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  1. I did an NBD run a few years ago, and it was the only strain to overwhelm my carbon air filter. I immediately regretted not making clones, but I have some seeds I crossed with a Columbian Gold x Jamaican Lambsbread male. The offspring have the fastest root growth of anything I have grown. I was impressed by the vigor and growth rate of NBD, but the yield was not huge in my tents.
  2. Seeds tend to hit peak viability at 3 months after harvest. I suggest a six week minimum. 2 weeks to dry, 3 weeks of refrigeration, and 1 week to warm back up. I prefer to dry my seeds in the buds. You should get at least 80-90% viability using that method. Waiting 3 months, I had 103 out of 105 germination rate. I just soak my seeds 4 hours, or until they sink. I just plant in soil, or use rooting sponges soaked in 1.5% h2o2 and 70ppm GH diamond nectar 0-1-1 solution. The h2o2 breaks down slow to prevent mold, and the diamond nectar gives humic/fulvic acids and mild PK for root growth. I use the same solution when I clone in sponges.
  3. I had to look up the tomato food. Why use something with so much K compared to N and P? Is it something that was just laying around from the vegetable garden?
  4. My first experience with bud mold was due to lack of ventilation during the dark hours. I began growing in central Ohio, where the Winters are as dry as the Sahara desert. When I moved to Washington state I was not used to the cold and damp. It was OGers that told me to keep a fan going on the dark cycle. I love that technology has allowed us to share our experiences and rely on others for help in real time.
  5. Peat and composted bark/wood becomes very acidic when it decomposes. That is why it is crucial to maintain the lime buffers. Coco coir based medium is much better for recycling because it does not decompose nearly as fast, a near-perfect moisture-to-air ratio, has a low CEC, and an unbuffered pH of 5.5-5.6. The low CEC ensures that it does not bind excess nutrients in the soil that can lead to lockout.
  6. Check your pH and the ppm of your run-off water. Liquid kelp works best when foliar fed. This looks like classic pH drop in the flo cycle. The lime buffers get consumed just as you are adding P. If your mix contains significant peat moss, that would be the trifecta. Check to see if the leaves are brittle, if so, you are using too much P. A little dolomite lime in the mix is very effective against pH drop, and adds slow release cal-mag. If your pH is too low, you can add some CaOH to your flush water, and flush with an amount equal to the pot volume.
  7. It is best to think of killer strains like atheletes. Thousands of people around the world are very good at what they do, but how many make it to the Olympics? 2 Olympic parents do not guarantee an Olympic child. KF does not like heavy nutes, so that could be the issue with taste/aroma. If you want to grow a keeper from seed, you have to play the numbers. I suggest at least 20 seeds to ensure success, unless you have an ibl, which KF is not.
  8. The it is important to note that the flo time should begin when the plant is mature. The appearance of pre-flowers is a start, but like people, weed plants may be fertile before they are fully mature sexually. The nodes will begin to zig-zag when she is ripe. Stress can delay or slow the flow time, as well as some plants falling outside the norm. The power of the lamp and use of CO2 can also affect the finish. If the breeder uses 1k HID and CO2, ad you use 600watt and natural ventilation, that can make a difference. There is also preference. I personally like my steaks rare, and my buds well-done. Not true of all growers. A strain may go from 20% to 22-23% in the last 2 weeks of a 12 week flo, but many growers see that the weight and thc would be greater if they start a new batch. That is why we have so much inferior rec weed in the state of WA. That, and the buds are so full of P and K, that they do not burn properly. They hire university-trained vegetable/flower growers who do not smoke weed. Great technical skills, but no idea what makes good weed.
  9. Anything is possible with hydro and CO2. I have grown bushy plants the height of a refrigerator in 3L airpots with 4/5 coco and 1/5 hydroton, and hydro nutes. If you can continuously provide nutes and water without over-fert and able to get adequate O2 to the roots, you can make massive plants with little medium. I have seen some crazy plants with rockwool blocks too.
  10. Nil

    Where is Everyone

    I took a break from growing for almost a year. I will probably start up a new thread soon on my M.A. project. A local grower confirmed that it is true-breeding for purple colors.
  11. Nil

    Purple Storm

    Yeah, the top pic with the fat bananas are week 4ish. I noticed one beginning to open when I cut the plant. The true hermie bananas tend to be fatter than the over-ripe bananas. The ones at the end of flo tend to pop out of the foxtails or newest bud growth, and they are the size and shape of tiny yellow caraway seeds. This is an example of 2 mottled purple females that started to turn in the second half of flo. It is Jack Berry f4 x KO Kush f4.
  12. Nil

    Purple Storm

    Bananas at the end of flo are not that uncommon. If you have amber/cloudy trichomes, it is probably the plant telling you she is done. The bananas can be a final desperate attempt to reproduce when the plant has reached the end of her life cycle. Most of the time they are sterile when I have found them. To see if it is bad genes, re-veg and put her back into flo. If the bananas do not pop up until the last week of flo, it is probably not bad genetics IMO. As for the purple colors, I have noticed that there are early and late purple plants. The ones that turn purple/red in early flo tend to be very solid purple. If it changes during the last 40% of flo, it is more often a mottled purple/green with multi-colored leaves. It can go either way if it starts to change mid flo. The ones that turn early in flo also often have purple color in the trichomes themselves, and look black instead of frosty when dried. Mottled purple with clear trichomes, and solid purple with colored trichomes. Hermie flowers in early/mid flo, and bananas on a ripe plant. Look at the tips of the foxtails to see the bananas on the ripe plant.
  13. If there are preflowers present and the nodes are starting to zig-zag when you start 12/12, then I go by the start of the 12/12 cycle. If you start flo before she is fully mature, start when there are preflowers and asymmetrical nodes. You basically always start at he beginning of 12-12 on clones.
  14. Many microbes do not react well to organic acids. A weak phosphoric acid solution is used in breweries to wash yeasts for re-pitching. You can get that by heating coca cola to remove the carbonation, and mix it with water. The sugars will stimulate microbe growth, and the phosphoric acid will lower pH. Another solution is to buy crushed black malt or black roasted barley from a home brew shop, and add 2 tablespoons per gallon of water 12-24 hours before you use the water.
  15. Here is an update. The JBF is in a pollination cabinet, and will hopefully yield many seeds. The rest of the MA are showing sporadic orange pistils leading me to believe I transferred some of my MA pollen on my clothes. I want seeds anyway, so I do not mind picking them out. My suspicions seem to have been confirmed on the sativa plant. She is the offspring of the CoJam male I had in the next tent. The resemblance is too close for her to have an MA father. She looks like a perfect purple CoJam plant, and I am considering doing a deliberate cross with my remaining CoJam seeds and MA, or JBF x MA. Even if she is less potent, I could just vape the buds. I found I get a similar hit from a vape, no matter the potency. The bud just does not last as long in the bowl. One of my plants is making pink pistils, which is a first for me. Does anyone know if it is environmental or genetic? If genetic, it may be a recessive trait from the Space Queen, because it did not show in round 1. I have certainly not seen it in Jack Berry or Killing Fields. Jack Berry fields 4 MA plants, and MA x CoJam Pink Pistil plant Sorry about the sideways photos. They looked vertical, but turned during the upload for some reason.
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