Mahavishnu’s Growchestra (Critical Plus, Widow, SSH, CBD)

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This whole grow has been an attempt to start a ROLS setup, so 90% organic dry amendments. Original soil is a mix of happy frog and ocean forest, with lava rock and rice hulls mixed in. One dressing of alfalfa and kelp meal in veg, the addition of 1-2” of the build-a-flower mix at flip, a dressing of kelp and neem meal last week.

In their water they got aloe flakes and GH Armor-Si(silica) alternating during veg, and since flip have gotten mostly Fox Farms Big Bloom every other watering or so. This week they’ve been given a compost tea with Neptune’s Harvest 2-6-4 (fish protein hydrolysate, molasses, seaweed, sulfate of potash) and two initial doses of TPS Cal-Mag. I know some of this isn’t organic but I’m ok with that as long as the soil and rhizosphere are healthy.

Lastly I have some regular ol Fox Farms Grow Big 6-4-4 if I need to really pull the stops and get them fed ASAP. I’ve been banking on dry amendments and soil microbes giving the plant what it needs up until now.
Good good just ruling out a salinity issue. Yep all in the watering and that plant in particular likes a bit more nitrogen by the looks of it.
 
_mahavishnu

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Good good just ruling out a salinity issue. Yep all in the watering and that plant in particular likes a bit more nitrogen by the looks of it.
I think I’ll continue alternating feed and water days like I have, but switch to the 2-6-4 for feed days. They should start to get N from the recent top-dressing eventually as well. Would keeping the cal-mag at half strength be a good idea?

Thanks the both of you for your input. I especially want the critical to reach her potential. Once these girls reach the finish line, the pots will get re-amended, cover-cropped and left to cook for a bit while drying/trimming/relaxing happens. After that though, it’s Bodhi time. That’s when things will get real fun 😁
 
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I think I’ll continue alternating feed and water days like I have, but switch to the 2-6-4 for feed days. They should start to get N from the recent top-dressing eventually as well. Would keeping the cal-mag at half strength be a good idea?

Thanks the both of you for your input. I especially want the critical to reach her potential. Once these girls reach the finish line, the pots will get re-amended, cover-cropped and left to cook for a bit while drying/trimming/relaxing happens. After that though, it’s Bodhi time. That’s when things will get real fun 😁
If using RO keep the cal mag. If not I would drop it and just add som epsom salt (mag sulfate) 1-2g per gal. I usually find the cal mag ratio a lil off and the increased mag hps balance it out while the sulfur helps boost terps and flavoniods
 
_mahavishnu

_mahavishnu

Checked on the girls this morning and it seems like the yellowing hasn’t progressed any in the last day so that seems to be taken care of 😁 I did some extra sealing around windows, and now the lights are keeping the room at a comfortable 75F with no supplemental heat, even with temps below 45 outside. RH sits between 42-47. Overall happy with the situation out there again now that nutrients are sorted.

I said I’d try 3/4gal every day but that’s silly. I’ll try 1 1/2gal every other day instead so that the girls have adequate time to dry out in between.
 
_mahavishnu

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Critical Plus 2.0
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White Widow
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Cream & Cheese CBD
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SSH
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I definitely feel like the critical slowed her pace a bit while deficient in this last week, hopefully she starts blowing up again soon.

Trained the widow to open her up some and get light into the canopy which had an overnight effect on every budsite. Moving much faster now than she has been.

The cream and cheese is impressive as hell, competing with the critical in frostiness and certainly the healthiest, probably because she hasn’t exhausted the soil yet while the others started to run out. I guess you can’t beat the development when you let the plant grow that singular apical bud like it wants to.

The SSH just makes me laugh when I look at her. Such a beast. Her buds are second in smell behind the critical, very sharp and peppery to contrast the crit’s citrusy sweetness. If I had to guess, yield from largest to smallest will be critical, widow, SSH, cheese.

Going to remove whatever leaves are blocking budsites tomorrow, which will be mid-week 5, and feed with the 2-6-4 and some epsom salt. Hopefully smooth sailing resumes from here on out. Halfway there.
 
_mahavishnu

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Still some mild yellowing going on with both the critical and the ssh. I feel like I’ve been too reactionary this whole time and I’ve introduced too many new variables. pH up and cal-mag probably haven’t been friendly to the microbes in the soil, and there’s definitely undigested neem and kelp sitting there that the plant isn’t eating.

I wish my first moves would’ve been to check the soil pH and otherwise encourage more soil activity to make the amendments available. Something like another layer of compost scratched in and then a thick layer of mulch to keep things more consistently moist. Maybe a flush beforehand with mild tea. Basically, sticking to the methods that got me this far.

That may potentially be my next move, because between the dose of synthetic Fox farms veg food, a few feedings of the Neptune’s harvest, the compost, and the recent meals, I’m pretty sure there’s enough N in there. There has to be, right??

They don’t look that bad anyways, but the critical has lost plenty of yellow leaves on top of what I defoliated when she was healthy. If I left the leaves to die and fall off on their own, she’d be much uglier. Same for the SSH.

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The CBD plant is no doubt the frostiest now, amazingly
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And here you can see some of the SSH, sans dying leaves, to the left, and the bush of widow, who has mostly rebounded from the original yellowing and is finally picking up the pace
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Open to all your thoughts and prayers as always
 
_mahavishnu

_mahavishnu

Buddy showed up with a sparkling new 600W HPS to throw in the room so that’s news! More cavalry to get these girls thru the finish line strong.

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This grow area will be *much* easier on the eyes next time around. I’ve said it before, but you should thank me that I’ve never posted the way these lights are hung/maneuvered. It’s disgusting. Like a black widow web of polycord.

Critical is mostly stopped yellowing, while the SSH continues to starve for nitrogen. Even while feeding full dosage (2TBSP once per week) of the 2-6-4 food. Brown blotches as well suggesting P deficiency or lockout. I soaked the girls with Recharge last night to see if that gets the SSH straightened out over the next couple days, and hopefully it otherwise boosts the rest.

If anyone looks hungry moving forward, I might just say fuck it. I’ve got a bottle of pure blend pro grow now, and I’m not really afraid to use it. As much as I just said I’d go back to my organic roots to get them right, if that doesn’t work then that goes out the window LOL

Critical
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SSH
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CBD (holy shit, imo)
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Widow
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!!AND A SPECIAL GUEST!!
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Meet this little idiot. A clone of the critical you may have seen in some pictures before. I don’t care to hold on to this particular plant, it was just a safety net when I first topped her. So we strung this fool up to see what she will do. I’m hoping for a solid blunt worth of bud.
 
_mahavishnu

_mahavishnu

The mix of blurple LED, sunlike LED, 4200k CMH and HPS makes for some unique lighting if I don’t use flash for closeup pics. Kind of pretty though so I’ll share these for today. Day 46F.

In order, Cream & Cheese CBD, Super Silver Haze, White Widow, Critical Plus 2.0
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You can see that the widow is well behind the others in maturity, but she’s picking up now that the canopy is a little more open.

Haze and critical are deficient no more, I fed with pureblend pro grow and calmag once at about 1050ppm to catch up, and again at about 850. I’ll keep that steady and then start to taper in the next week or so. The combination of those nutes with the recharge seems to be keeping the girls very happy now. I’m overall grateful to have fought deficiencies for over a month and not screwed any of these girls up too badly. My only regret is the critical’s lack of foliage.

Thinking more and more of the next run now, it’ll be time to germinate soon enough. We’ve agreed upon a 7x7’ area with 9 plants, giving them 2.3x2.3’ per plant. Probably getting more 7gal smart pots, mixing promix with our existing spent soil to make up the difference, then sticking to the pureblend from start to finish. I’ll also likely get another light to adequately cover that area and ditch one or both blurples. At least one of them will be helping me flip clones to sex my Bodhis.

Here’s the whole gang. I can’t wait to redo this space with panda film LOL

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_mahavishnu

_mahavishnu

Out here feeding the ladies right now, accidentally brushed my finger against a sugar leaf on one of the CBD’s lower buds. Instantly sticky fingers. Took a deep sniff and this has to be one of the most enjoyable smells I’ve ever gotten from weed. Like straight up bubblegum and fake grape flavoring. This plant, to me, has always been second-last in priority (she’s my friend’s baby), with the widow dead last, but this strain could turn out to be a real favorite.

The SSH still mostly smells like poop, the critical plus 2.0 smells like funky fermented fruit and lemon like most every review says, and the widow just...just barely...smells like weed. Really barely anything even from rubbing a sugar leaf. Whatever, maybe she’ll be a sleeper, take 13 weeks to finish and blow every other girl in here out of the water. Doubt it but maybe.

I know the last music I mentioned was “Aja,” well it’s still Aja. Sorry. I’ve been hearing the bassline from “Peg” in my head during every waking moment.


I’m deep in my Dan phase right now
 
_mahavishnu

_mahavishnu

I love Steely Dan........... they have a couple great albums.
Aside from Aja what are your faves? I’ve gone through Can’t Buy A Thrill pretty well too. Not to show my age, but lots of memories of being in the passenger seat with one of my parents and hearing “Do It Again” on the classic rock station. And “Dirty Work”. And “Kings”. And “Reelin’ In The Years”. I had no idea they were behind all these songs until I sat down and listened to that record.
 
With so many bands, stuff can sound the same or similar. These guys were great musicians, and were able to write and perform complex songs in a great variety of sounds. You have to be a good musician to play jazz, and a lot of their music was "jazz-like". Check this out........

 
_mahavishnu

_mahavishnu

With so many bands, stuff can sound the same or similar. These guys were great musicians, and were able to write and perform complex songs in a great variety of sounds. You have to be a good musician to play jazz, and a lot of their music was "jazz-like". Check this out........

Yeah, I’m a decent guitarist but the kind of changes they play through, especially on all the songs from Aja, are too much for me. Peg might be the only relatively simple one on the album.

I do enjoy more intense jazz fusion stuff like Chick Corea, where they’re so far out there and removed from regular chord progressions that you have no choice but to stop thinking about it
 
_mahavishnu

_mahavishnu

Now that this room is sort of sealed up, even with the cool weather we’re pushing 79. I’ve been wanting to keep the room cooler than that, but I suppose it does help me to reduce the likelihood of mold and mildew in the room without me having to crank down on the dehumidifier, which already runs near constantly. And I understand that’s not a bad temperature anyways, but I do feel like it risks some of the most volatile terps.

There’s new hairs on every plant today which brings great joy to my heart. Mostly on the top of each bud site on the critical, but top to bottom on the haze in particular.

Still fighting a small population of fungus gnats with a drench of Mammoth CannControl and DE every few days. They seem to be dwindling, and they’re too few to really do any damage, I think, but I still don’t want to be picking them out of buds during the trim.

The sort-of mainlined critical plus will probably be the only girl with no larf. There’s tons on every other plant, but that’s alright with me. Those will all be used for edibles, maybe even one big “full spectrum” batch incorporating every plant
 
_mahavishnu

_mahavishnu

Favorite Steely Dan song.


That just gave me a major hit of deja vu. The guitar line starting at 3:52 was definitely lifted by Nintendo’s studio band for a track on Mario Kart, I just can’t remember what track or the context of it. I can hear it in my head though, MK just did it with some extra chromatic notes added in
 
MIMedGrower

MIMedGrower

That just gave me a major hit of deja vu. The guitar line starting at 3:52 was definitely lifted by Nintendo’s studio band for a track on Mario Kart, I just can’t remember what track or the context of it. I can hear it in my head though, MK just did it with some extra chromatic notes added in


some trivia-

solo was played by Larry Carlton
 
_mahavishnu

_mahavishnu

Critical
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SSH
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Widow
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Everyone’s just carrying on doing their thing now, not a lot to report. Still new hairs emerging. Drinking more every day, a gallon per day split between the 4 now and they’re well dry by the next afternoon.

Interesting note: I super cropped the 4 buds directly under each of the 4 main tops, bending them inward to get them out from underneath. The one I super cropped most severely, which has the sharpest “kink” in its stem, is now the frostiest bud on the plant. It can be seen bottom left side in the overhead shot. Shows the plant’s response to stress in terms of resin production
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