My seedlings are super healthy
So it has been almost a week since these little ladies popped up out of the soil and they are doing great. During their first week, I had my lights raised up pretty high in the tent and had them on about 40% power, which allowed them to stretch quite a bit more than my last autos.
The reason I wanted them to stretch was because with autoflowers, they tend to grow short and bushy. I wanted to have them get a bit taller right off the start so that they can well above the rim of the pots when I start to cut branches off. I am going to be cutting the bottom three sets of branches off and probably just allow the plant to grow a total of six sets of branches before I cut their stem.
Since the stems have already stretched quite a bit, I lowered the lights and increased their power a bit more. That should keep them from stretching anymore, but still give them all the light that they need. Right now, I am just watering 1 liter every few days. The first few weeks, most of the growth is under the soil and once the roots stretch out, they will get a lot thirstier. The first few weeks, it is really easy to overwater and kill your plant, so make sure you do not overwater. It is important to let the soil dry out a bit because the roots actually stretch out to find water, so if the soil is always wet, you will have a pretty weak root system.
I have a bunch of new techniques I am going to be trying with these plants. I won't be using any super croppers for my low stress training. Instead, I am going to be bending the branches down each day and massaging them to break up the fibers inside to strengthen them and flush them with nutrients. I am going to be doing this to the stem as well once the plant is a bit larger because I want to make sure the stem is strong enough to hold the weight of the whole plant. I am hoping that having less branches will ensure the bud sites are more dense because the plant will have less places that it needs to form the buds.
Well, that is it for now. I am pretty excited for this grow. The two strains I have growing are strains that I have never tried and I want to make sure that I do not harvest them too early so I can really get their full effects.
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I've been waiting for an update on these babies for a while. Look at them grow up. They look great, man. I have no doubt that you will harvest them in the best way and at the right time. I'm sure you've done enough research for that.
That’s actually a cool thing about making them stretch out more. That green is very vibrant !
Hopefully it works. It is an experiment
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Thank you so much for sharing this amazingly detailed post! I myself have been wondering about how often and how much you should water, and I guess I did over-water in the beginning stages! But, definitely a lesson learned, so thank you for that!
I hope your new techniques work out well! Maybe we'll all get a few other pointers there too!
I’m glad I could help you a bit. That’s one of the cool things about this community is that we all learn from each other. Growing is a ton of fun and it’s always a learning experience.
It is very fabulous seeing each step of the growing process, when I was a little girl I did an experiment and I learned a lot of things about plants.🌱
nice photos bro, i have an auto too it is a gift from the admin of this community. it is tiny and i dont know why, maybe the reason is the poor hours of light because it is winter begining here :D
Autos grow a lot smaller than photos do. I am sure there is nothing wrong with it. They tend to be shorter and bushier.
I didn't know, I thought they could grow a lot :D