“Comparison is the thief of joy,” it is said. After comparing our first two tries at autos to others’ efforts (especially on GrowDiaries), we are a little joyless at the harvest of one and the prospects of the other. Where did we go wrong? We hope you can help.
Two plants: Grapefruit and Strawberry Pie, both by 420 FastBuds
Fox Farms soil, nutes in 7-gallon fabric pots
2x3 custom tent
One light: Parfactworks RA1000; on 18/6
Vivosun 4" extractor fan
LST, defoliation to let more light and air into lower branches, especially on the Strawberry Pie (on the right)
Where things are now:
Grapefruit was harvested last week - 10 weeks to the day from germination. When cured, we doubt she’ll reach one ounce. Smells great, but we were expecting much more.
Strawberry Pie is almost at 11 weeks and getting close, but she too is a little light, in our opinion. We see these magnificent, colorful colas in other photos around the web and keep waiting for her to pack on more but she’s not. Her calyxes reveal about 20% amber trichs on the very top, and hardly any on her lower buds. I think they’re all cloudy, though, at this point.
Close and frosty:
We don’t think we’ll get much more than a zip out of her, either.
So what happened? Did the LST and defo stress them out? Do we need to up our light game? The current light says it’s 1000W, but a closer reading shows it’s only a 134W pull from the wall. Should we get another of the same light for the next run? Or is that overkill (they don’t come with dimmers).
We watered deeply about twice a week, one of them a feeding. Even went easy on the nutes with the Strawberry, as was suggested by FastBuds.
And thanks to all who answer!