I don't know if hydro will be any better - I have 2 soilless in flower now, one to harvest in 2 or 3 weeks. I'll do my best at some closeups of the colas and post some pics.
If you live in a hot humid area, or even the summers here in Canada, the tight colas in soilless may get moldy. I had to cut some moldy bud off a couple colas to let air get in and dry out the rest. The hydro's buds are much looser and less likely to grow mold.
That's one thing I don't like about long flowering strains - any problems we have in a short flowering strain will accumulate over the longer flowering period and give us more trouble.
I wanted to post some pictures of Kali Mist grown Crop Circle Of Bud, even someone with the smallest of areas can grow a tall sativa hybrid like KM. This one is 6.25" to the top of those little colas but they could be bent horizontal if needed, the main colas are about 4" above the bucket rim. I'll probably only get around 4 cups of cured bud off this one.
The small KM from above is to the right, the Kali Mist on the left is going to be spectacular. Tallest cola about 12" now, stem 54", 4 or 5 weeks into flower. I'm expecting 12+ cups of cured bud from this beauty.
I'm harvesting the large Kali Mist in the morning, 91 days (13 weeks) of flower, down from 18 weeks in soilless my first grow. Different growing style, Fox Farm Solubles, and keeping the plant healthier. I'm chopping in the morning and will hang/bag/jar for as long as possible before getting into the bud.
It smells heavenly. Spice, not a bit of marijuana. An iced whitish green hue with the green of the buds reflecting through the cloudy trichomes. The harvest window was fast, it seemed to go from clear to 1/3 amber within a few days. Very, very easy plant to grow, tolerant of grower mistakes - letting it wilt, drowning it, that kind of thing. Big producer, this plant should give 3+ liters of cured bud, could be grown in 16" x 16" and is 14" tall at the highest cola. The tallest colas themselves are 18", 19" & 24" but they're bent horizontal part way up the colas. Kali Mist has always been a big producer for me, of the kindest possible bud.
This is a single stem plant (not topped), the cola on the left is the main stem cola. The taller colas on the right are from the base of the plant, those branches always get the advantage with CCOB grows, the become the main colas.
I used a metal tomato cage ring to keep the branches up and the center hollow (no mold) I hadn't gotten into branch/cola training when I put this in flower and the colas were going every where, blocking each other. The tomato cage solved the problem, they all got relatively equal light.
I curled the taller colas in towards the open center to lower the height and to get more light on the sides of the colas, now horizontal.
A really nice view, the colas are dense and crusty.
Wow, very nice report, I just tried kali mist for the first time from my friend and I have almost the same things to say about ti smoke-wise. I really love the smell, its so unique and zesty, hard to explain, and smokes sooooo smooooth. I dunno if it was how long my friend cured it for, or that we went out of a bong, but this shit was just the most enjoyable smoke ive ever had. and of course, the high was just awesome.
Thanks so much for your posts, I'm new to growing and I want to grow indoors, I'm looking to get a 'bloombox' and the max grow height is 3 feet!!
I really want to grow a Sativa and heard "Kali Mist" is the best, but it's naturally a tall plant. I really don't want to go through all the effort to grow an Indica!
1. Can I grow a "Kali Mist" to be a maximum of 3 feet tall??
2. If I can grow a short Kali Mist, how do I do that please?
Thanks for your help in advance!