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    #61
    Unnumbered update: 9.22.21 Week 8 Day 3

    Each plant is about 24” in diameter and 10” tall
    Or 61 cm diameter and 25 cm tall
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      #62
      Update 30: 9.28.21. Week 8 Day 6
      Two more days until the big defoliation and transition to bloom which happens Wednesday
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      • SoOrbudgal
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        I can't wait to see them abit more naked LOL i just want to crawl in there and shed some light.

      #63
      Update 31: 9.28.21 Week 8 Day 7
      Transition to bloom starts tomorrow. I gave the girls a haircut this morning in preparation for the event.
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      Both girls before the trim up

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      Roots Chocolate Mint OG - I got distracted and overlooked getting a photo of BK's roots.

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      Banana Kush - Defoliation

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      Chocolate Mint OG - Defoliation
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      After 6 hours of recovery - other than the fact that you can now see through them - they look pretty much the same as before defoliation.

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        #64
        Wow! that's one hell of a root mass! Looking spiffy!
        Grow # 3 50/50 S/I Critical Mass photo fem
        Seeds drop in water 1/8/2022

        Medium: FF Coco Loco plus 30% Perlite in 7 gal cloth bags
        Space: 30x48x62 DIY cabinet lined w/space blankets
        Lighting: Bloomspect SS1000 Quantum board x 3 - 300 watts actual draw
        Soil Supplements: Worm Castings, Crab Shell, Oyster Shell, Neem and Karanja Meal, Volcanic Basalt Dust (for minerals), Recharge root micros. Grow 3 is with reconstituted super soil to which I've added several additional minerals and supplements. A more complete list based on Cackamas Coots super soil recipe can be found in my Auto Toka thread
        i don't grow plants anymore, I grow soil that my plants can thrive in!
        My filtered tap water runs over 7.5 pH but the soil microbes
        make pH correction unnecessary
        Ventilation: Vipospar 4" Exhaust Fan w/RH controller, 12" Carbon Scrubber
        8" bottom intake fan, 6" clip on fan, 6" heater as needed
        Cabinet on screen porch. N AZ @ 4000 ft.

        My salute to all who have served
        Semper Fidelis!

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          #65
          Update 32: 9.29.21 Week 9 day 1 (Transition to bloom)
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          Beginning this morning both plants started their first dose of bloom enhancer along with their regular feed and water.
          (1ml per liter of Bud Candy)
          I start counting flowering once the first flowers appear. Due to this the date format will change to indicate time in flower not the amount of time the plant has been alive.
          Last edited by BU2B; 09-29-2021, 11:12 AM.

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            #66
            Update 32b: 9.29.21 We Have Pre-flowers!
            I went in to add more time to the timer and looked the girls over. After only 2.5 hours of darkness they both have pre- flowers forming I think they’re ready to get down to business.
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            Banana Kush
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            Chocolate Mint OG

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              #67
              Update 33: 10.01.21 Transition to Flower day 3 Pre-flowering defoliation part two. No more major defoliation for 3+ weeks.
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              Before Defoliation
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              Banana Kush all ready for flowers
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              Chocolate Mint - she looks like a stringy mess but her leaves are already sticky. A lot of room for buds!
              Last edited by BU2B; 10-01-2021, 06:12 AM.

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                #68
                Update 33b: 10.3.21 Transition to Flower day 4
                Okay... I'm calling it. First official day of bloom will be Monday 10.4.21. By the end of 24 hour cycle today the girls will be at 12.5 hours of darkness and have flower sign on nearly every branch. The next post will be tomorrow - Flowering Day 1 with photo's.

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                • BU2B
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                  I keep them at 12.5dark/11.5light for at least the next 8 weeks. This gives me 15 minutes on either end that I can open the tent take care of any last minute details and/or take photo's with a flash and still not mess with the core 12 hours of contiguous darkness. Sometimes I don't utilize the time, so my girls always get 'up to' 12.5 hours of darkness but 'at least' 12.

                • Ace1973
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                  does it affect yield or is it just all the same?

                • BU2B
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                  1/2 an hour doesn't affect yield. That being said 14 hours of darkness or more will make your buds ripen earlier and this WILL affect yield as your plants are not getting the 2-3 hours of light that they would normally get to fill in, fill out and fatten your buds.
                  Last edited by BU2B; 10-03-2021, 10:46 PM.

                #69
                Update 34: 10.4.21 Flowering Day 1
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                  #70
                  Man what an awesome grow you have there. I've just set up my first dwc. I'm doing a single auto in one to sort of test the waters and see if it's something I like to get into more. Thank you for the inspiration.
                  5x5 Gorilla tent
                  Spectrum King SK402 - 2× Optic XL1
                  Infinity T8 exhaust fan
                  Technaflora nutes
                  Nectar of the Gods soil

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                  • PeterMatanzas
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                    I agree, and I love posts that say "here we go again", it's like an experiment

                  • BU2B
                    BU2B commented
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                    Thanks guys - Been doing this awhile but still holds the wonder for me. I truly love growing, excellent therapy and great benefits.

                  #71
                  Update 34b: 10.5.21 Flowering Week 1 Day 2 - Not much to report in the last 24 hours - I've kind of gotten used to walking in and seeing them whenever I want - having the light off in the day time has been an adjustment for me. I feel like I hardly see them anymore This will be the last photo update until Week 2 Day 1 of Flowering.
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                    #72
                    Update 35: 10.11.21 Week 2 Day 1 of Flowering
                    I’ve had to do a little more defoliation since the last post. The girls were just too bushy with leaves covering growth tips. They’re a little more open now and it’s clear to see the stretch is on. Beginning this week I’ll clean out the under growth and remove the majority of all leaves below the lowest flower. By week 3 of flowering they will both be ready for their final haircut. For the week 3 defoliation I will remove the remainder of leaves below the lowest flower and cull ‘runners’ or branches that will never fully develop due to size or compactness of existing branches. Branches will be as cleared of large fan leaves as much as possible while leaving enough small leaves for them to grow in the next two weeks and nourish the plants. After week 3 leaves will be folded or tucked away and only be removed if absolutely necessary. The last 10 days to 2 weeks I will remove even more leaves effectively lollipopping each flowering branch in preparation for harvest. The last 7-10 days the girls will get their final tub change and be fed only ph’d water and Flawless Finish.
                    Starting with the Banana Kush
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                    and the Chocolate Mint OG
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                    And both girls together - BK left, CMOG right
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                    Last edited by BU2B; 10-11-2021, 04:03 AM.

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                      #73
                      Update 35b: 10.12.21
                      I did a bit of clean up on undergrowth this morning before the light went out. The Banana Kush is smelling like you just stuck your head in a Dole banana box. The Chocolate Mint is ramping up her olfactory work as well and the tent is smelling... DELICIOUS!

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                      • TOKABIGONE
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                        the only thing I order from Dairy Queen is a lg chocolate/banana milk shake. Can't wait to sample your flavoring if it tastes like it smells

                      #74
                      Update 36: 10.14.21 Week 2 Day 4 (11 days) into flowering
                      About the only thing that has happened since the last update is that I have been doing daily selective defoliation to keep flowering growth tips as exposed as possible. Here's a photo compilation from today when the lights came on. First pic is a flash to expose all of those growth tips... Individual images will be labeled. As always, the Banana Kush is on the left and the Chocolate Mint OG is on the right:

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                      Banana Kush Flowering Week 2 day 4 (below)
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                      Chocolate Mint OG (below)
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                      Next photo update once the girls have reached Week 3 Day 1
                      Happy Pharming!
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                        #75
                        Update 37: October 16, 2021
                        I wasn’t planning on doing any updates until week 3 day 1 but I did a big defoliation today 2 days early and thought I should document it in the grow journal. So without further adieu here are the girls with their week 3 trim up a little ahead of time. A quick cursory count of flowering growth tips range between 48 and 60 per plant.
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                        Banana Kush - flowering day 13

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                        Chocolate Mint OG - Flowering day 13

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                        • BU2B
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                          SoOrbudgal were down to counting weeks to go, I’m getting a bit excited

                        • Ckbrew
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                          Have you culled out the growth tips lower on the plant that will not get full light yet?

                        • BU2B
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                          Ckbrew pretty much. I may have a few left that will have to go in the next week. But they’re both pretty much cleared out of smaller branches. The next week or so and those will go too. I want them open to light all the way to main branches. 38 flowering growth tips with at least 6 inches of flower packets will be pretty darn close to a lb per plant dried and cured.
                          Last edited by BU2B; 10-16-2021, 05:13 PM.

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