Blueberry Autos for the Second Grow:
A lot of factors play vital roles in making sure that a marijuana plant makes it until harvest. There are the lights, nutrients, and of course, the grower’s passion comes to the surface. To start off, the lights give the energy that plants need to thrive in their lifetime. Nutrients provide the food that they need but the most important thing is the grower’s determination.
Most often than not, new growers get impatient with their grow journey and jump the gun. Eager not to commit any mistakes, Muffybunny started an online grow journal for his Blueberry Autos. He set on an interesting journey as growers interact, give their inputs and guide him to harvest.
Blueberry Autos for the Second Grow
Blueberry may be one of the most famous fruits in the world. It has taken a lot of form like pies, candies and now, weeds. As a marijuana strain, it gained a long-standing legendary status after winning High Times’ Cannabis Cup in 2000 for Best Indica.
It also mimics the flavors of the fruit that induces relaxing effects with long-lasting euphoria. Smoking Blueberry buds also ease pain and stress. Add the fact that the buds have colorful hues that allure the eyes.
- 4’ x 5’ x 7’ home made tent
- Mylar sheeting
- 5 level utility shelf (with only the top and bottom shelves installed)
- VIVOSUN 3’ x 3’ x 6’ mylar hydroponic grow tent
- iPower 4-inch 190 CFM duct inline fan with 4-inch carbon filter
- ColoFocus 600-watts full- spectrum LED
- 1,500-watts LED lights
- (2) 8-inch clip fans
- Cooling fans
- Rubbermaid tub
- Rockwool cubes
- Jiffy starter trays
- Germination mat
- 5-gallon deep water hydro systems
- 4-gallon pots
- Mill’s coco/cork mix
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Botanicare Pure Blend Pro Grow
- Botanicare Liquid Karma Plant Growth Enhancer
- Calcium-Magnesium (Cal-Mag)
- General Hydroponics MaxiGro
- General Hydroponics MaxiBloom
- General Hydroponics Liquid General Hydroponics KoolBloom
- General Hydroponics Floralicious Plus
- General Hydroponics Diamond Nectar
Four ILGM Blueberry auto seeds germinated through the usual wet paper towel method. Using filtered water pH’d to 6.0 using pH up and down, Muffybunny also used a digital pH meter with temp to get it as accurate as possible. The moistened paper towels keep the seeds damp in a Ziploc bag wrapped in a black plastic bag. 24 hours later, the seeds cracked and it only took another day for taproots to appear.
Then, Rockwool cubes soaked in water pH’d to 6 with a little Botanicare Pure Blend Pro Grow for four hours are the seeds’ next destination. Once settled, Muffybunny got the Jiffy starter tray ready on a germination mat and placed the cubes inside.
Four days later, the little ones grew at least one to two inches tall with at least two sets of leaves each. Muffybunny took it as a sign to move them into bigger containers. Two Blueberry Autos will grow in 5-gallon deep water hydro systems, and the other two would be in 4-gallon pots of Mills Coco Coir.
One of the seedlings in the coco coir did not show any sign of progress. Muffybunny showed no remorse. Instead, he stayed positive that the yield from three plants is enough. After moving on from the incident, the remaining Blueberry Auto in coco coir received half a gallon of water but it still over flowed.
Slow growth takes the patience out of the grower. ColoFocus 600-watt full spectrum LED needed to increase to encourage more growth. Now that they are working on a 24/0 schedule, the third set of leaves are finally making their way out.
- pH: 6.2 to 6.3
- Temperature: 70°F
One of the Blueberry Autos in hydro grows slower than the others. Everything is the same as the other seedling in hydro, except this one has less clay underneath. Muffybunny believes this is causing the problem and would be re-packing just in case it is. Luckily, this problem arose during the early stages, and the roots have not reached the bottom of the basket yet.
Repacking the hydrotons did something special for the Blueberry Auto. It seemed a lot happier, greener and a little bit taller. However, the temperature rose to over 70°F. MuffyBunny counted on icing them for an hour to relieve them of a little bit of heat, which seemed to work fine.
Once everything calm again, the grower fed them:
- 3 mg General Hydroponics Grow Nutrients
- 2 mg Cal-Mag
- 1 mg Botanicare Liquid Karma Plant Growth Enhancer
Week one of feeding the plants is finally over. During that time, the Blueberry Autos’ intake was about 50% of the recommended dosage. For the following week, the feeding would increase to at least 60%.
- 4-gallon filtered water
- 28 mL Botanicare Grow Nutrients
- 10 mL Cal-Mag
- 8 mL Botanicare Liquid Karma Plant Growth Enhancer
Four years ago, as Muffybunny sets up all these, the furnace that is three feet away, was not kept in mind. Now, it is turning out to be a real problem. The temperature keeps rising in the grow room, especially with the Blueberry Autos in hydro. It keeps rising to 70°F and lowering it down to 60°F means nonstop plunging of frozen water bottles in the water. This process is getting to be a real task that the grower cannot keep up with.
He is thinking of getting a new tent to solve this problem hopefully.
After giving it a lot of thought, Muffybunny has a VIVOSUN 3’ x 3’ x 6’ mylar hydroponic grow tent coming. He also ordered one iPower 4-inch 190 CFM duct inline fan with 4-inch carbon filter to keep the unwanted odors out while maintaining the air circulation in the tent.
While waiting, the grower went ahead and gave the Blueberry Auto in coco coir one quart of water. This time, it took it without a fuss, and everything went on smoothly.
Muffybunny spoke a little too soon. This morning, he saw that the coco coir made a mess once again. If not for this plant displaying signs of being a probable productive plant, it would have been long gone.
Sad to say, the heat displaced the water too. It rolled into another problem, and now, two of the plants started getting droopy including the one in coco coir. He had to tie around them to at least support the stalks.
The new tent finally arrived and is ready for work. Coincidentally, tonight is the time that Muffybunny changes the water in the hydroponics grow. It may also be perfect timing to transfer the plants as well. Here’s what they look like today, right before changing the water:
The girls must be loving their new home. In only two days, their growth has been phenomenal. Aside from jumping a couple of inches taller, their leaves are indeed broader and greener. Generally, the plants all look happier and healthier than before.
Muffybunny sticks with a routine to care for the plants. Twice a day, the pH level of the hydroponic containers is checked with a digital pH tester, while coco coir’s run off is inspected at least once daily. A dry meter stays put in the coco coir, but Muffybunn does not think it is accurate and would not rely highly on it. As for the rest of the week, it goes on as follows:
- Sunday and Monday: Water only
- Tuesday: Nutrients and Water
- Wednesday and Thursday: Water only
- Friday: 4-gallon flush, emptying the tub as needed and then finish with 1/2 gallon of nutrient water.
- Saturday: The girls are given a full day of rest and observation.
The grower, although confused about whether he is making the right decision, went ahead and topped all Blueberry Autos.
14 hours after topping, the next pictures illustrate the aftermath of the process:
However, something went wrong with leaves from one plant. Two leaves from a single plant turned brown. It’s getting Muffybunny confused because those leaves are coming from the same node.
Left with no choice but to move on, Muffybunny shows the progress of topping the plants 24-hours after. The problematic hydroponic plant displayed very little recovery.
Unlike the other two, which already perked up and glowed.
Just when everything is working out, the power in his area went out for a couple of hours. When Muffybunny got home, the electricity was back but the girls are far from happy. He changed the water in the hydros and did the routines, and the girls perked up right away.
Once everything seems to be back to normal, Muffybunnny fed the coco coir and healthier hydro Blueberry Autos flowering nutrients. The other plant in hydroponics needed another week before it transcends to flowering nutrients. LED light would also be adjusted, this time it would alternate between 19/5 and 12/12.
Another task added to the daily routine involves dumping out a Rubbermaid tub which contains the runoff of the coco coir plant.
Roots of Hydro 2 (the healthier hydro) commenced rotting and turned slimy today. Right after work, Muffybunny flushed it and watered it with one teaspoon per gallon of hydrogen peroxide. Next step of the plan is to flush it again and feed the Blueberry Auto with 25% dosage of the recommended nutrients.
Another round of flushing for Hydro 2 and then she feasted on 50% of the recommended dosage of nutrients. For added measure, Muffybunny gave all thre plants Great White Nutrients and Cannazyme, which both boosts root formation. Speaking of the roots, Hydro 2’s condition improved over the past few days. Still a little brown, but it certainly looks better than before.
Hydro 1, the slowest grower of the three. Not to mention, it still lacks vertical growth, but what is important for Muffybunny is it continuous to grow nonetheless.
All Blueberry Autos are ready for the day. Muffybunny installed a new light right after flushing the ladies. A 1, 500-watt LED shines on the ladies starting today.
However, only a day later, another problem arose. Discoloration started appearing on Hydro 2’s leaves. This is the same plant with the root scare. Although Muffybunny is still adamant not to let that concern him as of now because there is still a bigger problem to look at.
The light is making the temperature in the tent rise to about 73 to 75. Meanwhile, the humidity dropped to 45% from mid 60%. There is one intake fan, two 8-inch clip fans that help circulate air, a carbon filter and exhaust is already running and the lights already has several built-in fans, all these and to no avail.
Hydro 2’s condition worsened. More rustic looking spots appeared on the plant and extended up to the lower portion. Some leaves also ended up curling. Muffybunny is still lost as to what the root cause of everything is. The water level is okay, roots look fine and the temperature and humidity are controlled, for now. However, the pH level is a little bit questionable. Usually, it soars up from 6.8 to 7.0, but since the discoloration started manifesting, it only goes up to 6.2.
Veteran growers like Bob31 advises lowering the pH down to 5.6 or 6.0 at most. There is a possibility that the nutrients are getting locked out as he follows the initial pH level of 7.0.
Muffybunny starts to grow frustrated with the whole journey. What started out as a four-plant ended up as a three-plant grow, and two of the plants do not look good. The one in the coco coir is also growing dried yellow leaves.
Only Hydro 1, the originally problematic Blueberry Auto is thriving. She still lacks vertical growth, but at least she is alive and healthy.
Here is the chart of Blueberry Auto coco coir’s daily feeding:
And these are what goes in the hydroponics:
Muffybunny flushes at least once a week. Countryboyjvd1971 personally believes excessive flushing drains the plants of all necessary nutrients. Donaldj, another ILGM global moderator, thinks Maxi series nutrients is too strong for the plants and judging by the chart, the plants have a lot of other nutrients for uptake. If the hunch is correct, the ladies are experiencing nutrient burns. Salt build up in the growing medium disrupts the pH level, which causes the nutrient lockout.
All these advises helped Muffybunny realize the mistakes he is doing with his grow. His resolution is to adjust the amount of nutrient mix that the Blueberry Autos are getting.
The lost grower spent the past week trying to salvage whatever can still be saved. Damaged fan leaves are all gone, but the overall situation in the tent improved. Blueberry Autos are significantly greener with better aroma.
Now that the plants are healthier, they are growing taller and faster as well. Soon enough, they would take over the whole tent. Especially now that the buds are finally growing out, too.
Patience really is the key when it comes to growing marijuana plants. Now that Muffybunny gives extra attention and care to what the Blueberry Autos are telling him. More and more buds are starting to appear, but the impatient grower is not expecting that much from this grow.
The buds are getting frosty and sticky.
And the roots are turning into a beautiful clamp of mess.
One of the Blueberry Autos grew so tall that it is about to hit the light. Not much he can do but a bigger tent sure is in order for the next grow.
With some yoyos, Muffybunny was able to pull the lights up at least six inches higher. The shorter plant switched with the taller plant for more room and everything seems to work out fine.
Two weeks left before the big day and the buds are still quite small. However, with everything that’s happened, Muffybunny accepted whatever fate these plants have.
Amber pistils are finally here. It would not be too long now before the plants need to be chopped. Although, other growers are skeptical whether these would be done in two weeks. Closer inspection of their trichomes show they are far from being done but at least these Blueberry Autos recovered with these sticky buds.
The buds are not as big as Muffybunny ever hoped they would ever be.
Harvest day was way over and he was not able to take a wet weight. Nonetheless, three ounces of dried buds are now curing in quart mason jars inside a closet. Muffybunny did get a taste and it was not the best, but it gave him a great high.
Muffybunny’s Blueberry Auto’s Melody
Marijuana growing compares to that of playing guitar. It takes some time of getting used to and when one gets pulse, it plays on a beautiful song. Much like Muffybunny’s grow, there were a lot of times he and the grow were off-key but when everything got fine, he got a beautiful melody.
Here are a couple of things to keep in mind to make a beautiful piece like his:
- Check if meters are well-calibrated. Prior to using these meters, check if they are balanced. Uncalibrated meters can cause a whole lot of trouble for the growers and the plants.
- Flush only when necessary. Think of it as a last resort, it does not need to be part of a routine. Flushing out consistently could remove all necessary nutrients in a plants’ system.
- Be patient. Just like writing a song, it takes more than just a day to compose a beautiful piece. Nonetheless, it takes time and a grower only needs to listen on how to make things better.