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White Widow - Budding Cycle Day 29

chazmania

Active Member
Good Afternoon All:

Here's a pic of my current grow - White Widow 70/30% Sativa/Indica.

My girls are in Budding Cycle Day 29 under 556 total watts - a 400W HPS @ 2000K for primary lighting and six (6) 26W CFL's @ 6500K for supplemental lighting.

This is my 4th official grow and 1st multi-plant grow. I lost A/C a few weeks ago and had to scramble to find a suitable location to finish flowering. Fortunately, I had a portable AC which helps immensely. No estimates on yield at this point but I'm thrilled with their progress to date. My GF isn't thrilled about the A/C situation lol

Any thoughts, comments, suggestions, tips are most welcome.

Thx!

Chazmania
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Hydroe

New Member
She looks healthy and vibrant! WW is a great strain! Your doing awesome, only thing to do is be patient now. Please keep updating! Would love to see how she flowers out. Happy Growing!
 

chazmania

Active Member
thanks for the positive feedback :)

i can't believe the difference using MH/HPS for the first time (400W). The COLAS appear much larger and denser at this stage of flowering. Even the little "popcorn" buds appear larger. I snipped one the larger COLAS some weeks ago to test the backbuilding method - and it's clearly working (tallest COLA on the right). Of course, I suspect maintaining CFL/LED sidelights contributed as well.

Here's some pix from Day 39:

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I'd appreciate your thoughts as to how much longer my girls need to mature. I'm chomping at the bit.

Thanks!

Chazmania
 

Hydroe

New Member
Looking gooood!

Couple questions...

Is the flower smell strong at this point? If so what's it like?
How long into flowering does the flower smell start to come out?
How long into flower can you remove lower/smaller branches to promote the top colas growth?
Is that the best way to grow dense colas by removing the lower/smaller branches?

Just curious, thanks for sharing
 

chazmania

Active Member
Looking gooood!

Couple questions...

Is the flower smell strong at this point? If so what's it like?
How long into flowering does the flower smell start to come out?
How long into flower can you remove lower/smaller branches to promote the top colas growth?
Is that the best way to grow dense colas by removing the lower/smaller branches?

Just curious, thanks for sharing

Hi Hydroe:

Thanks for the props!

The flower smell is just coming on six weeks in - it's a musky dank smell (quite pleasant).

I begin removing lower/smaller branches two weeks into flower. As for growing dense COLAS i've had success with topping, modest defoliation and, of course, snipping some of the popcorn buds to promote growth up top. The biggest factor for growth has been upgrading to MH/HPS - hands down. Day 42:

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Chazmania
 

chazmania

Active Member
i anticipate yielding 3.5 to 4.0 zips dry assuming harvest, curing, etc. goes well. Anyone care to hazard a guestimate?
 

chazmania

Active Member
so I harvested and began curing my gals last week - seven days ago in fact. That dreaded chlorophyll smell has dissipated altogether and some of the smaller buds are dry enough to sample.

This being a Sativa dominant hybrid I didn't anticipate developing the super sticky white trichomes seen in Indica dominant strains. At first glance it's not particularly odoriferous (see below). Nonetheless, it is quite potent and delivers a very "heady" uplifting effect along with a subtle body buzz. As for taste almost cherry like - very mild smoke with no harshness or unpleasant aftertaste (i.e., chlorophyll). The buds are dense and feel much like a big marshmallow that has been left on the counter for a couple of hours (hard exterior with a soft sticky interior). Cracking into a nug released a pleasant floral bouquet and that lovely resiny goodness requiring Goo B Gone to remove from fingers lol.

The overall yield was 5.47 ounces. This being my first use of MH/HPS as primary lighting I'm pretty happy with the results. So is my GF who is the primary beneficiary of my horticultural activities. If she's happy I'm happy.

here's a decent pic taken shortly after harvest :)

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thoughts, observations, suggestions, comments welcome - thanks!

Chazmania
 

AtmozFear

Active Member
Lol... I'm glad I found this post! I am on day 31 flowering with Dinafem's White Widow also! I looked at your 28-day-old post and your buds were bigger than mine are now. I have never used an HPS before. I have consistently used SunMaster Warm Deluxe, which is pretty much an all purpose bulb... Also, I maintain a higher nitrogen level than most growers in the bloom phase.

My first grow was with Nirvana's Aurora Indica, and I yielded about six zips. Granted, this was an indica, which means heavier harvest than a sativa, but the potency was higher than anything I have ever smoked. To cut to the chase, I think that the all-purpose approach (lighting and nitrogen levels) focus the plant's efforts on doing what it does... Produce sticky resin to attract pollen and to defend itself.

All that being said, your buds are bigger than mine, but I would bet everything I own that mine will be more potent IMHO.

Btw, I don't have a URL so I can't seem to post a pic... tho it would be awesome if I could because we could do a 28-day side-by-side! I am using an app called Forum Runner and I can't attach or insert.
 

chazmania

Active Member
what were you using prior to MH/HPS ??:bravo:

hi rick3066:

I was using mostly CFL's (23W) and some LED's (20W) for vegging and flowering. It got to the point where I was using close to 600W total (and scores of reflectors lol) so the switch was a no brainer and something I should have done a long time ago. It's great.

Thanks!

Chazmania
 

rick3066

New Member
thanks man, right now im at 230 watts total ,,mostly on 1 plant right now .I found a good deal on 65 watt 65k non spiral cfls here locally.
gonna add two in a y adapter. if you dont mind takin a look...my girl is 17 days under 12/12..started flowering the ninth day...im thinkin she is slow..what do you think?
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