Feels nice to be here. I have been reading for quite some time without making an account, there were times when i was absolutely desperate but managed to find answers here without problem. I have 2 more diaries (same plant) on 2 other sites, people have helped me a lot with suggestions recommendations and solutions to problems i didn’t even know i was having. Most of them prompted me to research, and research i did, without it, i wouldn’t be here writing this
So here’s my first ever post, a diary for Dr.Grinspoon.
(first post will be lengthy, the upcoming will be short with more pictures)
I acquired the seeds 2 years ago, after an extensive research on patients with ADHD that reported self medicating with cannabis, me and my wife found that 90% of them reports suggested picking sativas over indicas (based on the type of ADHD), reports of better clarity, focus and head that is “not foggy” and in best case scenarios, replacement for prescribed meds.
2 years ago when i ordered the seeds, i didnt know anything about this majestic type of plant other than you can pipe it and smile for a few hours, nothing about growing, caring, harvesting or even curing (a term that i only discovered maybe a month ago). So with this pandemic that plagued the world for the past 7 months, i decided to give it a go.
Planted 1 seed in pure Coco coir in my closet, with a light kit i got from wish, 10 notes i spent on it and when it arrived i couldnt for the life of me find any indication or specification as to how powerful it is or how much wattage it was or any branding whatsoever.
This is day 6.
Day 11, I replanted to what i thought would be her final pot, which wasnt the case, the pot was too big with little to no drainage, resulting in a very dangerous salt buildup over the course of 4 weeks.
Day 38, at this point in time, i was watering COCO once a week, because the previous feed would not drain and obviously because of no drainage the salt buildup had begun getting serious, but i had no way of figuring this out. Yet.
Day 46, The day i noticed the very first problem that made me absolutely panic. Keep in mind this was already 6 to 7 weeks time and it felt heartbreaking, so much effort to go to waste. This is the day i begun researching a bit more seriously and discovered all these forums where you can post pictures and make a diary and other people would look at your efforts and throw their 2 cents.
I quickly realised i need to repot, somewhere that has drainage, and i need to begin watering daily, if not hourly, not because the plant needed it, purely for my own sanity, collect drainage, test, repeat.
Day 48, i got so scared of feeding after the incident, that i decided to cut nutes completely and just give the plant water, which resulted in this.
Day 51, by this point, I had already discovered that my light was shit, and this is an understatement. So i begun researching better light kits on the internet, but wasnt ready to spend enough money to buy a quality product, so i went with Phlizon high power series 2000w (308w actual draw). I contacted them asking about the 2000w marketing strategy and they came back to me saying that they advertise it this way to let people know it can replace a 2000w HPS, all these abbreviations and terminologies were new to me so i just ignored them all, and went with it.
Day 59, the lower leaves have begun falling, which is when i begun giving nutes again. I had a right stress and confusion with Advanced Nutrients, trying to figure out a safe dosage etc, this is where i discovered a few topics on here throwing all these statements about “snake oil” and history of child abuse by the ceos and directors of the AN company (not what i was looking for) but i didnt pay too much attention to them, i managed to dig out some posts from waaaaaaay back, explaining in perfect detail.
From this point on, the journey begun. The plant had completely come back around from the stress, and begun growing like it would in any other persons hands.
I repotted into a 9L air pot and kept this as her final container.
Day 61. after a very long read online i finally gathered the balls and topped her, expecting the worst
Day 68, I begun the training ( a little late indeed) i got so worried that topping her would ruin everything so i left her recover for a week, feeding like i was. and the results were amazing. I definitely did not expect her to grow up like that after topping, Another question appeared, when should i push flowering(?) Considering it is such a tall strain and im growing indoors, i thought i will have problems.
So on day 70, i finally switched the lights, and this was her day 0 of flowering. A few videos of Kyle Kushman later, i defoliated the whole plant and left it alone.
Skipping to day 78, a week into flowering i noticed the plant is getting tall, taller that i was comfortable with. My tent is 1.2x1.2x2m (4x4x6(?) i dont respect the imperial system so i might be wrong) and the plant was already half way up so i asked people to suggest me options to control that and people came back, prompting me to scrog, another term i had to google and research. I rushed to town to find a PVC screen mesh. I had doubts thinking it was too late to scrog (week into flowering) but did it nonetheless.
Kept lowering the net hourly, until i reached the split, which is where i stopped. Looks bad, is held by zip ties, not sturdy at all, but seems to be working.
Day 83, the scrog was coming along nicely, branches shooting above it made me so happy, i finally felt i was doing something right.
Skipping to day 87, the stretch was already in full power, which is when i had to begin thinking about LST. Wouldnt hurt to have done it at an earlier stage, but at this point i had no other option.
The LST continued until the present day, the stretch somewhat has stopped though. I still needed to find some balls to supercrop some branches that i couldnt fit tied down.
Day 93, as i was bending the branches back onto themselves to try and bring the tops into the lights footprint, i got met with a “happy” accident (wasnt at the time)
So i went ahead and bent more of them thinking well if its now so be it.
Day 98, The LST continued, nothing major to report on these days other than more and more and more stretch, the pistils appeared, my girl begun making her flowers.
Day 103. I was met with this problem, I noticed the top leaves canoeing downwards, but never actually paid attention or researched it enough to know it was a N toxicity all along, everytime i bent those branches or tied them down to the grid, those leaves unfolded, so i assumed this was a sign of light deprivation, which it wasnt.
This is how the inside of the tent is looking, i managed to gather most equipment week by week as im furloughed and didnt need to spend money on anything other than this.
Currently on day 107, Nothing major to report other than the fact that i flushed the medium last night because i finally figured out it was a N toxicity and not light deprivation that made the leaves curl like that.
I am estimating another 7 weeks to go, in these 7 weeks, i will order a few more things, among them a microscope, so i can take some macropictures and share with the community.
Thanks for reading, more updates will come. If you have something you want to say, suggest, or mock me of, please go ahead and do so, i will gather all opinions and make a mental note so i can form my own. There will be things i did wrong, and things im still doing wrong, i would like to hear about them so i wont do any more mistakes. Any input is appreciated. Still have harvesting and curing to research and read about, which i will do when the time comes.