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My 2020 Summer Cannabis Grow Introduction
Welcome to my summer grow introduction post. My seedlings are currently about 1.5-2.5 weeks old from the day I put them in the seedling mix I made. I am starting them off in a small grow tent with a 400 watt HPS light with a dimmable ballast. I might move some of the sativa plants outdoors and keep the smaller indicas indoors.
I’m currently growing:
- Acapulco Gold from Barney’s Farm
- Blueberry Cookies from Dinafem
- Girl Scout Cookies from bagseed (I found a single viable seed in an ounce I purchased from the dispensary)
- Maui Waui from Nirvana
- Ocean Grown Cookies from Dinafem
Keep reading to see more pictures and information on each strain.
The soil is mixed with 3 parts: 1 part Fox Farms Ocean Forest soil, 1 part perlite, and 1 part vermiculite. I also threw in a handful of leca clay pebbles. I like to mix the Fox Farms Ocean Forest soil with perlite and vermiculite to help avoid burning the seedlings and improve germination rates. I will avoid using the clay pebbles in the seedling mix on my next grow because I feel like they might get in the way of a taproot forming properly in such a small container. Next time I will hold off on the clay pebbles until I transplant.
I’ve been feeding the plants 1 scoop of great white mycorrhizae per gallon of plain tap water, a few pipette drops of of superthrive, and just plain water for the duration of their life. I’ve only watered with great white mycorrhizae twice so far. My tap water comes out at a neutral 7 on the PH scale, so I don’t really mess with it unless I’m adding salt based nutrients and it’s absolutely necessary.
The Acapulco Gold from Barney’s Farm was first to germinate, then the Maui Waui from Nirvana. I am not surprised at these results because they are both vigorous sativas. This is my third time growing Acapulco Gold and it has become one of my absolute favorite sativas to smoke during the day.
I attempted germination of Black Cherry Punch from Pyramid Seeds and Blueberry Cookies from Dinafem seeds and failed due to my own fault because I tried a new seedling mix just for the sake of trying something different this time around. I think my Black Cherry Punch got dried out due to me being on a stoner escapade, and the Blueberry Cookies taproot hit a blockage in the soil from the leca clay pebbles. Both totally my fault, but I’m keeping it moving and will attempt these strains again on my next round because I have more seeds.
Acapulco Gold by Barney’s Farm
Acapulco Gold has been one of my favorite strains to grow lately. This is my third time growing the strain and, as usual, it was the first to pop out of the ground after planting. This strain just loves to grow. Being a predominantly sativa strain, it will stretch and get lopsided if you let it, so I have the HPS light about 18 inches away running at 200 watts right now. I’m smoking some of this through the bong today and the bud is super sticky. I can barely get the buds off my fingers, so I have been using my Santa Cruz Shredder grinder on this strain. AG is in my top 5 sativas for sure.
Blueberry Cookies by Dinafem
Girl Scout Cookies from local bagseed
Maui Waui by Nirvana Shop
[video_popup url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMtdrKIdDgE” text=”Aloha, Mr. Hand!”] I’m pretty impressed with the way these ladies are trucking along compared to the other strains I have growing at the moment. This has been a dream strain for me to grow for some time now. If it’s better than the Acapulco Gold from Barney’s Farm, then I’ll probably shit myself. [video_popup url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFtSDu69IPY” text=”Let’s get tropical!”]
Ocean Grown Cookies by Dinafem
Third feeding for the larger sativas
I went ahead and gave the Acapulco Gold, Maui Waui and Ocean Grown Cookies another watering because the pots were very light and the lower leaves are yellowing. The two smaller cookies plants are not getting watered until they dry out more, and I will most likely not be feeding any additional liquid nutrients until I transplant.
I like waiting until my seedlings use up most of the nutrients in the soil before giving them any additional nutrients. It’s personal preference. I usually wait until they get rootbound and then transplant into my Fox Farms Ocean Forest soil without any perlite or vermiculite added. I fed them again this time around with 1 scoop of Great White Mycorrhizae and about 5 drops of Superthrive from my new glass pipette. I must say, the glass pipettes are a step up from the plastic ones.
I decided to enjoy a celebratory bong rip of some homegrown Barney’s Farm Purple Punch after feeding the ladies. I’ll probably end up waiting a little while on these to grow and then transplant them, top them, and begin training them down some more. The sativas are going wild already, so that is a must do in the next week for them. I feel like the smaller cookies strains will be another week or two until transplant. If you made it this far, you should probably rip a bong from your stash as well!