Northern Light Blue Journal
Back again for my second grow here on 420. I had a lot of fun doing my first journal here, and decided to stick around for another.
This time around we will be growing two Northern Light Blue plants, in 3 gallon buckets of Coco and Perlite under a PlatinumLED P450.
The focus of my last journal was growing two plants in a small space under LED lights. My focus of this one is maximizing the potential of these lights by plant training.
The plants will be fed H3AD's formula. What that formula consists of is
- 6ML of General Hydroponics Flora Micro per gallon.
- 9ML General Hydroponics Flora Bloom Per gallon.
- 1g Epsom Salts per gallon.
It is an amazing formula I feel more people should use. It grows amazing plants, with only two nutrients. It is simple, works for thousands of people and was created specifically for Coco. I may add some Liquid KoolBloom in flower, but I doubt it and it is not really needed.
I decided to give mainlinging or fluxing a try because I felt it would work perfectly with LED's. LED's are fantastic when you train your plants and reduce the amount of penetration needed.
Last grow, I didn't train my plants very much, and they still produced very well under my lights. This grow, I have decided to train the hell out of both plants, and really see what we can accomplish with a simple setup.
Mainlining is a technique where with strategic topping and LST'ing, you create a plant of only colas that are all even in size, height and weight.
I won't go into explaining the method in detail. Simply google "Cannabis mainlining". Click on the first link which should direct you to a site named "------------". This site explains everything in fantastic detail.
This journal has started right after the first topping "or step one". I did not manage to get a picture of the plant before I started mainlining it. Just realize about 80 percent of it is gone. It is probably the most stressful thing you can do to a plant at that point in it's life.
I am interested in seeing what PlatinumLED comes up with for their next design. I may be switching from my P450 to one of their newer designs depending on what is happening with it.
Another possibility is I may end up adding my P300 in with my P450 when I begin to flower.
TENT - 2'7" X 2'7" X 5'3"
BUCKET SIZE - 2 X 3 pots.
MEDIUM - 80 percent Canna Coco, 20 percent Perlite.
LIGHTING - PlatinumLED P450
VENTILATION - 6" Inline Ducting Fan With fan Control.
NUTRIENTS - H3AD's Formula - 6ML Flora Micro, 9ML Flora Bloom, 1G Epsom Salt per gallon.
AIR MOVEMENT - Small clip on fan.
EXTRA - Built a base for the pots so they can drain down into a pan for easy water disposal.
ODOR CONTROL - 6" Carbon Filter.
METERS - HM Digital PH Meter (with electronic calibration and replaceable probe), EZ Digital TDS Meter 0.5 scale
A few photos just after doing the first topping and cleanup of the plant. Just over a month old here (will have exact dates later). Let it grow six nodes, then chopped it at the third. Took everything off below the third node, and tied down what was left. I also left two fan leaves that were on the third node, but will remove them when the plant has strengthened.