[Durban Express x Toasted Tangerine] Tester Update #2
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It's been a while since I posted an update on the [Durban Express x Toasted Tangerine] Tester Beans created by @bifbeans Breeder "Macronut", so in this post, I'm going to attempt to catch you all up to speed on these amazing plants!
Picking right back up on December 6th, while I didn't do too much with them, it had been a little bit since I fed them! So, I went ahead and gave them both 3 cups worth of the 10mL/gallon solution of the Liquid Grow Big Nutrients from Fox Farms!
They seem to be doing well, and I'm not exactly sure how much I should be watering, so I've been limiting it as much as possible! But, these specific testers seem to be doing really well considering!
We have an awesome day here at the "Anarchist's Alcove" on December 7th, when I actually got to try my hand at topping for the first time!
They had both grown up to the fifth node, so I went ahead and topped them there just to see how they would do!
Afterwards, I fed them both 2.5 cups each of the 10 mL solution of Grow Big Nutrients just to help out their growth! Since my attempt at topping, I have learned about mainlining, and doing LST training directly after for better results! I'm definitely going to implement this technique on my next grow!
Jumping ahead to December 9th, nothing much really happened inside of the tent but the buckets seem to be a little dry, so I went ahead and fed these girls some nutrients!
I gave the larger of the two plants 3 cups worth of the 10mL solution of Grow Big, because this baby really seems to eat it up!
I only gave the smaller plant 2 cups worth of the 10mL Grow Big solution, since I'm not so worried about overnuting them, but I am worried about over watering it, and since it's smaller I didn't think it needed as much as the bigger plant!
Things started getting really hectic around the house so I didn't get to do much inside the tent until December 14th, which is when I noticed that both of these plants had started growing very small white stigmas from the pistils!
Since the buckets were dry again I went ahead and fed them giving the smaller plant only 2 1/4 cups of the 10mL Grow Big solution; while I gave the larger plant a total of 2.5 cups worth of the 10mL solution!
It's only been 2 days, but both of these plants have shown some remarkable growth! So I decided to feed them on December 16th, I went ahead gave them both 4 cups worth of a 15mL solution of Grow Big!
This does jump up the total amount of water that I give them per feeding, and the total amount of nutrients per gallon! This is in an attempt to keep them thriving as they really are seeming to love the nutrients, and show remarkable growth after feeding!
Since I'm still on the greener side of growing, I'm still uncomfortable with defoliation and training, but I definitely need to start practicing! I do want to keep these fan leaves going tho, just to see if they get any bigger! 😉
It took a couple of more days for the buckets to dry out, so I didn't give them another feeding until December 19th! This time they got another jump because they are literally growing like weeds at this point!
With that being said I decided to give them both 1/2 gallon worth each of the 15mL solution of the Grow Big Nutrients. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures on this specific day!
Unfortunately, on November 21st, I noticed male pollen sacs forming on a few of the branches of the bigger [DExTT] plant! There is a number of things that could have caused this to happen, including the fact that the Blue Dream x Lemon Diesel Tester strain that I had from ISC turned out to be a male!
After a discussion with Macronut, I decided to go ahead and pluck the pollen sacs off and keep going! I did take a video of this as well that I do intend to publish to my new YouTube channel, but the specific details about that will be saved for another post!
I'm not exactly sure what caused this Herm flip, because Macronut himself hasn't even been able to accomplish this yet! However, other than the male that I immediately removed, there was one day that the lights had stayed off for almost 12 hours before I was able to turn them on again.
This furthers my belief that I need to get that a timer for my lights, and this one act (even though I don't remember when exactly this was), along with the increase in water and nutrients, could have been enough stress to trigger the change!
I also found some of the Fox Farms Tiger Bloom Liquid Nutrients, and since these babies are definitely showing signs of flower, I gave them both 1/2 gallon of a 10mL solution!
So, I've been slacking on my daily pictures, but my goodness! These babies continuously making daily progress!
With the stigmas getting longer, and as the smell from these plants becomes more and more potent, I decided it was finally time to switch over to the 1000W HPS bulb on December 23rd; giving these babies an early Christmas Present!
We also had a pretty decent day inside the tent on the 25th. We did a little bit of reorganizing getting all the plants moved around, and then I went ahead and trained both of our 37 day old [Durban Express x Toasted Tangerine] testers!
I believe that the 600w MH bulb was clearly not providing enough light to the plants, so with the training on top of the 1000w HPS light bulb the colas will now have a chance to get as much light as possible and really start to swell!
The training I performed was a rather light form of LST (Light/Low Stress Training) all I wanted to do is to spread out the main branches of the plant as much as possible creating a "T" allowing as much light penetration to reach the center of the plant!
I was a little worried that I started training them a little too late, and I really hope that they don't get too stressed! After I got done with the training and reorganizing, I went ahead and fed them a half gallon each of nutrients! 3/4 worth of that half gallon was a 10 mL solution of Tiger Bloom, and the other quarter of that was the 15 mL solution of Grow Big.
I did use leftover nutrients that I had already mixed, but from here on I'm going to mix both them together in the same jug!
I'm starting to believe that DExTT #1 is starting to form a slight zinc deficiency, possibly to due to the stress of the training, but I am unsure as of right now! I didn't get very good pictures of the leaves, although they were started to get small brownish spots in the middles of some of the larger fan leaves! I will continue to monitor and adjust nutrient feedings if necessary!
After doing some research I found out that zinc is required for your plants to absorb the nutrients in the soil! A lack of zinc will cause your plants to not receive the full benefit of your feedings!
I have also continued to monitor DExTT #2 as closely as possible after I noticed the male reproductive parts that had started showing on the 21st. I did notice three more balls so I went ahead and put those off, making sure that there wasn't any more before closing up the tent for the night!
After turning the lights back on the 27th I noticed the buckets are a little light so I went ahead and fed both of our DExTT plants 1/2 Gallon worth of a 15mL per gallon solution of Tiger Bloom mixed with a 10mL per gallon solution of Grow Big.
The thought process here was that since they are still in the early flowering stage, the nitrogen boost would help thicken up the stalks of the plants, and hopefully create a stronger base altogether!
I also noticed that the crimped branch DExTT #1 has started to stand up on its own relieving pressure from the support that I had made for that branch specifically! This really makes me feel a lot better because I was worried that it wouldn't come back!
I had a pretty humbling experience on the 28th, which is when I had attempted to loosen some of the tie-downs that I had put on DExTT #1! The tie downs were starting to dig into the branches, which made me uncomfortable, so I had attempted to loosen them to allow them the wiggle room that they needed!
Once I started to loosen the tie downs, I noticed that the main stock started to split in half - right where I topped it! My temporary fix to this was wrapping bread ties around the split stalk in an attempt to tie them back together! I've heard of things happening like this before and people taping their plans back together, so I hope that the bread ties will work in the same manner!
I also decided to feed them another half gallon worth of the 15 mL tiger boom and 10 mL grow big solutions, which were mixed in the same gallon! Hopefully, the nutrients will help DExTT #1 to make a comeback after the split!
I officially hit the halfway mark on the 29th, which happened to be Day 41 for these plants, as I was able to notice the start of visible trichome production all over the plant! The plants are also starting to smell really good (although I do go nose blind in the tent fairly quick 🤣), and in my opinion smell somewhat gassy, like fuel, mixed with a hint of citrus!
I also noticed that the tie downs on DExTT #2 where starting to cut into the branches, so I decided to go ahead and loosen them, just to prevent any further damage!
Yet again, the tie downs had become far too tight, and as I attempted to loosen them, one of the middle branches had ripped almost completely off! I couldn't believe what I had done, and became rather distraught over the matter - but luckily this baby was still hanging on for dear life, and hadn't completely detached!
So, as I profusely apologized to this precious plant (while cussing myself out the whole time 🤣), I attempted to secure the branch back to the stalk using bread ties and twine. The first bread tie was wrapped underneath the branch itself, securing the bottom portion of the break back to the stalk.
I wrapped the second bread tie around the main stalk above the break and tied it to the branch, also above the break! Hopefully, this would provide a little more support, and secure the branch back in it's rightful place. Then, taking a piece of twine, I made a loop around the branch and main stalk, securing the branch in place by using its own weight!
I'm not completely sure if this will work or not, because it was literally hanging on by a few threads! But, with how resilient cannabis plants are and can be, I'm staying hopeful that it will be able to mend itself!
I had another conversation with Macronut and a few other members of the BIF Discord Server that day as well, and I found out that these are for sure in full flower mode now, so that means I'm definitely going to have to start getting comfortable with defoliation!
I actually started to try my hand at defoliation on December 30th, and targeted the larger fan leaves on the plants! I didn't want to take off too much at once, and stress the plants more than what they were, but I figured that if I started to remove those larger leaves then the plant would be able to redirect its growth into the buds and broken branches!
I also went ahead and fed them again, as they have been sucking every bit of moisture out of the soil - enough to the point that I am able to lift the entire 5 gallon bucket with one hand! So, not wanting to starve these thirsty girls, I gave them both 1/2 Gallon worth of nutrients!
This time, I jumped the solution up to 15mL per Gallon of both Tiger Bloom and Grow Big! While I don't believe the plants truly need that much Nitrogen in the flowering stage, I do hope that it will be utilized to help the broken branches heal!
I actually had to feed these girls again the very next day due to how light the buckets were! So, I just gave them the same 1/2 Gallon mixture of both Tiger Bloom and Grow Big that I gave them the day before!
I continued to slowly defoliate them, this time taking more of the inward facing leaves off of the plants! Again, I don't want to take too much off at once, but I do understand I need to open up the budsites to more light penetration, and that this could actually help out with the humidity on the lower branches of the plant as well!
The humidity levels have risen substantially in the tent, although I'm not positive on the exact levels! I currently don't have a thermometer or hydrometer, and have really just been winging it when it comes to keeping everything at a decent level. My solution - opening the front flap of the tent just enough to allow some extra ventilation!
Honestly, I really couldn't believe it when I checked on the plants the very next day - January 1st. The buckets were light AGAIN! Man, do these babies really soak up that moisture! But, I also noticed that the leaves are starting to look really shiny, oily almost, and that DExTT #1 was starting to exhibit signs of nitrogen burn!
So, when I fed them this time, I completely cut out the Grow Big nutrients, and gave them both another 1/2 Gallon worth of a 20mL per Gallon solution of Tiger Bloom! The buckets have been draining really well, and I have been able to notice some slight puddling around the bottom! So while the bottoms of the buckets may trap some water, I feel really confident that it isn't becoming stagnant with how light the buckets get!
But, unfortunately, that's where we will end this post! I do apologize for the length, but again, I do want to get my blogs as up to date as possible! I have had a lot of wonderful things starting to take place - thanks to this amazing Community - which has also delayed my posts just a bit! But, as an inspired content creator, I do want to produce the best content I possibly can, so I truly hope you enjoyed this update!! 😊
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Lots of buds filling in nicely, bloom stage really separates the boys from the girls - Looking good!
Thank you bro! I'm definitely liking how they're starting to stack up, unfortunately the nodes were a little spaced out but I think they're filling out pretty good even with the spacing! I've heard mixed reasonings and possibilities for the stretching - from the MH light to the positioning itself, so I'm hoping I get it dialed in on the next run!
Not enough light is why they would stretch out - bringing the light closer or the plant higher should do it, but I'm sure you know you'll then have the heat of the light to contend with, good times :)
That MH was only a 600 watt as well, so I'm sure that lightinf was the issue, I probably could have left the light closer to the plants with that bulb, then moved it higher when I put in the 1000 watt. Definitely a little bit of trial and error that's for sure 🤣
Looking really good bro! I recall a time probably about 15 years ago I had a hermie and tried to pick off the ball sacks and when I went back to check on it the balls came back double fold so I tried to take them off again and the next visit there was even more. My point is just watch the hermie and if it gets worse my suggestion would be to just get rid of it as it will produce seeds and could fertilize the others. Just be careful bro but they are looking awesome!
Thank you brother! And I was worried about that happening too! I've been keeping a pretty close eye on it, and I only noticed a few more pop up since, so hopefully it will be alright cuz I really don't want to lose that baby!
Also, I've been meaning to comment on your recent posts! You pack a lot of great info about your process, and I've been taking a lot of notes! ☺️ I think I'll be ready to start here soon - still getting everything reorganized in my grow tent, but working on getting a dark spot ready for them since they are photo sensitive. The only thing I'm still working on/worried about is the ambient temperature and airflow! Do you think it would work in the tent or no?
I grow mine in a tent so you it should be good! They do need some light but any light will do. I have mine in the basement so it gets cold this time of year so I bought a small space heater that keeps it around 70 in there. And the only airflow I give them is when I check on them in the morning and at night which is when I fan them to get rid of any CO2. I also have an air purifier in there constantly running so if any contaminants gets inside the tent it should take care of them. I hope this helps bro! And thanks for the compliment!
That definitely helps brother, thank you so much! I was currently thinking about building a small "barrier" with cardboard and aluminum foil to help reflect the light, but also provide a light block and airflow resistance as well! The hope was that they would still get some light that they need, but wouldn't get overwhelmed by it. By placing resistance to the airflow, I was hoping to eliminate and foreign contaminates from the plants getting in when I "burped" the monotub!
Love your close ups, its like I am in the tent myself
Glad you like them man! I'm trying to take a few notes from @derangedvisions photography skills to be honest, so hopefully I can get a little better with my focus and exposure!
Nice plants bro :D
Thank you man! I'm really impressed with them, but I can't wait to get another cycle under my belt and see if I can do better! 💚
Thanks brother! Glad you enjoyed! 💚
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