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Week 10: EVERYTHING IS AWESOME! Added my trellis!

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Week 10: EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!  Added my trellis!

Strains in the tents:  Russian Doll, Sour Key OG, and Pineapple Express (scroll down for details by strain).

Grow method:  Indoor SCROG with LED.

LED Details:  2x California Lightworks 1100 + 2x California Lightworks 550, on our VEG B setting of 70: Red, 99 White, 99 Blue for 23 hours.

Gear we are using:  Pure Tents, California Lightworks 1100s and 550s LEDs and controller, Pure Pots (10 gallon), Promix HP, Dollar Store EZ Pods, Green House Powder Feed, BlueSky Organics Organic Reactor, Safer's End All Insecticidal Soap, 2-net trellis, microscope.

I have had no signs of spider mites for over 2 weeks now, but I still did another spray of the soap and tidied up the tents.  My plants are getting huge so I need to set up my SCROG now.  Ordinarily I would have flipped my plants into flower by now, so my SCROG will sit a little higher.  The SCROG is just a stretchy net with hooks on the corners that fits the bars on the inside of my tent.  The elastic net trellis comes in two sizes, a smaller one with 2" x 2" holes (used first to train the plant to grow horizontally), and a second trellis with 4" x 4" holes that gets applied later (to support the monster buds I will have). This (and the topping I did earlier) will ensure I have an even canopy, and the light is spread out evenly.  Had I left them to just grow naturally, most would have turned out like Christmas trees with one giant bud in the middle (which could be super susceptible to bud rot), and progressively smaller buds down the sides (which suck up resources and aren't even worth trimming). Since I SCROGed, I will have a bunch of top buds that are around the same size, and nothing will come out underdeveloped.   Also, my A/C went out this week so the house overall has been much warmer.  I have had to keep an extra close eye on the plants with more water than usual.  I don't want to flower until the temperature in the house cools down overall.

Strain name:  Sour Key OG
Genetics:  Amnesia Haze X (Super Lemon Haze X OG Kush)
Flowering time:  8-9 weeks
Yield:  Heavy
Level of difficulty:  Medium
Notes:  All Sour Key OGs have caught up with one another and as you can see in the first tent, my screen is almost full!  Everything is looking lush and healthy!  I may have to even do some extra trimming, because once flowering hits I can expect my plants to continue to stretch---they usually get 50%-75% bigger.  

Strain name:  Pineapple Express
Genetics:  Big Bud X Skunk
Flowering time:  8 weeks
Yield:  Heavy
Level of difficulty:  Medium
Notes: So I changed the level of difficulty from easy to medium this week because these little buggers have been extra fussy--maybe sensitive to our A/C issue.  Just growing sorta flimsy--maybe they need an extra dose of the Organic Reactor--I will add that next water.  Anyways, when I was putting my screen on I split one of the stalks on the plant on the left.  I have broken enough branches to know that SOMETIMES they can be saved if you act fast.  I use zip ties and zip the branch back together.  If all goes well the plant grows back stronger and extra energy is focused on the split branch.  If I eff it up, half the plant will just wilt and die.  But mine are still fully alive so I think this one will be on the mend.  Otherwise I am noticing a bit of "exposure" on some of the leaves, but nothing too bad.  Not as lush or growing as fast as the others.  I am going to change to flowering based on my Pineapple Express--which seem to be in the middle of the other two strains in terms of growth.  
Genetics:  Kuban Sativa x Northern Lights x AK-47
Flowering time:  8-9 weeks
Yield:  Medium
Level of difficulty:  Easy
Notes:   Now that we are well into veg you can see why these are my faves to grow.  They are so uniform and lush with nice big fat leaves.  They are a little shorter than the rest, even in flower so I expect this screen will take the longest to fill.  They stay so compact, I may even consider lowering the screen a bit to make sure those lower side branches reach it.
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