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4025 northern light automatic

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This is my first outdoor grow. I popped 4 seeds and am now on day 5.

2 of these, the Northern Lights, are destined for a container grow at my sons pad. The Wedding Cheesecake and the Green o'Matic, will be residing with my chickens in their run.

The Wedding Cheesecake gave me a few hairy moments, as despite being abraided then soaked for 24 hours, she still came up with her seed pod attached. I kept her moist and with a bit of teasing finally got her free. She also took a day longer to emerge, so is the smaller of the four.

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Just a day or so later these seedings are looking very robust and am thinking it's the benefit of all that natural sunlight.

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Plan is to grow them on in the Vitapod for two or three weeks, then a couple of weeks in the greenhouse, before hardening off ready to finally go outside.

Plots for the Wedding Cheesecake and Green o'Matic have been prepared, incorporating some TempleGrower super soil into the clay soil I'm blessed with. The Northern Lights will be grown in containers in the TG super soil.

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@toploader Good luck mate, Hope the grow light stays bright for you Smile

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@toploader looks like a vrey good start... good luck man, enjoy the ride!

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@galandil thank you old chap. A step into the unknown ๐Ÿ˜

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Mini update - Day 18

So the girls have outgrown their first homes and it is time to move them on to their new abodes. Also it is time to give them their first taste of TempleGrower super soil. This is mixed 50/50 with a general purpose compost, so as not to overwhelm them.

They'll spend the next 3 weeks or so in these pots before being either potted up to their final pots, or planted directly in the ground.

Very much looking forward to seeing how these girls get on.

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Ehh good luck for your first outdoor grow! Temples mix will serve you well ๐Ÿ‘Œย  they are looking happy and healthy. I'm tuned in๐Ÿ‘

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@mossbeardmitch thanks mate. Though I've got the feeling this is the easy bit !

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Dear MR @Toploader, your plants look very pretty! lol ha but they do!

good luck man, curious to see how the auto's do outside. i've averaged 95 days from start to finish with my auto's indoors. but have heard that they will go longer when they are outside. but wouldn't that go against their genetics? Well i guess i'll just have to stay tune for the next episodes. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย  peace

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@woodi2 yeah reckon it's gonna be a learning experience,ย  especially when the slugs, chickens and muntjac's start descending upon them ๐Ÿ˜

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One thing that has occurred to me is whether they should be topped or not. I'm leaning to not topping them, simply because I'm thinking the cooler outdoor temperatures will slow their recovery to much.ย 

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I'd go El Natural too. first time and all. plus your outside no height resister ions

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Mini Update - Day 27 ish

So the girls have been enjoying the sumptuous accommodation of the Vitopod, with their friends the tomatoes . Been keeping the temp at around 25C, though that is going to have change soon, as I start to harden them off for a lifeย  outside. I'm looking at planting them out in about 10 days, as long as the weather sorts itself out.

As is the norm with my grows, there's been a change of plan. The two Northern Lights Autos destined for my son's are now also going to reside with me. His missus has a "sensitive" occupation, so he thought better of it. No probs. I'll find them somewhere ๐Ÿ˜

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Looking good ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

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I have a seedling going in a 35L basin of Canna Terra that will move outside in a couple of weeks, it will be my 1st Outdoor adventure too... Unless you count the sprout that got eaten within 24 hours LOL

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@jsh1973 I would like to see as break in the weather before I plant out. How's the weather for you ?

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@toploader

Weather here has been decent, I even forgot it outside overnight a couple of days ago but the humidity dome/plastic bottle protected it fine against the wind and rain... Plus a bit of luck..ย 

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Mini update - Day 28

Plants are now a good size. The Northern Lights Autos are currently the largest. The Wedding Cheesecake and Green o'Matic whilst slightly smaller, are showing the first pre-flowers.

All heating is now off and they will be hardened off for planting out this week.

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Well the girls couldn't wait, well two of them anyway. I feel like a father whose two teenage daughters are out on the town for the first time shouting, "don't wait up dad !

The Wedding Cheesecake and the Green o'Matic were potted up today in their final pots, filled with TempleGrower super soil.ย 

Weather here has been much milder and I thought it worth the risk. They are currently residing in my much neglected fruit cage.

So the real outdoor grow begins. I wonder if Mrs Toploader will notice them ? I doubt it ๐Ÿ˜

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Mini update - Day 33

So the two Northern Lights Autos needed planting out, however as has become the norm for me, there's a change of plan ๐Ÿ˜ The two plots in the chicken run I prepared some weeks ago, are far more shaded by the surrounding trees than I realised. Therefore these too are to be container grows in the fruit cage.

The Wedding Cheesecake and Green o'Matic have been out now for a few days and frankly I think they have been pulled up in their tracks by the colder weather. No sign of frosts mercifully, just damper and colder than optimal.ย 

The chickens weren't happy though. They thought they'd get a chance to get their beaks into something to get them clucking !

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Mini updateย  - Day 42

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ย Weather conditions continue to be pretty miserable really and I know these gals would have been far better off in my greenhouse. However, that's not the idea of the exercise here. The Wedding Cheesecake and Green o'Matic seem to have faired the worst, with very slow growth. The Northern Lights have definitely faired better.

Better, warmer weather is forecast for later this week, so hopefully they'll rally then.

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@toploader for the weather we have been geting lately, blimey they do look good mate ๐Ÿ‘

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Yeah the weather stinks atm. Well windy & has rained for days pretty hard at times as well.

looking forward to warming up myself left the window open while blazing oneย 

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Mini update - Day 55

So the girls in the fruit cage are all quietly getting on with their thing.

One of the Northern Lights was slightly behind the other, but now all are in early flower.ย 

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Green o'matic

More warmer weather is forecast, so hopefully these gals will press on now.

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Updateย  - Day 73

I think it is becoming obvious which of these strains is really able to thrive in the English summer and which are really just hanging in there.

The Northern Lights Autos look substantial and robust, nestling amongst the raspberries.

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Whilst meanwhile the Wedding Cheesecake and the Green o'matic look stunted now, not making particularly big plants at all.

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Still there's a long way to go yet, we'll see.

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