Barney's Farm Tangerine Dream
Attitude seeds is now sold out:
I ordered these seeds what seems like a month ago, but alas, was only ordered on 12/12/2010 and they just arrived. The shirt that I selected with my "guaranteed delivery" option was the wrong size, but Rachel says she'll make it right, on my 'next order'..... go figure... pretty presumptuous of her I'd say, lol.
I just wanted to show the breeders pack and brag a bit, as Attitude is now sold out of these. Word travels quick when you win a cannabis cup title. My freebies were, get this, Reserva Privada Kandy Kush femmed, and a Kannabia Afrodite! Two very nice seeds. I'm just disappointed that my "Flying High" tee shirt was the wrong size, given it's cost and all.
About 40% of the screen is full, most all of that is Babylicious, as her sister is just now coming up through the screen. The PH was up to 6.1, indicating that my ladies desire more food. The PPM has dropped to 850 as well, down from 1150.
I have taken the PPM up to 1300 and am keeping a close eye on the plants. If they begin to wilt or show signs of damage, I'll be right on it. I truly believe the plants are begging for the high rate of food however. Babylicious has pre-sexed for me and has some stigma showing up here and there. Her sister looks close, however she is physically 14 days behind Babylicious, coming from a second seed germination attempt. While I will flip them simultaneously, the smaller plant will be allowed to flower about 2 weeks longer. This solves my drying issue, and frees up one Waterfarm for cleaning up and getting ready to host a BF Tangerine tree.
My goal is to have a rotating harvest. I'd like to keep up a harvest every 4-6 weeks if possible. This would allow me to have a more manageable sized harvest each time. I have (12) 1/2 gallon (2 quart) mason jars and hygrometers on the way. Good weed requires proper curing and storage.
45 minutes after upping nutrients, plants look fantastic, still. Added SuperThrive and H2O2 and Drip Clean as well as 500+ ppm of Flora Nova Bloom. Total ppm near 1400 right now. I expect the plants to continue drinking about a gallon of water per day now. Removing the sun leaves and other lower foliage seems to have increased the plant's vigor and branching, and it's need for water and nutrients.
After cleaning up the foliage below the screen and removing the huge sun leaves that were now getting no light, the plant's need for food went up. That makes sense, because those huge leaves store nutrients that the plant can tap into. Unfortunately, they also require a fair amount of water and energy to maintain. That is energy and water that could be used to generate and support new cell growth, rather than maintain the old.
Some will argue this point to death and tell you that you are harming the plant or it's yield if you prune or remove leaves. Let me say, just one time, in response to that theory, "HOGWASH"! Besides watering, pruning is the second most effective way that we can encourage growth in our plants. Let me explain....
Plant's have a hormone that controls side branching and bush like growth, called auxins. When you prune a tip off of a branch or stem, the plant releases auxins to the nodes below the cut and encourages them to grow branches. If you remove several tops on one plant, you'll end up with several colas and a bushy tree.
If you prune a branch back to the crotch of the main stem it grows off of, this is called a "thinning" prune, and it is done to allow light into the center of the plant. Generally, most of our cuts should be thinning cuts, to remove unneeded growth that will only take away from the production of bud, our actual goal of growing.
Auxins also cause plant growth to grow vertically. The auxins collect in the bottom of a stem and cause the top to turn up from them, towards the sky. It is this fact that aids us in scrog growing. When we pull growth that has emerged through the screen back down underneath it and gently encourage it to grow out, further from the plant's base, the plant release auxins, which will slow down the generation of roots and put the plant's energy into branching and vegging. It is important to choose a height above the plant that allows the roots to establish before you begin to train growth horizontally. Failure to allow enough room will decrease yield.
I'm not afraid to use my Fiskars during vegetation, or up to about 2 weeks into flowering. Once I'm that far into the grow, all necessary pruning and shaping has taken place. At this point, all of the plant's resources are being used for reproduction. She is producing buds... The only thing growing on the plant should be roots, stalks, stems, buds and supporting sugar leaves. I also leave on the top one or two sets of fan leaves. The rest of the stem will be clean.
I've cleaned up the lower portion of my plants twice now and I now have a plastic grocery bag stuffed full of leaves. I'm not removing everything at once. I'm starting with the huge sun leaves, then the large fan leaves. I'm not removing suckers.cuttings yet, as I may take clones. I haven't decided yet. I really want to do BF Tangerine sativa. I have a kandy kush to think about too...