Update 01/11/18 BBA1 & BBA2
These girls finally have the tent to themselves. Yesterday, after smelling some foul odors, I noted that the roots on the GCA were rotting (pew). I hacked the remaining branches and shut down the McGuyver DWC bucket.
The GCA is now a memory although I believe I will get approx. 8 ounces from it not counting trim and sugar. That’s another story.
BBA1 Day 85 from sprout
This plant has been basically, my only problem free plant. The only mishap (other than nute burn which is my baseline lol) was it got dry when I visited my grandson as I left the tap off for two days. Otherwise, just a joy to grow.
I placed this plant on it’s own reservoir and changed out the big bud for overdrive. Trying to keep the ppm’s below 1000 has been a challenge (hence burnt tips) and I am having what appears to be a cal mag issue on both BBA’s currently but that’s been addressed by increasing calmag to 2ml/L.
If I mix my Sensi Bloom nutes at half strength and add in my supplemets at half strength I am ending up with a 1300ppm mix which is too much for the autopot continuous feed. I have been adding more water but I fear that messes with my pH perfect technology…damn I should have stayed in school and listened in chemistry class.
For now, I am managing this okay by ignoring the pH and just adding water enhanced with hydroguard to get the ppm’s down into the 800 range. Or I may just continue to burn the sh*t out of my plants. Kidding…
BBA2 Day 75 from Sprout
This plant is having a tough life. Long/short, after repotting this plant into fresh coco/autopot in early December, I will be darned if it did not start to blow out it’s root ball just like the GCA. It was in the rear of the tent and because of attending to the GCA twice daily, it got ignored until I began to see coco and perlite all over the floor of the tent. The root mass was pushing the growing medium up and out of the pot to make room for more roots. I bandaided it a week ago by slicing off all roots sticking out of the pot, added another root control disc to the tray and crossed my fingers. It was continuing and I was not about to have a second plant I had to babysit twice daily by adding nutes to a bucket.
I went radical on it’s a**.
It had nearly a rock hard root mass in the bottom 3" of the pot. I am talking solid block of roots.
I performed surgery on it, broke up the mass and pulled out the airdome and most of the hydroton.
An experienced autopot grower suggested not using the layer of hydroton in the bottom as he believes it creates a barrier to the coco wicking moisture properly.
I placed a fresh couple of inches of coco/perlite in the bottom, watered it in with mild nute solution (Root
ControlDisc inserted correctly).
Placed surgical patient into the fresh pot, and watered slowly with about a half gallon of the same mild nutes.
This plant is in flower (mid) and may not survive but this had to be done as I am not babysitting another plant for a month in a bucket with an autopot beside it not in use.
I kept it out of the tent yesterday and put it back in this morning. She looks like heck but given a projected nice harvest from BBA1 and an abundance of meds from GCA, I can afford to experiment on it a bit.
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