Been ages! Things have been busy.
Besides the usual busy there was also the Lift & Co. Expo up here in the snowy North this past weekend. $20.00 Canuck bucks to get in and swag/free samples worth about a grand was received.
Included in that free crap was a bunch of sample sizes from Advanced Nutrition, a complete 3 part plus 3 different various adjuncts from Emerald and a 4 part plus 4 various adjuncts from Green Planet. Was thinking of trying full on hydro next grow, now I have all the nutes I’d ever need for that.
Also got to talk with a few breeders. I know I mentioned that I had an issue with some seeds genetic ancestry listed versus what was claimed in the name. I still decline to name the breeders but spoke to one of this groups breeders and they apologized for my not receiving a response to my question at all. They said even if they were going to decline to answer, they should have still responded and I should assume it was an accidental oversight and to write with more questions in the future. That done they also let me know completely the answer to my questions and I am satisfied. Another of the breeders I spoke to gave me 40 seeds of their proprietary strains. Would love to shout them out, but this forum is inappropriate so don’t ask me publically
Ok, time to catch up on the garden. Group shot!
Next a bad shot of my probable (spoke to this breeder, this cultivar was the one I was concerned about) GSC.
She’s broken nodal symmetry, has pre-flowers and is healthy as a healthy ox on let’s all be healthy day. The branches are coming out whippy and leggy, very sativa like, but still feels more indica in shape. Still hoping for a Platinum GSC but this might be a hybrid of the other parent as well. That would still be something mighty fine, but not what I was hoping for. Won’t really know until flowering. Either way that’s going to be a nice plant.
Next how about my Vanilla Kush:
the packet on there is a packet of predatory mites. Got along well with the predatory insect company people and they gave me a selection based on what I am at risk from in my area. I don’t have any parasites in there now, but nice to have a preventative in place. In general she looks great, just finally saw some preflowers on her today but symmetry is only just starting to break at the nodes. Thick strong branches, very compact and its central stem is FAR AND AWAY the thickest in the garden. I don’t think it’s the best exemplar of this cultivar as it’s just not branching and spreading too fast and its vertical growth is slow, but it’s definitely going to be fire!
Next the runt, my CBDurban:
She’s in a smaller and shorter pot from the others, she also was a self topper so had 2 branches that just couldn’t settle which would take apex dominance. Even though it’s not the best choice I took one of those for a clone (better to take a lower branch). As a side effect of the self topping, there is WAY more low down growth than there should be so it’s like the dominant branch is just growing out from a ball. Didn’t see pre flowers but this cultivar doesn’t show them (at least never from my grows from several different seeds of it) however nodal symmetry has broken, so it’s probably mature. Anyway, she seems short when you look how far she has to go to get to the trellis:
but add back the height that’s lost on the shorter pot and she’s actually about as tall as the rest of my canopy.
Oh, and let’s see how the revegging of the sweet tooth is going:
That’s even a day old and there is more new leaf growth since then. The soil was super rich, hence the extreme green-ness and shineyness of those new leaves. So, I gave her a flush.
Water in was pH 6.3 and ppm 36, out was pH 7.3, ppm 556. Flushed until runoff was pH 6.34 and ppm 53.
Well, before we get to Ana, will just outline my breeding plan.
I took a few clones
2 Vanilla Kush, 1 GSC and 1 CBDurban. The CBDurban is for a friend, the rest are for seed.
So, the GSC will be allowed to root and then be put into flower unmolested. it will be paired with a Vanilla Kush clone. The Vanilla Kush clone will be topped right after rooting and as soon as the two top branches show, one will be treated with colloidal silver for male flowers and the other will be allowed to grow female flowers. Now, they will be isolated together right before the male flowers open so that the vanilla kush fertilizes only itself and the GSC. Once I am sure fertilization has occured the male branch will be trimmed off and discarded and the two plants will be returned to the common grow area. At the same time the other vanilla kush will be unmolsted and paired with the revegged sweet tooth and those two will be isolated right before the male flowers open on the sweet tooth, and in that pairing we know that all seeds on the sweet tooth will be self crosses and equivalent to clones, and all on the vanilla kush there will be crossed with the sweet tooth. Again, after fertilization I’ll chop its balls off and all of these clones, each clearly labeled so that I won’t get confused later, will be back in the common area of the tent to finish up and I’ll have tons of seed but only on my tiny clones, leaving the mother plants sinsemilla.
So, that’s the breeding plan this time round.
Ok, FINALLY! Here’s how Ana is doing:
Well, I was testing soil anyway so I did a slurry of Ana’s growing medium. ppm was 11 (yup, 11, but it’s depleted pro mix and last watering wasn’t a feed, still lower than I thought it should be. I’m still new to non-soil) and pH was about 7.3. A bit higher than expected, it crept up the last week or so. Everyone is getting watered with a pH of 6.0 for the next bit to correct the pH issues. Anyway, Ana was starving (and perhaps a bit of a manganese lockout judging by pH and by some of the leaf damage pattern) for a bit. Foliar sprays galour, heavy feeding and a bit of tweeking this and that and say some good proper deep green in the newest leaves. And a bit of nute burn even. Even lucked out that some of the old broadleaf got some green back (which points to manganese lockout again because getting green back is rare and I think that can happen when that’s fixed, but might be misremembering and too much to do to bother looking stuff up, so, assume I’m wrong on that). So, Ana’s not going to be first place I’d guess, she’s been huge trouble since about week 4. That said, as soon as flowering started she suddenly looked REALLY sativa, and with me sativa’s always seem to go nasty with the broadleaf right out the gate. The buds are still growing about as expected so the broadleaf always seems to be working enough. I just have far less trouble from indicas, but who doesn’t find that. She’s looking frosty, so, I mean, autoflower so won’t be that strong but might be ok. Yield is going to suck. she’s a bit shy of 40cm, not at all impressive. Started flowering at week 2, so lucky she’s even that tall.
Autoflower just isn’t my thing, too little control.
Ok, that’s the update, hope everyone is well.