Haha! It's like crack man. I was hesitant on using them at first - nervous that I would break the branches and main stem, but once I saw what they could do... yeah, I went overboard lol but they seem to love it! Most of these branches got thick and sturdy, though after I remove the clips, they do straighten up a little bit, but I also don't want the clips to restrict the girth or prevent them from growing larger.
As for the auto's - it seems like only 1 plant has really gotten past the reputation. The other 3 are fairly small and only have a few tops/bud sites on them. The buds are getting fat, though. I'm hoping to at least pull an ounce or 2 off of all 4 of them, which is a little disappointing, but as long as it smokes good, then it was worth the attempt. My next auto attempt will be an outdoor/in my greenhouse attempt to see if they'll get larger, otherwise I'll be sticking to photos only.
Yep, I feel you on this. I don't plan on cloning being a thing I do regularly, but if I can make one or 2 every so often, that'd be fun. It's illegal here to clone plants for some reason (probably because the cultivars lobbied against the general population using their methods), but it does seem like more work than I'm willing to dedicate to. With my setup, I can just pretty much add water/nutrients to a bucket and leave them for a few days (I don't, I check on them multiple times daily, but now it's just poking my head in, looking around, and only bugging them if I see any issues). Clones seems like it's a bit more involved, and honestly, I don't really want to buy a bunch of stuff just to be successful.
I did end up tossing 1 of them already (no roots had developed), and the other one looks like she's about to keel over, but still managing to stay alive. I don't have high hopes, but it could be a nice surprise (and, to be honest, I forgot which plant she came off of lol)
As for an update on the grow - I haven't done much of anything aside from watering/feeding if the plants required it. The nutrients I ended up going with (Humboldt's Secret Base A + B, and Humboldt's Secret Golden Tree) are arriving late (supposed to be today), so I plan on cleaning out all of the bins this evening and putting in the new nutrients. They have excellent reviews, so I'm hoping this is the stuff works well. Plus they're fairly more expensive.
I'll hopefully be able to have an update with pics tonight :)