As of last year, it’s legal to grow up to 6 marijuana plants inside your home in Massachusetts! With this exciting legal development, a lot of newbie growers have started cultivating different species of marijuana right in the comfort of their own houses.
This grow journal is all about growing Blue Dream in Massachusetts for the first time!
- 5 Seeds of Blue Dream
- 2×2 Grow Tent
- Two 450 LED light fixtures
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Germinating all 5 seeds in Espoma Seed Starter Soil was a success! For now, they’re all under one of the LED lights but each of them will find their final home in a 5-gallon fabric pots. A wet paper towel lies beside the plants to help boost the humidity in the tent.
Temperature and humidity are in the 72-78°F and 30-50% range respectively. Here’s a photo of the thriving babies!
The plants had an emergency a few days ago. They stopped growing for a couple of days and the leaves were drooping. They were transferred out of the Espoma soil and into larger pots with Fox Farm Ocean Fresh (FFOF). Humidity was bumped up to 50-55% by hanging a wet towel inside the tent. They received water at pH 6.3.
They seem to have responded and recovered well. The Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium (NPK) ratio may not be optimal at 7-9-5 so the Dyna-Gro Grow formula was switched to the Dyna-Gro Foliage which is at 9-3-6. Some nitrogen was supplemented to the nuts by boiling potato skins and adding some of that water into the nuts solution.
Still sticking with FFOF without adding anything. So far so good.
It’s been 18 days after they’ve sprouted. Most people it’s best to top the plants before the 5th node appears. It seems like it’s almost the right time! As you can see, these babies already have two nodes with a third one growing.
They were all transferred into 5-gallon pots this morning. They all showed healthy roots during the transfer. The tent is getting more crowded because of so many plants now. Maybe it’s a good idea to just top them once because of the limited space.
The plants are doing great! There seems to be two different phenotypes of the plant. The 2 on the right have darker leaves with some blue color in the stems. They’re also bushier with leaves pointing slightly downwards.
The two on the left have a lighter color with leaves looking slightly different and pointing up. They also seem to grow a bit faster without any hints of blue in the stems.
They were topped a few days ago after. Some were topped after the 3rd node appeared and some after the 4th.
Here are the girls today!
They seem to be moving away from the fan so it looks like they prefer the slightly warmer temperature around 80°F. They’re now on a 12/12 light cycle. The plant in the rear center is definitely a different phenotype with lighter green tops.
Some minor adjustments were made today.
The kitchen faucet was installed with a filter similar to Brita. This will be used to filter the plant’s water supply. After adding nuts to the water, the pH was too high so it was neutralized with some lemon juice.
Using tap water for the cool mist humidifier was also leaving white caps over the plants and the lights. It stopped when the switch was made to filtered water.
Some of the colas started showing shades of blue/purple. They look so good. See for yourself!
The system is now being ventilated by an additional 4” booster fan blowing in at the bottom to help keep the temperature lower. The humidifier was also adjusted and kept under 50% room humidity. One 450w LED is at the left side and another one is maintained at the right of the tent.
These are the colas next to the blowing fan so maybe the lower temperature is responsible for this color.
One of the plants seems to have developed a deficiency. A yellow discoloration started to appear in the middle but it’s still flowering just as well as the others.
It’s receiving filtered water with pH 6.3 mixed with Dyna-gro “foliage” and a 50/50 mix of “foliage” and “bloom.” The nuts were always sprinkled with potassium silicate at the top. The yellow discoloration may come from deficiencies of different kinds (Iron, Zinc, and Manganese) or potassium excess.
Hopefully this will be fixed after more water so there’s -20% runoff. May also have to dial back on the potassium and increase everything else. Let’s see what happens.
The girls seem to be almost done with their growing cycle. At the 33rd day of flowering, the buds on top seem to be ripening faster with 70-80% orange pistils while some buds down below are only 20-30% orange. They might receive a flush soon and start receiving only RO (reverse osmosis) water.
Already harvested 4 of the plants! The last one seems to be a different phenotype. It had the most massive buds. Check out the photo below with the Sprite can for reference.
Here are a couple more photos of the remaining plant before it’s harvested! It’s like a beautiful blue dream.
Finally bottled the last plant in the tent. It had the most massive flowers among the bunch.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
By sticking to tested and proven methods, growing marijuana inside the home is an easy task even for newbies! A grow tent can be a good alternative especially if you have limited space inside the house. You also have to be proactive in identifying signs of deficiency and addressing them before they spread.
Have you ever identified problems in growing marijuana? What steps did you take? Let’s keep sharing our experiences for our thriving community!