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I love q and a. Well if you're not feeding the micro life in the soil, I'm out.Well, I've got a few photo updates. I wasn't sure if it would be worth posting photos today, after all how much can plants grow over such a short period?
Well the answer is in the photos! While this rate of growth might not be too surprising to experienced cannabis growers, it still beats out anything I've grown before (except maybe my hydroponic peppers but those were ridiculous, I'm talking pounds of fruit and jurassic park leaves!).
Enough talking, more photos!
I prefer to let the soil dry out between watering and water just before or just as the plant begins to lose turgidity, they were watered last night with a now 1/4 strength pH balanced nutrient solution. Using the nutrient solution at this point is not only for the plants. There will be a bonus question at the end of this post regarding the nutrient solution and I will like-bomb the first person to get it right!
After mixing the nutrient solution, I dilute it before subsequent watering and re-balance it's pH. This seems to keep plants healthy and happy without burn due to accumulation of salts while the root system is still in early development and has worked with other plant species. As I do not have other plants to act as a control I can't confirm that it's working here for sure, but they are damn healthy.
Anyone following the thread thus far might wonder what happened to the deformed plant. Late last night, I realized that the plant's top leaves were continuing to readjust (very fast too!) which kept covering the lateral nodes. I made an executive decision and did not top it. Instead I very carefully removed one two leaflets. Expecting stress, I figured it might take a couple days to see the lateral growth sights develop further. I was wrong!
I've decided to name her Runty, because as of right now due to the mutation/deformation she has been growing slower. I have a feeling once those lateral sites take off she'll be just fine, especially since - unlike the other plants - Runty is still healthy but does not have vigorous growth above soil. This likely means that the root mass on this 'small plant' is developing more than the other plants to store and use all the otherwise unused sugars.
If cannabis behaves like other plants, a large root mass can yield great late-growth boosts. Here's to hoping! If Runty stays small and cute, I won't hold it against her. The wonderful diversity of cannabis is one thing that makes it so intriguing.
Finally, some closer pictures of two of the others. It shows the internodal lengthening that is occurring better than the top down shots. For reference, the first plant pictured has grown about 50% between the first and second nodes (or the first internode) since yesterday.
Now the bonus question
The nutrient solution has been enriched with N2 and organic nitrogen containing compounds that plants can't use for this first watering, what would I hope to gain by doing this?
The N2 and organic nitrogen compounds will support a bloom of nitrogen fixing bacteria found in the soil I'm using. Giving them and early boost will help them supply the plant with steady levels of nitrogen and recycle nitrogen that has degraded from nutrient feedings....Well if you're not feeding the micro life in the soil, I'm out.
Ok now not to let you down too hard. It was a calculated guess and vague. You're very kind. I don't understand what N2 is? Dinitrogen is something I need to finish looking up. What did you use that is D2? Thanks for the q and a. BTW The hair on the back of my neck is up in chills from the cheers of the crowd.That was fast! But I suppose I should have expected nothing less.
The N2 and organic nitrogen compounds will support a bloom of nitrogen fixing bacteria found in the soil I'm using. Giving them and early boost will help them supply the plant with steady levels of nitrogen and recycle nitrogen that has degraded from nutrient feedings.
This will keep the soil clean, alive and feeding the plant. Microbes can be pretty great!
Now to deliver the promised like-bomb.
I'm going to have to come up with harder questions!
So In your opinion I'm doing a good thing by putting an air stone in my rain water barrels then? I let them run 24/7. I do it because in theory it makes sense, but I don't have enough of the pieces of the puzzle to be sure in science.N2 is just nitrogen gas. It is a diatomic molecule and is the most abundant gas in the atmosphere. For a significant increase of nitrogen you can add liquid nitrogen to water which will boil off and evaporate extremely quickly so it will need to be sealed fast. Then just shake to mix in your pressurized nitrogen gas with the solution. Also, it will lower the temp of your solution significantly and DEFINITELY DON'T add it directly to the soil unless you want flash frozen soil and roots.
Of course this is all fairly silly. For obtaining some N2, you don't have to buy an expensive tank or mess with liquid nitrogen. The ambient air is rich enough to work if you mix it in enough by shaking a water based solution for several minutes. Air is as important for healthy soil as water is.
I've actually thought of setting up an research experiment with an air stone buried directly into the potting mix and comparing growth. Probably eight plants with stones, and eight plants control (also probably with a plant species that has more consistent genetics and biomarkers). If I end up doing this and manage to publish it anywhere I'll let you know.So In your opinion I'm doing a good thing by putting an air stone in my rain water barrels then? I let them run 24/7. I do it because in theory it makes sense, but I don't have enough of the pieces of the puzzle to be sure in science.
Very true, and my next set of plants will likely be all photoperiod strains so that isn't out of the realm of possibilities. Good idea!That's what clones would be great for!
Over a long period a stone might need to be replaced due to corrosion, erosion, and/or microscopic organic particulates clogging/growing in it. It would be unlikely to get clogged within a short period due to the positive pressure inside the stone, kinda like how if you are blowing air through a carbon filter instead of pulling the dust filter is rather redundant since the positive pressure would push dust away before it would settle in significant amounts.An airstone in the pot is a wild idea - but wouldn’t it get clogged up?
Welcome aboard!Hi FoNz. I'm pulling up a seat.
Some fancy words for a simple minded peasant from a tomato farm but hey time to learn.
I also prefer the white light photo's though....