Early Skunk is one of the best all-around marijuana strains. They are tough, fast-growing, and vibrant plants that produce lush, heavy harvests of frosted buds which can withstand any climate.
It’s a cross between Skunk #1 and Early Pearl. The indica-dominant hybrid is easy to grow and has found favor among many growers for its short flowering period, resistance to molds, and heavy yields which make it perfect for a novice grower.
You can expect a bountiful harvest with large buds which deliver a long-lasting, smooth, and pungent taste and smell.
In this grow journal, let’s see if growing Early Skunk marijuana seeds really is as easy as it sounds.
Yield: 2.2g dry weight
This is an attempt to grow some Early Skunks in Scotland near Glasgow. I decided to go ahead with some bagseed to see what results will come about. These seeds were sitting in a drawer for years so expectations aren’t that high. After soaking 16 of them in water overnight using the paper towel method, there are still aren’t any tap roots even after 10 days.
I ordered 3 more Early Skunk seeds which came with 1 free Sugar Candy seed. They’ve been soaking in water since last night and will be transferred to paper towels later on. With these seeds being proper seeds, we can expect to see tap roots pretty soon.
Once these guys hit 4 inches in height, they’ll be transferred to a tray outside to help harden them up a bit. They’ll also get plenty of noontime sunlight from a south-facing balcony. This would also provide plenty of time to prepare the soil and lay a couple of bags of compost in an area which is unlikely to be stumbled upon by teenagers or dog walkers.
After they become 6 inches tall, they’ll go to their new home and be left for nature to take its course. If all goes well, these plants will need visits every fortnight.
They’ll move to their new homes in approximately 4-5 weeks depending on how quickly they grow. SO that would mean 2 weeks indoors, 2 weeks out on the balcony and then into the great outdoors. Nothing beats weed being grown under natural sunlight.
Finally found some success. The four bought seeds (top row, left photo) already sprouted tap roots which will be transferred into potting medium tonight. All the others are bagsseeds.
Until more happens, this propagator will be used until they get bigger. As you can see, it can fit 20 seeds. Once they become root bound, they’ll transfer to bigger pots.
Even at this early stage, the propagator needs to be turned 2-4 times a day as the plants bend towards the light.
The search for a site was a tad disappointing. As you can see these sites are out in the open. The area behind them is used by dog walkers so it may not be suitable.
The next photos below show the second site which is better than the first. It’s a little more open but the only problem is the site faces north. The trees behind wouldn’t be too much of a problem when the sun is highest.
Finally, here’s the last place seen today. We’re going to have to combat the possible presence of cows and deer with human hair, cat hair, and human piss so they would steer clear. Fortunately, the area doesn’t seem to have any problems with rabbits.
Here’s an update of the grow. They’re still a bit young but they’ll move to the balcony so they can harden.
Babies are now transplanted. The pots were filled to the top with soil after putting seedlings in and made sure soil was up to the cotyledons thus giving them much needed support. They seemed to have minimal shock and have increased in size since last night. Another day or so will show if they’ve been successful.
Now they’re back on the windowsill getting light to start the hardening process. It’s a bit windy and chilly but it shouldn’t do them any harm.
Less than a day after transplanting, all of them seemed to be doing well until 1 plant was half-chewed by a cat. One of the first set of leaves was eaten, most of one of the cotyledons was eaten too, and the 2nd set of leaves has been topped.
You can see from the photos the 2nd set of leaves seem to be chewed with a part of it still remaining so it might still grow 2 stems from there.
From now on, these plants will get covered with bottles to that the cats can’t get to them again. These will also act as a propagator cover as they are still young.
These are the latest photos of the four babies taken yesterday morning. They go out every 10am and come back in at 9pm. The bottles get taken off for outside and placed on for when they come in at night. Soon, they’ll stay in the balcony permanently.
It’s been a bit windy but they seem to be holding up well. A couple leaves on 1 plant seem floppy but that could just be the wind. Just an update on the chewed plant – you’ll notice in some pics that she hasn’t died yet and is still growing a bit.
They’ll be fed later too but only with half-strength feed to prevent irreversible damage. The compost had enough nutes for a couple of weeks so a wee feed now should be ok.
Finally got round to finding a site. This is what looks good. The path comes from a farm down the road but this area looks relatively untouched. It seems secure enough. This area is also drenched in sunlight from dawn to dusk.
These are the latest updates with the photos. The brown spots and the upturned leaves are possibly nute damage, the rest is wind damage but some of the photos are showing tears on some of the leaves with 1 looking like it is getting munched on.
I couldn’t help myself with another update and photos. There’s just one runt (nibbled by the cat) but the rest have come on leaps and bounds. The tips of leaves with nute burns had to be cut and anything else that appeared dead has been cut off.
Eventually got round to watering them this morning with 300mL each. Stems are also thickening on the plants apart from the runt.
It seems these plants are slow starters but if the info online is accurate, they should explode with growth once out in the wild.
Seriously contemplating a horizontal trellis for the plants. Will do for 3 of them and the rest will grow au natural. We’re going to use 4-feet long bamboo canes and tie wire across horizontally at intervals to achieve a rectangular shape.
Success! Well, sort of.
I managed to get these plants out while it was dry. The tops of the plants took a bit of bashing with the transport on the bike because they were concealed in a plastic bag.
We’re due for a heatwave soon. This will be magic for outdoor growers. This should generate serious growth over the next few weeks. The tallest plant so far is 12 inches which isn’t bad because they germinated on May 1st.
Went to the site today to check on the plants but the first plant I came to was chewed right down to the stems – no leaves at all except for 1 small one at the bottom!
It’s probably slugs. Gave it some water and hope it recovers.
The 2nd plant wasn’t touched much. The 3rd was munched on a fair bit and the 4th has some damage to it. All plants plus the surrounding areas were watered and sprayed with deer spray.
Gone all-out war on these slugs. These plants are covered in pellets to eliminate the slugs.
Two of the plants are doing really well and they’re around a foot tall. The “dead” one seems to be showing signs of recovery with a few leaves on it compared to the half singular leaf when I last saw it.
As you notice, the leaves are a bit pale due to a light nitrogen deficiency and it had a couple of small snails on it.
Here are the latest updates and it’s not great news. The photos are in order of the plants below:
#1 Early Skunk – After suffering a slug attack, it made a recovery. The surrounding grass seems to have grown over it and seems to be really stunted.
#2 Early Skunk – She did well and still going strong. A slug had topped the plant and now is growing 2 tops instead of 1. The plant is doing ok and is starting to branch out a bit.
#3 Sugar Candy – This is the best plant of the bunch. Almost 4 feet in height, it gets plenty of sunlight and you can see it’s doing well. Still suffering from a nitrogen deficiency so going to give it a good all-round full strength feed.
#4 Early Skunk – This was the one that got mauled by the cat as a seedling. He obviously made a recovery of sorts and is doing well.
Unfortunately, the plants are not flowering. Two are showing some pre-flowers but these plants are already late.
At long last the babies have started to flower. Photos are in the same order as before.
All plants were given a good feed of treacle water with added PK 13/14 and some general all-purpose feeder. The mixture was probably a bit strong but the plants should welcome the much-needed nutrients. Since we’re due for some rain, these will get diluted over time.
This is the first plant that was chewed by slugs. It started to flower at last. Am not holding out much hope for her. She has made a recovery but has one tiny piece of fan leaf left after the initial attack so she won’t have a huge yield.
Since laying slug pellets, she has perked up quite a bit. New leaves grew and you will see the small flowers now showing. She might not finish in time and just get chopped and turned into some bubble or oil.
This is the second plant where some slugs did some damage. More slugs topped it. She’s been flattened and sits horizontally instead of vertically because of a deer.
The free seed, the Sugar Candy, grew despite having low expectations for her. She is the biggest of the lot, currently 4 feet tall and hasn’t really stretched since flowering but is doing great. Pulled off some dead foliage and counted 12 bud sites in total. She’s really packing on the weight.
And this is the 4th plant which was mauled by one of the cats early on. Didn’t think she would survive but she sure can take a beating of sorts and still pull through. She has 2 or 3 flowers on her so she will still yield some smoke.
Even if I ended up with only 7g of dried bud it would still be break even.
The end is near, people! Hopes are high and intentions were good but things just didn’t turn out quite as expected. Now we’ll just have to make do with a bad situation. Plants #1 and #2 are no more. Plant #2 was dead anyway. #1 would yield a couple grams at best.
Plant #3 is 25% smaller. Deer have topped that beast and lost most of the main cola and some of the tops of other colas. Still has a while to go before harvest. She’s showing signs of deficiencies but since she’s getting chopped soon, it’s better to leave her as is. The last Plant #4 looks like a low rider. It too was an early skunk. It has only 1 cola and it won’t amount to much.
Here’s what was salvaged from the first 2 plants.
Today was D-Day, folks! All chopped, trimmed, and now drying.
My heart fell after seeing the big plant. Yesterday was a foggy day and didn’t lift at all and then it rained quite a bit overnight too. The big plant greeted the day with some moldy buds. Not sure when it happened but looks like it was caught early enough so it wasn’t a total loss.
The runt didn’t amount to too much either. Not moldy but the color turned purple due to the cold.
Early wet weight is 13.1g including a fair amount of stalks with 75% of that weight being water.
After curing for a week and a half, the total yield was 2.2g. Not much smell off it but this will change once cured for a little while longer. Here are some photos of the final product along with some trichome shots too.
Some are still a bit clear but they would have been lost because of the heavy downpour days after the harvest. No plant can survive mold problems from that amount of water.
Yield: 2.2g dry weight
This grow had a lot of potential but wasn’t able to fulfill it because of uncontrollable environmental factors such as temperature, heavy rains, and animals. Moreover, the chosen location exposed the plants to pests who munched on them.
If you plan to grow cannabis for your own consumption, you should consider autoflowering indoor cannabis for your first grow.
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