So I apologize for the lack of updates. Things just don't move fast in this hobby...
Since I last updated we have harvested all the small 'placeholder' plants and replaced them with proper, mature, genetics (didn't bother updating, but they were each around 5 grams, not really even worth mentioning, though the potency was better than expected)). Today we harvested the last two of the plants which were raised under the old lighting system (the OK sized clones), so from here on out we're looking at much larger harvests. We'll see where our guesses were at, we guessed just under an oz from one, and just over an oz from the other. The next crop we guessed at somewhere between 2-3 oz per plant (other than the OC which we know will be a bit lower). Time will only tell if our estimates on the next crop were even in the ballpark
One thing I can say for sure, five of the next six to get harvested are going to be significantly larger on yield. Not only are they proper genetics, which has made a remarkable difference compared to the bagseed, but the size of these plants is easly twice (and I think I can safely say 2/3 again) the size of anything else we've grown. The new light upgrade on the veg end meant that we were flowering plants to around 3-4 feet. This is huge compared to the 20-24 inch plants we've had in the past. The new plants also have gone into flower with 7-12 tops, and a great deal of under-tops (one I counted today had 6 of them). Everything till now have been 4 tops and much less dense growth achieved in veg. Still, having veged longer than 1 month on a few of these, I had to continually top them just to keep them from growing into the light, which long ago had reached full height. Suffice it to say, we are quite pleased, and expect to be producing more than we currently smoke as soon as the first of those harvest start rolling in at the end of january.
On with the pictures!
Two bagseed clones harvested today. No idea on the weight yet, but where we're down to around a gram there's a good chance a few of those smaller buds will get microwaved and only half or less gets a proper cure begore we smoke it. Either way, hope it lasts us the ~25 days till the OC gets chopped
Full closet. Back left is killing fields purple phenom, back center is lavender/blueberry sativa, back right is a killing fields green phenom. Front left is harijuana/big-white, front center is orange crush, front right is hericules. I apologize that it's so hard to tell each plant apart. Stuff got too big
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Pictures all over! Sorry for lack of descriptions. Half of those have been in flower less than a week (two just moved down last night), and haven't really started flowering yet. The other three have been flowering 4 weeks. The OC has another 3-4 weeks, the killing fileds and lav/bbs have around 7-8 weeks left.
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Close Up's. Though the purple phenom is the more common in the feminized killing fileds (and from what I hear slightly less potent than the green), I still can't help but love the way those buds look. The contrast next to the lav/bbs, which is the lightest green I've seen in a plant, is remarkable. The green killing fields phenom has an incredibly dank smell to it; it literally is synonymous with dank in my mind. The purple, though, has a smell completely unlike anything I have smelled before. It start out almost woody. The closest thing I could place to it was sandalwood, not for the specifics of the scent, but for the almost dry feeling they give my sinuses. As it has matured, however, it has begun to develop a fruity edge, which combined with the woody smell has almost become a sweet spice. I look forward to tasting this plant more than any I have grown to date! Also, I have always wondered why california orange, and more specifically, orange crush, was named that. I have bought bags of both and really couldn't find much citrus in odor or taste. Now that I've grown it, there's no question why; the growing buds smell overpoweringly like over-ripe oranges. I'm curious how long into dry/cure it retains this odor, and how the fresh taste is going to be
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You can't see it but behind those six plants on the ground, there are two trays with a total of 11 orange crush clones on the shelf in back. 7 more harijuana/big-white clones are a few days away from coming down. The orange crush was our first shot at doing a counter-top sog to maximize our space usage. Most of the OC clones are doing well, however they are a little more shaded by the larger plants, and I suspect we'll have to raise them in the next few days. At this point the sog is still new, and we're doing a little experimenting with it while I try to dial it in better. I suspect our second and third crop will be more indicative of what we can expect from it in the future. At this point, with really no experience to base it on, I don't want to forecast the yield from the 11 current clones. They will get harvested around 4-5 weeks from now. Though we expect their harvest to be on the smaller side, it should give us enough of a starting point to start predicting what we might see out of it in the future
On the veg end, some of the replacements have been started (mainly a killing field, hercules, and a lav/bbs clone). I also have another killing fields green phenom clone which barely came out of the cloner. The other two plants needed to complete our next crop will most likely be cloned in another 1-1.5 months, giving it around 1.5 months of veg before moving to flower. I've found these genetics grow so large so fast I really have to be careful to time it right. The last killing fields and hericules were vegged for roughly 2 months and were far too tall. To try to control it I continually cropped them but found they simply outgrew the width of space I have in veg. I hope that by staggering clone/germ dates I can reduce the overcrowding I ran into this veg cycle.
Anyway, that's about it! I can't tell you how glad I am that we went from having too few of too small plants, to having plants that were too large. If I had to ask for an issue, plants being too large would be it!
I'll try to remember to take pictures of the veg closet, but it's just not nearly as interesting as looking at the stuff in flower, so don't hold it against me if I don't get them posted in a timely fashion, d'oh.