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Week 8: The battle is won (the war far from over)

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Week 8:  The battle is won (the war far from over)

Strains in the tents:  Russian Doll, Sour Key OG, 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, Green House Powder Feed, BlueSky Organics Organic Reactor, Safer's End All miticide concentrate (plus water and a spray bottle), microscope.

The spider mite attack of 2019 is at bay! I have no idea where these little guys came from!  I think my first treatments went well and got most of them; this tells me they might have just been a regular garden mite, which is easier to get rid of than a cannabis specific mite that might already be used to treatment (especially if it came from another cannabis garden).  After the first treatment, I went back a couple days later and sprayed again.  I found no eggs but there were still a couple nibblers on my bottom branches.  After a couple days I noticed that some of the leaves were looking a little "exposed" (sorta like a sunburn on a leaf), so I got rid of the dead/dying leaves started taking it a little easier on the End All.  After getting rid of those leaves I found everything bounced back pretty well. 

By the end of the week I have noticed that there are no signs of mites anymore.  Even though I see no life, it doesn't mean they are gone for sure.  I am experienced to know they may just be dormant.  I am still going to follow through with our 3 step course of action over the next couple weeks: 

1) End All miticide concentrate for a week more. 
2) 2 light sprayings of the insecticidal soap the week after, 3 days apart, just in case.  
3) 3 days later, 1 light spraying the plants with the alcohol/water spray and cleaning the tents from top to bottom with the same mixture.

Once these steps are complete I will add the screen to my tents.  I don't want to add the screen before I do the alcohol clean down.   Once the screen is added I will continue to veg until the screens are at least 70% full before changing the light cycle to flower (12 hours in light, 12 hours in the dark). Plants can stay in veg for a long time, years even.  If I were growing a wild forest of cannabis or sea of green, I would probably be already be in flower or switching to flower now (plants will almost double in size by the time flowering starts).  Because I am growing SCROG (plus now with this pest issue) I am deliberately delaying flower.   

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:  The Sour Key OG was ground zero for the spider mites, and seem to be the first plants that the mites are exterminated from (or at least dormant).  I noticed a couple leaves underneath that had bites but no signs of mites.  I also FIMed a couple tops on these guys and I am noticing the plants getting bushier by the day.  I really can't wait to put my screen on!

Strain name:  Pineapple Express
Genetics:  Big Bud X Skunk
Flowering time:  8 weeks
Yield:  Heavy
Level of difficulty:  Easy
Notes: Much like the Sour Key OG's these gals were showing some signs of life on the bottom leaves.  I definitely saw a huge reduction in bug activity, maybe only 1/4 of what we had before so I know we are on the right path and will have these cleared out in no time.  Also like the Sour Key OG's I noticed a little "exposure" on the leaves that became sensitive from the soap (and you can notice in this picture a couple crispy edges).  I got rid of all the leaves that showed any bite marks or exposure.  As you can tell still pretty lush for the most part and requiring a fine toothed comb and careful observation to really see any issues.
Genetics:  Kuban Sativa x Northern Lights x AK-47
Flowering time:  8-9 weeks
Yield:  Medium
Level of difficulty:  Easy
Notes:  My favourite plant to grow overall is really taking to topping and FIM'ing with super uniform bushes, and like the other 2, little or no buggy activity, and only on bottom leaves (which only means we have vigorous new growth and a contained mite situation).  I saw very little "exposure" on any of the Dolls and just plucked a few dead leaves from the under side.  Everything looking good!
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