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  1. Today's agenda included some light plant training. These two in particular. These are from the other accidental cross. Momma was an AK-47. Poppa was the Mystery Sativa. I was surprised that the seeds sprouted so easily. The seeds from the original Strawberry Kush X Mystery Sativa cross seem to germinate at about a 50% or 60% rate. I think the AK-47 plant was earlier in flowering when the male plant-parts silently emerged on the sativa before my very ignorant eyes. These plants were FIM'ed at the fifth node. They continued to grow, I finally topped them by removing the 8th node. Without the second bend, they would have been fine. But i felt one final tweak would make for a better, more bushy expression. One plant done. Both plants done. After a day in the sun they have completely re-oriented to the new meaning of up.
  2. Shoeless and JetDro seem to be battling for the prize. Can anyone sneak a win by coming from behind? Update: Here are the plants that I withdrew from the contest. Last night they experienced their first 12 hour dark period. The flowering tent has no room for them until something else finishes. So, they begin flowering by sleeping in a closet. After transplanting them to one-gallon pots, they seemed to go a week without much growth at all. It took them six weeks to get to this point. They are growing fast now.
  3. While I don't need more seeds, I couldn't resist.
  4. Time to double check my own connections!
  5. Wires heat up like that when they are driving a load. Either there was too much current for not enough wire. Or, there might have been a bad connection. Was the plug securely in the socket or was it a bit loose?
  6. This one is in the running for a record harvest.
  7. Flower tent is busy. Blackjack, back left. Aurora Indica back right. Harlequin front right. Killing Fields front left. Ice and AK 47 form the red mass on the right, in the back. Killing Fields in the back corner. Afghan CBD plants front right. Blackjack. 40 days in flower.
  8. Okay. I did. I took your suggestion. Although i didn't smoke it. I vaped it instead. It was worth it. Not for the taste or the smell. But for the high. This stuff is already pretty good.
  9. I am fighting the urge to sample. It isn't dry enough yet.
  10. Day 36 of veg. I don't know yet whether i will keep them in veg for another day or just leave them in the flower tent after tonight. These are really nice looking plants. I am not seeing different phenotypes. They all look very similar and uniform.
  11. Great looking plants. How many kilos do you think you will get from these?
  12. Harvest. White Widow. Day 64 of flowering.
  13. My brother-in-law alerted me to this. Pretty interesting news from the world of science. Scientists are looking to use yeast to mass-produce specific cannabinoids. There are all kinds of benefits to this approach. But it is disturbing to think about, too. https://www.wired.com/story/yeast-cbd-and-thc/
  14. Harlequin, day 41 of veg. She can stay in the flowering tent after tonight. She is in a 1 gallon pot. This is my newest direction. I am going to stop focusing on 3 gallon plants and eight weeks of veg. Instead, I want to grow 1 gallon plants with 5 - 6 weeks of veg. The 2019 Mini-Grow Challenge hosted by @Justcozz shook up my routine. I started four cups right around the same time that I started four Afghan CBD seeds from @Cristalin. It seemed crazy when i did it. I realized they would all need to be in 1 gallon containers in order for this to work. Around the same time I was growing tired of the 8 week veg. I was also lamenting the lack of variety. I was starting one plant a month. Sometimes two. Trying to keep four plants at various stages of flowering while vegging the replacements. Then it dawned on me. Instead of growing these big gnarly plants in 3 gallon containers, I could start a seed a week if i focus on 1 gallon plants. (Way more fun.) A 2' X 4' tent will hold a max of eight 3-gallon plants. A 3 gallon pot is generally about 12" diameter. 1 gallon pots are 8" diameter. So, in the same space that I could fit eight 3-gallon pots i could fit 18 1-gallon pots. If most varieties are in the 8 week flowering range, it will all work out. I will focus on a few basic forms. This is one of them. FIM the 5th node. Bend the stem. When it is nice and bushy, start the flowering.
  15. Where did you get the Nepali Pink seeds?
  16. In today's harvest news, two long-flowering sativas were taken from Gardener's flowering tent and given the chop-chop. They are a result of a Strawberry Kush X Mystery Sativa cross. It was day 98 of flowering, and their owner reportedly had said, "Enough." The weed was seeded with pollen from males from the same batch of seed. At around week 9 of flowering, the plants suffered damage from too much nutrient build-up. The roots were flushed and life went on. But the harvest could have been bigger and badder. "Oh well," Gardener was heard to say. "Live and learn. Live and learn." His cat told us he was thrilled to get them out of the flowering tent. And he was thrilled with the result of some early sampling. "A lovely high," said his tuxedo cat, who has an affinity for cannabis, himself.
  17. The cloned top of Killing Fields in a 1 gallon container. This is looking to me like the green pheno. Definitely not the deep red or purple pheno. Day 1 of flowering. Before and after defoliation photos.
  18. Thirteen plants on my front deck. When the three largest plants are in the flower tent, it is full. The ten youngest spend their nights in a packed veg tent. I am full to the gills. There is no room at the inn. But, that's not all. This clone could take. An Afghan CBD plant, courtesy of @Cristalin, succumbed to some form of stem rot. Any day now. So, why am I planting another seed? It feels crazy. I'll try to explain my rational in an upcoming post. I received two bonus Skunk Afghan X Shack seeds when I ordered from Sannie. I think I grew the first one two years ago. It was fantastic. So much so that I was waiting for 'the right time' to sow the second one. This is that moment.
  19. Does the 'Soviet Invasion' refer to an invasion of Russian genetics? If not, to what does this refer? (I don't close enough to the old Soviets to understand 'invasion' in any real sense.) And if it was an invasion of Russian genetics, when did this occur? Point me to sources. I am a curious reader. This is the kind of thing i love to research. I don't know why.
  20. Personally, I would grow it for flowers. I would take the risk that the plant might herm. After all, it might not. Of course, I am not representing my seeds to the world. I don't care at the end of the day. I grow for fun, and every seed represents an adventure.
  21. At 20 days, these plants look great. Nice form. Vigorous growers. I will pot them up to 1 gallon containers and veg them for another two or three weeks. Then flower.
  22. These two plants began as one. Killing Fields. The plant on the left is the cloned top. It rooted 36 days ago. The plant on the right is 59 days old. Originally, i planned an eight week veg. But topping it and growing out the manifold added some time to the veg period. So she is in her 9th week now. Tonight the small one will go into the flower tent. The bigger one gets another week or so of veg time. She will need more training to keep the height in check. I can't wait to see what colors bloom from these.
  23. Okay. Something to report. Not bad for seven weeks. I started using this two days after cutting it. Useable then. But today it has been drying for four days. The picture shows two small branches. I actually took about twice as much from the plant. But i decided that this was enough for the photo. Today i finished the first cutting. The buds improve as they dry. After two days, there is still a lot of moisture in the buds. In order to get the effect i was looking for, I first vaped the buds in order to dry them, and get the first high that way. Then, smoke the dried herb to get a significant boost. That was two days ago. Now, after four days drying -- and even yesterday, for that matter -- no need to smoke the vaping-remains in order to get the valuables out of the weed. This plant was a clone of the one I used for breeding. That one was kind of weak in the effects, while heavy in seeds. This one should have no seeds. I see no signs of seeds. The plant is finishing on my front deck, in the sun. At night it comes inside to sleep in the dark while the flower tent is on for the rest of the flowering plants. Today is day 54 of flowering. I think i will cut the rest of the plant today. Tonight, after the sun goes down. Or tomorrow morning. That would be better than today. +++ For those not familiar with Strawberry Kush, she's a cross between Strawberry Cough and OG Kush. I have tried Strawberry Cough and liked it. This was in 2012 when i first began using medical weed. Strong stuff. Strawberry Kush takes on the Strawberry Cough head high, while being a more relaxing experience. Strawberry Cough was intense. Strawberry Kush is pleasant. My top priority from any strain is effective pain relief. Strawberry Kush gives me that. A nice body high. Relaxing, but not necessarily sleep inducing if used in moderation. At seven weeks this wasn't too different than other SK plants that I have flowered for 8 and 9 weeks. So, yeah. It is time to cut this bouquet. I could use the space.
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