An Off-Grid Outdoors White Widow and Grizzly Purple Grow:
Growing for medical consumption is not something new in the marijuana industry. Some people have various reasons for doing so. It can save them a lot of money, give them a lot of supplies, or even find new strains to help with their conditions.
When HighDesertFarmer ran out of medicines, otherwise known as marijuana buds, he took it as a perfect opportunity to grow his own. It started out as something to soothe his pain, but as it progressed, there were a lot of things that he learned. Heck, he was even able to invent something other outdoor growers would never think off.
Lucky for this grower, he lives in an off-grid area where no one would ever know where he is doing. Still, it does not mean it is the end of all problems for this Grizzly Purple and White Widow grower.
Colorful Grow: Grizzly Purple and White Widows
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- The Complete Marijuana Seed and Grow Set (Beginners)
- 24-watt Fluorescent T5
- 5-gallon buckets
- 3/4” Brass long spigot
- 2 gph pressure comp drip fittings
- O rings
- Clamp Nut for 3/4” pipe thread
- 2 x 4 grid
- Fabric pots
- Organic Quadricide
- Neem oil
- Diatomaceous earth
- Bergman’s FlowerTime Fertilizer
HighDesertFarmer is no newbie when it comes to growing. This is the second attempt of growing marijuana plants, although the pattern of these type of grows is the same with his vegetable grows. For this round, “The Complete Marijuana Seed and Grow Set (Beginners)” from
ILGM would aid this grower. Each pack includes:
- 20 White Widow Autoflowering Feminized Seeds
- Bergman’s Marijuana Plant Food Fertilizers
- Bergman’s Marijuana Plant Protector
There is a left over Grizzly Purple seed from the past grow. It will be part of this round’s grow, along with the five White Widows.
These ladies would be grown outdoors. For the meantime, an affordable LED grow light would see these seedlings through until they are ready to face the outside world.
Grizzly Purple is standing tall under the light. The White Widows, on the other hand, only started popping up as of today.
Two of the five White Widows started breaking the soil. The other three’s soil remains undisrupted.
Meanwhile, the Grizzly Purple has one leaf that seems to be curling upward. It does not bother HighDesertFarmer that much since this side was hitting the side of the plastic bottle that served as its dome.
The first seedling is faring really well. The leaves continued spreading widely, although the stem appears to be a bit thin.
White widows did not take that long to sprout out of the soil, three are already out, another one is beginning too, and the last one remain unresponsive.
As for the lights, they are currently on an 18/6 schedule which he does manually at the moment. The light turns off at 11 in the evening, and then using a dimmer, it gradually brightens until 6 am.
Four White Widows are up, the other one still is a no show. It may or may not sprout at all.
The Grizzly Purple, looked quite different this morning. The serrated edges of the leaves seem to be reaching for the lights more than necessary. HighDesertFarmer takes care of it by keeping it misted while keeping the soil moist. The light, a 24-watts fluorescent T5 is about 6” away from the plant.
Apparently, the light has been sitting too close to the plant and must have been causing it stress. After raising it at least 2” higher, the Grizzly Purple seems to have recovered.
The last seedling really is damaged. While it did pop out, only a single leaf came out of it. To make up for it, two more seeds are germinating today.
HighDesertFarmer slowly introduces the sprouts to the outside world. The domes are off, and the grower maintains moisture by misting them throughout the day and dragging them under direct sunlight during noontime. To strengthen the stems, he opens the windows a little bit which hopefully does the job until the fans arrive.
The damaged one is still thriving so the grower still does not have the heart to pull it out as of now. Perhaps the quarter strength nutrients that they received might be helping.
As for their homes until harvest, he dug 18” diameter holes that are 2-feet deep that would be perfect for fabric pots.
The area is also a fenced one, perfect protection against goats and llamas which invades private properties in his area.
The crack in the window brought in something that HighDesertFarmer did not expect. This morning, locusts were everywhere. Instantly, he sprayed neem oil and organic quadricide on them and then he slowly plucked them away.
Meanwhile, the seedlings that were germinated as emergency pieces all sprouted by now. They only needed more soil to keep them steady.
The new White Widow seedlings were not going anywhere without the cups so they had to come back.
A second light also made appearance today, but HighDesertFarmer had a problem with hanging the lights. The fish mold in the middle now helps separate the two.
Meanwhile, here is a glimpse of how the plants are doing now:
Once the plants are outside, it would still need some type of shade. A burlap would suffice for the job. Nonetheless, the grower hopes the yield would make up for all these costs. Each fencing consists of a 2 x 4 grid that is 4-feet tall.
Limpy finally gave up today. So far, there are only one Grizzly Purple, three White Widows grown at the same time, and two that served as back up.
Bugs fly in from everywhere but it seems the quadricide, neem oil and a sprinkle of diatomaceous earth (DE) are doing a great job of keeping them away from the plants. However, what worries HighDesertFarmer is that they have not been outside yet.
Speaking of the outside, everything is all set up. Ropes connect the shade houses to each other. It will also provide additional support each other. Basing from his experience from last year, it can withstand at least 40mph winds. The plants are the only ones missing here.
At last, the plants are in the ground, but a rainstorm is about to come so hopefully, they survive this one.
Their roots look perfect right before they were transplanted into the ground.
These ladies made it through the storm. New growths are finally showing up, and HighDesertFarmer is thinking if it is the time to feed the Grizzly Purple and White Widows some nutrients.
Cutting a flap on one of the sides of the shade house allows the rolling up of the burlaps and exposing the plants to the sun without having to lift it up.
One of them turned out to be a runt but has not completely dried out so she is staying in the game.
HighDesertFarmer decided it is about time to low stress training (LST) this oldest plant with some pipe cleaners.
Also, all plants also got their first capful of Bergman’s Marijuana Food Fertilizer to two gallons of water. If he has to guess, it is about 1/8 strength of the recommended dosage.
While all ladies are thriving with the help of the burlap flap, HighDesertFarmer thought the cut was not enough to let the sun in. So, with after cutting and making the hole bigger, the Grizzly Purple and White Widows appear to be basking under the sun.
Also, the LST on the Grizzly Purple caused the development of a new main cola.
Grizzly Purple almost prematurely flowered today. The grower saw it just in time to cut it out. Now, all he hopes for is for this not to trigger early flowering.
Another problem appeared on one of the White Widows as rustic colored spots appeared on one of its leaves. Once HighDesertFarmer saw this, his thoughts immediately fell on the burlap shades. It might be giving the plants a false impression of a dark period. So, the next step taken was the removal of the shades.
Taking the burlap shades out enabled the plants to at least double their growth rates. Also, by their growers’ observations, the stems appear to be flexible for most plants, making LST easier.
5-gallon buckets would help with the even distribution of nutrients for the plants. First, he cut the bottom of the buckets, and heated it with a torch to thread the spigot with Teflon tape and another clamp nut.
The spigot connects to a drip tubes and five outlets, one for each plant.
With the drip tube hooked up, it delivers 1/5 of whatever is added into the bucket.
To ease the plants into flowering, their nutrients are now 5 teaspoons per 5 gallons of Bergman’s FlowerTime Fertilizer. Some plants show some signs of heat stress, which led to HighDesertFarmer to change the drip tubes. True enough, the emitters were already clogged.
This is what he has been waiting for the most: insect infestation. The caterpillars had their first hit on two plants today. Sadly, it also hit the Grizzly Purple the hardest.
The soil of the runt White Widow is a bit dry this morning. When HighDesertFarmer went to check, the emitter is somehow clogged. 45 minutes after giving her three gallons of water, this not so little one quickly recovered.
Caterpillars are still invading the plants. To make matters worse, they look like parts of the plants.
Battle against the caterpillar continues as the frustrated grower finds three more of these monsters today.
Grizzly Purple is still taking the hardest blow of all plants. Actually, all these creepy crawlies seem to be flocking on this plant alone.
Here is a picture update of what is happening with the plants:
Clogging of the drippers have been constant that it left HighDesertFarmer with no choice but to replace all of them with flag drippers. As for the caterpillar infestation, it looks like it is never ending even though he purchased BT Worm and Caterpillar Killer spray.
Rain started pouring and so far, the girls are taking it a bit easy with 10% relative humidity and about 30 mph wind to combat.
Raindrops started getting bigger rather quickly. It transcended to being a thunderstorm with 45 mph winds.
All plants have survived. Pistils and trichomes are a good shade of amber as of today. However, there were dark brown spots appearing on random areas. HighDesertFarmer is certain this is not the rain’s fault as they show up on the exterior tips of the leaves which are the first one to dry up usually.
With that, the girls are going down.
Look at the dirt coming off from one plant which has dozens of live caterpillars in it.
The final weigh is in right before they go into curing:
Grizzly Purple: 6 ounces
White Widows: 13 ounces
Surviving the Outdoors
Once nearly impossible to control factors hit, not a lot of plants make it through an outdoor grow. Lucky for HighDesertFarmer, his ladies were able to make it. However, there were some bumps along the road that may have taught him a lesson:
- Be wary of weather conditions. Know when the perfect time is to grow in the area. It is quite rainy during the time that the plants were growing. Fortunately, these were some tough plants.
- Prepare for bugs. Possibly, bugs are plants’ number one enemy when grown outdoors. Prepare to battle a lot of them, so keep insecticides handy.
- New does not mean effective. Like the burlap shade houses, which seem like a very good idea, new does not always mean effective. It can also bring problems and hinder growth for the plants.