know yet how she tastes, but there are some nice citrus/bubblegum-smelling phenos that I look forward to tasting. I’m under the impression that all of the RSC offerings are basically unworked and have a wide variety of phenotypes, so selecting a future parent might not be as straightforward as I wish. Perhaps a few generations from now, I’ll have a slightly more stable version out there—maybe even one that finishes flowering in under 20 weeks O_o
  13. Hey fellow growers! I’ve recently popped some Jalisco IBL, and as there are few (no?) other grow reports on this or any other site, I thought I’d chronicle my progress for the world. I’ll be hanging out on this thread for a while, so feel free to pull up a seat or check back as things progress. Since I hear Esko isn't himself generating new strains for the shop anymore, it’s my goal to make some more seeds to play with, while also leaving myself at least a bit of smoke. I’m fairly new to the world of breeding/pollen-chucking with only a few runs under my belt, so I expect to make plenty of mistakes, and hope that the more experienced old-timers won’t hesitate to pipe up and yell at me when I’m doing it wrong. Given the affection for all of Esko’s strains on this forum, I was pretty surprised that nobody else had documented a grow of this strain from beginning to end, and I’m excited to contribute to the knowledge-base. If anyone has any suggestions or advice for keeping this variety happy, I would be eager to hear it—I’m particularly eager to hear about how much stretch I can anticipate, as well as the advisability of 12/12 from seed, supercropping, or other height-management strategies, since I’m growing in a pretty short tent (5’6”/167.5cm). I’ve managed to keep a crop of RSC’s Highland Thai under control in the tent, and since I’ve decided I like landraces and challenges, this will be my second experiment with wrangling sativa-type plants indoors. I’ll be growing in organic soil under a 300-watt Mars Hydro LED in a Gorilla tent with a footprint of 2’x2.5’. For the moment, though, the seedlings are under a fluorescent bulb. I know you’ve all seen a billion seedling photos and they all pretty much look the same, but here are mine. Wish me luck!
  14. I've got some of Esko's Jalisco IBL seedlings under the lights for the new year, and am planning on doing the first grow journal of this strain... ever, anywhere? At least, I haven't been able to find anything else out there online. Exciting!
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