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  1. The "F" in F1 stands for "filial", put simply, that means that particular plant is the first generation offspring of the two parental (P) plants that were bred together. The parental plants may also be known as P0 or F0 in horticulture... denoting that they are the parental generation. F1 is the direct hybrid offspring from the parent plants. F1 is where you'll see the greatest diversity of phenotypic expressions. An F1 is neither a pure line nor stable, as they contain the genes (dominant & recessive ) of both parents. F2 is the result of crossing two F1 plants together. F2 is where you'll find the greatest diversity of smells/flavors and plants that exhibit more vigor. Subsequent F generations are made to refine the strain further. Each filial level gained refines the dominant phenotypic expressions that may be found in the cross. If stability is what your after, then look for plants that have been backcrossed (Bx) or plants that have been inbred (IBL) over a number of generations. Good luck to you in your search for plant stability.
  2. Trichomes are the best defense against insects/crawling pests that the cannabis plant can muster. After a few heads become broken, the bug gets caught in a stickiness that there is no escape from. Starvation and death are certain. However, caterpillars don't normally get stuck in the stickiness of broken trichomes... I've seen dead caterpillars stuck in buds and had to pull them out, but it's rare. The smaller caterpillars like to eat their way up through the center of your flowers, making sure you have dead spots in your colas. Make sure you check out every cola thoroughly, checking in between the buds down to each little stem... also be on the lookout for little black droppings where you've noticed damage... a sure sign your plant has caterpillars in it. Larger caterpillars may be seen eating on the outside of your plant. If you find black droppings on your flowers and/or leaves or major leaf damage they won't be far away! Once your eyes get used to their color and shape, they're pretty easy to spot... the damage they create is hard to miss!. If you happen to be blue/green color blind, then they should stand out like a sore thumb against the background of the plant.
  3. I may have missed your comeback a few months back, but I refuse to pass up the chance to say "welcome back!" to one of the people who kept me coming back to OpenGrow in the early days and someone I consider a friend. I missed you LaVie and am so glad that you have returned to OpenGrow!
  4. First, I understand that this thread is old and the last post was back in July. So, I guess I'll be the odd man out on this thread. Normally I don't count anything at day one except for when it comes to flowering, then I'll make a note of when I noticed a cluster of pistils that signifies the plant has started its flowering cycle. The day I notice the cluster is day 1 of flowering. Breeder information, such as flowering weeks to harvest aren't that important to me because I go by what the plant is telling me. I use the breeder information as a guideline, more so, than an actual time of harvest. The plant will let you know when it's done... all you have to do is look at it. The only time I keep track of all growth is when I'm crossing something new and growing out testers to see what the plant is capable of or when I'm working a plant to the next generation. I make a plant diary and write down everything the plant is doing and everything I've done to the plant for future reference.
  5. What types of plants do your parents have in their yard? The reason I ask is because moths are not only attracted to any kind of light source, but they are also attracted to plants that emit a scent at night. Night-scented plants, like honeysuckle, jasmine, evening primrose, ect. attract moths with their fragrance and these plants rely on moths to pollinate them. Plants that bloom at night are most often pollinated by moths. Any terpene profile that consists of sweet ripe fruit or fermented sugar may attract moths. Cannabis may exhibit and release these types of terpene profiles during the night.
  6. Maria is 100% correct. The easiest way to learn to grow cannabis is to germinate some seeds and watch the plants grow... watering infrequently, at first, of course. They will teach you how to grow them! There will be a lot of trial and error, whatever method you choose to grow with, until you gain a little experience growing with this plant. You will have questions. Ask them. We will have answers for you. In turn, you will gain knowledge through the community and experience through growing your own from the start.... seed to harvest... curing to smoking! Successes and failures both lend irreplaceable knowledge that may be gained, and in turn, will make you a more knowledgeable grower that will be able to grow cannabis in any situation with less problems. As a member of the OpenGrow community, I strongly believe that your success will be our success. So, how about it?... let us help you learn to grow the best possible cannabis you can. It'll be a major learning experience for you and a lot of fun for those of us who choose to help!
  7. Genetics play a big part in how a plant grows and I know from personal experience in growing Herijuana that there are only a few phenos that you going to see, however, they all have somewhat of a Christmas tree-like shape. Stragetic pruning will get you what you're after. To get a plant to grow wide, instead of tall, you'll have to stimulate side growth by topping the plant. Pruning stimulates new growth. Topping the plant signals the auxins in the branch tips to grow outward faster, thus creating a wider structured plant. Topping also creates multiple heads. Cannabis roots only grow towards moisture, as they cannot penetrate dry soil. Therefore, bottom watering while growing in containers makes sense if you want a good root structure that will be able to anchor and support your plant nutritionally. Good working roots are the most important part of a plant, without them, there will be no plant. Top watering is a must for the secondary & capillary roots just under the top of the medium and to keep even moisture within the container...(you don't want any dry spots)... and keep in mind that the only part of the root that can uptake any water or nutrient solution are the capillaries, or sometimes better known as "root hairs", so media moisture levels are crucial for proper root growth. In my opinion... you should keep growing cannabis and grow it stoned. It's more rewarding growing and smoking what you grow! I hope this helps you in some way.
  8. Maria, I'm glad you're doing ok and got off easy... it could have easily been much worse for you. At times, I grow cannabis plants that I have altered the "look" of, so they will "hide" better among the other plants in my backyard and are not so easily seen (if seen at all) by those that know what cannabis plants look like when they are growing. Topping, odd pruning, leaf cutting are some of the methods I use to disguise plants in my yard from possible prying eyes. This year I grew five medium sized cannabis plants around 5' tall behind a screen of different plants that were similar in color. I grew two similar phenos of my Coso Kush and three very different, but fantastic, phenos of NAW's PCK x HeadCandy. The Coso's were a medium/dark green and the PCK x HeadCandy were medium green. Once flowering started, the Coso's had dark green flowers and the PCK x HeadCandy had one solid purple flower, one green/purple flower and one solid green flower. Not too hard to conceal in my yard and growing outdoors in this county is a big no no. The fragrance was light, sweet and local... the plants didn't have too strong of a smell until after they were harvested and cured. Your outdoor temps should be ok for winter growing, a little on the cool side I'd say, but as long as the roots stay on the warmer side, the plant will grow just fine. The plants canopy can take much cooler weather than the roots can. As a guerrilla grower, you may find it very difficult to grow plants and not tend to them or to only be able to watch them from afar. That could drive a grower to insanity!
  9. I dont believe anyone here was attempting to imply that you are unintelligent at all. You stated in your intro that you had never grown your own before and we're here to help you accomplish that! There are no stupid questions when it comes to growing cannabis and we've all asked the same questions when we were learning how to grow. When I was learning to grow cannabis help was much harder to find, there was no Internet yet and books and videos were extremely scarce and could be used against you if you ever got caught growing... and pictures of plants were a big no no! Believe it or not, we all started at the same place when we were learning to grow our own cannabis.. the beginning. I mentioned the search bar because it may help answer some of your questions, whatever they are or you can start a thread and ask your questions there... either way, you'll get the correct answers you're looking for. To answer one of your questions... no, you can't clone an autoflower (ruderalis) plant because that specific type of plant's lifecycle is too short to have enough time to grow roots and become a plant. You'll need a regular photoperiod plant if you want to clone it.
  10. Welcome to OpenGrow rollin. I'm certain you gained some knowledge by helping your friend w/his setup. Learning to grow cannabis isn't as hard as some make it out to be, but there is a lot to be learned to be able to grow your own, harvest it, cure it and use it. There is all kinds of media out there on how to grow cannabis... books, videos, grow forums, but the best way is to have someone "show" you how it's done. Learning from first-hand experience cannot be beat. You're gonna have a lot of questions, most of which will be "newbie" questions and that's ok, but please understand that those questions have already been asked & answered and may be found throughout OpenGrow by using the search option. If you can't find what you're looking for, start a thread and ask away... you'll get the answers you need from the members here. And remember a picture is worth a thousand words and you'll get better feedback with it.
  11. Welcome to OpenGrow madkevin. If you don't have a grow mentor to show you how to grow, then you're gonna have to hit the books, watch videos and read through the forums to learn to grow this special plant. The easiest way to learn, is to pop a few seeds and let the plant "teach" you how to grow it. Most start out with bagseed, so there's really no money lost if things don't turn out right... and germinating seeds can be difficult at times. You are gonna have a lot of questions, ask them, and you'll get correct answers from the members here. We want you to learn to grow for yourself and we can help you with that... your success is our success!
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