Chunky Monkey’s Grow Journal

Have u checked trichomes?

I have still clear. standard 2 weeks but really 4.

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I still think the ph is getting ya… do you have any lime? Not dolomite, but just regular gardening lime?

I do. But doesn’t lime raise the PH? I get it buffers and neutralizes the pH. just don’t totally understand. Science…

It is Dolomite lime. my bad. Off to Lowes I go. drywall work?


What is Agricultural Lime?

Ag lime is an acid-soluble material that is applied to cropland to raise the pH of acidic soils. It comes in many forms including calcium carbonate (CaCO3), magnesium carbonate (MgCO3) and others. It can be applied in a single pass with a lime spreader. Acidic soils trigger a chemical reaction allowing carbonate molecules to strip H+ molecules from the soil, releasing water and CO2. The vacated H+ is replaced with calcium and/or magnesium on the cation exchange sites, depending on the type of lime used. It is important to consider the Ca and Mg levels on the soil exchange sites before choosing a lime source. Magnesium carbonate, called dolomitic lime, is often the cheapest form of lime. It can exacerbate problems in high Mg soils and lead to poor drainage, compaction, waterlogging, etc.1 Conversely, in high Ca soils where Mg is deficient, dolomitic lime is preferred over hi-calcium lime.

What is Gypsum?

Gypsum is calcium sulfate dihydrate (CaSO4 2H20). Flue gas desulfurization (FGD) gypsum, such as GYPSOIL® brand gypsum, is a co-product material derived from the scrubbing of flue gas emissions in coal-burning power plants. Gypsum can be spread with lime and litter spreaders. Gypsum is not acid soluble and will not change the soil pH. It helps to shift the Ca and Mg levels in soil and offers a readily available form of sulfate sulfur, a valuable secondary nutrient that benefits the soil and crop. The sulfate in gypsum binds with excess Mg in the soil to form soluble Epsom salt, which moves lower into the soil profile. This Mg is replaced by Ca, improving water holding capacity, root development and soil quality. 2

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Dolomite lime is my problem!


@ChittyChittyBangin @PurpNGold74 So now that I figured out Dolomite lime and Ag lime are two different things… Shiiiiiiit… Lesson learned.

Week 10 of flower. I found a weird bud growing 90 degrees, though it was pushed against the tent, It was a bit broken. Trimmed off and took a small branch from ugly girl. I mean they are both ugly but beautiful in their way. Anyway trimmed. them up to get better trich picks. What do you think? I’m more of a get things done person than melt away. Safe to harvest this Friday night? Or, wait another week. I just kinda need the room in the tent For the Amnesia Haze and Bubblegum in flower.

Thank you both for all your advice!


Thays up to you but id let those clear grt cloudy before pulling. Maybe this weekend?

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Ya, This weekend or next. We’ll see how my constitution holds out. I’m so Edward Scissor Hands happy! Or as I like to call it the Snipper Clipper Tripper.


Remind me to send you an invite to my harvest party! :rofl::rofl::rofl:

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I’ll be there if NC or lower VA :wink:


Just saw this thread after what seems like forever. What happened with the bad timing issue?

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We Moved and pulled the plate a little early. Ended up being some great smoke.


Cool man. Glad it worked out for ya.

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My flowering stage is very similar to yours. I made the same mistakes and also have a sick plant that is budding and very close to harvesting. I’m in my 9th week and feeling antsy. I’m following your thread here to learn more. Thanks.


So The Jack Herer x Scooby Snacks is hanging. The ugly girl has much denser flowers. The skinny girl… not so much. The top buds are dense but the mid and lower are mid-dense to larfy.

Not being able to fix the soil PH was the problem with this grow. There is a difference between Ag Lime and Dolomite Lime. Ag lime balances, Dolomite raises PH and this was the problem.
It will still smoke and I need trim for more brownies. Ground a 1x1 inch piece into 2 milkshakes and we were rip torn. Remember everyone MORE is not always better when making canna butter.

Now onto the 3rd run. Back is an Amnesia Haze, Left is a Bubblegum, both fem, and right is a Blueberry auto. You can see a huge difference by switching to Coast of Main Bud & Bloom organics. I may never get the huge harvest but this is so much easier than the FF Trio. PH has been steady for the whole 65 days. The auto is finicky and needed more B&B but the last water runoff was 6.5rh and 1489ppm

Thanks again @ChittyChittyBangin


Thats what I’m using, COM Stonington blend and its been easy peasy with balancing the pH. It was 6.4 until i switched to flower and it rose to 6.8 on its own!


Dolomite also adds mag and cal to the soil. Both buffer. I promise if you try stonington blend youll be happy…


Perhaps you can help me with my lockout deficiency issues… below is my setup

Media - soil FF Ocean forest
2x4 indoor grow tent
250 watt Viperspectra LED
Fabric pots - 5 gal
Originally spring water, changed
this week to RO water.
Indica plants
Fox Farms Trio nutrients, Cal Mag, recharge
Carbon exhaust and clip on fans
Plants in 8th week of veg
Watering/feed at about 1.25 gal per plant

Ran 6 weeks without flush and PPMs in runoff got as high as 2000 ppM, runoff ph around 6.1-6.25. Soil slurry ph 6.4. Leafs started to yellow with green veins and then brown spots.

After flush with sledgehammer, ppM down to 550- 700. Didn’t a feeding at next watering and PPMs up to 700-900 runoff after feeding. Did a watering with calmag and fish shit 3 days later and PPMs at 900-1200

Could a problem be that I am letting the plants dry out too much and that could be why ph and PPMs are high?

I want to put these into flower, but concerned with the plant health since multiple of my 6 plants have lime color leaves…. Interesting that the leaves inside the plant are dark green without the light green or yellowing problem.

Any help would be appreciated.