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    #61
    Update 29: 9.23.21
    Week 8 Day 2. As you can see, folding back branches, selective defoliation and keeping the canopy level has done its job. A myriad of growth tips are all exposed and relatively even with the rest of the canopy.

    Growth Tips
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    "I can't stop thinking big, I can't stop thinking big. In a world where I feel so small. I can't stop thinking big." Caravan | RUSH
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      #62
      Update 29b: 9.23.21 Week 8 Day 2
      The plan for the coming week is pretty simple. Just keep watering them and allow them to grow for another week before the BIG defoliation at the start of Transition to Bloom next Wednesday. Beginning on the 29th the girls will get their first ever darkness. I'll be adding 2 hours of darkness per day until they are up to 12&1/2 contiguous hours of darkness. I keep the light on at night and off during the daylight hours. In the summertime this means the light is on when the ambient temperature is lowest which keeps temps down in the tent. In the winter I also keep the lights on at night, again, because this is when it's coolest and warming the tent up on a winters night is a good thing. The reason I go with 12&1/2 hours of darkness is so that I have 15 minutes on either end or 30 minutes all on one end for opening the tent if I want or need to to take photo's etc. and it still doesn't affect the 12 hours of darkness.

      Don't be surprised when it comes time for the start of flowering defoliation if you see more leaves on the plant(s) than most leave in place. Until the girls start kicking out flowers leaves are still necessary for the plant to grow and get proper nutrition. I find that I usually do a bigger defoliation at week 3 of flowering as flowers are already established, bud sites are easy to identify and expose and this defoliation needs to last for 5 weeks, only 2 of which the girls will be producing new leaves.

      To be quite honest, I'm getting a little excited for flowering to start...
      "I can't stop thinking big, I can't stop thinking big. In a world where I feel so small. I can't stop thinking big." Caravan | RUSH
      GWE4ME

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      • BU2B
        BU2B commented
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        Thanks SoOrbudgal as Popeye would say “I yam what I yam” and I’m really not fond of yams. 🤣

      • Ckbrew
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        Are all the bud sites near the top of the canopy?

      • BU2B
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        Ckbrew not all but the vast majority - and all bud sites will be exposed in just under a week. By the 3 week defoliation I will know which ones are staying and which growth tips are going. Both plants will have 100 or so growth tips by time for Transition to bloom. Week 3 of flowering, about 40 of the least productive and growth tips that are not going to reach the top of the canopy will be culled - leaving around 60 bud sites per plant to reach maturity.

      #63
      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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      Last edited by BU2B; 10-01-2021, 06:02 AM.
      "I can't stop thinking big, I can't stop thinking big. In a world where I feel so small. I can't stop thinking big." Caravan | RUSH
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        #64
        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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        "I can't stop thinking big, I can't stop thinking big. In a world where I feel so small. I can't stop thinking big." Caravan | RUSH
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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.

        #65
        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.
        "I can't stop thinking big, I can't stop thinking big. In a world where I feel so small. I can't stop thinking big." Caravan | RUSH
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          #66
          Wow! that's one hell of a root mass! Looking spiffy!
          Grow # 3 100% Indica Purple Bubba photo fem
          Seeds drop in water 1/2/2022

          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
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            #67
            Update 31b: 9.29.21

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            The girls this morning at 6:00 am
            Last edited by BU2B; 09-29-2021, 08:59 AM.
            "I can't stop thinking big, I can't stop thinking big. In a world where I feel so small. I can't stop thinking big." Caravan | RUSH
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            • Ckbrew
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              Still sleeping?

            • BU2B
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              First ever darkness for them. Transition to bloom started this morning at 5:30. WooHoo!

            • Ckbrew
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              Let the transformation begin.

            #68
            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.
            "I can't stop thinking big, I can't stop thinking big. In a world where I feel so small. I can't stop thinking big." Caravan | RUSH
            GWE4ME

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              #69
              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

              Last edited by BU2B; 09-29-2021, 02:56 PM.
              "I can't stop thinking big, I can't stop thinking big. In a world where I feel so small. I can't stop thinking big." Caravan | RUSH
              GWE4ME

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                #70
                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.
                "I can't stop thinking big, I can't stop thinking big. In a world where I feel so small. I can't stop thinking big." Caravan | RUSH
                GWE4ME

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                  #71
                  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.
                  "I can't stop thinking big, I can't stop thinking big. In a world where I feel so small. I can't stop thinking big." Caravan | RUSH
                  GWE4ME

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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.
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                  #72
                  Update 34: 10.4.21 Flowering Day 1
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                  "I can't stop thinking big, I can't stop thinking big. In a world where I feel so small. I can't stop thinking big." Caravan | RUSH
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                    #73
                    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
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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.

                    #74
                    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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                    "I can't stop thinking big, I can't stop thinking big. In a world where I feel so small. I can't stop thinking big." Caravan | RUSH
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                      #75
                      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.
                      "I can't stop thinking big, I can't stop thinking big. In a world where I feel so small. I can't stop thinking big." Caravan | RUSH
                      GWE4ME

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