How can two colas be so different from their sisters?

Hello! So excited, been lurking here for ages, but registered to post and ask.

I started my first grow (other than that time in high school in my parents’ backyard) almost by accident. Tossed a couple stray seeds I’d saved into these heirloom tomatoes I was given. The tomatoes did terribly, but the Chiba is going strong.

Planted (late, I’ve since learned) June 13th in southern New England. I watered every day (yeah, I know, amazing I didn’t kill them right there) added nothing but occasional fish oil. I tried to mainline both of the plants, but one of them looked really sickly (see above about water, sheesh) so I only gave it two toppings. The other got three, yielding eight cola bud sites.

I’ll get to the question in a sec, but youse seem like the types that like a little history so I’m giving it, pardon the overly loquacious first post. I will get to the pictures in a sec, too, promise.

Though there were still thirteen and a half hours of sunlight they nevertheless both started to flower in mid August (week 10), leading me to conclude (guess?) they were both auto flowers. I had planned to bring them inside as the weather chilled but moved up my plans so I could get with the blurple lights (yes yes, saw that topic too, I’ll come over there when I think I can handle it!) and flowering notes. I have done both, they’ve been inside three weeks now, thriving. The one (camera left) that had only four colas now has ten. The other one is doing even better, with the main colas growing by the hour and flowers popping out of every node. It’s truly an amazing sight.

Alright, three questions, first the most intriguing: what is going on with the rearmost (in the photo) colas on that plant. Six of eight are fuzzy white sparkling goodness, those two are growing hella leaves, a few stamens (?) poking out, but mostly dense dark green leaves, notably taller than their sisters too (oh, and that stem is the thickest of the four, quite noticeably).

Second, I trained the rightmost plant to good effect I think. The sinister one on the left there with the ten flower sites, suggestions? Probably not too late to train, or could just trim out some fan leaves. Thoughts?

Third, there seem to be some white spots on some of my leaves, mostly right hand plant but a few on the left. These are different from the white crystal things (which are like, holy mackerel, the real deal!), don’t rub off, some sort of nutrient problem?

Sorry to ask so many questions for someone from New Jersey, thanks in advance for the help!


Firstly welcome to ILGM! Awesome place to be.

Second happy lookin plants! So far so good…

Third… nice history. We do appreciate backstory. June 13th is a tad late. But normally its because its pretty hot outside by then. 13 hours forcing flower isn’t technically ‘autoflower proof’. More like flowering at 16+.

4th… the questions! No idea wth is going on with the confused gal. Not used to seeing branches vegging and flowering at the same time. Almost looks like it could be another plant! :man_shrugging:t5:

5th (2nd question) the great training on the right. But the biggest difference I see is how cleaned out the lowers are compared to the left. Keep working your way up a couple more inches from the lowest point. Trying to increase light intensity through your canopy.

6th white SPOTS are bad. Ver bad news. Could also be the reason your seeing redundant veg growth. Also could be mold beginning. Both suck. Take pictures focused on the spots


Welcome to ILGM Community! Purp covered you. Tag someone using the @MajorMarvy if you need anything! Happy growing! :seedling:

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I will post closeup pics of the spots anon.

I thought that about it looking like another plant too, but it’s definitely the same one. Another oddity is that the branch leading to that one is noticeably bigger than the rest. Question is whether to do anything about it. The fact that they’re growing taller than the others makes me wonder if they’re stealing energy? I guess I should leave 'em and see what happens, unless youse can think of a good reason not too.

OK, took a minute, but took purpngold74’s advice, see below for pics of the white spots. And a bonus shot of what I think are the good kind of white spots.

And depending on what they are, it might or might not matter as I also took purp’s advice to trim out lower fan leaves. I ended up taking most (though not all) of the afflicted leaves. Still interested in y’all’s opinion on what is going on though. Thanks in advance!

Hello Covert, thanks for the advice. Don’t quite understand from your response how to tag someone though. Should I have tagged purpngold74 in my latest post (which was a response to them, though not in a reply)? IS that like a # sort of thing? Clue this newbie, please?

Hey purp, having trouble mastering the tagging system. Responded to you in earlier post about the white spots, not sure how to make sure you get it, so responding here as an answer to your response.

@MajorMarvy you use the @ symbol to tag someone like @PurpNGold74

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Not sure exactly but @Covertgrower does it look like light burn maybe?

Looks closer thrips infestation. A lot of people have been battling them this year.
I keep
Captain jacks dead bug on hand just in case.

Yea wasn’t sure I been dealing with mite darn pest

Intersting. Started outside, brought them in about two weeks ago. What’s Captain Jacks, and is it ok to use at this late stage of the game? (or was cutting the leaves containing them good enough?)

Captain jacks dead bug is safe all the way through flowering.
Highly recommended to apply some.

U should be able to find it on Amazon

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It works got the same problem

Right on, ordered.

Those tiny spots look like spider mite damage. Very similar to what it looked like when I had them on my gorilla glue autos (also started outdoors). Was able to get rid of them with Garden Safe Insecticidal Soap for Organic Gardens, so that’s another option - Lowe’s carries it. Took about a week of daily spraying to kill them off. They are so tiny I had to use the pocket microscope to check the back side of the leaves and found them. They looked like tiny, clear spiders. Good luck!

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