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Week 16:  Nice trichome development!

Week 16: Nice trichome development!

Posted by Jennawae McLean on 2020 Mar 19th

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

This week I am starting to notice some colour change in the leaves.  This is happening because the plants think that it's fall, and because the buds are using up all the carbohydrates in the leaves.  I'm also focusing on removing any leaves that are obstructing the flower sites, or just getting in the way.  Now that big buds are forming, we want to minimize humidity, and excessive foliage might increase humidity levels and reduce air circulation generally (which can lead to budrot among other issues).  At this point, I don't really want to feed the leaves--I want to feed the buds.  Also, in an effort to further minimize humidity issues I've been continuing to water a small dose (7L per pot) every other day, and I have the dehumidifier blasting (errr...sucking?  up the air?  I'm not a scientist).  In my early growing days I battled bud rot a lot.  It was devastating to grow big beautiful buds only to have them rot a week before harvest.  SO annoying.  So now I do everything I can to mitigate that.  Part of that is SCROGing (instead of having a wild cannabis jungle in each tent), and the rest of it is humidity control and air circulation.  I do find that my plants under the 1100 lights (which are twice the size of the 550's) tend to dry out much quicker (and the tents are generally a lot warmer).  Right now the Juice Box and Ayahuasca Purple are under the 1100s and the White Widow and Spanish Mango are under the 550s.  Before watering I always lift the pots.  If they feel light and lift easily, they need a water.  If they are heavier (which they usually are in the 550's) I water less or not at all (save it for the next day).  I use soft pots so I always lift the pots after watering so any water gets absorbed by the roots growing out the bottom.  I'm also seeing pretty good trichome development all around (but definitely on some plants more than others).  I also lowered the second screen to offer the buds some support while they grow.

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: Getting easier and easier!

OMG, I had to take a second take on the smell of this one!  Is she the best smelling overall?  A combination of mango and berry (immediately berry when you open the tent, but more mango when you rub the leaves and rupture any developing trichomes).  I should've known this would be bomb (knowing where it came from--my friend who gifted us this phenotype is HYPER focused on the...(word of the day)...organoleptic...and especially olfactory properties.  It's his deal.  I just thought this would be quicker flowering than Soma's original Somango (and hopefully that's still the case) but holy...this is really killing it.  She's also stacking up really similar to the White Widow, and I am expecting the buds to be on the smaller side (based on how it's growing right now), but we'll see!  I really won't care if the buds are smaller if they continue to smell like this.  

Strain name: White Widow
Genetics: Brazilian X South Indian
Flowering time: 8-9 weeks
Yield: Heavy
Level of difficulty: Easy

I love how this one is turning out!  I can smell her when I walk into the house.  It is very skunky coffee smelling---in a good way.    These girls aren't quite stacking up as quickly as the Juice Box but I give them a pass because they're easy to prune and smell great.  I think there'll be a lot more to trim (not as much as the AP but more than the other two).  I'm really looking forward to how she turns out.  Really no complaints!

Strain name: Ayahuasca Purple
Genetics: Red River Delta X Masterkush
Flowering time: 9 weeks
Yield: Heavy
Level of difficulty: Less easy than I had originally hoped

If it weren't for the bomb smell (sugar/floral?) and trichome development I would want to throw this one out the window.  I hate the way the shaggy leaves are developing and how they're all stacking up.  The leaves on this one are really hard to keep up with, because when they grow back they are really thin and scraggly.  Ideally my screen would be a foot lower, but because it was pushed up so much in the veg period, and it was such a pain to actually SCROG I'm just not happy with how this one stretched out and how it looks in the end.  But like I said, the smell is BOMB and the trichome development is amazing and I'm hoping she stacks up a little more over the next couple weeks so it's all worth it.  I am concerned with the density of the shaggy leaves and how dense these nugs are growing (and how clustered they are together) and most of my anti-humidity protocol is really directed at this tent specifically.  I'm not going through all this to lose a single gram to bud rot!  I haven't lowered the screen yet because this little bitch hasn't stacked up enough for it yet.  I'm also not thrilled with not a single hint of purple.  WTF.  I have been feeding exclusively cold water hoping to bring out the colours.  Nothing....maybe a couple pink hairs.  Big WHOOP!  

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

Smelling more like hash this week (instead of the tropical fruit scent I'm used to).  This strain is going to be the last I harvest overall (it will go all the way to week 23, maybe week 24) so I know there's going to be more development in both the trichome level and scent (and ultimately taste).  I also know I'm going to have a pack of chonkers because these are starting to stack up really nicely and there is a LOT of space between my two screens.