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2 years ago
Auto Northern Lights Custom Breeder & Strain
FLO
LED / 150W
Custom
VEG
LED / 230W
Custom
Fox Farm
Nutrients
LST
weeks 5,6
Photos & Videos
Grow Conditions
Week 10
Flowering
18 hrs
Light Schedule
25
°F
°C
Day Air Temperature
77
°F
°C
Day Air Temperature
6.5
pH
48%
Air Humidity
Normal
Smell
24
°F
°C
Solution Temperature
75
°F
°C
Solution Temperature
23
°F
°C
Substrate Temperature
73
°F
°C
Substrate Temperature
18
°F
°C
Night Air Temperature
64
°F
°C
Night Air Temperature
2.91
gal
l
Pot Size
11
gal
l
Pot Size
33.02
inch
cm
Lamp To Plant Distance
13
inch
cm
Lamp To Plant Distance
0.13
gal
l
Watering Volume Per Plant Per 24h
0.5
gal
l
Watering Volume Per Plant Per 24h
Commented by Penguin Penguin
2 years ago

Day 64. Another week on the calendar! Time is flying but also feels like an eternity. Still can't tell if there is any signs of light stress from swapping to the QB this late in the grow. I do think the bag seed in veg sharing the tent is possibly showing signs of trouble (https://imgur.com/a/9Sn0gEZ) and would love if someone reading this could take a look and let me know. Other than that, nothing new today, won't water again until tomorrow maybe the day after. I've noticed the environment in my tent has become very consistent since swapping out the blurple. Not sure if it's connected but the RH has dropped to a steady 44% ish and the temp never climbs over 25. Loving it so far!

Day 64 update, my loupe and PPM meter arrived. Tested the run off and found it was over 2200 PPM. Flushed her with around 5L of pH'd water, got the run off to 1000. Leaving it there for now as it seems to be a recommended amount for late flower. Will probably only give her plain water for the rest of her time, maybe one more light feeding, then continue to flush it down in the next couple of weeks. Took some test shots with the loupe but sadly I don't think the magnification is strong enough to clearly identify the stages of individual trichomes. Maybe I can play around with it when I take her out of the tent again but that won't be for some time. Let's see how it goes!

Day 65. It's almost been 24 hours since the panic flush. She seems to be doing fine other than showing stronger signs of yellowing in the fan leaves. Not sure if its something to worry about or part of the end of life fade? Tried to get a few different trich shots from various flowers but again, the loupe is probably not strong enough to accurately tell. Wondering whether I should try to treat the yellowing or leave it.

Day 66. The yellowing continues but at this point there is probably not much to do about it. Gave her a small feeding PPM'd to 300 to see if it helps get her over the finishing line. Tried checking trichomes and can't really tell if some are cloudy or all still clear. Definitely no amber yet though. Hoping for a couple more weeks at most before the chop! She puts off different levels of smell day to day as well. Was a bit more pungent today, very nice smelling.

Day 67. She hasn't lost as much leaf as I was expecting considering the last few days progress. Trichomes still look a while away from turning and mostly looking clear. Still has lots of white pistils too. Humidity has been a bit higher than I'd like since watering but I try to keep good air movement and a negative pressure in the tent which will hopefully reduce risk of bud rot. Smelling good but wish she'd have covered herself with some more trichomes!

Day 68. All the yellowing/dying leaves have given up and fell off. Not worried as I think I have spotted the first signs of amber trichomes on the main cola and one other. Would love someone to take a look and let me know!

Day 69 (nice). Going along fine. The fading seems to have slowed a bit and haven't noticed it spreading to the remaining sugar leaves. Definitely going to give her another 7 days and assess then if she needs to be chopped. Thank you to everyone who replied to my question regarding that. As someone said, if I had already started flushing, the timing was perfect, and luckily I had already been flushing her, so I will continue to do so. I gave her a heavy watering today with some runoff and I might do once more before she finishes? She isn't the frostiest bitch out there but she's mine and she taught me a lot. Hopefully some of what I've learned with her will transition well to photoperiods and the bag seed that is vegging next to her. I'll flip her into flower once this girl is done.

Day 70. All her leaves are starting to fade now. There are still a lot of white pistils that concerns me about the timing. I feel like the plant will fade and yellow before it fully matures. The trichomes still look the same to me but I need to get better close ups really. She doesn't seem too frosty in recent days, not sure if it's in my head or not though. Still, hoping for a chop at the weekend if she finishes up, otherwise I might be forced to due to how fast she is fading. I think I also see some purpling on the leaves? Is that from the temps or from the nutrients being used up?

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?
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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?
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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
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Comments
Denge
Denge week 10

The explanation for your high ph level is simple:it’s because ppm is to high due to salt buildup.when you put water in at ph 6,5 and there are salt buildups in your pot,the salt binds with the acid you add to your water and becomes useless thus the ph level rises in your runoff but this is not an indicator for ph level of your soil.just keep watering at the right ph level and no nutrients until your runoffs ppm is back in range and you will see your ph of the runoff will be oke to
Happy growing and will follow this one :v::seedling::fire:

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Denge
Denge

@Penguin,photoperiodes are always a better choice when you grow indoors to my opinion.they use a lot less energy in flower because of the 12/12 light schedule..and yield more and are bit more potent then the auto gens.
But I have to say my auto’s are in my tent at the moment because of the low night temps(6c)and I can give a few extra hours of light this way.as soon as they can stay outside I’m gonna start a diary with Zamnesia’s runtz indoors looking forward to that strain :grimacing::grimacing::grimacing::seedling:

Penguin
Penguin

@Denge, haha definitely hope I panic less on the next go around! Following your current diary to pick up some tips as I will be running photoperiods after this auto! Good luck with your grows!

Denge
Denge

@Penguin,no problem,I ran into the same problem on my first grow on coco so I know the level of panic :joy: I flushed my 5gal coco fabric pot with 12 gal ph water :joy::joy: now 4 round further I’m much calmer with grow problems and afterwards you gonna laugh over your own panic moments :joy::joy: :sweat_smile::v::crossed_fingers: