Mutt's 2nd Organic Grow - Soil - TGA Genetics

Muttt

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So, I went down to check on the ladies today, and I saw an intruder. I was going to chase him away. But, I thought i'd let him stay as long as he stays away from my plants.




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Day 30 flower.


Went down to check on the ladies today. I open the flower box and the light in there is really dim. Like maybe 20% of what it should be. I think .... maybe the bulb is bad. I unplug the ballast, replace the bulb with the spare. I plug the ballast in and it goes "POP" ..... so I changed the fuse and plugged it back in. It went POP again. So, I have to run down to pick up a new ballast. I get home with the new ballast and I finally get it all up and working again. And ....... bam ...... the bulb blows out. So, I changed the bulb ... again and now it's working just fine. Talk about pissed off. So, I bought a new ballast and emailed the company to see if I can get a replacement. If they send me a new one .... I'll keep it as a spare.


The before, I get a hair up my ass and decided I am going to defoliate half the plants in my flower box. So, I tool the two that had the droopiest branches and stripped them down like the other one. They really seemed to like it. The branches got to stand back up easier. And, after 24 the white hairs on the buds got notacibly longer. The smaller flowers on the bottom are also getting light now and have grown in size. It was a noticble difference right away. And, all the leaves I left behind area now about half covered with a misting of trichomes. I like the way it's turning out. I am going to leave the other three plants. I want something to compare them too.



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Here's is a really good example of a supercrop that ended up turning out really well.




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Here's some more bud porn





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Here's a good look at the veg box. Nothing to complain about in there.





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After looking in on my seedlings, I noticed that the lowest sets of leaves are yellowing. So, I'll bump up the nutes just slightly. And, I figure they just need more light. I only had two double T5's in there and each bulb is only 14w ..... so I went and picked up two more fixtures. So, there is now a total of eight 14w two feet long T5's. Twice as much light .... and it's about a total of 120w. But, when I went to wire them all together, I had one of them short out. I had to pull all the lights down and re-wire them (daisy chain them) together. But, it is such a pain in the ass to take them all individually down and try to fight the wires and all that. So, I took a board that fits in the space and mounted all four fixtures to the board. Then, I wired them and put a plug on them. So, if they need work. I can remove the entire board just by unplugging it. I can take the board and put it on the table in my shop and work on it. Then plug it back in when it's fixed. That way, I don't have to stand on a damn bucket an lean inside the clone box area and hope the bucket don't tip over ..... LOL. Anyway, I think they like it this way.

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fish cake

Member of the Month: Nov 2012
re: Mutt's 2nd Organic Grow - Soil - TGA Genetics

did you keep your new friend
 

Muttt

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Yeah .... still having the occasional knat. I figure my little buddy will take care of them. Or .... he'll get web on my buds ..... I'll be keeping an eye on him.
 

Hiker

Member of the Month: April 2013
re: Mutt's 2nd Organic Grow - Soil - TGA Genetics

So I'm guessing your visitor was a big spider? It was hard to tell from the picture.

I love your defol experiment. They are all the same strain, right? You pretty much have a side by side since everything else is the same. I'm really interested to see the results. I suspect the defol plants will yield more. :)

Hehe I got a kick out of reading your story about the veg lights. You totally had me picturing you, standing on a bucket, stretching to reach the way back of the cabinet, on tip toes, with the bucket shaking. hehe I can so see myself doing the same thing. I guess my mental image was me, but it was supposed to be you. I like your idea about mounting them to a removable board as well. I may use that idea as I'm about to "build" my veg area for real. (operating with a temporary nursery area atm).

Anyway, everything is looking great in there. +reps :Namaste:
 

Muttt

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OK .... I'll fix it. I was out of town the last couple days. So, no updates. But, it's time for water and feed again tomorrow. So, I 'll do one then. It is obvious that the plants that I stripped have much bigger buds than the ones that I left alone. I'll post some comparison pics tomorrow.
 

Muttt

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Day 38 Flower (5 Ripped Bubba and 1 Jillybean) ........



Been a busy busy ...... busy week. Traded in my crappy old piece of shit truck. Got me a brand new Ram 1500 4x4 quad cab. Then, had to drive 1200 miles so, been out of state the last couple days. So, now I'm home and my girls are doing great. I started to compare the stripped plants to the ones I left O'natural. The buds on the stripped plants are about 20% bigger than the buds on the leafy plants .... and there are more of them. So, at this point, I am going to go out on a limb and state that ..... stripping your plants will make the buds grow bigger. And, it puts way more trichomes onto the leaves and buds. Not sure this would work well outside. But, in a box grow, it seems to be the right decision. Not sure I would still do it if I had a large room with 6K lighting etc. But, in such a confined space it seems to allow the plant to focus on bud developement only.


Here's a side by side comparison of plants. All the Ripped Bubba clones came from the same plant. So, all these plants are genetically the same.


The plant on the left is defoliated and the one on the right is not

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The one on the right is defoliated and the one on the left is leafy


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The one on the right is defoliated and the one on left is leafy


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Feel free to comment and let us know which one you think is producing better. Defoliated or Leafy?????





So, here is some trichome porn. I can't believe how frosty they are at this stage.




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And, here's a good look at the whole box. You can see that the first plant I defoliated is ready to have it done again. It's going to be really hard for me to leave the other three plants alone and NOT defoliate them. But, I need some kind of control sample to compare production with. So, the three in the back won't get defoliated (at least till the last week).




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Unfortunately, when I added the extra T5's to the clone area, it raised the temps about 5 degrees. Now it reads 82F in there. Which brings up the temps in all the other areas by a few degrees. So, these girls were a little droopy from being dry when I went down to feed and water them today. But, they are growing really nicely. I may take some clones and try to cut these back a little.





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DocDee

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Great update! Nice side by side reps for that. Defoliated plants look to have fatter nugs to me!
 

Muttt

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After this batch .... I'll probably defoliate regularly. Seems to like it better with this box growing.
 

medfromhome

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I have become a fan in the last hour of reading your journal. I have a small lst grow in an old dresser and was wondering about defol durring bloom. only at 1 week 12/12, but were defoled constantly during veg, still wonder if I should keep snipping the larger leaves??
 

Muttt

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I would .... gives more light.
 

Muttt

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re: Mutt's 2nd Organic Grow - Soil - TGA Genetics

Sorry ..... been really busy lately. Haven't had a chance to update lately. I have some pics up tomorrow for you all to see.
 
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