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Week 11: Mostly looking good, new fans!

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Week 11:  Mostly looking good, new fans!

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 miticide concentrate (plus water and a spray bottle), microscope, Secret Jardin Oscillating Fan.

This week I continued to have issues with my A/C in the house.  While I did add new oscillating fans from Secret Jardin (which I love) they were just not enough.  September is a weird time of year where you convince yourself you can sleep with the windows open and that is cool enough.  My plants were not fooled and some got really overheated.  I skipped a feeding of the Organic Reactor, and with the heat my plants became calcium/magnesium deficient (with the deficiency exacerbated by the heat).  I knew they were deficient because I was lazy with the Reactor, and the areas affected were just new growth (as you can see in the picture below).  It really just affected one of my plants but that plant acted as a reminder to feed all the rest. Cal/mag deficiencies also limit growth (so does overheating) so we saw a bit of a slow down overall.  I gave every plant a very heavy dose of Organic Reactor.  Heavy doses of Organic Reactor will form a bit of a shell on the surface of the plants, so I have to be careful and water slowly for the rest of the week to ensure proper absorption.  there is one goal to have for plants during veg, it would be to keep those leaves healthy and green.  Any deviation from healthy and green is an indicator that there is another problem below the surface to deal with.  Based on where the screens are now, and wanting to have them be about 80% full, we can expect around 2 more weeks of veg.

Cal/Mag deficiency

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:  So my plants that were most deeply affected by the heat (leading to a deficiency, which was made worse by heat and better with Organic Reactor).  I noticed my Sour Key OG 1 tent had some brown spots on new growth and that growth overall had slowed (which is expected when you have an overheating issue like I experienced with my A/C last week).  I used tent 1 as a barometer for the rest of the plants and just dosed everything with Reactor to be safe.  Everything bounced back green and fresh by the next watering.  When I moved the Sour Key OG's to these tents I thought I was being smart by pairing the largest ones with the smallest ones so that the tents would fill at around the same pace.  Of course, we are seeing two distinct phenotypes so they are filling up the tents at different rates.  On the next round I would match the phenotypes as closely as possible (although I am going to cut the total plants in half next round so this may be moot).

 

Strain name:  Pineapple Express
Genetics:  Big Bud X Skunk
Flowering time:  8 weeks
Yield:  Heavy
Level of difficulty:  Medium
Notes:  My Pineapple Express was also being a little fussy with the heat issues and slower growth, and drank more water than the other plants.  I didn't see as strong of a deficiency in this tent at all (but still gave it a dose of Reactor because I was getting behind on that).  Everything spruced back up once the A/C got fixed and our house temperature returned to normal.
 
Genetics:  Kuban Sativa x Northern Lights x AK-47
Flowering time:  8-9 weeks
Yield:  Medium
Level of difficulty:  Easy
Notes:  As always, my Russian Doll looks lush and healthy (in spite of all the other issues we are encountering).  This strain is tough as nails.  I still dose it with Reactor nonetheless and continue tucking and weaving all my plants.  This is why I always grow Russian Doll.  At every stage it is just beautiful!
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