Growing White Widow Weeds in North California Legally:
In California, anyone may grow cannabis as long as it is within a 50 square feet canopy. No limit with regards to the number of plants. Growers only need to remember to stay within the vicinity of the allowed space.
That is exactly what BobTheBuilder did. With a plant only occupying two square feet each, he’s going to maximize by planting 20 seeds. He would be using ILGM's White Widows Autoflowering seeds.
In this journal, we will document his first grow and how he was able to harvest a high amount of yield.
He used the following for his grow:
- 5-gallon pots
- 2-gallon pots
- (4) Mars Hydro LED
- Fox Farm Grow Big
- Fox Farm Tiger Blooms
- Fox Farm Ocean Forest
- pH Up and pH Down
- 300 watts
- Intake Fan
- Exhaust Fan
- Air Conditioner
It is the White Widow Feminized Auto flowers’ 2nd week and 5th day since they popped out of their seeds. A lot of things have already happened. So first of all, BobTheBuilder gave us a quick glimpse of what the plants look like today on their second week. Here they are on the first day of the week:
On the second day of the week, it is visible that almost all plants got taller overnight.
The fourth day of their second week, they are looking much more like healthy plants now. Doubling their size since the second day.
Here they are today, visibly bigger than they are yesterday. They also have roots popping out of the bottom of their roots. A clear sign that they are ready to move bigger homes.
In the grow room, the scent of the White Widows are already empowering. Come to think of it, they are not even in flowering yet.
Finally, the girls are now transplanted into bigger pots. That is not the only upgrade he did. The Mars Hydro LED 300 watts grow lights are the reason why all these were delayed. Bobthebuilder has it all set-up. The lights are about 24" from the plants to encourage them to stretch, stretch, stretch.
Although they really caused the temperature to rise up. He needed to add at least two fans to stabilize the temperature. To think that only three lights are on. Oh well, at least it helped with the humidity.
Well, the lights are actually the least of his problems now. There were some slight yellowing of the leaves of the lower parts of the plants. Eight out of the twenty plants have these although it is not getting worse. The top parts of the plants have a deep green color. Hopefully it stays that way.
The yellowing is still there and he expects it to worsen for the days. That is because of the stress that it can get because of the transplant. The plants are staying in his extra bedroom to keep all twenty plants under control. Although, the final destination for the plants would still be the grow shed.
In there he installed an intake or exhaust fan. Also, he installed and AC to keep the temperature up. His next target would be insulation and some dry wall to cover up the insulation.
The shed is all about ready. He's going to give it a good test run. A little more time and it's transfer time again. Even though the girls are only starting to recover.
While they are still recovering, they still need to stay in the grow room. Bobthebuilder had to lower the lights a little bit more. From 24 inches, he lowered it down to 18. It warmed up the grow room more, but does not seem to affect the plants gravely.
Five days since the last update and they are looking healthy and bushy. They also look like they are ready to transfer to their grow shed, but there is another problem. He has a rose bush right outside his shed that are currently covered in bugs. He is afraid that it will affect the ladies. So, he is out to find some pesticides to protect them first.
After so many delays, the girls are finally in the shed. Of course, he did not expect everything to click into place at once. He had some problems with the heat but was able to solve the humidity problem because of it. So it is still a win-win?
Another win is that the plants got their first round of feeds three days ago. The list goes on to say that the girls are already flowering and are starting to show some colas forming.
We are quite sure that this is the plant going through flowering but since this is his first, he's panicking. In fact, he is wondering why the "top parts" look different with the new leaves. He is talking about the colas forming. He did not know that his seeds are auto flowers and they've already started flowering them.
Since he is still cautious in making any step further, he leaves them on 18/6 light cycle. Although it would not even matter if he switches to 12-12. Since his White Widows are auto flowers, they would bloom no matter what he does.
The girls are really in flowering. It's like they have grown a couple of inches in a matter of days. Well, Fox Farm's Tiger Bloom and Glow Big may have helped these a little. Also, those feeds gave the plants a little bit of red on them. Classic White Widow signs.
It's almost a month since BobTheBuilder's last update. Life got in the way and gave him a nasty heart attack.
As for his White Widows, they are having some problems and got some nasty discoloration. Some kind of deficiency is forming.
Here are the girls in regular light. He has backed off the nutrients to give the girls some time to breathe.
Other than that, he is only panicking about another thing. He says at least two plants look different than the rest of the plants. He is insisting that those plants are different strains. Although in our opinion, they only have different phenotypes. Some plants have long, thin leaves but the others go otherwise. Some are tall and some are bushy.
A friend suggested that our grower balance his pH so the plants can absorb the nutrients well. With some pH up and some pH down, he measured the pH until it reached 6.5. He let it sit open for 24 hours to get rid of the chlorine. The next day, he mixed the nutrients with the pH-balanced water and gave it to the plants.
A little background on what happened: his pH level before balancing was way up at 7.3. This is the reason why the nutrients are getting locked out. Well, this is a hard lesson learned for him to avoid over feeding his plants.
More than a month since his last update. He already harvested a week back and said sorry because he was not able to update due to his health conditions. Now, he is a week into drying.
The stems and leaves are still a little flexible, but they are near the end of their drying stage. Before harvesting, the buds are cloudy with a little bit of amber there.
He was able to harvest a lot, a very good thing for someone who only started learning how to grow cannabis. Imagine, this is his first grow.
He did it. BobTheBuilder did it, and now he has 920 grams of buds on his hands. Here are the end products of his first grow:
Thoughts On BobTheBuilder’s First Grow
Starting a new hobby is always a mix of anxiety and excitement. Take growing cannabis for example. New growers tend to get over excited ending up either over watering or feeding or the other way around.
Like many newbies, BobTheBuilder had asked his way around and ended up overfeeding them. He got excited with the feeds Although, most of his journey, he was just clueless. Same goes with the time his ladies started flowering. He did not know that it already began. Although his redemption is what is important.
Even with some health problems on the way, he still succeeded with his grow. Good thing he had a great support team on his side. Also, he listened and delivered. In fact, he had 920 grams of yield to prove it.
What were your first timer experiences? Share it with us.