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    We grow our cannabis here all organically using northwest local soil and nutrients. All the soil has fertilizer added in the form of alfalfa and kelp meal, which continually break down and release nitrogen while we head into flower.
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    When starting from seed, put the seeds in a glass of water for 4-24hr but for no more than 24hr. Good seds should have sunk to the bottom while seeds that are full of airspace stay floating; swish the seeds around in the glass to get the still floating good seeds to sink. Plant your seeds 4-8mm beneith the soil and water them in moist but not sopping wet. Put your seeds under 24hr light and within 4-8 days your seeds should be sprouted. Do not start to fertilize until plants show 3rd to 5th set of leaves, and only fertilize with 15-20% diluted vegetation ferts. Make sure to have air moving around in the growing area. We advise starting seeds in 6inch pots for more root room and less transplants to their final container. You can easily start 8-12 seedlings under a 100w flourescent light.
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    Our plants are grown all organically and we seem to find benefits here at the lab by under-dosing fertilizer and reapplying more often, but you need to make sure to have pure water at least every second fertilization and make sure you don't get your plants too wet. Every month we fully flush the containers and saturate them with water, allowing them to drain out before being placed back in the growroom. We top the plants once every 3 nodes and defoliate them around every 3 weeks until flowering. We make sure it has been at least 2 weeks since their last defoliation before we induce flowering.
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    We use foxfam ocean forest soil and add microbial inoculant as well as humic acid and micronutrient solution after the second week that clones or seeds are established. Once the plants are greater than 18 centimeters tall, they have graduated from early veg; we switch from 24hr light to 18hr light and apply our vegetation nutrients of fish emulsion and occasionally a dilute of our flowering nutrients. After the plants have vegetated for 2 months in their intermediary growth the lights are ready to switch over to 12/12. We advise using at least 3 gallon containers for vegging and budding, with best results in 5 and 10 gallon "short" containers which have more room for running roots. Vegging 6 plants under 600-1000w is typical; Use 6500K bulb. A combonation of flourescents and MH work best for vegetation.
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    A good N-P-K for vegetation is 5-2-3.
    A good N-P-K for flowering is 2-3-4.
    A ph of 6 between 5.5 and 6.5 is good for soil.
    A good temperature to keep the plants is between 72-84 degrees fahrenheit.
    Try not ro keep area too humid as this encourages mold. Humidity between 36%-64% is good for general growth. Try to keep humidity down in flowering.
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    Spraying foliage with a mix of glyerin, neem oil and hot water helps prevent bug infestations. Dust topsoil and leaves with damascus earth to pervent insects from taking up homes in the growroom. You can also add tobacco tea and pyrenthrin to add insecticidal properties. Keeping space between plants and never accepting a plant from an outside garden helps prevent cross contamination. Lady bugs and predatory nematodes in the soil will also help repel invasive pests.
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    We typically flower from 2 months to 2.5 months depending on the particular batch we are dealing with. Sativas will benefit from a longer flowering period, from 2.5 months to 3 months. Once the lights have been switched, we apply our flowering nutrients of bone meal and kelp-potash as well as continue to apply our regular nutrient regimen. After 2 weeks of flowering, once the pistils start to cluster and buds are forming up, we defoliate the plants and leave them for a month before defoliating again. In week two we also lollipop and clean up the small stems and budsites that would expect to produce wispy popcorn nugs. Once the flowers are 3 weeks from harvest we no longer fertilize and flush the containers out at least twice. Flowering 4-6 plants under 1000w to 1400w is typical. Use a 2700K bulb. HPS works best for budding.
    --
    Allowing the soil to dry out by under-watering before harvesting helps speed the drying process. We dry the buds in a dark room that is not too warm and move the air around the buds with oscillating fans. Drying usually takes 6-12 days. Curing after drying can be as short as 3 weeks or take as long as 3 months before the buds are finally prime. Everything takes practice and getting used to the many variables in growing takes experience will pay off in the long run.
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    You can start flowering as early as you want in veg, we usually wait at least 2 months after the early veg has ended, often having crops that take 5 months from start to finish. Cloning helps save time spent in veging from seed, so times can be shortened in that way. LED lights are also more eficient and can deliver the specific wavelengths to help the plants extract power from the light; consider them for cooler running summer setups, space restricted grows, and general power saving.
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    Growing mother plants and cloning can create many plants in a timely manner. Clones can be created once the plants are at least 1.5 months old. Taking clones from lower branches with more stable hormones will promote the cutting to take to the medium. Take a cutting from a lower branch and incise a 45 degree but on the lower end of the clone. Scrape the outermost layer of the bottom near the cut to help hormone absorb into the bottom where rooting where occur. Clear the leaves and leave only around 3-5 leaves. Dip the cutting in hormone gel (then if you want, in cloning powder) then finally water for up to 2 weeks with dilute cloning solution and stick in rockwool cubes that have been ph stabilized with lemon juice and cloning solution at 2/3 strength. Use cloning solution with indole-butrylic acid which comes from green bark on willow branches.--Once harvesting a plant it is possible to revert to vegetation and growth. Stick the plant under 24hr light for 2 weeks then switch to 18hr. Water with a solution of high nitrogen and coconut milk with added hormone kinetin. This will stimulate growth of upper most branches and new shoots will start to appear on the plant. It is not reccomended to clone once plants have reached sexual maturity, so these plants should grown for production and perhaps seeded.
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    Think about making your own compost and adding it into the soil a few weeks befor planting to help establish humic acid levels. Add worm castings and some soil innoculant to help boost growth. Bannana peels will help add potassium. Adding alfalfa or other legume like clover and lentil will help build up nitrogen levels. Try to avoid blood and guano/manure based products as these can encourage greenhouse diseases.
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    Feminized seeds have a greater tendancy to go hermaphrodite and should not be used when producing breeds of marijuana. Most feminized seeds are made by applying silver nitrate and sometimes sodium thiosulphate to stress out the plant and force it to go hermie and produce bannanas with pollen sacs which have only xx chromisomes. They will self polinate, but the pollen is collected and used to polinate a clone or sometimes though not advised another female from a different strain. All feminized seeds or seeds from a hermie plant will be female but they will have a greater genetic propensity of being or becoming a hermie in their life. Steer clear of feminized clones, they will probably hermie on you at some point.

  • #2
    Thanks Dopefiend. That's an excellent and informative post. Just one wee questions. Who are 'we'?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by dopefiend420 View Post
      We grow our cannabis here all organically using northwest local soil and nutrients. All the soil has fertilizer added in the form of alfalfa and kelp meal, which continually break down and release nitrogen while we head into flower.
      --
      When starting from seed, put the seeds in a glass of water for 4-24hr but for no more than 24hr. Good seds should have sunk to the bottom while seeds that are full of airspace stay floating; swish the seeds around in the glass to get the still floating good seeds to sink. Plant your seeds 4-8mm beneith the soil and water them in moist but not sopping wet. Put your seeds under 24hr light and within 4-8 days your seeds should be sprouted. Do not start to fertilize until plants show 3rd to 5th set of leaves, and only fertilize with 15-20% diluted vegetation ferts. Make sure to have air moving around in the growing area. We advise starting seeds in 6inch pots for more root room and less transplants to their final container. You can easily start 8-12 seedlings under a 100w flourescent light.
      --
      Our plants are grown all organically and we seem to find benefits here at the lab by under-dosing fertilizer and reapplying more often, but you need to make sure to have pure water at least every second fertilization and make sure you don't get your plants too wet. Every month we fully flush the containers and saturate them with water, allowing them to drain out before being placed back in the growroom. We top the plants once every 3 nodes and defoliate them around every 3 weeks until flowering. We make sure it has been at least 2 weeks since their last defoliation before we induce flowering.
      --
      We use foxfam ocean forest soil and add microbial inoculant as well as humic acid and micronutrient solution after the second week that clones or seeds are established. Once the plants are greater than 18 centimeters tall, they have graduated from early veg; we switch from 24hr light to 18hr light and apply our vegetation nutrients of fish emulsion and occasionally a dilute of our flowering nutrients. After the plants have vegetated for 2 months in their intermediary growth the lights are ready to switch over to 12/12. We advise using at least 3 gallon containers for vegging and budding, with best results in 5 and 10 gallon "short" containers which have more room for running roots. Vegging 6 plants under 600-1000w is typical; Use 6500K bulb. A combonation of flourescents and MH work best for vegetation.
      --
      A good N-P-K for vegetation is 5-2-3.
      A good N-P-K for flowering is 2-3-4.
      A ph of 6 between 5.5 and 6.5 is good for soil.
      A good temperature to keep the plants is between 72-84 degrees fahrenheit.
      Try not ro keep area too humid as this encourages mold. Humidity between 36%-64% is good for general growth. Try to keep humidity down in flowering.
      --
      Spraying foliage with a mix of glyerin, neem oil and hot water helps prevent bug infestations. Dust topsoil and leaves with damascus earth to pervent insects from taking up homes in the growroom. You can also add tobacco tea and pyrenthrin to add insecticidal properties. Keeping space between plants and never accepting a plant from an outside garden helps prevent cross contamination. Lady bugs and predatory nematodes in the soil will also help repel invasive pests.
      --
      We typically flower from 2 months to 2.5 months depending on the particular batch we are dealing with. Sativas will benefit from a longer flowering period, from 2.5 months to 3 months. Once the lights have been switched, we apply our flowering nutrients of bone meal and kelp-potash as well as continue to apply our regular nutrient regimen. After 2 weeks of flowering, once the pistils start to cluster and buds are forming up, we defoliate the plants and leave them for a month before defoliating again. In week two we also lollipop and clean up the small stems and budsites that would expect to produce wispy popcorn nugs. Once the flowers are 3 weeks from harvest we no longer fertilize and flush the containers out at least twice. Flowering 4-6 plants under 1000w to 1400w is typical. Use a 2700K bulb. HPS works best for budding.
      --
      Allowing the soil to dry out by under-watering before harvesting helps speed the drying process. We dry the buds in a dark room that is not too warm and move the air around the buds with oscillating fans. Drying usually takes 6-12 days. Curing after drying can be as short as 3 weeks or take as long as 3 months before the buds are finally prime. Everything takes practice and getting used to the many variables in growing takes experience will pay off in the long run.
      --
      You can start flowering as early as you want in veg, we usually wait at least 2 months after the early veg has ended, often having crops that take 5 months from start to finish. Cloning helps save time spent in veging from seed, so times can be shortened in that way. LED lights are also more eficient and can deliver the specific wavelengths to help the plants extract power from the light; consider them for cooler running summer setups, space restricted grows, and general power saving.
      --
      Growing mother plants and cloning can create many plants in a timely manner. Clones can be created once the plants are at least 1.5 months old. Taking clones from lower branches with more stable hormones will promote the cutting to take to the medium. Take a cutting from a lower branch and incise a 45 degree but on the lower end of the clone. Scrape the outermost layer of the bottom near the cut to help hormone absorb into the bottom where rooting where occur. Clear the leaves and leave only around 3-5 leaves. Dip the cutting in hormone gel (then if you want, in cloning powder) then finally water for up to 2 weeks with dilute cloning solution and stick in rockwool cubes that have been ph stabilized with lemon juice and cloning solution at 2/3 strength. Use cloning solution with indole-butrylic acid which comes from green bark on willow branches.--Once harvesting a plant it is possible to revert to vegetation and growth. Stick the plant under 24hr light for 2 weeks then switch to 18hr. Water with a solution of high nitrogen and coconut milk with added hormone kinetin. This will stimulate growth of upper most branches and new shoots will start to appear on the plant. It is not reccomended to clone once plants have reached sexual maturity, so these plants should grown for production and perhaps seeded.
      --
      Think about making your own compost and adding it into the soil a few weeks befor planting to help establish humic acid levels. Add worm castings and some soil innoculant to help boost growth. Bannana peels will help add potassium. Adding alfalfa or other legume like clover and lentil will help build up nitrogen levels. Try to avoid blood and guano/manure based products as these can encourage greenhouse diseases.
      --
      Feminized seeds have a greater tendancy to go hermaphrodite and should not be used when producing breeds of marijuana. Most feminized seeds are made by applying silver nitrate and sometimes sodium thiosulphate to stress out the plant and force it to go hermie and produce bannanas with pollen sacs which have only xx chromisomes. They will self polinate, but the pollen is collected and used to polinate a clone or sometimes though not advised another female from a different strain. All feminized seeds or seeds from a hermie plant will be female but they will have a greater genetic propensity of being or becoming a hermie in their life. Steer clear of feminized clones, they will probably hermie on you at some point.
      Thanks for the valuable info, but I have just one question, Is weed also infected by other pests?? If yes please i would like to have know more about keeping my plants safe from them.
      Many people have advised me to keep an eye on pests, but till now I have not read about any such thing, about the kind of pesticides.
      HELP!!!!

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      • #4
        reading alot ! This info and opinions much appreciated ! Anyone care to confirm and expand on the '' defoliating'' . I underststand the lollipop rational - defoliating ??

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        • #5
          Taking off the big leaves has always been controversial. One thing worth noting is that, in nature, these leaves act as a store for nutrients. In an indoor grow scenario you will not need to store nutes as you are providing everything the plant needs.

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