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Failing Forward: AKA Speed's Perpetual Grow and Pollen Chuck

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I hope this is the right forum to start this in, if not then I won't be offended if it gets moved. :)

I started getting into weed about 3 years ago, started growing about 15 months ago, and have developed an obsession for it. I have worked with and grown a variety of heirloom herbs, vegetables, and fruits and have always had an affinity for the "forgotten" stuff. Same goes for wine- 

Like yeah orange sweet potatoes are nice, but there are some incredible white and purple ones. Those enormous red tasteless crunchy tomatoes are essentially a crime against humanity when essentially every heirloom from green zebra to pineapple to white currant all taste orders of magnitude better. Peppers have a variety of flavors not unlike cannabis' terpene expression range.

So, as much as I enjoy smoking them I try to breed with minimal skunk 1, Chemdog, Blueberry, and NL and their offspring.

Right now I've got USC's Uzbekistan, Nepalma, Black Afghani, and Col'Jam going, and Triple Pakistan curing.  I've also got Silverfields late in flower, doing well despite the constant thrip battles and Sannie's Jack in veg.

Nepalma:

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Uzbekistan: (lights have been upgraded since, don't judge for the small buds too harshly haha)

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Triple Pakistan:

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Black Afghani are getting flipped right now. :)

I've also got some stuff from Real Seed Company going. For those of you that aren't familiar, they source and sell heirloom and ruderal genetics from around the world, it's essentially raw breeding material. Sinai is finishing up now, it was selected for survivability and adaptability to light changes, as well as resin. There are a bunch of Ukhrul making their way through veg now, with a huge genetic variance. Their Iranian is my next hunting project, then Rasoli.

I'll start documenting their individual phenos once they show they're not herm-prone or otherwise weak with the flip back to 18 hours of light. That was a huge selector for Sinai. Two of the phenos did well being taken from 12 to 18 hours of light after showing sex, and two emphatically did not. I made F2's from the strongest female and the three strongest males. As a general rule I tend to select F1's for survivability and effect over anything else.

Also, almost finished going into flower are Uzbeknepanama [(Uzbekistan x Nepalma) x (Nepalma x Uxbekistan). I'll do a manual open pollination (7 males and 6 females) and then hunt the next generation hard. In general, since I'm eventually going for IBL's, I'm going to start off crossing multiple mothers and fathers of the strains to cross and then hunting the children. I'm not a geneticist, but this way I figure I can add an extra layer of genetic diversity to the F3's.

I mean, mathematically (X*Y) is going to be less than [(X*Y) x (Y*X)] assuming the same values, right? And some recessive traits like webbed leaves only come out past the F2 generation. I feel like it's an extra roll of the dice to get a killer pheno. But I'm here to learn if anyone has insight along those lines!!

The main reason that I'm growing and breeding is so that I can have a steady supply of disability meds, so all of the breeding revolves around effects.

The lights that I'm using are mostly Kingbrite and HLG quantum boards, as well as some 3000k led bulbs from the store.

The soil-less mix is Perlite, peat, EWC, coco coir, dolomite lime, and organic 4-4-4 fertilizer.

I'm also using kelp extract (1-3-5) and Botanicare Pure Blend Pro Grow (3-2-4) all the way through flower. For P and K I add fireplace ash, banana skin powder, and fishbone meal (6-18-0) to the dirt a few weeks before flower, and then will periodically top dress with them.

I used BAC Bloom for some of these and really liked it, but I can't get it shipped to me at a sustainable price right now so I can't order more. Once that big jug can get to me for a reasonable price I'll be... BAC all over that. :lol:

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Wanted to add some of the resources that I've found helpful along the way, too. 

 

Ooh! Youtube embeds automatically here. Fancy!

 

 

 

DLI and VPD are the two principles that really helped me understand things.

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I also forgot to include the humic/fulvic acid mix that I add to the soil, as well as the aspirin that I add with every watering. They get a spray in veg and flowering of micronized sulfur suspended in epsom salts because the PM around me is more aggressive than an American cop.

Humic/Fulvic resources here:

https://cannabistraininguniversity.com/growing-marijuana/benefits-of-fulvic-and-humic-acids-in-growing-cannabis/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6589925/ -> Also has excellent details on nutrient supplementation.

Salicylic acid/aspirin here:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/331702453_Signaling_compounds_elicit_expression_of_key_genes_in_cannabinoid_pathway_and_related_metabolites_in_cannabis

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S098194289880003X

I also forgot to mention that IPMs are neem, PFR-97, Safer's end-all soap, and hydrogen peroxide. Separately. Not all in the same mix. :lol:

Some strains need foliar support all the way through flower for one reason or another, so I rinse all of buds post harvest in a 3-step process.

First, submerged and shaken in room temp water with baking soda and cleaning vinegar diluted into it to create suspended CO2 (could also use soda water). This creates friction between the plants and the water and will agitate off anything stuck to the buds like dust or lint. Or, in my case, sulfur spray.

Second, a few seconds in a 130 degree hot water bath. I've found this helps with drying by bursting the cell walls of the plant while not melting off the trichomes. It becomes much more even, and pulls any of the last contaminants off.

(I think it might also help with hashmaking, I've got a plant in the freezer that I'll test that on this week once it dries out some more.)

Third, a very cold water bath (with ice) to stop the cell damage from the heat and to make the buds tighten up again.

It's essentially the same concept as blanching broccoli, haha. It'll also bring out any anthocyanins in the buds.

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Here's where things stand right now. The second Sinai is in the front left corner, Motherlode Kush is the double-cola plant in the center, USC's Black Afghani is next to it. There are a number of Uzbeknepanama and Uzbekistan  around them.

 

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The less thrip-affected Silverfields. These buds are thick, and would completely flop over without the support. Love it!

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Serious Seeds' AK-47

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Kalashnikov Siberian Haze

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And some hash that I made last week!

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The initial yield, unpressed.

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This is the 22 micron hash, pressed and kneaded with heat until it all melted. It's absolutely better than the unpressed hash, in this case.

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The initial test dab. Go big or go home! :verrygood

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