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Week 15: Buds are swelling and pruning begins! (Video)

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Week 15:  Buds are swelling and pruning begins! (Video)

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 FLOWER 1 setting of 99: Red, 99 White, 70 Blue for 12 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.

In the first week we started to notice little buds developing and the plants stretching.  Now that we are into the second week of flower they are getting bigger and stronger and it is time to prune!  Recall that over the last 14 weeks we haven't pruned at all (except clearing away leaves that were affected by the mites).  There are a couple different schools of thought on pruning.  Some believe that you should be pruning from the beginning--always getting rid of fan leaves and anything in the way.  Others believe you shouldn't prune until after 10 days into flowering (with or without the SCROG).  I have done it both ways, and if I am being perfectly honest, I find that that pruning along the way is a LOT of work.  Leaves grow back really quickly and it seems like a lot of unnecessary work.  If you wait until after flower, there is still work involved but it's all at once.   

In the SCROG tents our goal is to trim everything below the net trellis.  By trim, I mean strip bare.  Anything that doesn't meet the screen, scrap.  All the bud sites that create the canopy are getting an even distribution of light.  By scrapping everything below the screen (that isn't getting enough light to develop properly anyways) all growing and light energy and nutrients will get directed to the bud sites that remain.  For the next 6-8 weeks all we have to do is keep the bottoms bare and remove any fan leaves that are blocking the light for other bud sites.  Next week we will start taking close up shots of the developing buds.  Here is a video I made of the process (next time I will shoot horizontally, I don't know what I was thinking). 

 

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:  I have done this strain before a couple times and the growth is always explosive--this time is no exception.  It grows stretchy and viney (which is perfect for a SCROG).   The viney-ness is great for getting set up in the screen, but were a bit of a pain in the ass to strip, and probably took the longest.  This week they have also popped up big time and now that we are done tucking anything that stretches will ultimately bulk up.  I can already visualize what these are going to look like and I am excited.  Also, they are making my house STINK in the best way.

 

Strain name:  Pineapple Express
Genetics:  Big Bud X Hawaiian Skunk
Flowering time:  8 weeks
Yield:  Heavy
Level of difficulty:  Medium
Notes:   I'm not sure what changed (but as we know this strain has been a little fussy on and off) but everything in this tent is taking really well and shooting up quickly!  It won't be long before I need to add my second screen in to support what I expect to be giant buds soon!  I am also getting (as you might have guessed) a strong fragrance from this tent as well.  This one was also growing a little viney towards the top so was a little longer to prune.

Strain name:  Russian Doll
Genetics:  Kuban Sativa x Northern Lights x AK-47
Flowering time:  8-9 weeks
Yield:  Medium
Level of difficulty:  Easy
Notes:  My Russian Doll tent was the easiest to prune overall--the branches are SUPER strong.  I could basically run my fingers along the branches and pop the leaves off.  This was always the case with the Russian Doll though.  This tent smells less strong than the other two but is already giving off an awesome whiff of blueberry.  The branches below are also turning purple and red now (I kinda try to bring it out with colder water...just for fun).  I haven't noticed any purple phenos in the tent yet, so we will see if we get any purple ones this round!
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