Blizzahd Update 1/4/18
BBA 1 & 2
These two plants have been mostly ignored for the past several weeks while I tended daily to the improvised DWC for the Crack Plant. Unfortunately, that “ignoring” never pays off (see BBA 2) but out of necessity they went to the back of the tent so I could access the DWC twice daily for “top ups.”
BBA1 Day 78 from sprout
I am blown away by the size of this auto flower BB. In addition, the bud sites are all developing well and already the tops are firm and dense. There is evidence of some slight “purpling” as well as some pistils turning brown!! This plant remains on the same nute mix as documented in the last update which is basically bloom nutes with big bud. This was also the plant that had the pH issue or funky ill appearance for several weeks. Though I thought I cured it with strict adherence to the ph perfect nutes, now BBA 2 is doing the same thing despite the same nute mix/ph. Always an adventure!
Sort of mailed it in on the pics as I just used my flash vs supplemental lighting.
BBA2 Day 68 from sprout
This gal is on the same nute mix as her cousin BBA1, both are in my autopots. You may recall my GCA blew out of the autopot and had to be babysat for the rest of it’s. life.
This plant, BBA2, was transplanted into fresh coco/perlite in early December in an attempt to avoid the same sickly fate as BBA1, who appears to have recovered very nicely. Despite this, my neglect of this plant realized yesterday that she is doing the same thing as the GCA. Blowing roots into the tray and pushing the plant upwards where it is not wicking nutrients into the coco/pot but rather, existing on a barely adequate mini micro climate in the bottom of the tray. I didn;t take photos but a scroll up to November would show what happened to the GCA. Needless to say, I wasn’t about to commit to another improvised DWC requiring twice daily attention and weekly overhaul.
I took this plant out of the tent, trimmed all of the roots extended out of the bottom of the pot. I added a second root control disc into the tray itself (TMI I know but I need this info), top watered the pot until I could coax the rootball back down into the pot and reapplied the potsock.
I will monitor closely and soon, the GCA will be completely harvested and I can move this plant to the front and monitor even more closely. If need be I will DWC it after the GCA is out of the bucket.
This is not, I realize, a very good testimonial to autopots. I have sought input from a forum of only autopot growers and none have ever seen this happen before, let alone twice. Most are convinced I failed to put in the RCD, I highly doubt that however; I did take a shortcut. The RCD’s root control disc’s come with the autopot and are a sheet of landscape fabric treated on one side with a copper type coating. This is supposed to turn the root tips around or burn them off or otherwise stop the roots from trying to escape the pot. I re-used the RCD’s from my first grow vs purchasing new ones. I think this is user error secondary to laziness and cheapskateosis. Sorry for the length of this.
BTW, this BBA2 plant is outstretching BBA1 and is a huge plant (nearly 30" tall). I supercropped several of the tallest branches and will supercrop the rest when she recovers a bit. If I can keep these plants alive, they are gonna produce a ton of stash!
I cropped the main stem which was slightly taller than this one, huge auto
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