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Fun In The Sun 2016 - Tiger - Ape - Pitbull - Gorilla & More - Run Wild

Major PITA

Member of the Month: Oct 2015, June 2016
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Let's get the introduction and preliminaries out of the way. If you followed my previous journal, most of this is redundant. Feel free to skip ahead. Here's the windup, and the pitch...

STRAINS FOR THIS GROW
Returning champions for this season include: Pitbull, Ace of Spades, Grape Ape x Sensi Star, and Golden Tiger(+). New to the roster are: Liberty Haze, Gorilla Glue #4, and Zamaldelica(+). A total of 7 plants. I have complete strain descriptions for each but I figure you know most of them and I don't want to clog this up with too many details. Following is the Readers' Digest condensed version:

GT = Golden Tiger(+)
GT+ was started from seed in late November, '15. It was sexed and moved into a 1 gal. pot mid-January. It was topped a few times and held until March 27 when I moved it into its current 7 gal. pot.

ZD = Zamaldelica(+)
ZD+ was also started from seed but not until early February. It was slow to show sex — not until late March under 12/12. Re-veg has also been slow. She is still in a 1 gal. pot.

LH = Liberty Haze
LH started from a clone I picked up in early February. It was up-potted to 1 gal early March then into 7 gal on March 27.

GG4 = Gorilla Glue #4
GG4 is another clone, but came late to the party (March 27) after my Panama seeds were males. She was up-canned to 1 gal immediately and is still there.

AS = Ace of Spades
AS is a cutting from a cutting of one of my outdoor plants last year. I kept her in a 1 gal pot all winter, up potting to 7 gal. with the others on March 27.

PB = Pitbull
PB is the evil twin to AS. She is another cutting from last summer held all winter in a 1 gal pot and moved to 5 gal. March 27. This is my current favorite strain I've grown. In my last grow it was fast, easy, a good yielder, purple, with a wonderful complex fuel smell, and she packs a punch. A real joy to grow. This time around it has become my problem child and is going to get some special attention. PB got the brunt of our recent storms. I had to remove a couple of broken branches. In addition, I'm convinced she has a root problem. I will be exploring what to do today. Both PB and AS will have their hem lines raised and some internal defol' before going in the ground.

GASS = Grape Ape x Sensi Star
GASS was also started from seed in late November '15, sexed and held in a 1 gal pot throughout my previous grow. An unstable F2 hybrid, she was another up-can on March 27. I grew these in my previous grow but they were never given a chance to shine (almost no veg time). I want to see what it can really do.

SOIL
Soil mix is: 2-1-1-1 sawdust-pumice-sandy loam-compost
Above base soil mix was amended (in no particular order) with: EWC, bone meal, guano, blood meal, feather meal, rock phosphate, Epsom salts, dolomite lime, Azomite rock dust, kelp meal, neem meal, myco, alfalfa meal, and humic and fulvic acids. It was mixed and has been cooking since mid-January.

Each pots was made from a piece of 2' x 8' metal lath with a second piece cut and wired to the bottom to create gopher cages. They are buried about ¾ down into the surrounding sandy soil and each holds 10 cu-ft (75 gallons) of the soil mix. I've already found my mix a little too porous. That should be easy to fix in future runs with additional amending. I have five of these pots ready. Because they are so much younger and smaller, two plants will be in smaller pots and in a different location. GG4 will go into a 25 gal. softpot with Promix and organic nute's, while ZD+ will be hanging out in her own 25 gal. softpot of 420.

PESTS
The usual culprits for me: White flies and spider mites without a doubt. Potential pests include: deer, squirrels, gophers, bears, turkeys, moths/caterpillars, and people.

WATERING
Water as needed. It varies a lot. Some plants need it every day (they are ready to up-pot), most about every 4 days currently, The LH went for two weeks and looks very happy.

FERT'S USED
TBD for the 5 big pots. Nothing at first. Trial and error tests along the way. I am trying to stay organic. Fish fert's likely. I can also top dress with more EWC and amendment. Expect experiments on various plants with possible (unintentional) negative consequences. Because of its soil and smaller pot, GG4 will get feedings w/ Earth Juice. ZD will get the usual 420 drenches and foliars.

Here are thumbnails (click for larger versions) of where I left off and where we begin:

This is PB. Photo was taken a few days ago. She looks much worse today. She has acted differently than all the other plants since being moved into the bigger pot. PB usually looks over-watered - yet keeps wilting more often than any of the others. Now leaves are drying, necrotic, twisting. FUGLY! I'm not sure what the deal is unless I didn't do a thorough job of mixing my soil (possible). We'll see if she makes it. :(


AS She has a bit of a list to starboard from the wind.


From left to right: GT, LH, GASS


ZD (left) and GG4 (right) still in their 1 gal pots. They are ready for bigger pots - I just need more room.


This is the future home for the girls getting the larger pots.


Since days are still relatively short, I am keeping all under lights to make sure they don't flip early. The big pots get a couple of hours in the middle of the night, ala GLR. The small pots go inside for a total of 16 hours of light. I hope to hold them this way until mid-May, but IDK if I will be able to at the rate they are growing.

4-20 is a bittersweet start to this outdoor journal - only because my personal fav' strain that was doing great, is now off to a very bad start. Job #1 is to see if I can find the problem and if you all can help me turn her around. I'll try to document what I see...

:Namaste:
 

Major PITA

Member of the Month: Oct 2015, June 2016
re: Fun In The Sun '16 - Tiger, Ape, Pitbull, Gorilla & More Run Wild

Put me in coach, I'm ready to play! I'll ride the bench on this one and watch a pro at work. :thumb:
Awesome and WELCOME! Looks like you are first up to bat!
After you see Pitbull and what I do to her, you may be running for the outfield. :3:
 

Nismo12

Member of the Month: May 2017 - Grow Journal of the Month: Dec 2016

Major PITA

Member of the Month: Oct 2015, June 2016
re: Fun In The Sun '16 - Tiger, Ape, Pitbull, Gorilla & More Run Wild

I'll be the kid in the outfield twirling in circles.
Perfect! Exactly what this team needs.
 

Major PITA

Member of the Month: Oct 2015, June 2016
re: Fun In The Sun '16 - Tiger, Ape, Pitbull, Gorilla & More Run Wild

My first "update" is an ugly one, and on 4-20, no less.

I promised some experiments but this was unexpected. It also happened to my favorite plant. Pitbull has not been happy in its 7 gal pot for some time. I decided to try top dressing with some extra amendment, but apparently went way too heavy with it. I wondered if there might be a problem with the roots since this plant took longer to hook up with the extra soil and was very badly root bound in its 1 gal pot.

I decided to knock it out of its pot and take a look. At least the roots look OK. I repotted in a slightly larger pot after removing as much of the top soil as possible. I am now in the process of flushing it really well to try and leach out some of the remaining amendment. I still don't fully understand why she has been acting differently than all the others in the same soil and the same size pots. Time will tell how successful it will be. Stay tuned...





 

Amadeus Forzin

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420 Staff
re: Fun In The Sun 2016 - Tiger - Ape - Pitbull - Gorilla & More - Run Wild

Good day major sir. Present and correct for the long haul. I don't think I've followed one of yours before.
Pitbull looks sad but a man with your experience should pull her round in no time.
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Major PITA

Member of the Month: Oct 2015, June 2016
re: Fun In The Sun 2016 - Tiger - Ape - Pitbull - Gorilla & More - Run Wild

Good day major sir. Present and correct for the long haul. I don't think I've followed one of yours before.
Pitbull looks sad but a man with your experience should pull her round in no time.
Thank you sir, and welcome aboard!
Pitbull is a bit of a mystery, but then I'm in new territory with this soil. I should know more over the next couple of weeks. I only have room for 5 plants in my main garden so if I lose one, it won't be the end of the world (although I really like that strain).
More rain, hail and possible snow in the forecast for this weekend so it could get interesting...again.
 

Amadeus Forzin

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420 Staff
re: Fun In The Sun 2016 - Tiger - Ape - Pitbull - Gorilla & More - Run Wild

18c here today with glorious sunshine. Snow for cast for Saturday afternoon, crazy uk weather.
 

Major PITA

Member of the Month: Oct 2015, June 2016
Hey the link works now :)
Thanks again for letting me know! :high-five:

I know what happened to Pitbull. I have amendment and I have amendment that has been diluted. I grabbed the wrong one when I top-dressed the pot. I burned the ever loving crap out of her with my stupid mistake. Time will tell if the repotting and flush will save her, but I'm skeptical at this point. It still doesn't answer why PB acted differently than the others prior to me trying to "fix" her. Oh well. Onward and upward!
 

Amadeus Forzin

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420 Staff
Lesson learned major, it happens to us all at some point. I refer to them as stoner errors never to be repeated. I remember feeding a 14 day old plant a feed meant for one in week 6 of flower. Sure she looked close to dead for a while but it was best yielding plant at the end. She will come good under your watch. :48:
 

Major PITA

Member of the Month: Oct 2015, June 2016
What the F.....how did i miss this one Major....i'm in! Sign me up...how could you let your Security Chief not see this Major....?:surf::allgood:
Welcome, Chief! No worries. It is all on me. I didn't announce it or tell anyone.

I wasn't sure if the "gang" would be interested. It looks like this will NOT be a high brix grow. Originally I thought at least one plant would be growing in 420 since I had only 4 plants in my last grow and have cooked soil on-hand. But the GT(+)'s are still around and they will be in bloom at least 16 weeks (!). I'm running out of GE, Tea, etc. I don't want to buy more now since it will be a longgg time before it gets used.

Also, I started it on 4-20 and everyone was busy partying while I was busy killing my favorite plant, Pitbull (stupid mistake). Weather this week has not helped at all. The rest of the girls look to be doing well, so it is not a total loss.
I'm glad you found me and I hope you enjoy the ride. :48: Cheers!
 

Major PITA

Member of the Month: Oct 2015, June 2016
^^^ I just said the same thing duggan! Well Major Im here!! Lovin the fact that outdoor season is finally upon us "East Coasters" :yahoo:
Welcome SL! :high-five:
Yep - summer is just around the corner! Best of luck on your grows. I'll try to update weekly and we'll see where this trip takes us.
 

Cola Monster

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I'm pulling up a chair in the cheap seats Major!:high-five:
 
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