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NL Auto - First Grow

2 years ago
Auto Northern Lights Custom Breeder & Strain
LED / 150W
LED / 230W
Fox Farm
weeks 5,6
Custom Breeder & Strain - Auto Northern Lights
Auto Northern Lights
Custom Breeder & Strain

Growing it




Can't report on it accurately yet as I've only just harvested. Will update when possible.

The Outcome
What's on the scales?
Bud dry weight
What's on the scales?
Bud dry weight
1 plant
Number of plants harvested
150 watt
Total light power used
Grow Room
Grow Room size
Grow Room
Grow Room size
ounce /watt
ounce /plant
Photos & Videos
Tastes like
Feels like
10% Sativa
90% Indica
Commented by Penguin Penguin

Just harvested her today. Will update this shortly with some pictures and information! Super happy with my first grow and owe a lot to the people stopping in weekly to help!

Just a mid dry update. Added some pictures. Seems to be drying at a reasonably slow rate. She still has a lot of smell which I am happy about. I thought for sure I'd end up with grassy/hay smelling bud but instead she is gassy, piney and earthy smelling as she dries.

Another update on the dry period. Yesterday she lost her dank smell and the dreaded grassy smell appeared. She still has the dank smell when pressed between two fingers but currently I think the decomposing sugar leaves are causing the grass smell. I'm not too worried yet as it's only day 4/5 of the dry. Temps have been between 18-24c and RH has been 40-60%. Hoping to keep a slow steady dry going before jarring.

Just finished trimming and jarring the buds. Definitely have a new respect for people that trim bud. My wife helped me but the trimming was not perfect. I honestly don't mind having some extra sugar leaves as they were relatively trichomey. The total weight was almost 22gs so I am very happy with that. The buds themselves are a big small and I think I will definitely improve on my next grow. They are already smelling great in the jar. I will post an update again after some curing and sampling. I haven't been tempted to smoke any yet even though it smells and feels great.

Smoke review

Grow Questions
Penguin week 3 started grow question 2 years ago
Nute burn or deficiency?
Does it look like she is suffering from nute burn in the most recent pictures?
Plant. Other
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Afterglow answered grow question 2 years ago
@Penguin, actually, you should not worry about anything. Really. This is your first grow. And for the first grow it looks better than my first experience. Do not give up and get upset. I will get yout first harvest.
Penguin week 7 started grow question 2 years ago
General concerns about the plant health and expectations from her.
Will nute burn have a big affect on my final yield? Are my buds likely to increase much in size? Leaves discolouring normal at this stage? Does she look likely to produce just popcorn bud at this point? Can I do anything about it? Also not many leaves on the plant?
Buds. Not fattening
Buds. Other
Leaves. Tips - Burnt
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Wicked_Stix answered grow question 2 years ago
A little nute burn won't affect your yield, but you are starting to lose leaves. Those leaves are what process nutrients to feed your flowers so losing a lot of leaves will lower your yield and quality. Your buds do have the ability to get much larger if the issues you have are corrected. The leaf coloring is not normal at this stage. And yes fortunately you can correct this and get her turned around. I saw that you just gave her a flush. This is definitely what she needed because I think your issues are from excess salts built up in your soil from all of the nutrients. After letting her dry out a lot then you want to feed only every third watering. So feed, water, water, repeat. This will help prevent nutrient and salts from building up around your roots. It also looks like your flowering stretch is about over so you want to back off the nitrogen as much as possible. The plant doesn't have much need for the grow big from here on. I would check out the fox farm feeding schedule and feed half the recommended dose on their chart every third watering. Also make sure you adjust the pH to around 6.5 to avoid other lockout problems. This should clear up your issues. Good luck finishing up your grow!
Penguin week 8 started grow question 2 years ago
Just ordered a 150W Quantum Board, can I swap my Blurple UFO mid grow to the new board? Is it possible to increase flower size this late into a grow?
My Blurple apparently uses 230W actual draw but is advertised as 600W. If that 230W value is correct, does that suggest my new, much more expensive QB is not as good? Will it make a difference to the plants health? What are the benefits from the QB? Thanks!
Buds. Other
Setup. Strain - Autoflowering
Setup. Lighting
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OutForReal answered grow question 2 years ago
I have a 150w quantum board from a chiness seller , it's a 3500k with UV and IR , it was supposed to replace my 2 50w ufo "burple" light that was just fine for flowering.
But I decided to plug both my quantum and my ufo's and the result is amazing because the "burple" light are bringing more blue to the spectrum that is giving me short internodes (except when I choose a high distance between the lights ans the plants , then it is stretching ) and the plant are shorter but bushier and like I said if you put the light higher then you will work on the height.

Stop talking bout me : What is the nenefits of a QB ? Better spectrum and basiclu the real full spectrum compared to the purple light ( mostly blue and red ) , they are producing less heat than the other light without using fans for heat disssipation which leans they are noiseless and the fact that they are emitting less heat can allow them to be placed lower in height. The QB are made of a lot of little leds that covers a bigger "area" than the others boards and so a better light repartition than a COB or a HPS that are more efficient in the middle than in the corners ( the light will reach the corners of the box easily ).
The QB wattage is also ALWAYS the real draw compared to the purple light so what you ordering is what you get.

It will make a difference to the plants health ( to me ) as the spectrum is a higher quality one with the QB and the light repartition is more efficient
Penguin week 9 started grow question 2 years ago
Deficiencies at Day 60 or natural, expected fade?
Does my girl look like she is suffering from a deficiency or is it a normal fade for day 60 since sprouting? What can I do as she definitely has a while to finish I feel? Any estimates on how much longer she has before getting close to chop? See most recent comment for details.
Leaves. Dropping off
Leaves. Color - Yellow
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OGgrows answered grow question 2 years ago
Hi @Penguin it seems to me over-fertilization, phosphorus or potassium. there are certainly 2-3 weeks to go before it is ready, the buds will still get quite fat, wait about 5/6 days to feed it only with water, you can give a fattening booster and after a few days start making flush. good luck mate :+1:
Penguin week 10 started grow question 2 years ago
First time testing PPM and slightly panicked :c
Runoff was at 2200PPM. I flushed her with 5L of pH 5.8 water. I got the runoff to 1000PPM where I left it. The pH was at 7 though and was higher than before the flush. Why is that? I always pH before watering. Also, is the flush going to cause trouble for her? I kind of panicked.
Setup. Substrates
Feeding. Chemical composition
Feeding. Other
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Removed answered grow question 2 years ago
Hi there. First of all, according to your posts, you are growing in soil, so the pH should be between 6.0 and 7.0, not 5.8. Secondly, soil will buffer your pH, which is why our run off is higher. Third, soil runoff of 2200 PPM is quite low, rich soil mixes can have a run off as high as 10.000 PPM (I'm talking from experience); as the plant consumes the soil nutrients, the run off will drop weekly. If you flush the soil, you could end up with soil devoid of any nutrient for the plant to take in.
Penguin week 10 started grow question 2 years ago
Optimal harvest time?
Optimal time to harvest? I can see a few amber trichomes but find it hard to tell the clear and cloudy apart in my best effort pictures. I'd love a stronger head high with couchlock being a secondary trait I'm looking for. Can I achieve this by harvesting at a certain time?
Other. Harvest - Drying
Other. Other
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rhodes68 answered grow question 2 years ago
Well you want fewer amber trics at the expense of having some clear still around.
Looks like another week, still more clear than one would like on board.
If you are already in flush you timed it well. If not now would be good
Afterglow week 11

Are you happy?


@Afterglow, Very happy man! The bud smells great and looks decently covered in trichomes so I am expecting a reasonably strong smoke from it! Really appreciate the help along the way. Learnt a lot to apply to my next grow for sure.

RussianGrower week 11

Greetings from Russia! Your plants look great! Keep developing in the same spirit! If you are interested in watching the adventures of weed in Russia, then subscribe to my diary


@RussianGrower, Thanks man! Just flipped another plant into flower after chopping this one, hoping to improve on yield! I just gave you a follow, looks like I could learn a few things from you.