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No pics at the moment (my wife was recently victimized by my new camera, when it jumped out of her hands and broke on the floor), but I've got a few purty little gals (and guys, I would venture to say) who have been vegging about 30 days.

 

2 Chucky's Bride (one with female preflowers)

3 Cheeseberry (one with female preflowers)

5 Blue Santa (one with female preflowers)

5 Caramel Candy Kush.

 

The rest have no preflowers at all, though one Cheeseberry seems to be developing male flowers.

 

They'll get another 2 weeks of veg. Last grow, I assumed I'd end up with too many female plants, so kept them all small. I did a good job keeping them small, but my assumption about too many females was a little off. This time, the plants are all going to be big. Maybe I'll regret it, but not as much as I'd regret a grow that didn't use up every square inch of prime lighted space.

 

Most of the plants are about average in size, except the Cheeseberry with preflowers. That bitch could be huge, and I may end up putting a small SCROG screen on her. She'll dwarf the rest.

 

My town's water supply is now a much higher pH than it was 6 months ago, and some of my plants seem to be getting an iron deficiency. It was a shock to see the tap water at 7.4, after it being 5.9 last summer. I wonder if they have more than once source. Anyway, I pHed down the water to 5.7 and watered the girls who look deficient. I'll see how that does them tonight. Maybe I'll have to spring for some ironite.

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nice combo Misterdirt... :) funny how camera's and such are always picking on the wives, I have noticed the same occurrence.

 

The hardest part of any grow for me is deciding when to go to 12/12. Having limited space makes it even harder. I like the yield of large girls but it does come at the cost of time and effort to keep them happy. I still tend to go for a longer veg of 5-6 weeks when 4 would probably be fine. Just the way I've always done it. Good luck on your run.

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Dirt, I'll chime in on your water situation. If your water source is from a resivour, aka, surface water there are a few things they do different in the winter to treat the water. Surface water always "turns over" in the summer and winter, this is due to the changes in temps. Water from the bottom comes up and goes down depending which time of the year it is.

 

With that, they have to use different chemicals to treat the water depending on the season. This can cause changes in the pH, ppm, conductivity, and a couple other things.

 

If you have options for your water source, try to find a ground water source in your area. They have to make changes in treatment for the seasons, but it isn't as varried as a surface water. If you are unsure of where your water comes from, just call the water company and ask.

 

 

I hope your grow goes well, I'd love to see some pics of those girls in flower. There aren't enough grow logs of those plants out there!

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Lurk Daddy: The Blue Santas should get you excited, judging how my "Blue Cheese Santa" came out (SM x Cheeseberry). My favorite smoke from my last grow. The Blue Santa should have a bit less skunk to them, I imagine.

 

BB: I used to veg until I saw preflowers on most plants, which was about 6 weeks. Growing from seed, I have no idea which are males, of course. I hate to transplant a male into 20 liters of fresh growing medium, only to find out he's a he. I have at least one more female BS, and the other Chucky's is a male, after checking last night. None of the CCK plants have revealed themselves.

 

BigJ: Good info, but we definitely don't have a reservoir. All is groundwater. They seem to have both a confined and unconfined aquifer that they tap. One source has too many minerals, the other has too many surface contaminants, but mixed together it meets regs. I think they dose one or the other with sodium, which is probably what is boosting pH, but I don't know for sure. What I DO know for sure is that I have to check tap water pH a lot more often.

 

There will be pics, just with my old crappy camera. By the time bud porn season comes along, I hope to have a replacement for the one that hurt my wife's feelings.

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Yesterday was flip day. The girls have been vegging since the beginning of December, so I thought I ought to put a pic or three out there.

 

It looks like, out of 15 seedlings, 11 of them are girls. There is still a chance that one of the CCKs is a male, so that may go down to ten. The tally is:

4 Blue Santa girls

3 or 4 CCK girls

2 Cheeseberry girls

1 Chucky's Bride girl.

 

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The big-leaved one in the middle is a CCK, and the other CCKs have the same general appearance. They don't branch out much. The biggest plant, over on the left, is a cheeseberry. She will be monstrous, I think. Here's another shot of her:

 

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I'll probably have to do the Spanish Inquisition thing on her to keep her at about the same height as the rest.

 

This one is the Chucky's Bride. She is a vigorously growing bush, almost as large (but bushier) than the big cheeseberry.

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Both the Chucky's Bride and the Cheesberries have been extremely easy plants to grow. The CCKs and some of the Blue Santa's did not appreciate the high pH of my tap water, and had some iron deficiencies, but that's past. The CCKs were especially sensitive, taking the longest to recover. But that was my fault. Now, they are robust, indica-looking beauties.

 

I'm itching to try the Blue Santas. The Santa Maria x Cheeseberry I grew during my last grow is now one of my all-time favorites.

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Lets do this.

 

That cheeseberry looks ready to blow up, hopefully topped she doesn't out stretch the rest.

I have been surprised, I am 1 week into Flo and the stretch has been slow to kick in for the chucky's bride, slow start = fast finish I hope

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I didn't think they were stretching much, until I looked at the group picture up there. They really aren't too bad, but I've had to do some serious bending and snapping of Cheeseberry branches. Plenty of super cropping this time around. I just have too many girls in there to do much else.

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hi,

 

nice line up, i'm taking a chair !! ;)

is this corner light really necessary ? do you see a big differance ?

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hi,

 

nice line up, i'm taking a chair !! ;)

is this corner light really necessary ? do you see a big differance ?

 

Those are UVB bulbs. They're only there to add some extra UVB. As I said in another thread somewhere, I never did any side-by-side experiments with the UVB bulbs and without, using the same strain. However, the scientific literature is out there on it. It seems like my weed is more powerful than before I used these extra UVB bulbs, but that is purely anecdotal.

 

BTW, I just got back from 8 days out of the country, and the third week added another 14" (~33 cm). The Chucky's Bride and the Cheeseberry got a little bit of light burn on a top or two. The plants also completely enveloped the UVB bulbs, and some fan leaves got burned there, too. The UVB bulbs only burn plants that actually touch them. Some pics tonight! It's a jungle in there. The Caramel Candy Kush plants are astounding, too. Biggest fan leaves I've ever seen.

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OK, OK, it's picture day. Same old crappy camera, but since these pics are from day 23 of 12/12, it doesn't matter all that much.

 

This is the whole crowd of girls. I haven't had this many plants jammed under that lamp in years. A few were topped, and most are super cropped when they get particularly close to the light. These girls don't care, though. They straighten right back up in a day or two.

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The burning you see on some leaves was from when I was away during all of week three, and the bitches decided to stretch behind my back! I asked them to hold off, but would they listen? No.

 

In this next pic, you may be able to discern some differences in growth patterns. On the left is a Blue Santa, in the middle is a Chucky's Bride, on the right is a Caramel Candy Kush. If I had miss labelled the plants, I'd be able to pick out the CCKs instantly. They vary a lot in height, but they all have the same general appearance.

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Here's a Blue Santa. All four of these are fairly similar to each other.

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And now the big leafed CCK:

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They're all thriving on Sannie's Buffer Tabs -- two tabs per 20 liter container of soil. One CCK plant didn't get any, and just got an organic 4-4-4 mixed into the soil at transplanting. I thought this one plant was a male, but I stared it down, and it turned into a female.

 

Wow, did this grow get away from me! Luckily the massive number of girls should make up for the lack of training I'm doing on them.

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Looking great mr D,

Arent those CCK leafs something :whatthahell:

And what are the blue santa parents?

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Yes, crazy big leaves.

 

The Blue Santa is Santa Maria x Blueberry. They're Esko freebies. I grew out a SM x Cheeseberry last time around, and I'm deeply impressed.

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I'm becoming sold on the buffer tabs. Esko's work doesn't seem to require more than two in a 21L pot.

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Hey Misterdirt,

 

I see u doing very good, your plants look great.

A low nute level, like a natural thing.

Keep on doing your best

 

Grdz e$ko,

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blue santa = santa maria plank cut X esko Blueberry

 

esko polinated many ladies with this male, riri sour disel, chemdawg for the bluechem, cheeseberry and blue rocket i think... this guy is a stud

 

Mr. the room looks prettt good, wild but healthy and managed. big leaves indeed!

 

let me know if that chucky makes every other smell in the tent seem like second class... mine is so strong and fruity it's actually disorienting lol! i dont know if i smell pineaple as much as an artificial fruits and cream scented candle, it's too intense a smell when up close...

 

keep up the good growing!

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Chucky and Cheeseberry both stink, but I'm not even talking about the buds -- the stems stink. What part of "cheese" didn't I understand?

 

I know a lot of people, especially in GB, are tired of cheese crosses. They're new to me though.

 

Thanks for the encouragement, Esko. It's always fun to grow out your strains for the first time.

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hey, MD ... my wife does not like the cheese *hahaha*

 

she says it smells to strong and makes this face when she sniffs the ladies

in my cabs. like a little frown. i make her spot out phenos i want to smoke ;)

 

she is awesome with spotting out the real good ones *lol*

 

 

 

 

@samy

ow yeah, a "blue dude"-mix? (maybe after the oncoming "cheese-mix"?)

or how about making the blue santa a always returning xmas-tradition?

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oi, i am smoking this BB#2b and am spinning crazymad san-sational ideas *haha*

(but it would be crazy cool, imo.)

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