Grow Diaries

Week 3: All aboard the struggle bus!

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Week 3:  All aboard the struggle bus!

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

Grow method:  Indoor SCROG (although the screen is not on yet) with LED.

LED Details:  2x California Lightworks 1100 + 2x California Lightworks 550, on our VEG A setting of 50: Red, 99 White, 99 Blue for 24 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.

I am committed to making this grow diary as honest and straightforward as possible, and this is a week where we have to see this as a "learning opportunity".  Almost every seedling is on the struggle bus.

All of our seeds have sprouted and with the exception of the Sour Key OG the seedlings are looking a little paler than I would like.  This could be as a result of many things:  overwatering, underwatering, temperature, closeness of lights, too many nutrients, not enough nutrients, or soil quality generally.  Maybe even an LED issue?  We can rule out the lights being too close because they are up very high and on a low setting.  Over or underwatering probably isn't the issue--we water a little bit every day.  Overfeeding nutrients probably isn't the issue, because the plants have only been exposed to the Promix and EZ Pods.  Could those have been too much?  Maybe?  Temperature may have also been an issue.  Every summer I have the same problem, our house and basement get cold with the A/C and especially cold (and humid) in dark hours. 
So what am I doing to correct this?  
Quick note about my LED lights--because I use California Lightworks, I am able to dial in my spectrum to the exact outputs I want.  You can adjust the red, blue and "white" (which is just coated to look white).  Red helps with stretching and flower development, blue helps with root structure, leaf development in veg and terpene development in flower.  "White" (which isn't actually a white light, it is just coated to look that way) fills in the gaps that the blue and red misses and also helps with how the light penetrates the canopy and bounces off the underside of leaves and chlorophyll development.   In this case I increased the white level so we can promote chlorophyll development.  I also increased the light hours from 20 to 24 for the first part of this veg cycle.  As long as you maintain over 16 hours of light the plants wont flip into preflower.  Leaving the lights on also helps with the temperature issue--it will remain warm all night long. 
At this time I also used Organic Reactor from BlueSky Organics.  I like to think of it as a multi-vitamin for my plants--this one rich in calcium and magnesium.  I think it's just bat shit and bone meal...or at least I think I know what the inside of a cave smells like.  While it is unlikely that the ProMix I am using is acidic (which would cause serious burn in the leaves), it is possible the EZ pods were.  Either way, a little dose of this will boost the vitality, and won't hurt.  I like to scratch the soil and sprinkle it near (but never touching) the stalk of the plant and water so the roots can absorb.  It's NPK rating is 3-5-2, and it is organic.  The boost of nitrogen will definitely help the seedlings chug along as well.  We always see an improvement after one application of this, but I like to do an application once a week during the veg cycle regardless of whether or not the plants are on the struggle bus.

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:  Seemingly my strongest overall but if you look closely you can notice the discoloration on the edges that I was talking about above.  At this stage all plants should be fully dark green.   Just because I know that things won't immediately improve on their own, I am being proactive and applying the Reactor now.  I don't want to waste any time with slow growth.  We need a boost of vitality, even on our seedlings that are seemingly doing well.

Strain name:  Pineapple Express
Genetics:  Big Bud X Skunk
Flowering time:  8 weeks
Yield:  Heavy
Level of difficulty:  Easy
Notes: You can tell these ones are on the struggle bus big time!  Look at that dinky one on the left!  Almost no colour at all!  The cotyledons (the first leaves that come when a seed germinates) are banana yellow.  Here you can see the Organic Reactor application just before I watered it in.  Next week I predict we will come back to dark green leaves and more growth for sure.
 
Genetics:  Kush X Kush
Flowering time:  9-10 weeks
Yield:  Heavy
Level of difficulty:  Medium
Notes:  You may not be able to see the little seedling, but it is there, sprouted and planted.  As with the other seedlings, I gave these little girls a dose of Reactor.  It is perfectly fine to use even on small seedlings like the one on the left.  I am sure we will come back to this one fully green and on it's way to becoming a plant.
 
Genetics:  Kuban Sativa x Northern Lights x AK-47
Flowering time:  8-9 weeks
Yield:  Medium
Level of difficulty:  Easy
Notes:  These ones didn't seem too bad off (maybe the one on the right needs a little boost) but just to be safe and to give them a boost of vitality I still added some Reactor to the mix.  Better safe than sorry, and this is very safe to use.
 
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