BigPapaBuds’ California Dream Grow in Southern California:
There are a lot of things to consider when growing for the first few cycles. It can be confusing, nerve wrecking and exciting all together. What matters though is how financially, physically and mentally a grower is before going into the battle.
No amount of research can prepare anyone for growing. BigPapaBuds was lucky to find the experience. Of course, not his own but from people who have them and are more than happy to share theirs. These are growers in the ILGM (I Love Growing Marijuana) community.
All throughout his grow, no questions were left unanswered.
BigPapaBuds and California Dream
Thanks to its perfect blend of 70% indica and 30% sativa hybrid, Cali Dream or California Dream plants can withstand the harshest of weathers. Growers can easily enjoy caring for this strain whether it be an indoor grow or an outdoor one.
With approximately 65 days of flowering period, they may enjoy their resin-laden buds faster than usual. Not surprising because this one has a high potency level of 20 to 23.9% THC. This strain is also known for its refreshing, sweet and citrusy flavor with a hint of mint.
Every smoke gives smokers a strong sense of euphoria that boosts creativity while energizing the mind. After a while, they slip into a relaxed and sedated state.
- 1-gallon pots
- 5-gallon pots
- 32″ x 32″ x 64″
- (2) Viparspectra 450-watts
- (3) 50-watt daylight LED bulbs with 5,000K
- Panda Paper
- Duct Tape
- Fox Farm Ocean Forest
- Fox Farm Bloom Khaos
- Nectar for the Gods
- Herculean Harvest
What was supposed to be an original five California Dream plants grow, is now a three-plant grow after two of the seeds BigPapaBuds tried to germinate did not sprout. Today, they are in one-gallon pots filled with Fox Farm Ocean Forest soil pH’d to 6.1. He also has a Viparspectra 450-watt placed 25 inches from the plants.
The plants look a little big for their pots.
“I transplant when I see roots start to poke out the bottom of the pots,” SilentHippie said. “Once you see roots, I wouldn’t wait too long as they can get rootbound rather quickly.”
BigPapaBuds also watered them to runoff two days ago and got pH 5.8, which is a little low. Covertgrower suggested using Dolomite lime to increase the value.
A lot of root action happened within one week, he’s thanking Mykos mixed with the soil for it. The California Dream plants were then transplanted into 5-gallon smart pots before they even get root bound.
BigPapaBuds was also feeling a little experimental with the ladies. The smallest plant received her first Nectar for the Gods nutrients pH’d to 6.4 Meanwhile, the other two were only given some water.
Friends also gave him more plants. Six OG Mangoes arrived with a bunch of spider mites and two more California Dreams. Now, he’s scrambling to find a preventive spray for the plants before the planned renovation for a bigger space.
The last ones to arrive are now out of the tent and is in isolation. BigPapaBuds got Captain Jack’s Deadbug and soaked them with it in hopes of driving the mites away.
Girls got a gallon of water each mixed with Fox Farm Bloom Khaos pH’d to 6.4 each. There was only a bit of water at run off so he was not able to take its pH level.
The California Dream plants in five-gallon plants are nearing their first month. However, BigPapaBuds noticed they are not growing the way they are supposed to. Most of them grow bigger sideways, instead of upward. He is thinking maybe the Viparspectra 450-watts only has an actual output of 200 watts.
By night time, he transplanted the one-gallon California Dream plants that were given to him into five-gallon smart pots as well. Once they were set in the grow tent, he added three 50-watt daylight LED bulbs with 5,000K in there too.
After setting the new lights 10 inches above the plants, BigPapaBuds also opened the bloom switch of the Viparspectra 450-watts. Only a few hours later, the leaves have been a little bit discolored. He had to turn off the bloom switch and hope it would work.
It seems like adding more LED bulbs and turning off the bloom switch worked magic for the California Dream plants. They are certainly reaching for the lights more.
These girls are midway through vegging and their BigPapaBuds decided it was about time to give them Nectar for the Gods at full strength.
They have grown so much over the last few days but he is still considering going back and place these ladies under a scrog (screen of green) net. Although, admittedly he is not an expert on that topic and is still quite skeptical on doing it.
After some research and prodding from his co-growers, he found out that Herculean Harvest flush works wonders for people who also uses Nectar for the Gods nutrients. He used a tablespoon of it per gallon of water, and gave one per plant.
- pH level coming in: 6.3
- pH level during run off: 6.2
BigPapaBuds is running out of space in his 32” x 32” x 64” tent. In fact, one plant is already outside the tent and is barely receiving any light. He even added another Viparspectra 450-watts inside the tent for her. Can’t say this adventurous grower is to blame.
After their first Herculean Harvest flush, they spurted out and grew a couple of inches.
California Dream plants usually vegetate for only a short time. Meanwhile, BigPapaBuds’ ladies have been vegging for five weeks already. He plans to put them into flowering soon, after he solves the issue with his space. One small plant was already removed but it still is not enough and he plans to remove another one.
BigPapaBuds is finally as ready as his plants are. He finally turned the bloom switch on and set the light schedule to 12 hours on and 12 hours off.
It’s officially the end of flowering week one. He’s still blaming Nectar for the Gods why he needed to remove another California Dream from the tent. The girls are completely taking over and they only have eight inches of space between them and the lights.
Big PapaBuds also tried his best to squeeze in two fans in the tent to strengthen the stalks. It certainly did, look at the size of it:
Although those are still not enough to keep the proper amount of airflow. Thus, he sees the need to trim the lower branches to get more air in there.
More girls had to be taken out of the tent and moved into a small alcove. These two are the biggest ones and they are already touching the lights.
He built a closet pole to hang the Viparspectra 450-watts over the ladies. Then, some light was seeping through some cracks on the door, he used black duct tape and Panda Paper over the windows to keep them out.
Amazed as he is, feedings with Nectar for the Gods are still continuous. It may be the reason why hairs are already forming even if these girls are less than two weeks in flowering.
Two weeks into flowering and he had a real problem for today, there is a sudden drop in the humidity (70%) and by this morning, leaves are dead dry on both plants in the alcove. It so happens that he also lollipopped the California Dreams yesterday. Lollipopping involves the removal of lower branches to let air flow in the growing space. Therefore, once the branches are removes, plants do resemble kids’ favorite treat.
He also sprayed all plants with Green Cleaner outside and another Herculean Harvest flush. Out of all plants, only these two that were placed in the alcove have dried leaves at the bottom.
- pH coming in: 6.4
- pH during runoff: 6.2
- Temperature during the day: 70° to 78°F
- Temperature during the night: 72° to 80°F
- Humidity during the day: 70 to 77%
- Humidity during the night: 72 to 80%
Raustin recommended that he “turn your air conditioner on to lower the humidity.” He also acknowledges that there may be other problem like bugs, pH or even nutrient lock-out.
The two are doing better than yesterday. Although, another plant experienced the same problem but this time she is from the outside. The only thing that BigPapaBuds know they have in common is the Green Cleaner.
Apparently, he ordered another Viparspectra 600-watts for the plants. He switched one of the 450-watts for this one. The plant directly under the 600-watts produces bigger buds than the others.
Nonetheless, all plants got a little bit of LST (low stress training). To get more lights on the lower parts of the plants, he used some bamboo to get the plants to spread more.
Start of the plants’ 7th week in flowering. Not much change has happened. The Viparspectra 600-watts situated 13-inches from the plant and is still producing more and bigger buds than the 450-watts.
A month since the last update and BigPapaBuds have already chopped all the ladies down. As a matter of fact, this is already their third day of drying:
He got to weigh in the buds of three of his plants and dried up and ready for curing. BigPapaBuds has a total of 10.7 ounces worth of buds.
BigPapaBuds California Dreaming
BigPapaBuds wanted this so badly to be an outdoor grow. Alas, as it turns out, the law in his area prohibits him from doing so. He was also surprised with how things worked out for him. The combination of Nectar for the Gods and Herculean Harvest was deadly great as it produced huge plants that cannot be contained.
As with every grow journey, there are still a lot of things that BigPapaBuds has learned and has taught him along the way.
- Plan out everything before starting. Some users even suggested getting the biggest tent possible while BigPapaBuds was running out. Their reason is that it is always better to be prepared than to have to worry every now and then if it is enough. Same goes with his chosen lights, he already bought two Viparspectra 450-watts before realizing that 600-watts work better than him. Well, it’s always trials and error and glad to see he found this during his first grow.
- Growers need to be mentally, physically and even emotionally prepared when growing marijuana, especially on their first try.
- Plants react differently on various environment. That is why research is a must, too. Know what works best and what are the dos and don’ts for each strain.
Lucky for BigPapaBud’s first time, his chosen strain adjusts to its environment better than the others. All plants, grown in the tent or the alcove, have survived and brought him heavy plants.
- Trial and error. Like what was said above, growing marijuana consists of a lot of trials and errors. There are certain things that works best for each strain. Growers must be flexible in adjusting to the needs of their plants, especially when problems start to arise. This is actually the first time he has even heard of “Herculean Harvest” flush and look where it has taken him. He ended up with huge plants and heavy buds.