Ntmaremach’s Second THC Snow in an Ebb-and-Flow System:
An ebb and flow system literally means the tide (or flood) and drain system of marijuana growing. At certain times a day, for a couple of minutes, the system rushes in nutrients for the plants to absorb before draining to give them time to breathe as well. Most amateur growers do not prefer this type of system as it can get too complicated. Ensuring that the nutrient mix is just right, the water stays filled, etc.
However, for Ntmaremach’s second THC Snow, he wanted to see which one works better, soil or this ebb and flow system. During the first round, he used soil to cultivate the plant and the results pleased him. Will it prove to have sweeter yields the second time around?
As White as Snow: THC Snow Strain
This legendary strain comes from a legendary lineage: White Russian and Big Buds. While it resulted to a high yielding plant, what amazed other growers is its exceptional THC level. So, it is safe to say that this strain is aptly named.
A quick smoke of a bud from this plant gives a lemon fuel type of smell that transcends to a smooth smoke. Then, being am Indica-dominant strain, it delivers both cerebral and physical qualities that have sedative effects. That is why this strain is perfect for evening relaxation.
- Ebb and flow system with 5-gallon pots
- (2) 4-feet 8-bulb Agrobrite High Output Fluorescent T5 Grow Lights
- General Hydroponics Flora Series
- Calcium-Magnesium (Cal-Mag)
This is not the first time that Ntmaremach attempts to grow THC Snow plants. The first round, everyone who got a whiff of the buds seem to enjoy the smoke, so he decided to give it another go. This time, an ebb and flow system with 5-gallon pots would be the plants’ home. It would run on feeding five times a day for 30 minutes on an 18-hour schedule.
As for the lights, two 4-feet 8-bulb Agrobrite High Output Fluorescent T5 Grow Lights sit about 4 feet above the plants. Here they are two days ago:
Today, on their 8th day of vegetation, Late Growth schedule form General Hydroponics Flora Series replaces their usual Early Growth nutrients. Ntmaremach added the feeds into 30 gallons of water which would wash through the plants.
- PPM: 1,050
- pH: 5.8
The girls are growing quite fast. Some roots made their appearance on the bottom of the pots this morning. Currently, the girls each receive about a quart of nutrients per nutrient flooding. With their schedule, it means both plants receive about five quarts in one day.
Roots are unstoppable as more made their way through the bottom of the pots. The THC Snow is easy to observe in a matter of few days as they expand horizontally. Of course, Ntmaremach wishes they grow taller but for now, he is satisfied with it.
Ntmaremach is eager to top these little ones. However, he wants it to grow taller first which does not seem to happen over the past couple of days.
- PPM: 1,090
- pH: lower than usual
- Temperature: 80°F
- RH (Relative Humidity): 40 to 45%
As the leaves fill out the perimeter of the pots, the worried grower cannot help but pray for them to grow a little taller.
- PPM: 1,070
- pH: 5.8
- Temperature: 66°F
Day 25 of vegetation and the THC Snow sill have not been able to reach Ntmaremach’s target height for topping.
PPM rose to 1,230 a couple of days back and so far, Ntmaremach has no luck in lowering it back down yet. On a happy note, the pH remained consistent at 5.8.
Finally, the THC Snows grew tall enough to be topped. Here is what they look like prior to topping:
And then, here they are after cutting with a few clones in a small aeroponics system:
After successfully vegging the ladies for 38 days, Ntmaremach thought it is about time they move into the flowering tent. It is important that they transition slowly, and for these THC Snow plants, it will happen for a week. Gradually, the ballast will increase to 100% as they are only at 50% right now. Although, they would begin working in 12/12 schedule.
Today marks the seventh day since the girls started on 12/12 light schedule. No bigtime changes are happening yet, but it would not be long until they come.
Nutrients transcends from Late Growth to Early Bloom today. Ntmaremach mixed up 40 gallons in the nutrient reservoir and made sure to adjust the ppm to 1,050 and the pH to 5.8. Then, the grower proceeded to adding water in the water reservoir.
Once finished, he trimmed the ladies which they seem to be screaming for a couple of days already.
10 days since flipping to 12/12 and the ladies seem to be right on schedule. Many bud sites form atop each plant’s canopy.
Day 8 of actual blooming and the buds are slowly packing up on their sites. Ntmaremach remains careful in feeding the ladies and he still makes sure that the ppm is constant at 1,100 and the pH remains at 5.8.
Day 22 since switching and day 11 of bloom and these THC Snows continues to surprise their grower each day. Everything has been pretty consistent except for their height which continues to grow each day. Also, they switch to Mid Bloom feeds beginning today.
White pistil hairs are also starting to dominate each bud.
The feeding tubes were full of roots this morning that Ntmaremach was forced to at least change the outer pots. The blockage may also be the reason why one of the THC Snows display some deficiency problems. To address this issue, Cal-Mag was mixed into the watering reservoir.
Some of the pistils on the buds started turning amber. Ntmaremach gives these THC Snows three to four more weeks before getting ready for harvest.
It is April Fools’ Day but Ntmaremach takes this grow very seriously. Today is the ladies’ 32nd day in bloom and things are looking up. There is some discoloration of the leaves but the buds seem unaffected. So, the grower proceeded to changing the nutrients to Late Bloom today.
One more day left of the Late Bloom nutrients. After this week, comes another week for the buds to mature and ripen. After that would come the flushing out of nutrients.
As for the buds, majority of it has more than 50% amber hairs.
Finally, time has come for the final week of nutrients. Today comes ripen week, and a week from now would be flushing.
As for the trichomes, most of it has turned cloudy. Usually, growers look for at least 95% cloudy-clear trichomes and about 5% amber trichomes.
This is a sample nugget that was harvested early and is ready for smoking. It ended up with about 23 grams of dried buds, which started out with 105 grams of wet weight.
At last, harvest is done and the buds are currently drying.
Early Christmas with THC Snow
Due to the numerous grow that he is doing all at the same time, Ntmaremach did not show exactly how much buds went down from this grow. Nonetheless, seeing how it went from a small plant, to a giant one laden with heavy buds, it’s safe to say he had a high yield. There were a couple of things that helped him achieve this amazing grow:
- Know the strain. Had he waited for the plant to actually grow before topping, it might actually be too late because this strain is known to be a bushy one. But since Ntmaremach researched before going in, he knew the capacity of this plant.
- Follow the feeding schedule. It is there for a reason and the manufacturers of the nutrients have done lots of studies to back them up. The THC Snow grower closely followed the feeding schedule that came with the nutrients, which helped him know the plant’s timing.
- Try something new. This is the first time that Ntmaremach tried ebb and flow system. Nonetheless, it gave him a huge amount of yield to last him a couple of months. All because he was brave enough to jump the gun and try out something he was unfamiliar with.