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January 16, 2019

Chocolope Twins with Big Bud and Amnesia Haze

There are many surprises on the road to growing marijuana. This grow journal started out with three seed varieties with one sample each until… one of the varieties had twins!

Twin tap roots sometimes sprout from one cannabis seed. Each new root has the potential to turn into a separate plant. Growing two seedlings in one container will cause one to end up a lot smaller than the other one. If you want each plant to thrive, you should give each seedling its own home.

The initial seeds were:

Grower: rausstin
Location: NY, United States

October 23rd

Three seeds were all soaked in water overnight.

October 24th

All three seeds sank to the bottom of the glass after soaking overnight. The Chocolope seed already opened. Earlier this morning, each seed was placed in its own pod and were placed on a heat pad. They’re enclosed inside a humidity dome. A full-spectrum T5 lamp gives them light for 24 hours to keep the temperature at a steady 77°F.

seeds

October 27th

Amnesia Haze and Big Bud have popped up. Still waiting for the Chocolope.

October 28th

And this day brought a pleasant surprise!

TWINS! Two separate seedlings sprouted from the single Chocolope seed. They were placed in separate pods. They didn’t look very strong. The heat mat was removed and all 4 were placed under an LED lamp on an 18/6 cycle. The extra boost in lighting seems to have helped the twins.

twin sprout

October 30th

The twins seem to be thriving but they’re a little slow compared to their sisters. The Amnesia and Big Bud are starting to show roots. They’ve all been transplanted to 4” pots with a mix of 60% Fox Farm Ocean Fresh, 20% Coco Coir, and 20% Pearlite.

Temperature is at a steady 72°F.

twins thriving

November 2nd

You can see the Chocolope Twins trying to catch up to their big sisters. They refuse to die. What little fighters! They’re still bent and curled, just like any human twins, because they were crammed into such a tiny space. It takes time to un-crinkle.

November 3rd

The babies are now transferred inside this grow tent set up in the corner of the master bedroom. It’s quite small at only 2x2x5 but it does the job!

It has a Vivosun 4” inline fan (2500rpm) which sucks in the heated air and smell at the top with an iPower 4” air carbon filter. A smaller inline fan is installed at the bottom to pull fresh air in. It’s important to have lots of air movement at this stage.

The lighting consists of one Lightimetunnel 300W Full Spectrum LED that is used for both vegetative and flowering stages. It’s affordable and it gets the job done… so no complaints here! Some supplemental lighting is provided by 4 full spectrum CFLs hanging from the top.

As for fertilizer, FoxFarm’s Dirty Dozen seems to be doing the trick. This makes home-growing idiot-proof. It’s also just as great for rose.

That’s all there is for now. Simple, efficient, and effective.

November 5th

It’s time to feed the babies!

At 8 days old, it’s about time for their first feeding for a strong and healthy root system. Also, please note that for an indoor grow, nutrients may have to be used at half strength to prevent nutrient burn. It’s something you learn when you work on a farm for years!

This begins Week 1 of a 13-week grow.

Add the following to 1 gallon of water:

Both T5 and LED lights are used at this point. T5 lamp is on for 24 hours and LED lamps are on an 18/6 cycle. This should make for a stress-free transition to LED-only lighting.

feeding plants

November 8th

Twin #2 (3rd from left) is still alive and trying so hard to grow. It appears that the first leaves are damaged or deformed. Everyone else looks great!

damaged leaves

November 11th

It’s feeding day once more! Let’s mix things up a bit by adding the following in one gallon of water:

  • Big Bloom = 1 tablespoon
  • Boomerang = ½ teaspoon
  • Wholly mackerel = ¼ teaspoon

All but the #2 twin have been transplanted to 2-gallon pots. Chocolope twin #2 looks pretty much the same. It’s not dead but it’s not growing either. On the bright side, the other plants are all doing very well.

Both Big Bud and Amnesia have five-fingered leaves. Chocolope has three leaves and are still a few days behind the sisters.

November 18th

Bad news: the Chocolope twin is no more.
Good news: Everyone else is doing great!

The Big Bud plant was starting to show small hints of nutrient burn so she was flushed with a solution composed of 2 tsp of Sledgehammer dissolved in 2 gallons of water. The damage healed nicely and there are no more signs of burns.

the Chocolope

November 19th

Feeding day once more! Again, all nutrients are given at half-strength.

This feeding is composed of 1 gallon of water where the following have been added:

  • Big Bloom = 1 tbsp.
  • Grow Big = 1 tsp.
  • Boomerang = ½ tsp.
  • Kangaroots = ¼ tsp.
  • Microbe Brew = ¼ tsp.
  • Wholle Mackerel = ¼ tsp

Electrical Conductivity/EC range = 1.8-2.1
PPM = 1260 – 1470
PH = 6.3-6.8

Feeding day

November 26th

Another day of feeding. The following were dissolved in 1 gallon of water:

  • Big Bloom = 1 tbsp.
  • Grow Big = 1 ½ tsp.
  • Boomerang = ½ tsp.
  • Microbe Brew = ¼ tsp.
  • Wholly Mackerel = ¼ tsp
  • Kelp Me Kelp You = 1/8 tsp.

EC = 2.3-2.8
PPM = 1610 – 1960
PH = 6.3 – 6.8

November 28th

There’s this challenge of keeping the humidity above 22%. The dry heating in this building really sucks for plants. It may be good to use a humidifier but they tend to breed mold and mildew even when they’re clean.

So far, the girls seem to be unaffected by the low humidity. They’re still looking pretty!

November 29th

As you can probably see, the fan leaves have become enormous. They cast a lot of shadow. Instead of pruning, the giant leaves are pulled down and the smaller ones are pulled up out of its shadow. Does that make sense?

Not really sure what this technique is called or if there’s even a term for it but it seems to work and it’s easy to do. Here are a couple of before and after photos.

November 30th

All three girls got a thorough watering today and they were quite thirsty, especially the Big Bud. It seems to be the right time to transplant into 5-gallon pots.

There’s still 9 weeks to go but we seem to have a space problem. They’re ready to burst through the grow tent!

December 1st

The girls are becoming root-bound in their 2-gallon pots because they needed more water today! The canna-babies need to wait a few days before transplanting. The LED lights are now 25” above the canopy to give the girls an extra 5” of growth space.

December 3rd

The girls are pretty happy because it’s feeding time once again! This time, they received more nutrients (in 1 gallon of water):

  • Big Bloom = 1 ½ tsp.
  • Grow Big = 1 ½ tsp.
  • Boomerang = ½ tsp
  • Kangaroots = ¼ tsp.
  • Wholly Mackerel = ¼ tsp.
  • Kelp Me Help You = 1/8 tsp.
  • Open Sesame = 1/8 tsp.

The results showed:

  • EC = 2.5-3.0
  • PPM = 1750 – 2100
  • PH = 6.3-6.8

They’re also sprayed with some Flowers Kiss (1 tsp. of Flowers Kiss dissolved in 1 gallon of water). Big Bud was so thirsty she was transferred to a 5-gallon pot. She’s grown 4 inches since.

Flowers Kiss sprayed

December 4th

We need a bigger boat… I mean grow tent!

bigger grow tent

December 7th

It’s time for their first pruning. The girls need glamour cut because they’re constantly fighting for space. There’s a lesson here: don’t grow more than 2 plants in this grow tent.

three plants in a tent

December 10th

They’re almost flowering and the girls are now enjoying a 12/12 light cycle. Because of the flowers, the girls are now receiving a different mix (still dissolved in 1 gallon of water):

  • Big Bloom = 1 ½ tsp.
  • Grow Big = 1 tsp.
  • Tiger Bloom = 1 tsp.
  • Boomerang = ½ tsp.
  • Microbe Brew = ¼ tsp.
  • Kelp Me Kelp You = ¼ tsp.
  • Open Sesame = 1/8 tsp.

They’re also sprayed once or twice a day with a solution composed of 1-2 Flowers Kiss dissolved in 1 gallon of water.

EC = 2.5-3.0
PPM – 2100
PH = 6.4

Here are the little women.

almost flowering

December 15th

After a few days of drying out, they’re ready for a good long drink of plain, old water. They leaves also got a nice shower of misting and pruning.

The big bud has really started to stretch… it’s a monster! The Amnesia Haze is also starting to stretch. The Chocolope is nice and healthy but never really caught up in size. Being a twin may have stunted her growth.

pruned leaves

December 17th

Time for another feeding. Because of the exceptionally cold weather, they plants are kept warm by a heat mat to keep the temperature above 63°F.

As for the nutrients, they received:

  • Big Bloom = 1 ½ tsp.
  • Grow Big = 1 tsp.
  • Tiger Bloom = 1 tsp.
  • Boomerang = ½ tsp.
  • Microbe Brew = ¼ tsp.
  • Kelp Me Kelp You = ¼ tsp.
  • Open Sesame = 1/8 tsp.

All the women are happily together

December 19th

Since the plats aren’t flowering yet, it’s time for some good old pruning.

December 22nd

Here are some photos of the girls after watering.

December 28th

Some slight tweaks in the women’s nutrition today:

  • Big Bloom = 1 ½ tsps.
  • Grow Big = 1 tsp.
  • Tiger Bloom = 1 tsp.
  • Boomerang = ½ tsp.
  • Microbe Brew = ¼ tsp
  • Kelp Me Kelp You = ¼ tsp.
  • Open Sesame = 1/8 tsp.

There’s even more green porn today. Here are some close-ups.

December 31st

We’re finally on Week 8 of 13. This is the 4th week of flower too. At this stage, the women received the following for their feeding:

  • Big Bloom = 1 ½ tsps.
  • Grow Big = 1 tsp.
  • Tiger Bloom = 1 tsp.
  • Kelp Me Kelp You = 1.4 tsp
  • Beastie Bloomz = 1/8 tsp.
  • Bembe = 1 ½ tsp.

Once more, they’re sprayed with the same amount of Flowers Kiss. Current readings are:

EC = 3.2
PPM = 2200
PH = 6.6

sprayed

January 7tth

Now on Week 9 of 13 and Flower Week 5. The plants are at 12/12 light cycle with the following nutrients:

  • Big Bloom = 1 ½ tsps.
  • Grow Big = 1/2 tsps.
  • Tiger Bloom = 1 tsp.
  • Microbe Brew = ¼ tsp.
  • Kelp Me Kelp You = 1/8 tsp.
  • Bembe = 1 ½ tsp.
  • Cha Ching = 1/8 ts

The readings are still within the normal range.

January 14th

We can’t risk these ladies getting nutrient burn. For Week 10 of 13, they were fed more conservatively.

  • Big Bloom = 1 ½ tsp.
  • Tiger Bloom = 1 tsp.
  • Bembe = 1 ½ tsp.
  • Cha Ching = 1/8 tsp.

Here they are after the adjusted feeding!

January 21st

Getting closer to harvest time now! It’s Week 11 of 13. Lighting was maintained at 12/12. Only the Tiger Bloom was adjusted to ½ tsp. The other components remained the same.

Big Bud is living up to its name. You can see it’s the tallest of the bunch. Amnesia Haze is also doing beautifully. And then there’s Chocolope, just starting to bud.

January 28th

Here we are at Week 12 of 13!

We may have to add one extra week for flowering to make up for the lost time because of a lighting error earlier. It gave the plants an extra week of vegetative so this should correct it.

February 21st

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s Harvest Daze! Here are the Big Bud and Amnesia Haze.

Let’s give the Chocolope one more week, though. They will hang in the closet where they will infuse clothing with eau de toilette de Big Bud Haze!

Grower: rausstin
Location: NY, United States

Even if the Chocolope Twin didn’t make it, a conscientious feeding and meticulous journaling helped make this harvest a successful one. With the right tweaks in the right places, you may find success in growing twins!

Have you ever grown twin marijuana plants before?

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