Hey gang I've returned with another update for all of you payin' attention out there. Though things seem to be going smooth so far there's certainly some dangers looming on the horizon (insert ominous music here).
But first lets get on with the good stuff. So far both plants are doing good and appear to be quite healthy, with lots of buds and bud sites starting to pop up. The Magic Bud is really starting to show off and is loving it's environment. Don't let the droopy appearance fool you, that's the way this plant grows, at least around here . The BC on the other hand, while doing quite well is starting it's diva bitchiness phase and is showing signs of nute burn and, I think, is a little stressed from the LEDs, it's environment and it's diet. Still bud production is going on and maybe a steady diet of water and better conditions will help calm her. I've also decided to start treating these plants as the different strains that they are and I won't be feeding them on the same schedule or diet any longer. And just for the record both plants were fed on May 30th. The Magic Bud was given 28 oz, at 1/3 strength, of what I used last time to feed her and will probably be given 20 to 30 oz of water on Sunday. The Blue Cheese was given just 20 oz of water and will be given another 20 oz of water tomorrow since the pot was already light today. Plus both plants were augured lightly today to help increase air to the roots.
Here's some pics of the Magic Bud:
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Here's some views under the LEDs and under the T8s. The last two show how I've got to trim out the middle and the branch in the last pic is just not keeping up so it will probably be gone soon.
Here's some pics of the Blue Cheese:
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So far so good, but there's some nute burn going on and some heat stress from the last few day's temps IMHO. If you notice the rubber bands this is how I control any branch taking off and sometimes to help create more tops. The negative of doing this is it stresses the plant a bit and can results in increased flowering time. Having said that it can also increase your yield. Sometimes I take them off after a few days but this time I'll probably be keeping these on for the duration or when the stem that is being LST'd has hardened.
On the other hand, things are shaping up to be a tough grow this summer. Got a little taste of summer this week and the cooling system barely kept up. Temps were peaking this week at 88F with lights on and basically my cooling system that worked so well last summer at keeping everything at 78F does not seem to be able to handle the heat running 2 5x60s, 2 BS240s, 2 5500K LED wash lights and 4x32 watt T8s can put out. I've definitely got some options to play with, but most cost money which is running thin at the moment. One is I could drag my 15,000 BTU monster into the room (I'm using a 5000 BTUer right now), and pay the extra money running it and be done with my problem, though there are other aspects of doing this that make this not such a great answer. Of course I could start running CO2 to counteract any bad effects from the heat with lights on, but again this is an option that costs money to do right and would mean I would have to completely seal up the rest of my grow room. And I could grow econo and put frozen blocks of ice under my fan and maybe mod my panels to see if I can get them to generate a little less heat, but this also means I'm chained to the grow till the end of the summer most likely. The problem of course is the decision needs to be made NOW, which I always hate. So Sunday is decision day and I'm sure I'll be mentioning it next time.
Also we just got a little surprise today. Seems we may have a rooster in the hen house. I was trying out some of the MB SoG that I harvested and guess what popped out of a bud? A beautiful round half green-half white FUCKING SEED. (Just typing those words made me put down the keyboard and take a hit. Aaaaarghhhh!) And since I discovered it shortly before lights out I wasn't able to fully check out the flowering room, but it seems to be localized to this plant. It probably hermied and that was most likely brought on by the combination of starting in 12/1, the LEDs I'm using and the height of the LED panels for this particular grow which I chose to run closer than I normally would. I did have my panels running less than 12 inches with this new grow now, but have decided to move them a little further away for rest of the grow. I'm going to try to keep the 5x60 at least 16 inches away from the tops and the 240s around 14 inches. I'll probably drop them come the last two weeks but for now I want to keep the environment more stress free than I feel it is.
Of course there could be another explanation for the seed. Not as plausible as the first hypothesis but I feel there remains some possibility that this scenario happened. I ordered some Jilly Bean seeds one time that turned out to be all males. I did take some pollen from them and it is in my freezer at the moment. Sometime last month or so I gave my charcoal filter a good cleaning and I'm wondering if there was any JB pollen in it that got loose when I originally harvested the pollen and landed on that particular plant. The seed appears to be no different than the seeds from the 10 pack of MB I originally bought. To tell you the truth I was shocked that the MB seeds from Paradise seemed so green and I thought they would never germinate when I initially bought them. So I've decided just for shits and giggles to see if today's surprise will germinate. I may have to wait a bit before I germinate it, but it very well could be some kind of cross between JB and MB. I doubt it, but hey, there's only one way to be sure. But first we've got to be sure this is an isolated incident, otherwise it's game over.
Anyone see a male flower?
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Some TD, a BC bud and a SoG of BC finishing hard.
So hopefully I'll be back next time with some better news and bigger buds. And watch out for tigers
folks! Little bastards are everywhere it seems
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