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Week 8:  Explosive growth and aggressive SCROGing!

Week 8: Explosive growth and aggressive SCROGing!

Posted by Jennawae McLean on 2020 Jan 24th

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 VEG 3 setting of 90: Red, 99 White, 90 Blue for 18 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.

I started watering REALLY heavily this week--double what I normally do.  At this point all the plants have a root system established and they can handle a little bit more.  Because we aren't in flowering yet I don't have to worry as much about humidity, and even water under the pots to get at any roots that are growing out the bottom.  This was also when I started aggressively SCROGing, (maybe a little TOO aggressively in some cases) and had to use a zip tie bandaid--which works 95% of the time.  Keep zip ties handy (I have also heard duct tape works).  If you snap a branch (feel a snap or smell chlorophyll--or I like to think of it as the plant bleeding) just zip tie it back to fully standing position and you should be able to save it.  The plant will work overtime sending energy to that branch which will grow out stronger and chunkier around the zip tie.  If you don't reach it quickly enough or don't zip tie/tape it in the right place the branch will die.  Your only choice is life or death in this case, so you may as well try to save it! 

For the SCROG part my goal with the screen is to force the plants to grow towards the outer edges.  This maximizes the amount light energy that will go to all new growth.  Without a screen they will grow like Christmas trees where one central cola sucks up most of the energy and all the side and under branching produce trash buds (that aren't worth trimming).  So instead of growing it vertically its more bent sideways to grow horizontally.  All the buds down the side grow upwards and suck up the same amount of energy.  Additionally we won't be pruning AT ALL until 10 days into flowering.  We will also continue to stretch the branches outwards tucking the leaves under the canopy until that time.  It's okay they look a little stepped on--that will change in a few hours when they try to poke back up again.  We will start flowering when the tent is at least 80% filled (because in the first couple weeks of flower it will continue to stretch quite a bit).  For me that can be anywhere from 10-12 weeks from seed--we have at least a couple more weeks for sure.  If you were doing this outside I would start indoors earlier so you are ready to SCROG right away when you put them outside.

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:  This strain is growing out so bushy and horizontally--it is barely reaching the screen and the branches are being stubborn about bending (unlike some of the others).  The leaves are huge and the whole thing is totally healthy but just not taking to the SCROG technique as much as I would like (again, compared to a couple others).  Now that the red has just increased this week, I'm hoping for a little bit of a stretch.

Strain name:  White Widow
Genetics:  Brazilian X South Indian
Flowering time:  8-9 weeks
Yield:  Heavy
Level of difficulty:  Easy
Notes: Like the Spanish Mango this White Widow is growing tight and compact still.  Stretching is difficult because the node spacing is like 1 inch the whole way up.  It is also super healthy but I just expect it to take longer to fill the tent (which is a concern because a couple other strains will fill up in the next 2 weeks).  Again, like the Spanish Mango, I'm hoping that the red increase will help it stretch more.  

Strain name:  Ayahuasca Purple
Genetics:  Red River Delta X Masterkush
Flowering time:  9 weeks
Yield:  Heavy
Level of difficulty:  Easy
Notes: Oopsie, I was a little too aggressive with my SCROGing and snapped a branch at the base node.  I felt it snap, heard it snap and could smell chlorophyll right away.  I looked closely at the base where the snap happened and ran to grab a zip tie (which for some reason I have?  I have no idea why--duct tape also works).  I just tied it back together and have been exercising caution ever since.  This screen is filling up at a reasonable rate, and will be at the 80% mark much faster than the White Widow and Spanish Mango.

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: The most explosive growth of any of the plants in this grow is this Juice Box!  It is filling up the screen REALLY quickly and feels like it was made for SCROGing.  This will be the one that outgrows the other 3.  It's also my favourite one so I'm glad it's growing aggressively!