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First time growing a seeds known genetics. Second indoor grow, third total. Living soil with as much KNF and Vermicompost inputs as possible, with other added amendments as required.

Check out my previous grow diary for references and inspiration.

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Posted by: @stonewolf

Living soil with as much KNF and Vermicompost inputs as possible,

nice, sounds like a good grow! Good luck mateΒ 

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@macky thanks bro. My worm bin has exploded with growth. And they live banana flowers! I'm sure MrsM's worm bin is doing well in your current heat.

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So here we are, another grow. I'm excited for this grow as i know it's genetics and can work with something solid.

popping

I popped the seeds with the good old paper towel method which worked a charm...not so lucky "betty" (black bomb) didn't pop so down to the 1 for now.

Seedling

I've used some propagation soil from Searles. So far so good. Feeding water with a spray bottle and adding "deep sea kelp" occasionally. will up-pot in a week or so.

Lighting/Environment

Using a dodgy Amazon Blurple light for the seedling stage until my tent is free... Harvest will be short. Then will move into the tent under the SpiderFarmer SF1000 and SpiderFarmer 4" exhaust fan with the adjustable controller...aaannnddd 3 fans. 2 clipped to the edges and one on the floor.

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Posted by: @stonewolf

I'm sure MrsM's worm bin is doing well in your current heat.

Its exploded with growth mate and had hundred and hundreds of new worms hatch from eggs, she is very happy lolΒ 

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Let's a little update for Billy.

She is doing well after her repot into a living soil with cover crop. I have also prepared the next size pot with cover crop for when she outgrows the current one.

She is still under the blurple light until harvest on my other grow is ready. CAIN has ended up taking longer then expected with now going into her 13th week of flower. Crazy sativa dom.

She has had a little feed of some fish emulsion and compost tea (brewed for 24hrs)

Nothing else exciting happening at this stage.

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Alright I folks, we have reached week 3 since popping seed. Transplant has happened twice and some training will start happening in the coming weeks. Foliar spraying twice weekly with calmag.

She has been finaly set up in the tent so with the light on 18/6. Let the fun begin.

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@stonewolf You transplanted them into airpots mate? They are in living soil too right?

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@macky soz for the late reply macky but yes in airports and living soil. Thinking of flipping soon.

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Update OCT 22.

we are in week 4 of veg with some impressive growth. Massive fan leaves bigger then my head!

HELPIs Anyone able to diagnose the issue I have? Looking at the main stem, it's started to turn purple in areas. But not because it's cold, so I'm guessing it's a nutrient thing. This has happened with every grow I've had and I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong for them to not stay green. Could it be linked to PH? I don't oh my water because I'm in a living soil and I'm using fresh rain water (of which we have way too much atm). Or could it be magnesium, copper or calcium deficiency? I doubt it would be calcium because ice given it calmag a few times and I've also sprinkled some homemade crushed eggshell (for slow release calcium). Any suggested would be appreciated.

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Should I flip now or wait a bit longer? Im not fussed with how this one grows but want it done quick. It's a big bud from seed andΒ  Ifeel it might outgrow the tent (height) if I push it longer. Started some LST after the first topping.

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Β (if any pros can tell me the sex of this plant by some of the photos then awesome, I'm almost convinced it's female but I'm not an expert in the fact.)

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Thanks team, leave a πŸ‘.

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if any pros can tell me the sex of this plant

I see white hairs mate so pretty confident its female Smile

The purple stems are usually caused by cold, or phosphorus def.Β 

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@macky thanks bro. I'll look into the phos.Β  Deficiency or lockout?

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Yes it does look like phosphorus, fish meal or worm castings and also Like Macky said check your temps and keep the PH on the acidic side, closer to 6. than 7.

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@woodi2 thanks bro. It basically lives on worm castings and fish emulsion but not meal. I think it might be oh which sucks,Β  Iwas hoping my natural rain water would be good enough but seeing it's the 3rd grow doing it I might have to pay a bit more attention. Thanks for the insight guys.

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@stonewolf, it's very strange as you say, the leaves look very good and everything about them says no worries. But your node spacing is very wide which tells me your light is high and you also have plenty of nitrogen, imo. But the purple stems could just be genetics, or cold or phosphorus or could it be sunburn. Don't know about your light. Nothing is happening on the bottom of the plant just the top, so that's saying it's an immobile nutrient, or light. If it is Phosphorus then it should start showing dark leaves with possible purple in the leaves. You have some of the symptoms of phosphorus deficiency, but it not all, which is strange.Β 

Β  But if this is something that is repetitive throughout different grows, then what are the common links. The soil, the water, and whatever else your giving them, environment too. So something is either running out early or something is in excess and is locking-out the phosphorus.

Here's one description from Dutch Passion, hope it helps man, good luck.

Symptoms
If you have ever seen dry leaves with areas of brown discolouration then you may well have seen Phosphorus deficiency yourself. It may also cause red/purple collations (or dead spots) in the petioles (leaf stems). The leaves may subsequently take on a dark blue/green hue.
If left unchecked, Phosphorus deficiency slows vertical and horizontal growth significantly. Dark, blackish spots can appear on leaves. Leaves can curl and drop, possibly showing hints of a metallic purple or a dark bronze appearance.

How to treat it
Keeping your pH nearer the acidic side (closer to pH 6) can help increase bio-availability. Adding a Phosphorus rich feed/fertiliser is recommended. Fish meal or worm castings are a good organic alternative.
Ensure your temperatures are in range, cool temperatures seem to make it more difficult for effective Phosphorus uptake. Ensure you’re not over-watering.

How to prevent it
Try to use a grow medium rich in Phosphorus. To make the soil easier to grow in and easier to use, try using a well aerated grow container such as an airpot which will allow better soil oxygenation levels. Perhaps some manure (well rotted) in your compost will help. Use of beneficial mycorrhizal fungi will help with overall soil health. The microbes may also help convert less soluble phosphates into soluble forms which are easier for your cannabis plant to absorb and utilise.

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@woodi2 thats super helpful thanks bro. I have to read it a couple time to work out what will work for me but that's pretty spot on. Thanks for doing the research bro.

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There was a recent video I watched on youtube talking about purple stems. I sense a bit of a sales pitch, but good info nonetheless.

searchΒ  Β "BuildASoil: WHAT CAUSES PURPLE STEMS (Season 4, FAQ 2)"

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@sevans1965 i checked that episode out. It was also helpful but I can't use their amendments (which I'd love to). I've tried a few of Jeremy's suggestions this far...Β 

I totally agree and recommend that the whole BuildASoil series is worth tuning into.

Thanks for the reply πŸ‘πŸ»

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Posted by: @stonewolf

if any pros can tell me the sex of this plant

If that’s the seed you won then it’s definitely a female. They are feminized seeds, all girls

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Looking at the main stem, it's started to turn purple in areas

Looking at the plant, there’s a lot of led light hitting the stem so it’s probably just sunburn if the leaves aren’t showing any deficiency. Is your light at full intensity? I’m asking because like Woodi, I’m concerned with the wide node spacing. Every time I’ve grown that cultivar it was much tighter spacing.

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@monkeydo that's interesting... Firstly thanks for the reply.

@woodI & @monkeydo - regarding lighting.

Im using the spiderfarmer sf1000, I've just turned the intensity up to 75% and it's relatively close to the canopy but mainly because I don't want it the continue stretching... I can't go much higher. Im thinking of flipping soon because she won't fit otherwise. What do you suggest? I don't have a ppfd reader or anything to tell but I know the suggested height is 6" above canopy.

Β 5.5 PH - feed of fish&kelp liquid & wormjuice

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Β 5.5 PH - feed of fish&kelp liquid & wormjuice

Hey @Stonewolf, that might be your problem, your PH at 5.5. If your in soil then the water needs to be PH'd between 6.3-7.0, I usually do 6.5 PH. If your PH is off and you keep feeding at that rate then you'll change the PH of the soil and certain nutrients will be locked-out.Β 

If you only have a certain amount of height then you need to measure and flip when the plant is at 1/3 the size of what you have to work with. Read and go by the lights recommendation as far as height and intensity, they will grow just fine or better with gentle light and light feeding.

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@woodi2 i'll retrace my steps and work on controlling my PH. thanks for the notes.

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@stonewolf fix the ph issues that Woodi mentioned (good one Woodi) and get the par level up to about 450-500 by looking at the manufacturers par map

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That looks like it should be about 18 inches (45cm) above the canopy at 100% power. That generally helps slow the stretch.

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@monkeydo thanks a lot. That's really helpful.we'll see how everything changes in the next update. Amazing insight cheers.

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Update Nov 4th, week 2 of flower

So I've performed some more LST and bending to help keep the canopy lower. Let's hope my flowers don't grow into the light too much. I haven't got any more height... But it's all learning curves. My last grows were too short so go figure. I'm learning.

I've been feeding as much organics as possible and avoiding bottles nutes where possible.

Feeding: compost tea, fish kelp and sugars, banana flower FPJ.

Recent top dress: microbial flower blend, blood and bone, humid acid pellets, organic slow-release pellets, worm shit, biochar. (2.1.2.1.3.2) parts. For as much diversity as possible with housing for microbes (biochar).

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Re: possible PH issue. So to revisit our issue of ph or whatever was causing the purpling stems. I haven't got around to getting myself some ph up but I stopped using the tank water and instead now purely use filtered tap water. Not RO but a descaling and hard mineral removal filter. So far so good, she seems to be drinking more and the new growth isn't showing much purpleing.

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HOT NEWS: some successful operations have begun including a Peackquake from GrowCastSeedCo - RhizoRich. And a FrostBitten Auto from RocBudInc. Stay tuned, I hope to make a diary both...TBC

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Well it's clearly been a while since my last post...oops...but I haven't forgotten! It's getting closer and closer to the harvest window and there's really not much for me to do. This has been the easiest grow of any plant hands down!

KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid! And that's just what I did, top dressed some worm casting, flower boosting microbial rock and some biochar. Watered in some seasol/kelp sugars otherwise just plain old tank/tap water. Stopped fertilizing and only fed water from week 4 of flower... I may have stunted a bit of growth but I'm aiming for a super clean smoke. See how we go. Really impressed with the results. Thanks again @monkeydo for the beans, I'm looking forward to popping this beast again but in a scrog perhaps.

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@stonewolf good to see you mate, hope life is treating you good

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@macky life is a busy ride Mr Macky . Especially at this time of the year. But I'm glad I can still get on here to post every so often. Always love catching the live shows on YT and stirring the Billy pot on discord 😁. thanks for stopping by and checking the grow bro

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Looks like she is treating you well bro, good job. Won’t be long till you reach the finish line.Β 
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@monkeydo you bet dude. She's really filling starting to fill out and get heavy. Can't wait to see what harvest looks like.

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