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My 1st grow

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6 days ago
Indoor
Room Type
Hydroponics
Medium
LST
Technique
ScrOG
Technique
Topping
Technique
LED (150W)
Vegetation Lights
LED (150W)
Flowering Lights
Strain
Humboldt Seeds - Bubba’s Gift
Bubba’s Gift
Humboldt Seeds

Growing it

Easy

Resistance

Strong

After less than a week in the jars I decided I need to at least sample what I've grown. So I ground up 2 buds, filled my pax 3 and started to vape. This stuff is amazing for several reasons:
- At first all I noticed was the smell. Nice smell, unlike anything I've smoked/vaped before. Mostly fuity/citrusy, big difference from the hay/skunk smell I get from the stuff I buy
- The taste. There was actually a taste. I always thought that cannabis taste when smoking is more like the taste of wine (which is about the same from my viewpoint for most wines), but my goodness! This thing has taste! I actually felt like I had a bit of lemongrass to chew on in my mouth. An actual taste.
- Last but not least are the effects. It came on really slow, almost creeping up on me. I was just sitting on the couch and I could feel it slowly crawling through my body. At first the high was fully energetic, bordering on euphoric. Awesome feeling, which I never attributed to (mostly) Indica plants. After an hour or so relaxation started to kick in. It did not glue me to the couch, it just made me really really relaxed. And a bit hungry.

There was no harshness in the smoke, no excessive coughing. I'd say it was the most pleasant vaping experience physically. Psychologically it was also a blast. Not sure if it was the best smoke, but definitely one of the best.

The Outcome
Week
16
HARVEST
What's on the scales?
70
oz
g
Bud dry weight
What's on the scales?
2.47
oz
g
Bud dry weight
What's on the scales?
150
oz
g
Bud wet weight
What's on the scales?
5.29
oz
g
Bud wet weight
Harvested
1 plant
Number of plants harvested
Light
150 watt
Total light power used
Grow Room
0.45
ft²
Grow Room size
Grow Room
4.84
ft²
Grow Room size
0.02
ounce /watt/plant
0.51
ounce/ft²
2.47
ounce /plant
30.99
watt/ft²
0.21
plant/ft²
Photos & Videos
Tastes like
Citrus
Earthy
Fruity
Feels like
40% Sativa
60% Indica

Positive effects

Energetic
Euphoric
Hungry

Negative effects

Dry mouth
Nutrients
GHE

Very easy to use. Quite cheap.

Only used it at the end of the grow due to leaf color. I think it worked.

First of all, give credit where credit is due:
Cheers to ledgardener.com. Without this site I would not have made my grow light. I got all my knowledge of LED strips and drivers from there, folks in forum section are awesome and willing to help.
Second site that provided most of the info about growing is growweedeasy.com. LBH's Famous ScrOG Tutorial was the basis for my growt, and other articles on growing were really helpful. Juts one note here: If you read a tutorial make sure to read it. All of it. I though I read all of it, but it turnes out I missed the last two sentences. End result being I only had about 2-3 inches of flowers above the net, white the tutorial instructs to have 6-8 inches above the net. 6-8 inches would have been much better.

Since this was my first grow, it was also my first harvest. And it went similarly to the grow: Mistakes were made. Unfortunately, they were all made by me. I've had some good, some bad and even some ugly moments.

Sprouting and vegetative growth worked perfectly for me. Except for few pH/EC acrobatics my plant had to endure, I did not do too much to harm my plant. Except for not changing nutes for 6 weeks. Which resulted in slime in my nutes bucket. First lesson learned: DWC bucket must be kept clean and fresh, otherwise there will be slime.

SCROG wen't quite well, I tucked like a champ. Except for the branches I broke and had to take off, but that was like just 1/4 of the plant. One of the "ugly" moments, I felt like shit when I had to take that branch off. It was another lesson learned: Plant can be broken, so "may the force be with you" when tucking.
After that I started flowering cycle. Seeing first pistils was awesome, seeing first frost was even better. The smell was getting stronger every day, and scents changed during growth from pure fruity to mostly earthy back to fruity/citrusy. Appart from the weird slime smell in between, when my nutes started to stink a bit.
During the grow quite a lot of people politely suggested I defoliate my plant "a little". I did not do that. I just let it grow however she wanted, except for tucking under the net. This resulted in a jungle in the middle of the plant. Combined with my failure to read the "6-8 inch above net" thingy, a lot of the buds were below the net, in shade. That would be the jars marked with circle (mediocre stuff) and minus (shite). I'm yet to try how good the mediocre stuff and shite are, but at least I got around 70g of buds from above the net.
At the end of the grow leaves started to turn weird color, some became crumbly. Adding Pro Cal seemed to help a bit, but this was very close to harvest so I'm not sure if this would have worked if it happened earlier in my grow.
Then there's the harvest. One of the most stressful times, since I had no idea when exactly to harvest. When I thought my triches were milky, they actually weren't. Which meant more waiting, more checking, more hoping that Ca deficiency doesn't creep up to the flowers. I'd say the wait was worth it, since smoking is soooo good.
Here's the best advice I got from internet on harvest: wear gloves. I only had one plant to harvest and trim, and I wen't through 3 pairs of gloves because they became so sticky I couldn't work with them anymore. Chikamasa scissors were also lifesaver. Super easy on hands and fingers, sharp as heel and very precise. I love them!
Trimming was weird for me... I've studies just about every part of growing from all sources I could find, but I never got around to read up on harvesting and trimming. So my buds might not look that nice and there might be a sugar leaf or two that could be trimmed further back, but that's for the next grows.
Then it's drying and curing. Drying was quite easy. After trimming I hung the branches from the SCROG net in growtent, turned of exhaust vent and waited for 4 days. I did measure temperature and humidity during drying: temperature was between 13.5 and 18.6°C, humidity was between 39 and 61%. I kept checking for the elusive "small branch that snaps without leaving any strings", but I was never sure if I'm there or not. After 4 days outside of the buds were dry as dust and I got scared I over-dried it. When jarred, RH was around 55%. This triggered panic purchase of Boveda 62% packs (which are yet to arrive). Lucky for me, humidity in jars kept rising from day to day, settling down at - yes, you guessed it - sixty-fucking-two percent of relative humidity. I could not have been any luckier.
After a bit less than a week in the jars the buds don't feel that dry anymore, they actually fell perfect.

All-in-all this was a great experience. Next grow has already started, it will be the same strain with the same light and nutes. What will be different is:
1. First topping will be a bit later, because this plant is very slow grower at the beginning,
2. I will back of with pH regulation a bit. pH will be between 5.5 and 6.5, but it will not be corrected as aggressively as this grow.
3. This strain does not stretch. Like at all. So I will grow it to just about it's final size before triggering flowering.
4. Way more frequent nutes changes. Possibly some benes inoculation of roots and bucket. Anything really to keep that slime away.

I think that is it. Thanks to everyone following this diary. Thank to everyone who commented, thanks for every advice (even if I disregarded it; I'm probably gonna use it in my second grow), for every encouraging word. See you in my second diary, which should be up any week now :)

Grow Questions
h0m3b0y week 13 started grow question 1 month ago
So... the brown spots in the last 2 photos. Are they Ca deficiency? Will I do extra damage if I add Ca/mG supplement? What is the upper concentration of Ca/Mg concentration for cannabis in DWC grow? How can I tell if I add too much Ca/Mg? Help please!
Leaves Upper Leaves / Newer Growth Affected
Show all Answers (1)
SpinnerCaribbean answered grow question 4 weeks ago
Hello ! In the total amount of nutrients , so mag should represents 0.3 Ec , I don't remember where I get thus from. Now concerning your plants you have a Calcium def ( or maybe manganese) and the brown spot are a sign , another sign is the dark vein and a lighter colour between and it is also a sign of magnesium def. The brown part in the middle of the plant makes me think about a phosphorous def. I think It's weird to have all that deficiencies signs regarding in your feeding chart :thinking_face:. I hope it will help you :v::skin-tone-3:
Bulbi answered grow question 1 month ago
hi there homeboy, first off, daym ! best description i've seen in time out here bro, seriously top marks. You're killing it in every respect. Second : tap water - how are you gonna trust the authorities to tell you what s in your water, same people putting chlorine in there right? That's actually the main problem with tap water : it's got a bunch of chemicals in there that will eventually lead to issues in your plants if you're not careful. So if you're using tap water you can do two things to avoid "cross contamination" or "inter-chemical" lock outs - these are not technical terms by the way, just how i think lol. Take tap water and leave it out for 2 hours or over night - should let the chlorine evaporate. Or use two tablespoons of the cheapest active carbon you can find and just add it to the water, give it a stir, wait an hour. this will remove the chems that might prevent uptake. When you add Cal Mag suplements, again you're correct - can't really be too much, the saturation dose will be indicated on the bottle, and every one of those cal mags are a bit different. One thing they wont tell you is that there is actually plenty of N in those things, so balance that out accordingly. finally a little known fact is that Ca uptake from the roots is efficient at like 20% not much more. Ca uptake by the leaves is 95% so almost perfect. The quickest way to fix the deficiency is to use a foliar spray - just be careful not getting the juice on the buds when you do it - maybe use plastic film to protect the buds. i think the max does for cal mag in the water is like 64 Mg/l but dont quote me on that, that might be the max dose you need for the spray, and I cant find my source again.... hope this helps bro ! :rocket:
Stick answered grow question 1 month ago
Hi @h0m3b0y! You are right, it looks like some Calcium deficiency. Either your solution didn't contain enough Cal-Mag during the veg stage, or you gave too much Potassium in the early flowering stage (an excess of K can lead to a Calcium deficiency). Now, it's too late to do anything about this, you should start the flush very soon so there's no chance that any nutrient will have time to propagate into the plant's system and fix deficiencies before the flush. Just keep that in mind for your next run and try to stick to a Cal-Mag routine in your feedings until the late flowering stage. I'm using coco and I usually give 0.4 to 0.8 gram of cal-mag per liter of water. Hope this will help, keep us up-to-date and enjoy your harvest :facepunch:
Comments
Mrs_Larimar
Mrs_Larimar week 16

Congratulations!!! and very nice reflection of your handling.... And a question to the scissors, chikamasa scissors you wrote but wich one=? the bonsai scissors=?

h0m3b0y
h0m3b0y

@Mrs_Larimar, Chikamasa B-500SF, they are fruit (grape) picking scissors. I ordered form guy on ebay (lovely-love-chan0509), shipping from Japan, very fast shipping. Maybe the curved ones would be better, but straight ones work for me.
If you're from the states just get them from amazon.

Mrs_Larimar
Mrs_Larimar

@h0m3b0y,Ok now i know wich one you mean. thy for informations

Quexos
Quexos week 16

Gratz on the harvest! What's up next?

h0m3b0y
h0m3b0y

@Quexos, it's another bubba's gift :) I feel that I shouldn't change much right now, because even though it seems the grow went just fine (or even great), there were problems. I did my best to post the nice photos and just wrote about the problems.
I would really like to learn from my mistakes, correct them and then move on. So I'll be doing the same thing for the most part, and juts try to get even more product, better product. And I want a flower that will not like it's dying come harvest time.
Also bubba's gift has been really forgiving to me so I kinda like it because of that.

Plus I think I can honestly say that this is the first proper weed I smoked. Maybe a white widow I smoked in Amsterdam long time ago was close in quality, but I was young and didn't pay attention that much. If it got me high it was good.
Now I see that the stuff I can buy on the streets is shit compared to what I have grown. It gives me headaches, lots of dry mouth and munchies, sometimes paranoia, etc. I only smoked bubba once so far, and there were no negative side effects.

Quexos
Quexos

@h0m3b0y, I agree on the smoke! I really love this strain. I also made a few mistakes in my grow. I learned a lot for the next time I grow this strain. I have 4 beans left. I wanted to wait for my fall grow because I really, really like the beautiful purple the buds turn in the cold weather.

Ultimately, I'd like to be self sufficient.

h0m3b0y
h0m3b0y week 16

OK, I entered this one into the newbie diary competition thingy. How are winners picked? Is there a voting system?

I felt reluctant to give my address details because growing these plants is very much illegal in my area.

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