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April 11, 2019

Growit’s First Grow: ILGM Blueberry and Northern Lights:

Along in life, there would be a lot of firsts. For Growit, this would be his first grow journey. Nonetheless, this novice grower was wise enough to start an online grow journal. With this journal, experienced growers were able give guidance and advices from the moment the seeds were in vegetation up until harvest.

With Blueberry and Northern Lights auto flowering seeds from I Love Growing Marijuana (ILGM), Growit began his perpetual grow journey.

First Grow: ILGM Blueberry and Northern Lights

Created in the late 1970s, Blueberry is still one of the most sought-after strains of today. This Afghani indica and Purple Thai sativa cross is an award winning one. Its popularity soared after bagging High Times’ Cannabis Cup 2000’s Best Indica award.

Staying true to its name, the sweet flavors of fresh blueberries, colorful buds and high THC content entice smokers. A quick smoke leaves one relaxed, filled with happiness, euphoric and uplifted. All these characteristics make it perfect for people with a long, tough day looking to unwind.

As for growers, it’s 3 to 5 ounces per square feet yield makes them happy. It is also a fairly easy grow and does not demand too much.

For people looking for a good couch-lock strain, Northern Lights is perfect. Instantly, smokers feel a heavy body-high that pacifies them into a dreamy euphoria as it relaxes the muscles. Those who are looking for pain aid also find relief in smoking Northern Lights pungently sweet yet spicy buds.

Like its counterpart, Northern Lights reels in the eyes with its various hues of purple yet crystal-coated buds. Of course, their growers are the first ones to catch the glimpse of these glorious ones. They also find delight in knowing that after seven to nine weeks of flowering time, they may have three to six ounces per square feet of yield waiting for them.

Grower’s Profile:
Name: Growit
Location: Las Vegas, USA
Seeds: Northern Lights, Blueberry, Amnesia Haze
Yield: Medium

Preparation:

  • Greenhouse
  • (2) box fans
  • (8) 100-watts 6,500k
  • Galaxyhydro 300-watts LED
  • Burlap sacks
  • Subcool Super Soil Recipe
  • Fox Farm Happy Frog Soil
  • Roots Organics Buddha Bloom
  • Roots Organics Buddha Grow
  • General Hydroponics pH up and down
  • Neem oil
  • Guano Tea
  • Foliar Magnesium Phosphate

Vegetation

2017-09-16

In an outdoor greenhouse located in Las Vegas, Growit decided to grow three auto flowering seeds from ILGM: Amnesia Haze, two Blueberry and Northern Lights. As of today, they are in sacks filled with Subcool Super Soil recipe on the bottom half and Fox Farm Happy Frog Soil on top.

2017-09-16

2017-09-16

While all seeds are already germinated, only one of the two Blueberries sprouted.

2017-09-16

  • Stats:
  • pH: 6.5
  • Day Temperature: 90°F
  • Night Temperature: 70°F

2017-09-22

The Northern Lights and the other Blueberry followed suit and sprouted a few days later. Amnesia Haze is on the way and started showing up from the dirt but the shell is still intact. Growit had to manually and carefully remove it.

2017-09-22

As for the Northern Lights, it finally sprouted less than a week later.

2017-09-22

Next one is the Blueberry. It is bigger than the others since it sprouted one week ahead of the others.

2017-09-22

2017-10-03

Seventeen days since the first Blueberry sprouted and it is working on at least three leaf nodes already:

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The second Blueberry sprout is still smaller in comparison. Nonetheless, this one is a healthy sprout:

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Northern Lights is at least 10 days old and is working on three nodes as well.

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Meanwhile, after three endeavors, Growit ultimately gives up on the Amnesia Haze. First try, there was a tiny sprout that required assistance in shedding off the shell. After the shell was taken off, it slowly withered and eventually died. The second attempt, the seed grew a tiny tap root but did not sprout. Third and final attempt was really a no go, another Blueberry was then substituted in its place.

2017-10-06

After researching and observing Blueberry #1, Growit deemed that today is the best time to fim. Fimming is a high stress training (HST) technique that increases yield by producing more colas. It means cutting about 80% of the new growth on the plant, instead of the whole new growth like that of topping.

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Growit did not stop after fimming Blueberry #1 and proceeded with some low stress training (lst) to make them open up more. Then, all three plants were defoliated for better structure. Well aware that all steps taken were a little risky, another Blueberry and Northern Lights seed for reserve.

One thing that really worries Growit is the greenhouse. The temperature is extremely rising and he is concerned that it would affect the plants. In the meantime, a planter box outside of the greenhouse until the weather gets better.

2017-10-08

To lessen the possible problems, the burlap sacks and soil are sprayed with neem oil at least once a week.

2017-10-27

Unlike the first batch of seedlings, reserve Blueberry (Blueberry #3) and Northern lights (Northern Lights #2) are buried in plain Fox Farm Happy Frog soil. They are also sharing one burlap sack.

2017-10-27

Along with the rest of the plants, they are back in the greenhouse.

2017-10-27

From left to right: Blueberry #1, Northern Lights. Blueberry #2, Northern Lights #2 and Blueberry #3

Blueberries #1 and #2 as well as Northern Lights have been showing pre-flowering signs. Growit believes it would not be too long now before the plants transcends to flowering.

Flowering

2017-10-28

One characteristic of auto flowering plant that stands out is their ability to flower without relying on light cycles. That did not stop Growit from altering the light schedule so that the plants receive at least 12 hours of light. In the way that it is now, the maximum hours that light shines on them is eight.

2017-11-02

The Super Soil used for Blueberry #1, Blueberry #2 and Northern Lights are already nutrient-filled that Growit deemed it was unnecessary to give them any during vegetation. However, now that the girls are in flowering, some nutrients are needed.

After purchasing Roots Organics Buddha Bloom and Buddha Grow yesterday, he immediately fed it to the plants. All plants seem to be pleased with it and are staying perky and happy.

2017-11-02

Growit also wanted to give supplemental lighting for them and bough eight 100-watts 6,500k CFLs for the meantime.

2017-11-02

2017-11-02

Later in the day, this lucky grower was able to score the jackpot. Someone who is in charge of lighting for a hotel gave this Galaxy Hydro 600-watts LED for free. Knowing how helpful this is for the plants’ growth, Blueberry #3 and Northern Lights #2 were placed under it.

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2017-11-12

Updates are taking a long time because Growit has been in and out of the hospital lately. Nonetheless, thank god the girls are autos and do not need much help. The Galaxy Hydro 600-watts LED worked wonders and helped with the growth and strengthening of the stems as well.

During the time he was away, the plants have gained a lot of white pistils on their buds.

2017-11-12

All girls were fed with various nutrients as well:

Blueberry #1 and Blueberry #2

  • Full strength Roots Organics Buddha Bloom

Northern Lights

  • Full strength Roots Organics Buddha Bloom
  • Full strength Roots Organics Buddha Grow

Blueberry #3 and Northern Lights #2

  • Full Strength Roots Organics Buddha Grow

2017-11-13

With Growit in the hospital, his wife has been taking care of the marijuana plants for him. Before each feeding, his wife gives them a “mini-flush”. Here is what they look like after a light watering before feeding:

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2017-11-18

Yellowing and dying of leaves are natural occurrence during flowering. However, the leaves on his plants yellowing faster than usual which is worrying him. Along with it are a lot of tiny bud growths that seem to be absorbing energy. Growit decided to cut it off since those tiny buds are wastes of energy.

1BigFella assured him that taking out those dead leaves are actually better especially for grooming the plants.

2017-12-02

Growit decided to share the feeding schedule used on the Blueberries and Northern Lights:

Once a week:

  • Roots Organics Buddha Grow
  • Roots Organics Buddha Bloom

Once every two weeks:

  • Guano Tea
  • Foliar Magnesium Phosphate

As for the temperature, the weather is still a little unpredictable. It is still unstable, thus still affects the humidity in the tent.

  • Day temperature: 70°F to 90°F
  • Humidity: 40% to 50%
  • Night Temperature: 40°F to 60°F
  • Humidity: 30% to 70%

Northern Lights #2 suffered a little bit of light burn from the Galaxyhydro LED. The lights are already 20” away and yet this happened. Growit thinks that pulling the plants 8” higher would help solve the problem.

2017-12-02

Blueberry #2 has it a little worse. She has some black and brown spots all over that do not look like light burns.

2017-12-02

1BigFella only has two letters for this confused grower: pH. He suggests testing the meters could solve this riddle for Growit. Admittedly. The pH rarely gets checked.2017-12-03

2017-12-03

As tasks needed to be done around his home and the greenhouse, Growit left the door open. The pitbull had free access to the plants was already half way through one of the Northern Lights when she was caught.

2017-12-03

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2017-12-04

Finally, General Hydroponics pH up and down kit has arrived. After mixing all the nutrients, the pH was at 6.0 to 6.5 before feeding it to his plants.

2017-12-04

On another note, this little one is Blueberry #3. Unlike everyone else, she is in a plastic pot because of a “burlap blow out”. As Growit was moving things around the greenhouse, burlap gave out and spilled Blueberry #3 on the floor. That is why she ended up in the plastic pot instead.

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2017-12-09

Harvest season is up. Blueberry #1 was the first one to go down but Growit decided to leave one cola on the stump because it seems like it’s not yet ready. The others are already at least 80% cloudy with a little bit of amber.

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Next comes curing. Blueberry #1’s buds are already in a quart jar with Boveda packs to absorb moisture. It only took a total of three days to dry these buds in the card board box. He left it in the bath tub with an operational fan.

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2017-12-22

Blueberry #2 was the second one to go down. The buds were already dried, trimmed and are ready for curing.

2017-12-22

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2018-01-01

The first Northern lights is the third one to be harvested but is certainly the first one of the entire year. This one has 50 to 70% cloudy trichomes and a few amber ones.

2018-01-01

After her, Blueberry #3 also went down but barely has any yield to show for it. At maximum, she has about 4 grams of yield.

Northern Lights #2 did not make it. As a seedling, Growit had to make a wire brace for her because she was a little bit unstable. However, he forgot about it and the plant grew around the wire instead. While attempting some LST, there was a snap and that was it for the Northern Lights.

Growit’s Growing Success

No matter how much yield they have, having some harvests are always a success for first time growers. All things that happen during their first grow are experiences that make them better growers nonetheless. In the same way, first grow journeys are also bound to have some failures.

Growit has quite a few but it may have taught him a lesson or two:

  1. Seeds react differently, especially those coming from different strains. Take the Amnesia Haze for example, it is the only strain that did not sprout. Nonetheless, it did not discourage Growit from continuing and finishing what was started.
  2. Take the weather and other outside factors in consideration. Yes, greenhouses create ideal environments for marijuana plants. However, the weather in Growit’s area made it somehow difficult for him to keep the temperature steady.
  3. Check the pH. As tedious as it seems to continually check the pH, it plays a vital role in keeping the plants healthy and alive.

Even if there are some bumps along the road, what’s important is Growit reached the destination with a couple of ounces of yield to enjoy.

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