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A lot has changed since my last grow report.  I had been maintaining a continuous grow for several years. 

Now I am back to a batch grow featuring six plants in 5-gallon pots.

I had been growing in coco coir.  But then I helped a friend through her first grow.  I recommended she go with soil.  She did and her plants out-performed my own.  So, I switched back to soil.

Finally, I kept my old soil and recharged it for this grow.  I have been feeding with compost teas.  The plants are doing great. This is shaping up to be my best grow yet.

Forgive me.  But I am posting from my phone for the first time.  These photos did not load in chronological order.  I’m just going to roll with it.

Two weeks ago.

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This week, after three nights of 12/12.

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Three weeks ago, after the plants were first potted up at about five weeks of age.

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Here is what went into the soil recharge:

  • 1 cup blood meal
  • 0.75 cups dolomitic lime
  • 0.5 cups guano
  • 3 cups alfalfa meal
  • 1 cup kelp meal
  • 0.5 cup greensand
  • 1 tbs azomite
  • ~20 gallons of spent Ocean Forest soil
  • 2.5 gallons of compost (clumped and dry)
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All of this was based on guesswork.  It wound up being a bit nitrogen-rich for some of the plants, especially at first.  

I have another batch of soil I need to re-charge now waiting in a big plastic bin.  I'll get to it soon.

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Looks to be a fine mix, I also use more N values than I really need. My thinking is when I look out across a wild field or a planned one, I see many types of *green manuer*  making plants. I try to use less potent, N sources but still full of goodies, like kelp/alfalfa are. I found Neem seed meal to be AWESOME!

I also found feather meal to be perfect for us, as it will not release for it's N value for more than a month or more. It carries/beefs up  the early release sources, to the later stages. I like to see yellowing as they start showing me a few red dots, as the end comes for them. 

When I rework older medium, I find oyster shell meal, to be wonderful with reviving the medium, along with Bio Alive,  both from Dr.Earth. Really help increase the bio activity in  reworked  mediums.

Best to ya, webe

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The line-up for this grow:

Strawberry Kush bx1;  Strawberry Kush bx1 x Afghan CBD;  Aurora Indica x Strawberry Kush bx1;  Blueberry Quintessa; and two Harlequin plants.

Today is F3.  It may not show in this photo, but I need to do some more super-cropping to keep the canopy down.

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On 9/5/2021 at 8:43 AM, webeblzr said:

Looks to be a fine mix, I also use more N values than I really need. My thinking is when I look out across a wild field or a planned one, I see many types of *green manuer*  making plants. I try to use less potent, N sources but still full of goodies, like kelp/alfalfa are. I found Neem seed meal to be AWESOME!

I also found feather meal to be perfect for us, as it will not release for it's N value for more than a month or more. It carries/beefs up  the early release sources, to the later stages. I like to see yellowing as they start showing me a few red dots, as the end comes for them. 

When I rework older medium, I find oyster shell meal, to be wonderful with reviving the medium, along with Bio Alive,  both from Dr.Earth. Really help increase the bio activity in  reworked  mediums.

Best to ya, webe

Good stuff.  

Are you saying that you add feather meal at the beginning of the grow as a late-developing source of nitrogen for later in the grow?  Or do you add it in and let it decompose some before planting?

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I just picked up a strawberry kush but have not grown her out, do you like that one? Heard it does smell like strawberries. Edit nope it is strawberry glue. Was hoping you had grown the one I have.

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45 minutes ago, gardenartus said:

I just picked up a strawberry kush but have not grown her out, do you like that one? Heard it does smell like strawberries.

I started cannabis breeding four years ago when I unwittingly grew out a male mystery sativa plant which pollinated my entire grow.  I got seeds from Strawberry Kush, Harlequin, and AK-47.  The Strawberry Kush offspring was the only decent cross.  But i used it to create the backcross and several other crosses after that.  Strawberry Kush bx1 x Afghan CBD is one of my all time favorite plants.  I grow that one a lot.

The Aurora Indica cross is something I haven't tried yet.  But, I like both parents so it should be decent.

Strawberry Kush is originally a cross between OG Kush and Strawberry Cough.  Strawberry Cough is the strain that tasted like strawberries.  I can't say i have ever tasted strawberries from my plants.  This Strawberry Kush bx1 is a real stinker while growing.

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Hey Gardener,

I add feather meal in early as it takes a while to break down and start to release the N it carries. This is when I'm up potting from 4" pots to 1 gallon pots. They can be in this pot for a long time, due to timing for space in the flower area. I once added it as I mixed up the coco husks/perlite/the various compost additives I add early to let it rest in the totes for a month or more. It times (for me) way better to add when I need it to release in  6-8 weeks from usage.

Now that I'll be running an organic hydro set up, using 2' x 2' E&F trays, started 3-4 weeks apart. And bang them with FM!

I'll need way less plants, vegging will be a series of topping procedures, and food balancing to time them. With my 2 small LED's, the real small one holds them great!!!

The bigger one, will beef them as I get closer to pulling the flowering finished girl out, a quick de-rooting of the ropey roots, and in 2 minutes get the next lady settled in,  and off to the buddage race!

Best to ya!! webe

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I haven’t been able to post anything for the past week or two.  Sorry about that.  
 

Anyways, it’s day 24 of flowering and things are looking good.  I gave each plant 3 tablespoons of the Rainbow Mix bloom formula when flowering started.  Eleven days ago each plant got 2 teaspoons of fish emulsion.  They also got 2 more tablespoons of the bloom mix, so five in total.  The plants are loving it.

 

Harlequin

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Harlequin 

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Strawberry Kush bx1

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Strawberry Kush bx1 x Afghan CBD

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Aurora Indica x Strawberry Kush bx1

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Blueberry Quintessa

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I have not been keeping up with this grow log.  I’ll try to catch you up. 
 

Here are the plants about three weeks ago.  Everything humming along.  Roughly six weeks into flowering.

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The lights are the ViparSpectra XS2000 quantum board style lights.  240 watts each at full power.  The lights are dimable; mine are turned down to about 85% because the tops are too close to the lights.

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Some of the plants developed leaf damage.  Some of it is nutritional and some is from the canopies being too close to the lights.

Here are the flowers around day 50.  
This first plant is Aurora Indica x Strawberry Kush bx1.  This plant has the most damage of any.  The buds didn’t seem close to being done.

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Strawberry Kush bx1 x Afghan CBD.  Anything with Strawberry Kush bx1 in it is going to take longer than 8 or 9 weeks.  Flower development seemed to stall for about a week, during the sixth week.  I gave each plant a tablespoon of 0-15-0 guano.  The buds started growing again.  But these will probably go for 11 or 12 weeks in total.

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Strawberry Kush bx1, also taking her good old time.

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Tall Harlequin

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I have two Harlequins growing.  Both doing great.  This short one will be the first to come down.  She has some nice purpling in the bud crowns.

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Blueberry Quintessa should also be ready by week 9.

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