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Northern Lights - Live and Learn (First)

10
22
1543
1 year ago
Indoor
Room Type
Soil
Medium
Topping
Technique
LED (150W)
Vegetation Lights
HID (315W)
Flowering Lights
Strain
Crop King Seeds - Northern Lights Auto
Northern Lights Auto
Crop King Seeds

Growing it

Easy

Resistance

Neutral

I definitely put this plant through it's paces. For a first grow, I couldn't be happier.
Sampled on 1st day of cure after 5 days of drying. Very head high... I smoked it in a pax 3 so everything tastes great! Well, except this stuff... LOL definitely had a very "fresh / flowery" flavor to it. I don't get a lot of dry mouths but this one sure did. It is the first time I have ever had un-cured bud so I'm not sure if it is normal, but from what I've read it is. It is smokable but I am positive it will taste much better after a full cure as it packs a whollop on the smell factor.
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I'm still only a few days into curing and already it tastes so much better.

The Outcome
Week
12
HARVEST
What's on the scales?
98
oz
g
Bud dry weight
What's on the scales?
3.46
oz
g
Bud dry weight
What's on the scales?
561
oz
g
Bud wet weight
What's on the scales?
19.79
oz
g
Bud wet weight
Harvested
2 plants
Number of plants harvested
Light
315 watt
Total light power used
Grow Room
1
ft²
Grow Room size
Grow Room
10.76
ft²
Grow Room size
0.01
ounce /watt/plant
0.32
ounce/ft²
1.73
ounce /plant
29.28
watt/ft²
0.19
plant/ft²
Photos & Videos
Tastes like
Citrus
Cream
Earthy
Feels like
60% Sativa
40% Indica

Positive effects

Happy
Relaxed

Negative effects

Dry mouth
Nutrients
GHE

First grow so nothing to compare to, but I will keep using it! No major issues except I realized half way through I needed cal-mag because I was using RO water.

12/21 Day 88: I am happy to report that I just couldn't wait any longer and one of the ladies went under the knife today. She smells beautiful! Citrus Lemonade maybe... Against most advice I didn't wait another week (for this one anyways). I have a second plant a bit shorter and will not likely bring in as much, but will still probably hold her own.
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Weigh In
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Early Sampler, was 15g Wet 3g, Quick Dry
Plant 1 Buds 316g Wet
Plant 1 Trim 48g Wet
Plant 2 Buds TBD Wet
Plant 2 Trim TBD Wet
Plant 1 is now drying and I will provide updates as I go.
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12/25 Day 92: I just gave a large drink to the rest of the garden and I am a bit worried about the humidity getting too high for this lady. She has done me well so far. I think she will sleep outside the flower room tonight. It's been about 50% in there the last few days, but I just dumped 40L of water on the rest of the garden... YIKES.
The buds which are drying seem like they should be ready to move to jars tomorrow morning.smallest stem gave a crack when pushed hard. I turned off the exhaust fan. Hey I should show my little drying rack setup I made...
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12/26 Day 93: Happy boxing day! what an amazing holiday... ;) I played some Christmas music for the ladies tonight. The second plant survived the night again. I had it out tonight to check the trichomes and I can see some Potassium deficiency building but the trichomes are still mostly cloudy. Not a lot more I can do than wait. I jar up the dry buds today and checked them a few hours later and the humidity meter said 80% so I took them back out and put them on the paper plate to continue drying. Will check again tomorrow evening I guess.
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12/27 Day 94: The little lady lives another day. Man, I really wish she would hurry up. Still no change in her trichomes. On the harvest front, I jarred up the dried buds and I have to say I am digging the smell. I still can't really place it tho. Looking forward to a few weeks from now.
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12/28 Day 95: OK, this is just getting silly! Come on CKS let's finish this thing.... Plant 2 is still just cloudy trichomes. I am having a really hard time keeping the humidity down. It has been running around 60% and I am worried about bud rot... I had to turn off the exhaust because of the cold outdoor temps and it pulls the house down quite too much for the furnace to keep up. Maybe I should go find the dehumidifier in the storage center, but that's been officially declared a disaster area and would be hours of work to rescue it from the rubble that has amassed in the storage room.
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12/28 Day 95: Wait there's more! LOL I paid my son $20 to go climb over the big pile and lift the dehumidifier out and now it is humming away. Woohoo much better sleep tonight! ;) METALLICA YA... The ladies have been asking for something a bit more than Christmas music this evening...
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12/29 Day 96: Although I have been giving only water for the past two weeks, I ran a complete flush tonight down to 0 pmm out. She is under 24 hour light and I will turn it off tomorrow morning and chop new years eve.
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12/30 Day 97, well she had mostly dark hours today. I never turned on the light in there but I had the door open and was in and out a lot today. I have a bunch of stuff stored in there so I can't say it was pitch black as I could see what I was doing. I was creating a backup of my plants... ie I took some cuttings and placed them in the cloner with this girl to share some quite time...
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Updated smoke report. Just a few days of curing made sooo much difference in the taste. I can't believe it. I feel so much better now, well that and I just smoked it so well; HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY.... I can't wait for another few weeks to see where this goes but this time around I am thinking about sneaking a second nugg. Nice and frosty but still a bit green tasting and looking. It certainly is a head high, a bit euphoric but that could be because it is my first grow... Oh hang on a second, the ladies are calling me, I think they wanted to know if I could turn on some music...
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12/31 Day 98, HAPPY NEW YEAR! well in a couple of hours anyways... So I was able to harvest my second plant today. it was 245g wet and is now drying in 68 degree 50% humidity. This one was trimmed much closer as I don't think I trimmed close enough the first time around. This one also had about half as much of the aroma. I was getting a bit of a hint of musty-ness off of it over the past few days so I checked the buds very carefully and did not find any bud rot.0

Comments
Sillyasswhitedude
Sillyasswhitedude week 12

when you start to see that color change your looking for here are some tips fellow grower: 1 it comes during the end of your plants life cycle 2 it is your plant cannabilizing (eating) itself...3 as the plant consumes its own leaves it absorbs the nutrients from them 4 it then puts that energy in the final swelling of the buds...flushing is crucial in bringing about this process fellow grower...I think your first plant was cut a lil early as the cannibal stage had just begun...even though your second plant may not look like it has as much as the first one did if you hold out and do a proper flush and let them buds swell you may end up with denser buds and thus more weight...and the first one you cut could have been even more too...I know having a small cramped space can be over whelming trying to raise center or lower/balance them all to get light to them...and also having to feed each one separate can be time consuming to...but you only robb your plant of its full potiential and your self better quality smoke by harvesting early...look ahead on your next grow...everything in your tent your cant support through the next run scrap it...I have a 2x4 space and have learned...no more than 2 or 3 plants...and even with 3 it becomes a side show act real fast...just a little honest friendly helpful adivice that I hope helps you along...and remember flushing/cannabilazation is the most important part...Happy Holidays!!!

Madge
Madge

@Sillyasswhitedude, thanks, I apreciate that you took this much time to reply. yes I realize I probably cut her early. I was impatient and wanted to try it so bad not feeling it anymore for the second plant. I am watching the second one closely to understand how it fills out. (I learn by trying)

I added a second 315W CMH to the room yesterday. The table is now 3 feet x 7 feet so each 315W covers a 3x3.5 area. I think this works well now and am not worried about light coverage.

I figured about 8 plants at a time in this space. I agree I really need to cull the lot. 16 plants that are in there will be reduced to no more than 8 once I decide which ones to keep. I talk about this in more depth in my other grow.

MadMama
MadMama week 12

Impressed the hell out of me. A boost of confidence for me. Your girl was stunning and the link came at the right time. I have a crowded tent and now actually paying attention to the breeder's notes.

Sillyasswhitedude
Sillyasswhitedude week 12

I harvested early on my first grow...you can see the diary in my section...I have learned much sense then...more from hands on than anything...I cut both my first plants early and it took me my second grow to figure out were I short changed myself...I only wish to pass on the knowledge I have gained my fellow grower and help others...your on the right track and anything I can do to help my friend I would gladly do...my second round I tried a few advanced methods to increase yields...I had some success but I can still improve more so yet...I am no master by any means but I can share any of my knowledge that you find helpful...now let this second plant flush...push her to the edge and watch her close...check them trichs everyday my friend...flush flush flush and then flush some more...in the end you will see the difference in a early harvest and a proper one...the difference in unflushed smoke and flushed smoke...its all a learning experience fellow grower and the only way to gain the knowledge is with hands on trial and error and those fellow growers who actually take the time to be honest and helpful...you have some fabulous macro shots by the way...you can always post them and ask a master grower for advice if your in doubt...but I really dig your diaries and the quality of them as well...much respect hope you had a good holiday season!!!

Madge
Madge

@Sillyasswhitedude,Thank you! Yep, last night was tempting to pull the second one! LOL but she managed to make it through without the crazy guy cutting into her!

So much restraint is needed. I know I need to do the right thing here and let her go longer.

BTW, I am using a cheap $20 USB microscope off ebay/amazon. Nothing fancy but it is perfect for taking snaps of the trichomes.

Yep, holidays are great, that reminds me, maybe I should go get a glass of some eggnog or apple cider.

Squirrel_Master
Squirrel_Master week 12

Very nice, Congratulations on your first harvest! Great Job.

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