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Week 13:  First week of flower!

Week 13: First week of flower!

Posted by Jennawae McLean on 2020 Feb 28th

Strains in the tents: White Widow, Spanish Mango, Juice Box, Ayahuasca Purple.

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, 50 Blue for 12 hours.

Gear I am using: Pure Tents, California Lightworks 1100s and 550s LEDs and controller, Pure Pots (20 gallon), Promix HP, solo cups in various sizes, Lock Down Pads, Greenhouse Powder Feed.

Finally in flower which means I'm trying to mimic fall conditions by reducing the number of hours the plants are exposed to light.  I'm starting to see little flower heads appear and little white hairs in place of new growth on the plants.  I am still holding off pruning as much as possible until day 10-ish.  Once I get there I'll have to work on each plant for about 1-1.5 hours.  I usually put on some Spanish or Dutch lessons and do them over a couple days.  I still continue to feed and water heavily during this period.  We want as much growth leaf growth ( which means a strong root structure) as we can get before we strip them all off and begin feeding the buds (through the expansive root system we built).  

The first week of flower also means that the Blue levels are decreased and the Red levels are turned up which causes additional stretching (which is fine, it's the final stretch before buds come).  How much they stretch will determine the bud structure.  Super stretchy buds at this point can mean a staircase of buds climbing the stalk, whereas less stretching will mean more compact buds.  

Strain name: Spanish Mango
Genetics: An early phenotype of Soma's Somango bred out by a friend in the North of Spain.
Flowering time: 8-9 weeks
Yield: Average
Level of difficulty: Medium
Notes:  The tent is filling but the big broad leaves are a pain to remove (the stalks are like rubber bands) and they are shading EVERYTHING out (which isn't the end of the world as long as the others reach the screen).  I hate snapping the leaves off this one (ideally they would just pop off, but I need to use scissors because its like pinching a god damn rubber band).  I already know I'm going to be pruning this one first next week.  I always want to get what I expect to be the biggest pain in the ass out of the way first (whether too dense, or if it has rubbery stems).  I am going to be hypercritical of the strains I pick for my next grow.  I actually already know what I'm going to do...

Strain name: White Widow
Genetics: Brazilian X South Indian
Flowering time: 8-9 weeks
Yield: Heavy
Level of difficulty: Easy
Notes:  White Widow has been a pure joy to grow.  Dare I say I love it as much as my Russian Doll?  Other than the weird growing at the beginning this strain has been perfect to SCROG.  It's like it even self topped (I barely topped it once and it grew out to perfectly fill the SCROG once I moved it into the smaller tent).  The skunky-burnt-coffee (which is really one of my fave smells) is getting much stronger.  I hope this one is as fun to smoke as it has been to grow (by which I mean unfussy).  And it just goes to show---give things a chance!  I almost killed this one in favour of an additional Juice Box, but instead stuck with it and it's been my fave!

Strain name: Ayahuasca Purple
Genetics: Red River Delta X Masterkush
Flowering time: 9 weeks
Yield: Heavy
Level of difficulty: Easy
Notes:  Like the Spanish Mango, I am really noticing the Ayahuasca Purple leaves just push up the screen which is a pain.  This one always had really big internodal spacing and giant stalks and leaves.  It was kinda hard for me to train and stretch once it got to a certain height.  It really forcefully wanted to grow upward and not outwards.  The stalks and leaves are also really brittle which has lead to a lot of bandaids (zipties that I use to bring a branch back together).  This and the Spanish Mango have taught me to be extra mindful of what strains to choose to grow next round.  I would encourage someone to do this one outside or in a Sea of Green method (where less training and early growth are needed--this was the most vigorous from the start, remember!) 

Strain name: Juice Box
Genetics: (Cannalope Haze X Juanita La Lagrimosa) X Jack The Ripper
Flowering time: 10 weeks
Yield: Average - Heavy
Level of difficulty: Medium
Notes:   My Juice Box is stretching the most overall.  It's fine but I know to expect some skinnier buds out of this one.  My Juice Box is looking really healthy as well.  Because the Juice Box is in a bigger tent, it's understandable the whole thing didn't fill up yet (and won't quite at all).  I know I'll still get at least a pound out of this tent (barring disaster).  I've been taking extra care to move the dehumidifier around the room, because this strain is already a heavy feeder and can handle staying damper a little longer.  If the dehumidifier is too close it dries way too quickly (even compared to other tents that have it equally close).  This is the strain I'm going to be spending the most time with and harvesting last (I think it will be at exactly 10 weeks--I'll be too eager!)