Grow Diary Comparing soils- what’s been growing on...
So not a full diary but just showing what’s growing on in my loft atm..
i have been experimenting with and researching soil mixing for a little while now..
last august I burnt my plants with my first super living soil mix and lost 8 outta 9.. I know I know but it was a stoned and lazy decision to pot em all up at the same time ..
I was pissed but determined to crack this style of growing as it has many appeals long term especially ..
So now I have found some successes with some fine tuning..
here we have the following:
1x pre-sunk no1 old timer1 genetics (as mentioned in my seed sexing thread). Growing in my home mix peat based soil. Grown in 2L pot for 3 weeks from seed then 12/12 for 3 weeks to show sex now under 20/4 to re-veg.
1x Lebanese land race from Real Seed Company growing in my home mix peat based soil. Same age as the above but hasn’t been flipped so still don’t know sex.
1x Buttercream Gelato from Sensi Research seeds growing in Sohum soil (it is ahead of others and in 3rd-4th week of flower) This was a cutting from when I grew her end of last year. She’s about a month ahead of the others.
1x Kali Mist (serious seeds cannabis cup winner 1995 and 2000) also growing in sohum (2nd week after flip to 12/12). She was flipped early (after 4wks from seed) as she’s sativa and a long long flowering strain, 14-16 weeks.
1x Cream n Cheese cbd from Seedsman growing in a worm cast / perlite/ compost / life cycle dry amendment mix
The buttercream Gelato had 6 weeks before flip and was from a cutting I took a while ago. The goal was to test out Sohum soil as a start to finish water only soil, some biosis also so far once in veg and again at start of flower.
The others all from seed sown a couple weeks later. They are testing out 2 home soil mixes which use all the same ingredients (most from indoor organics) except one uses coco the other peat.
These are up against a mix of 1/3 perlite 1/3 worm cast 1/3 compost plus 150g life cycle amendment
and up against the sohum.
not a true test as all diff strains but will show how long the pre-loaded food will last each plant.
the pots used are 20L felt style
the plants were all started in 2Lb plastic pots.
this is an a organic water only grow with the exceptions of biosis (a microbe labee tea), maybe some molasses and/or frass to feee microbial life, a top dress will be applied before the others fip to flower in about a week.
I will add the home soil mixes in due course when / if I’m happy with them.
The main goals of this is to explore soils and strains and see what I can learn to take forward.
All Q’s and comments welcomed
happy growing ya’ll
Have moved to flowering positions under 2 x 240w migro leds (1 with 10% far red)
scroggs put in position and light flipped to 12/12
Would have liked to veg a week longer on the Old Timer1, Lebanese and Cream n Cheese but logistics dictate otherwise ..
so into flower we go..
Buttercream gelato (3-4 wks into flower)
Kali Mist (2 weeks into flower)..
Cream n Cheese cbd start of flower..
Lebanese day 1 flower (no scrog or training )...
And the Old Timer 1 genetics ...
Healthy, Happy looking plants man, You’re liking the Arays?
@chillbert loving your style mate im researching soil blends at the min too mate for my yard beds,building from scratch, soooo much to learn and then some lol. They all look really healthy mate nice work 👍 loving your set up too good choice on lights mate you have good taste 😉 check out Horizonal Soil System on future cannabis project its leighton morrison setting up a bed for peter. His idea of why you should have silt,clay,sand and rocks in your set up is really intresting man. Will look forward to seeing the end result
Old Timer 1 skunk hermied so is now compost !
i had sexed her previously by going 12/12 then flipped back to 18/6 to reveg... this obviously didn’t go down too well with her, or him? Or both lol
what is amazing though is it has produced whole seed already ! On the lower bracts where the first pistols and calyxes appears by the stems.. in less than 3 weeks ! This must be due to the light hour changes back and forth I’m guessing??
the pic in my hand is a seed!
never mind but was really looking forward to some old mix genetics !
hopefully the Lebanese will be female.. I haven’t subjected it to the same treatment and atm is looking a beautiful sativa specimen!
more space for the rest now so there’s always a positive somewhere.. sometimes you just gotta look a bit harder to find one lol
onwards and upwards people 👍
my beautiful Lebanese land race is just a very good looking fella 😂😂😂
A stem rub revealed a beautiful hash smell just like pollen presses hash which I was so looking forward to... lucky I have another on the way who as yet is still a girl 🤞
Here is the Buttercream Gelato (Sensi Research Seeds) at end of week 6 in flower.
Grown in 20L of Sohum, water only, 1 x biosys at week 5
Looking a little short on food to go the last 3 weeks left so have mulched pot with 1” more sohum and we’ll see how she goes..
Kai Mist wnd of week 4 of flower
grown in 20L sohum water only diet plus biosys on 2 occasions ao far
Question for the soil guys, When making up soil, as in pre loading with dry amendments.
Do you wet it? How much and how often?
Do you seal it or let it breathe? And how often do you turn it over?
@rufio nothing wrong with perlite I use it myself sometimes but I find it tends to find its way to the top when watered and a lot ends up on the top. Pumice or rice husks are a good alternative👍
Seedsman Cream n Cheese in wk 3 of flower ... in home mixed soil with dry amendments water only
So far so good
So we have a Sohum soil side by side for interest..
on the left is Buttercream gelato after 55 days in flower and on the right Kali Mist after 35 days in flower.
The buttercream gelato was as dark as the KM at the start
Here is the Cream n Cheese in my own soil mix after 4 weeks in flower
The buttercream has another week ish then she’s coming down ..
The Kali Mist I suspect another 9 weeks ish
and the cream n cheese prob 5-6 weeks ish
Chop day for Sohum grown Buttercream Gelato !
She has been water only. Plus 3 doses of biosys from end of veg 2 weeks apart.
she is on day 58 since 12/12 and was grown from a cutting.
Trichs are nearly all cloudy, with some ambers and very few clear btw
Looks like the food has pretty much all been eaten and she has entered senescence
Soil will be re-amended for re-use.
I will add a smoke / weight report when completed in a couple of weeks. 👌
Buttercream Gelato now hung to dry.... individual scrog proves useful here left on to hold buds apart...
2nd pic is taken from beneath looking up btw
Sohum grown Buttercream Gelato weighed in at a very nice 175g
6.25 oz grown on water only plus 3x doses with biosys from eco life
that makes the £40 price tag seem not so bad lol
It will be amended with eco thrive and charge, and reused in a couple of weeks.
The buds smoke well, lots of taste, prob better than first run with it which was bottle fed organic nutes in canna soil.
and here are the jars looking fuller again 👍🙏
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