Apothecary's Blog

{April 16, 2009}   First Orange Hairs

Orange hairs are a sign that the buds are starting to ripen. The resin glands are frosting up nicely and are really starting to swell. No more vertical growth at all.


{April 6, 2009}   Trichomes Developing

Here we see the flowers with early trichomes developing. These ladies still have about 40 days left to bulk, so I am feeding them a bit less and have added Cha-Ching to the res, to promote heavy buds.

{April 2, 2009}   Undercarriage

Here we see the grooming that has been done under the canopy. I am aiming to have all of the flowers in the sweet spot of the light from the tops to the level of the netting, and then clean and breathable under the net/canopy.

{April 2, 2009}   What net?

The netting here is completly covered. At this point, I clean out the lowest leaves and proto-flowers. They will not get enough light and will end up being shitty bud that attracts molds and pests.

{April 2, 2009}   No more holes

Canopy thickening up nicely.

{April 2, 2009}   Weaving the SCROG

Wrap stalks around netting if they are tall enough, or use velcro. Abuse the stalks a little bit to make them strong like bull. Break fibers in the stalks for thicker, healthier buds down the road.

{April 2, 2009}   Canopy with holes

Looking healthy, but still waiting for that canopy to fill in.

{April 2, 2009}   Tieing them down

I use velcro to tie the racy stalks down, under the netting. This allows light into the center area of the plant and lets the lower stuff fill in the holes of the canopy. We want a dense blanket of green across the top.

Also pictured is a remote temperature sensor. Strive for 77 degrees!

{April 2, 2009}   Time for flowering

Here are the girls about a week after the move into the flower room. Looking nice and comfortable. At this point, I change the lighting schedule from 18 on/6 off to 12 on/12 off. The light change is the most important cue for the plants to flower. I also flush them with FloraClean for a watering. When they are all nice and desalted, I mix a new batch of nutes to induce flowering. This cocktail is 1 tsp/gal MagiCal, Vegan Compost Tea, FloraNecter then 1/4 tsp/gal M.O.A.B. (to induce flower…Open Sesame is another good one) and then equal parts Flora Nova veg and bloom formulas. Gradually bring the EC up to 1300-1500 and adjust the ph to 5.8-6.3. I always use r/o water as it has a very low EC to begin with. This allows you to pack in the maximum amount of controlled components.

{April 2, 2009}   Panda Plastic rocks!

I love panda plastic. It is thick, durable, reflective plastic and is fare easier to work with than mylar. Here I have lined the frame with it to minimize lumins lost.

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