End of June Update

As June comes to an end, my two clones have become plants. I am now at the maximum recommended nutrients for almost* every watering. This equates to 5ml/gal Cal-Mag, 20ml/gal Pure Blend Pro Grow, and 10ml/gal Liquid Karma. My PPM is between 1200 and 1400 with this mix. I know this is slightly different then what is shown on my feeding page and my page that talks about PPM, but after over doing it, I am conservative in the first few weeks till I feel that they can handle it. Soil plays a big part in nutrients, so be mindful of that.

I happened to be in Grass Valley, CA the other week and went to an ACE hardware store where I found PVC fittings specifically for making a greenhouse. (see this site for identical PVC fittings as to what I purchased at ACE)
http://www.greenhousemegastore.com/category/pvc-fittings_1

Seeing that I no longer live at the location where I had the grow room or the hooped greenhouse, once I saw these fittings, I knew that I had to build a new greenhouse. Just in time too, seeing that these plants look like they will excel in the summer sun and I can have the grow light on at night as well. Most likely the greenhouse will be somewhat small, but I will post images of it once I build it.

For those who have not visited Grass Valley, it is like Humboldt in its growing. Just take a look using Google and you will see tell tale signs of growing.

* I sometimes, but rarely, don’t have the time to mix up a batch of nutrients, so I just water them with the treated water, which the PPM is 2. I also have been giving this mix to my small vegetable garden and they are growing up strong as well.

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June 2 progress

Things seem to be going well. I have increased the supplements to 5ml Liquid Karma, 3ml Cal-Mag and 7.5ml Pure Blend Pro Grow. I was told to mix the Cal-Mag with the water first prior to adding anything else. My PPM’s are about 1100-1200, again this is a half gallon mix. I am being slightly conservative in only watering them with the mix every other day or every 3rd day, watering with the filtered water when the top of the rockwool drys. The tan tubes that you see in the pots are a new item that I found which are used in drip irrigation systems in where you want to water down by the roots. The plastic tubes are about 6″ long and have holes along it. I just pour a bit of water/mix down the top and on the rockwool each watering.

June 2

Started Again! May 19, 2018

So after a few years, I have decided to start again. I picked up a couple of clones at the local store, a sativa dominate called lemon banana sherbet and a 50/50ish of some kind (forgot the name).  I got these on May 19th and these are the first images of them after I planted them. I am using a new type of soil that the salesperson sold me on. I also picked up new supplements, deciding to continue with the Botanicare line.

The soil was mixed with only filtered water prior to planting the clones. I then did not water for almost a week due to the high moisture content of the soil. My first watering was with a half gallon mix of reverse osmosis water, 1ml Cal-Mag and 2.5ml Liquid Karma. As you can see I am using the cloth pots and the plants are indoors next to a south facing window with a LED grow light from Home Depot hanging above them, which I leave on 24 hours.

May 19

Grand Daddy Harvest – Day 95

So here is what I ended up with and once it dries I will post the weight. Now seeing that this is not for market, the buds are trimmed of all fan leaves and it is tightened up somewhat. Remember when looking at a but under a microscope you will see that the trichomes are loaded on the smaller leaves and if you trim them off to get a very tight bud, then you loose all that good TCH. If I was to trim it up tight, I would save the trimmings and distill it out for an oil or something else.

Up Close

Up Close

All Trimmed

All Trimmed

Oct. 18th Update

First you will see that I have selected a new look, which I hope will work better for this types of posts. I will continue to tweak it to make it work for me.

Looks like the Grand Daddy is going to give me even more problems. I now have found white fly’s on it. It is time that I harvest it before anything more happens with it. It is currently about 20% amber trichomes, not the best but it will do. I have tested it and found it to be quite good. Blue Dream I feel that it could go one more week.

Oct15 Grand Daddy

Oct15 Grand Daddy

Oct15a Blue Dream

Oct15a Blue Dream

Oct15 Blue Dream

Oct15 Blue Dream

What is a grow without a problem – Oct. 3rd

So something new for me, fungus. Turns out that by growing in a small greenhouse and using a humidifier, I created the perfect environment for fungi. This only on the Grand Daddy, which I feel is due to the density of the buds. So I have carefully gone over the bush and cut out any buds that were showing any signs of fungus. Sadly I had to cut the top bud off and trim out some bad sections. Thankfully I have about 10% of amber color of the trichomes, so all is not lost with the trimmed sections. The rest of the plant will be monitored daily for any signs of additional fungus growth and I hope that it will make it to the end. I have added a new fan along with removing the humidifier. The fans are running 24 hours in hopes of keeping the air moving around the buds.

Grand Daddy

Grand Daddy

Grand Daddy Rot

Grand Daddy Rot

Blue Dream

Blue Dream

Theory on the leaf burn

Perhaps some of you can guess why or know why my plant leaves burned, but I believe that it was the insecticidal soap that I used. Not really thinking about it, I just grabbed some liquid soap and put some in a spray bottle and went to town on spraying everything showing signs of bugs or not. I have been reading up on the making of insecticidal soap and one of the issues with a soap spray is leaf burn, and that is even possible using the correct soap.

Here is what I found that seems to be consistent with other sites on this topic.

Homemade Insecticidal Soap Recipe

The simplest insecticidal soap is nothing more than a 2% soap solution. To make this at home, you will need:

  • Sprayer: Any clean spray bottle or garden sprayer will work fine for spraying insecticidal soap. Make sure the sprayer or bottle hasn’t been used for herbicides.
  • Pure Soap: Use a pure liquid soap, such as Castile, or all-natural soap. The active ingredient in insecticidal soap comes from the fatty acids in animal fat or vegetable oil, so it’s important to use the real thing. Don’t use detergents (which aren’t actually soaps), dish soaps, or any products with degreasers, skin moisturizers, or synthetic chemicals. Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap is usually pretty easy to find in stores, or check your local natural-foods store for other options.
  • Pure Water: Tap water is fine for making insecticidal soap. If you have hard water, you may want to use bottled water to prevent soap scum from building up on your plants.

To make homemade 2% insecticidal soap, mix together:

  • 5 tablespoons soap to 1 gallon of water

OR

  • 1 heavy tablespoon soap to 1 quart of water

OR

  • 3.75 ml soap to 1 cup of water