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Icemud's Advanced LED XTE Grow - Harlequin - Ogiesel - Black Cherry Cola - Big Pots!

SweetSue

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We do so appreciate being able to reap the rewards of the research you're willing to openly share with us Icemud. I've certainly learned much from this little soirée. :4:
 

Icemud

Member of the Month: July 2012, July 2014 - Nug of the Month: July 2012
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Alright everyone.... to switch gears on things......

UPDATE TIME!!!!!


So today makes day 65 of flowering (from the flip) and I decided it was time to harvest.

The black cherry cola seemed to stop growing about a week ago and wasn't uptaking water anymore and so the plant health has been declining for the past 2 weeks and so I decided she was ready to harvest. Even though most of the fan leaves have browned and died, the buds are very healthy and green, full of trichomes, and with just a little disturbance of the buds my whole room smelled like grape chewing gum (like bubblicious). Can't wait to have more of this ready :) I love the flavor of the BCC :)


The Ogiesel is a tank, and has pushed through all my changes and getting used to the new pots and out of the 3 plants was the only one that pushed through and kept growing. She is made of amazing genetics and such great traits I will continue to grow Ogiesel for some time and recommend it to anyone! Very heavy skunk smell and flavor, with a good mix of OG.

So the plants will be hung for about 5-7 days depending on how the humidity is and how fast they dry. I will be adding some wet towels to the tent in which they are drying in to raise the humidity to 65 where its at 50 right now which pretty much is the average for here.

I am not sure which plants will be up next for growing for my next journal, but most likely it will be my Tangies so I can select the pheno I like an take it from there.

Pics from before and during harvest...

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CCOiler

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Congratulations on your harvest Icemud, and thanks for all of your time and thoughts. :11:;):adore:
 

SweetSue

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Interesting. You're an indoor grower and you don't wash your buds, do you? I use foliars with Doc's kit, so washes are necessary. I used to wash because I had gnats, but neem topdress made quick work of that.

Time for bed. I'm fading.

Goodnight Icemud. It's been fun learning with you. :love:
 

Icemud

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Congratulations on your harvest Icemud, and thanks for all of your time and thoughts. :11:;):adore:

Thanks RSOiler! I appreciate you joining along for the fun and all of your insight and good vibes as well.
 

Icemud

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Interesting. You're an indoor grower and you don't wash your buds, do you? I use foliars with Doc's kit, so washes are necessary. I used to wash because I had gnats, but neem topdress made quick work of that.

Time for bed. I'm fading.

Goodnight Icemud. It's been fun learning with you. :love:

I did wash my buds for quite a while, but the last 2 grows I haven't. No reason other than Its easier for me to dry the plant as a whole inside my tent instead of drying individual branches in my drying box. Also I have quite a few new neighbors and I don't know if they would appreciate the stench of drying for the next week so I've moved drying to my tent with carbon filters. I would still wash them if I had a large enough bucket to wash them in without removing individual branches.

I definitely think the washed buds smoke smoother, but I also haven't sprayed my plants since week 2 or 3 of flowering.

For gnats what worked well for me was yellow sticky cards everywhere that was shaded, under the canopy, on top of the soil, above the lights... that and a BTi product like mosquito dunks works very well :)
 

Icemud

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I wanted to also post some update photos of all my plants in veg...


I noticed something very interesting with the tangie seedlings and the all blue LED... Typically blue is known when added to red to help tighten up the plants nodes and heavier red is typically known to cause stretching. Also abundance of green + IR will also lead to stretching as it causeds shade avoidance syndrome.... Now what I found with the all blue lights is very interesting... I have a total of 8 tangie plants vegging, and even though they are all different in terms of genetic variations of each other, the whole group of 7 that were put under the all blue LED stretched to nearly 14" tall. I left 1 of the tangies in my tent under the red/white/blue spectrum of the mars reflector since I didn't have room for the plant.... the difference between the plants under the lights is completely mind blowing. The plant under the reflector LED (pink led) stayed compact and bushy, but also seems to have grown slower as well. I did check both PPFD levels at canopy height and they both are within about 100umol of each other but both above DLI for 18/6.

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Tangies: cool to see the differences between the seeds:
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So most likely next up will be the tangies, but I also will be getting my new strains ready to flower as well and may run both larger tents for flowering, but still have to decide since space is very limited. Here are s
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SweetSue

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I did wash my buds for quite a while, but the last 2 grows I haven't. No reason other than Its easier for me to dry the plant as a whole inside my tent instead of drying individual branches in my drying box. Also I have quite a few new neighbors and I don't know if they would appreciate the stench of drying for the next week so I've moved drying to my tent with carbon filters. I would still wash them if I had a large enough bucket to wash them in without removing individual branches.

I definitely think the washed buds smoke smoother, but I also haven't sprayed my plants since week 2 or 3 of flowering.

For gnats what worked well for me was yellow sticky cards everywhere that was shaded, under the canopy, on top of the soil, above the lights... that and a BTi product like mosquito dunks works very well :)

Best thing I found for gnats - what actually worked - was a light top dressing of neem meal. The smell is "whoa!" for a day or so, but absolutely no gnats to speak of anymore. :yahoo:
 

SweetSue

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You realize how addicted we are to growing? I mean, how many of us really need to grow 20-30 plants at a time? :laugh2: I've noticed this speedy progression from "let me grow this seed in this pot under my CFL" to "I'm setting up a third little tent under the stairwell there as a special vegging area for my special strain".

Have you noticed this tendency too Icemud? :laugh2:

The variations in the seeds is fascinating. I had someone gift me with 12 of his own making so he could watch me grow them out and I'm excited about watching a group of the same strain come up together. This will be the first time I've planted more than three of any one strain at once. (Look at that, I'm growing up. :laugh2: ). He's also excited about the strain and it's supposed to be rather potent, so I figure between the LOS and the Kit I should be able to get some interesting expressions, but what I'm mostly looking forward to is how different they'll look from each other. Such a fascinating plant we grow.

Your plants exploded in growth. How intriguing that the blue light should be having such a profound effect like that. I can tell you were surprised. We're all going to be rethinking lights over the next couple years, aren't we?
 

Duggan

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Mornin Ice....congrats on your harvest ! Know what ya mean about the smell while drying. A few crops ago i made the mistake of hanging it all in my workshop....not good...my X complained my son's clothes stunk. There coats were hanging one floor above , by my side door.From that time forward, i've dried everything in the GR with the carbon filter cleaning it all up real good. No probs any more with the smell...i love my Can 33/6" Ostberg combo. Without them...i don't grow...period!
Just one Q for ya Ice....don't ya find it really hard to trim after the leaves go limp? I trim mine right away down to finished product, then hang to dry....that way when i trim them off the sticks they go right in the jars....no more fu...n around! It's a done deal. Cheers pal . Once again way to go with a great looking harvest.:thumb::Namaste:
 

CronicHempHog

Member of the Month: Feb 2014 - Plant of the Month: June 2015
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Great light discussion Brotha and Gratz on the Chop :thumb:
 

Icemud

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You realize how addicted we are to growing? I mean, how many of us really need to grow 20-30 plants at a time? :laugh2: I've noticed this speedy progression from "let me grow this seed in this pot under my CFL" to "I'm setting up a third little tent under the stairwell there as a special vegging area for my special strain".

Have you noticed this tendency too Icemud? :laugh2:

The variations in the seeds is fascinating. I had someone gift me with 12 of his own making so he could watch me grow them out and I'm excited about watching a group of the same strain come up together. This will be the first time I've planted more than three of any one strain at once. (Look at that, I'm growing up. :laugh2: ). He's also excited about the strain and it's supposed to be rather potent, so I figure between the LOS and the Kit I should be able to get some interesting expressions, but what I'm mostly looking forward to is how different they'll look from each other. Such a fascinating plant we grow.

Your plants exploded in growth. How intriguing that the blue light should be having such a profound effect like that. I can tell you were surprised. We're all going to be rethinking lights over the next couple years, aren't we?

I definitely am and its really funny you mentioned this when you did because I was up late again last night, looking around my apartment where I could fit another tent (a 4th one) LOL and then was on Amazonn looking at prices...LOL. I honestly doubt I can get a 4th tent in my apartment, but the thought was there...LOL

Yea I started with 1 tent, then got another for perpetual grows, then got a 3rd tent for all the extra genetics I was collecting...LOL yep, definitely a trend :)

I really am having fun growing from the seeds, because its more of a mystery :) with clones you already know pretty much what you are getting but with clones it like....ohhhh I can select the pheno based on the parent plants traits...neat :)

Now I just have to read up more about genetic selection and breeding, what to seek and what not to... or if its really just a personal choice... I do have to say, the leaves of these tangies look so awesome with their spikey edges, unlike any other plants I have grown thus far :)
 

Icemud

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Congratulations on your harvest Icemud, and thanks for all of your time and thoughts. :11:;):adore:

Hey RSOiler!!!

It is my pleasure... I like sharing my grows with everyone, and any good info I find :) You are very welcome and I appreciate you being a part of it all :)
 

Icemud

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Mornin Ice....congrats on your harvest ! Know what ya mean about the smell while drying. A few crops ago i made the mistake of hanging it all in my workshop....not good...my X complained my son's clothes stunk. There coats were hanging one floor above , by my side door.From that time forward, i've dried everything in the GR with the carbon filter cleaning it all up real good. No probs any more with the smell...i love my Can 33/6" Ostberg combo. Without them...i don't grow...period!
Just one Q for ya Ice....don't ya find it really hard to trim after the leaves go limp? I trim mine right away down to finished product, then hang to dry....that way when i trim them off the sticks they go right in the jars....no more fu...n around! It's a done deal. Cheers pal . Once again way to go with a great looking harvest.:thumb::Namaste:

Yea If it wasn't for the smell I definitely would be washing and hanging like before, but even though I'm legal, I would rather avoid any pissed off or curious neighbors until I get a chance to really meet them and know if their "cool" or not..LOL.

Yea I like doing the drying first, and then trimming into jars as well, seems to cut down time quite a bit :)

I haven't really found trimming dry or wet to be "harder" than one or the other personally. I do like to trim wet because it allows me to get into the buds deeper, without knocking off as many trichomes, where when dry trimmed I seem to get more fallen trichomes on my trimming surface. Other than that though the trimming seems roughly the same for me. I do actually like the part where when dry the fan leaves can be just pulled right off. :)
 

Icemud

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Great light discussion Brotha and Gratz on the Chop :thumb:

Thanks Brother Cronic!!!! appreciate ya cheering me on :)
 

SweetSue

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I've always done a partial clean up of the biggest fan leaves before hanging and clean the rest up when dry. That way I can simply give the rest of the smaller fan leaves a little push/pull and they snap right off.

I trim much smaller harvests than Duggan. Don't we all? :laugh2:
 

Icemud

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Here is another really good video which explains more into detail plant lighting and intensity.

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SweetSue

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Thank you Icemud. That was intriguing. Too much heat has the same depressive effect on photosynthesis with the same recovery time as too much light coupled with cold temperatures.

We don't understand our plant friends enough.

This video made me want to go out and buy a light meter and a CO2 meter.
 

SweetSue

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Icemud, did you spend the entire time you watched this video wondering about all the things we could have learned about growing cannabis as pertains to these points if we could just get rid of prohibition?

Just look at how much we've missed out on. They could be doing these experiments on cannabis, probably the most valuable medicinal plant on Earth. How frustrating. :17:
 

Icemud

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I wanted to share this information as it is interesting and took me a while to put together...

This was copied from the mars hydro thread, as someone said that green light is useless....

So here is my rebuttle.

Plants use green light...actually Green is absorbed at roughly 79% where as red and blue are absorbed between 90-100%. All PAR wavelengths (between 380nm and 780nm) although PAR typically refers to 400nm-700... are used for photosynthesis, just some more efficiently than others.

Green wavelengths actually drive photosynthesis harder than red or blue light in high intensity white light.. this is because green light reflects easier than other colors, therefore it will penetrate deeper into the leaf layers and mesophyll hitting the lower chloroplasts that red and blue do not hit.

You seem like a really helpful guy that wants to know more about lighting DarksideofMike, so please take this as enlightenment. Being helpful is a great thing but when you are sharing information which isn't correct, it doesn't really help people at all. So please take this as just me being helpful.

PS...sorry this quote is formatted very weird, copying and pasting PDF files doesn't work well for some reason and makes it hard to follow.


Green Light Drives Leaf Photosynthesis More Efficiently than Red Light in Strong White Light: Revisiting the Enigmatic
Question of Why Leaves are Green Ichiro Terashima Takashi Fujita Takeshi Inoue Wah Soon Chow and Riichi Oguchi
*full article is about 15 pages long, so here are some quotes from it...

Absorbance spectra of chlorophylls or pigments extracted from green leaves show that green light is absorbed only
weakly. Action spectra of photosynthesis for thin algal solutions, transparent thalli of ordinary green algae, and leaves of
aquatic angiosperms also show that green light is less effective than red light. As has been pointed out by Nishio (2000) ,
these facts are often confused, and it is frequently argued that green light is inefficient for photosynthesis in green
leaves. However, many spectra of absorptance (the absolute value of light absorption) measured with integrating spheres
have shown clearly that ordinary, green leaves of land plants absorb a substantial fraction of green light ( McCree 1972 ,
Inada 1976 , Gates 1980 ). It is also known that green light, once absorbed by the leaves, drives photosynthesis with high efficiency ( Björkmann 1968 , Balegh and Biddulph 1970 , McCree 1972 , Inada 1976 ). On an absorbed quantum basis,
the effi ciency or photosynthetic quantum yield of green light is comparable with that of red light, and greater than
that of blue light. The difference between the quantum yields of green and blue light is particularly large in woody
plants grown outdoors in high light. The question of how much green light is absorbed and used in photosynthesis by
the green leaves of land plants has therefore been solved. In this mini-review, however, we aim at further clarifying
another important role of green light in photosynthesis, by considering the intra-leaf profiles of light absorption
and photosynthetic capacity of chloroplasts. First, we briefly explain light absorption by the leaf. Secondly, we
examine the light environment within the leaf. Thirdly, we compare the vertical, intra-leaf profile of photosynthetic
capacity with that of light absorption. We also discuss some serious problems with the use of pulse amplitude
modulated (PAM) fluorometry in assessing leaf electron transport rate and photoinhibition. Fourthly, we propose a
new method to measure the quantum yield of any mono-chromatic light in white light, and demonstrate the effec-
tiveness of green light in strong white light. Based on these arguments, we fi nally revisit the enigmatic question of why
leaves are green.

As an optical system, the leaf differs from a pigment solution in two aspects: the concentration of pigments into
chloroplasts and the diffusive nature of plant tissues. The first factor decreases the opportunity for light to encounter
pigments and generally decreases light absorption, and has been called the sieve or flattening effect. Once light that is strongly absorbed by chlorophylls, such as blue or red, encounters a chloroplast, most of the light is absorbed. Let us make the drastic assumption that the chloroplast is a sac containing a solution of chlorophylls at a concentration of 100 mol m–3
. This value is chosen because (i) ordinary green leaves are a few hundred micrometers thick; (ii) 50–80% of their volume comprises cells; and (iii) chloroplasts occupy 5–10% of the cell volume. Given that the values of ε for the mixture of chlorophylls at blue and red wavelengths are > 1.0×10 4 m 2 mol –1 , and the chloroplast thickness is 2μ m, then A of the chloroplast calculated
using Equation 1 is > 2. In other words, < 1% of the red or blue light is transmitted through the chloroplast. On the
other hand, for wavelengths that are weakly absorbed, such as green light, T is considerable. When ε for green light is
assumed to be 500 m 2mol –1 ,A and T would be 0.05 and 79.4%, respectively. Using a simple model shown in
Fig. 1, let us consider how the sieve effect is influenced by wavelength. In the left-hand cuvette, photosynthetic pigments are uniformly distributed, whereas the right-hand model comprises one half-cuvette with the pigments concentrated 2-fold and another half-
cuvette containing only the solvent. At wavelengths with strong absorption, the loss of absorptance by the sieve effect
is large. On the other hand, at wavelengths of weak absorption such as green, the loss is marginal. The sieve effect,
therefore, strongly decreases absorptance at wavelengths of strong absorption such as red and blue light. Because of this,
absorption spectra with strong sieve effects show flattened absorption peaks; hence the alternative term ‘flattening effect’.

The second point that distinguishes leaves from a simple pigment solution is that leaf tissues are diffusive. This is due
to the fact that the leaf consists of cells and intercellular air spaces. The refractive index, which depends on both the
material and wavelength of the light, of the bulk plant cells is around 1.48, compared with 1.33 for water and 1.0 for air.
The diffusive nature of leaf tissues increases the light path length (détour effect) and thereby the opportunity for light
to encounter chloroplasts, leading to the increase in absorptance ( Vogelmann 1993 ). On the other hand, the diffusive
nature of the leaf tissues inevitably increases the reflectance, R , of the leaf to some extent. Leaves appear to minimize
R of the adaxial side by having a greater contact area between the adaxial epidermis and palisade tissue cells per unit leaf
surface area than that between the abaxial epidermis and spongy tissue cells. In some species, palisade tissue cells are
funnel-shaped, which further increases the contact area with the epidermis ( Haberlandt 1914 ). By reducing the chances of
refraction at the interfaces between cells and air, R decreases to a considerable extent (compare the differences in R
between the adaxial and abaxial sides).

The increase in absorptance due to light diffusion (détour effect) is signifi cant in the spongy tissues in bifacial leaves
whose abaxial surfaces are paler than their adaxial surfaces ( Terashima and Saeki 1983 , Vogelmann 1993 ). In such leaves,
spongy tissues have cell surfaces facing various directions and fewer chloroplasts (or chlorophyll) per unit mesophyll
volume. In leaves of Camellia japonica, a typical example, lengthening of the optical path is more marked in the spongy
tissue than in the palisade tissue ( Terashima and Saeki 1983 ). On the other hand, in spinach, where the difference in the
chlorophyll content per unit mesophyll volume between the palisade and spongy tissues use is small, the optical path
length does not differ much between the tissues ( Vogelmann and Evans 2002 ). The consequence of lengthening the optical path can be shown using the same model ( Fig. 2 ). In this model, the path length increases by 3-fold (see Vogelmann 1993 ). At strongly
absorbed wavelengths, the increase in absorptance achieved by lengthening the light path is 11% (while the increase in
A is, of course, 3-fold). In contrast, for weakly absorbed wave-lengths such as green light, the increase in absorptance is
much greater. In summary, for strongly absorbed light such as red or blue, the sieve effect decreases absorptance considerably,
whereas the détour effect increases absorptance marginally. On the other hand, for green light, loss in the efficiency of
absorptance by the sieve effect is small, while gain in absorp-tance by the détour effect is large. Consequently, green
leaves absorb much green light. Typical values of absorp-tance at 550 nm range from 50% in Lactuca sativa (lettuce)
to 90% in evergreen broad-leaved trees ( Inada 1976 ). The corresponding absorptance values for blue and red lights
range from 80 to 95%. Moreover, as already mentioned above, it has been clearly shown that the quantum yield of
photosynthesis based on absorbed photosynthetically active photon flux density (PPFD), measured at low PPFDs, was
comparable between green and red light. When measured in leaves grown under natural conditions, particularly for those
of trees, the quantum yield of green light is considerably greater than that of blue light ( Inada 1976 ), because some
fraction of blue light is absorbed by flavonoids in vacuoles and/or carotenoids in chloroplast envelopes. Moreover,
some carotenoids in thylakoid membranes do not transfer energy to reaction centers, or transfer with an effi ciency sig-
nifi cantly less than 1.0 ( Akimoto and Mimuro 2005 ). For example, one of the most abundant carotenoids in thyla-
koids, lutein, transfers its energy to chlorophyll with an effi-ciency of 0.7 ( Akimoto et al. 2005 ). The effi ciency for
neoxanthin is even less, at most 0.09 (Akimoto et al. 2005 ). Accumulation of flavonoids and carotenoids is well known
to increase in response to ultraviolet and/or strong light ( Lambers et al. 2008 ). This probably explains to a considerable
extent why the quantum yield of blue light is low. Evans and Anderson (1987) reconstructed the absorbance spectrum of thylakoid membranes from those of the chlorophyll–protein complexes and estimated the relative excitation of PSII and PSI. Evans (1987) argued that imbalance of PSII/PSI excitation would occur at wavelengths where light is absorbed by Chl b because energy is preferentially transferred to PSII. This might also explain why the quantum yield of blue light on an absorbed quantum basis is low. If this effect is large, a decrease in the PSII quantum yield (Genty's parameter, see below) might be expected at wavelengths strongly absorbed by Chl
b . In a preliminary study with rice leaf discs illuminated with monochoromatic lights at a low PPFD of 5–12 μ mol m –2 s –1

Although the light absorption profi les calculated by Nishio (2000) are spurious ( Vogelmann and Evans 2002 ), his
argument has nevertheless been proven experimentally to be correct using our differential quantum yield method.
Namely, red light is more effective than green light in white light at low PPFDs, but as PPFD increases, light energy
absorbed by the uppermost chloroplasts tends to be dissipated as heat, while penetrating green light increases photo-
synthesis by exciting chloroplasts located deep in the mesophyll. Thus, for leaves, it could be adaptive to use chlo-
rophylls as photosynthetic pigments, because, by having chlorophyll with a ‘green window’ the leaves are able to
maintain high quantum yields for the whole leaf in both weak and strong light conditions.
 
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