by, 08-30-2010 at 12:23 PM (1287 Views)
I choice this strain b/c I couldn't find much info on this strain. My preference of medium is outdoor. Only b/c I have next to no personal experience with indoor. Nor have I heard much on folks doing outdoor with this strain. I started them off in terra cotta pots until they were about 6" tall. Then moved them to 20 gallon felt bags. Using only Organic soil and compost. I used a soil/compost ratio of 60/40. Also using worm tea and castings from my own worm farm. Water source is always reverse osmosis water. I've been using organic and natural nutrients. Some of which I've made myself (nothing special). I've also been using a product hydro stores either don't know about or don't want people to know about. Not sure why and I don't care to know why.
I placed them in a few different places of the backyard. I've always found plants to be kinda territorial or having a preference in space. So I do what they tell me to do. I just listen to them and accomidate them the best I can.
I did start really late in the season. I had just bought my house (June) and had to get a few things squared away with my new space before introducing new veg. I had my property soil tested in 12 different places to check for toxins and heavy metals.
That might sound a little over board for some of ya's. But again, I wanted to make sure I was providing the best environment for these girls. Plus I grow edible veg and herbs and I also do my own worm farm (Which i highly recommend to any of you fellow farmers.) Feel free to contact me if you have any questions on worm farming. I have many of resources and have read tons. It's really easy to do by the way. Sorry for the side note. Moving on.
The summer (if we can call it a summer) in california bay area has been unpredicable and not very stable. I'm somewhat fortunate for my location, b/c it's rather consistant regardless. Minus a few windy and over cast mornings.
The plants have made progress, what seems to be each and every single day. It was hard to keep up with since my work schedule is a 7days a week grind. They get watered and their nutrients on a very strict schedule.
While I write this. They are now about 7 weeks new. My approach this time around is more of a natural, leave them alone. Let them do their thing kinda deal. I have done some bending however. Don't want my neighbors to get too curious. They already make the backyard smell dank. This strain will get as big as a xmas tree if you allow them to. At only 7 weeks. They are full and thick. Branches are long. They really do reach for light. I give them ample space b/c of their character to be xmas tree like. At this time, they are 50" tall and about 40" wide. The leaves are bigger them my hand. I have a big freaking hand too. Extremely sweet and fruity smelling.
Pests: Flies love laying their eggs on them. Aphids of course love the leaves and can often be found within the buds. With that comes lady bugs and some spiders. Not exactly pests, but nor do you want spider webbs all up in your grow. So I help regulate that to a healthy course. I spend anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half each day going through and removing flies and the such.
This plant has held up well in windy conditions. Very strong and resilient. They take well to nutrients but I don't believe in over pushing any plant. Just my preference. I want to taste the natural flower as much as possible. It's a matter of a happy medium when it comes to finding a balance. Again, listen to the plant. Starting 08/31/10, they will start the next set of nutrients. I'm going to stretch out the grow since i started late and the summer conditions. I'm taking them into the last week of October. At least that's what I plan for. This image is of them at 5 weeks and in a different spot that wasn't exactly perfect for them. But close, only 2 more feet away.