Thanks to the 2008 Seth Rogen film, Pineapple Express gained popularity among cannabis growers and users. Its smell has always been compared to fresh apple and mango, with a taste of pineapple, pine and cedar. This hard-hitting hybrid gives a long-lasting energetic buzz!
This grow journal shows the challenges and excitement of growing Pineapple Express in soil.
Location: Western Canada
This grow starts in a new grow room with 5 Pineapple Express seeds and 1 Girl Scout Cookie. The supplies used are:
- Coco Loco soil from Fox Farm
- 5×6.5 ft. grow room with an exhaust through a 6-inch vortex fan with a 6×24” filter and a 6×24” passive intake
- Botanicare Grow and Karma
- Xtrasun 64 hood light for veg
- DE boss reflector hood with a Galaxy De Select-A-Watt 1000 Ballast for flower
Here are some photos of the new grow room.
And we have plants! At an indoor humidity of 26% and room temperature of 88°F, these babies are growing in a great environment.
The grow room is finished! It’s been upgraded with the installation of a hurricane fan and an exhaust that runs under the house.
It’s also a good time to transfer the new seedlings into their new pots.
All the plants seem to be doing well. They’re a little thirsty but they’ll be receiving water from an RO system once it’s hooked up. For now they just receive a little water around them.
The plants seem to be a little behind on growth. They’re supposed to be topped today but they’re not ready. Their slowness could be due to the low temperature. During lights out, they can hit as low as 50°F. I’m going to shorten my lights out time just until the temperature warms up again.
We’re now at Day 17 and the plants are not ready to top! The only things which are different from the last grow are more Perlites for the soil and the bigger grow room. The temperature drops to 50°F at times but it was finally corrected with a small heater. The plants don’t look sick or anything. They’re just slow.
The plants are still showing slow growth but now they’re starting to curl up at the ends.
The girls received water last Saturday. They got 4 gallons of reservoir water, a gallon of well water, and a quarter dose of nutrients. 3 were topped on Saturday and 3 more on Sunday. Their leaves are pointing up a little more than usual so they’re in better shape than before.
All efforts and patience paid off! The ladies finally had a growth spurt! They’re happy and healthy despite the light getting a little hot at 90°F.
Things are going ok. They’re starting to show pistils but it’s worrying me a bit because the plants are still small. A smaller yield may be expected but it’s no big deal.
I also went ahead and got a little more aggressive in giving them LST this time around. They’ll keep on getting LST until they stop growing and switch to bud production. They may be small but they should keep spreading their branches outward to open them up and maximize their potential.
Another update just to keep track of how their training is going.
This is their second watering with Bloom nutes. These babies are growing constantly but they have a lot of catching up to do.
The ladies need to have more sunlight reach their lower branches. It’s time for a trim.
Here they are sporting their new haircuts!
A new air conditioner was installed today and now room temperatures have stabilized at 82°F. It’s not bad but we still need to maintain good humidity levels between 45-55% or close to it. Current humidity is 51%.
It’s time for some lights to go out. Some leaves were curling even though the temperatures are low so it might be because of the 1000w light intensity. For now, it’s been switched down to 875w. Let’s see how they do.
Still having some leaves curl. If you look closely, only the leaves towards the center of the light curl up. Maybe it’s a good idea to spin the plants every day.
The young ladies are very perky after some watering. They’re getting progressively bigger than before.
They have at least 4 more weeks to go and the 5 Pineapple Express plants should yield about a pound. The lights are also running at 750w now. Two of the plants are small but fat.
The Helios controllers arrived. They’re perfect for scheduling light!
They’re all hooked up now and they’re far more convenient than the analog timers.
The girls were taken out for some water tonight.
As you can see, the flowers are blooming awesomely!
Here are some canopy shots. The thick foliage should yield plenty of good produce for a lot of good times!
Here are trichome photos after they received some water. It’s going to be some time before they turn more amber.
5 of the 6 ladies were flushed tonight.
And here’s a little sample for drying.
The Girl Scout Cookies received some flushing too.
As harvest draws nearer, the ladies just keep on growing and becoming thirstier. Here they are after a night of watering.
This is their last watering before they get chopped down on Friday! They look so dense despite their rocky start. There’s plenty of bud for the little area they took up. And the sample bud from a couple weeks ago is all smoked up because it was so nice.
And here they are hanging after being chopped.
These yielded 680g total but they have better quality than the previous harvest!
Location: Western Canada
This grow was basically problem-free. The only problem encountered were rolling leaves which was corrected with the right tweaks in temperature.
There are many more cannabis strains you can try growing! Some of them may even be easier to grow than Pineapple Express. Try growing your own marijuana at home today!
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