Journals help a lot of growers learn the different steps in growing. These help them keep track of the things they have done and the things they are supposed to do. Lucky, Paranorman is happy to share his experiences of growing 9 different strains in one go.
What makes all these more interesting is that he’s starting to re-learn everything. He had been in hiatus for 20 or so years before starting this grow. A lot has changed even himself. He has a bad back which will make it more difficult to move about and give the plants’ needs. Will he be able to do it?
Everyone needs to have a good beginning and growing weeds are no exception. Paranorman’s journey begins in March, the month he started vegging.
Paranorman is one eager beaver who is happy to share his experiences with the world. That’s why he started this journal, to inspire others to start their own as well. Technically, he is not new to growing. He has over 10 years of experience with him but he stopped for 21 years. It’s like wearing his beginner’s hat once more.
As always, he already has everything ready. He has a 600-watts HID (High Intensity Discharge) light, a thermometer/ humidity gauge and a 4 feet x 4 feet tent. All he has to do is to soak his feminized Northern Lights tonight and wait.
As for the readings, so far the temperature is at 60°F and the RH level is at 35%. He thinks that the RH is a bit low so one of his goal is to bring it up. He has a fan and no vent but the seeds are not yet in the water so all is good still. He has a humidifier that is already soaking in a mild bleach solution to break down whatever formed in there after being stocked for a while.
Another goal is to have a second tent. Sad to say, Paranorman has a very bad back that makes bending down a very hard task. His current tent is a good one that is very much light proof. It’s the zipper that’s the problem. It goes way down the middle which makes it difficult for him to zip it back up. He’s thinking that a tent with a half-circle zipper would be more beneficial for him. Hope he gets them soon.
Seems like it’s not only the tent that needs to be replaced. His grow room is way too cold for seedlings so he moved them to his bedroom instead.
Oh, and his humidity rose to 78° little with the help of a lamp and a propagation mat. Hmmm… innovative move there, Paranorman. He also placed four Northern Lights in a paper towel and soaked them in a little bowl.
Three of the four seeds already cracked at 78°F with an RH level of 70%. Everything seems to be working out well for Paranorman. So, with high hopes, he transplanted the seeds into rapid rooters. Next, he put these rooters in his make shift humidity dome on the propagation mat.
Will it work out for him?
The rapid rooters barely did anything for him. He thought there was a taproot starting to sprout, but for whatever reasons, did not continue to. These Northern Lights are the smallest seeds that he has ever seen. So, even if it did break the surface, could its size be a factor for it not rooting?
Well, it’s a good thing that his order came with some freebies. Aside from the Northern lights, he got a normal sized feminized OG Kush as well as two regular feminized Afghan seeds. If the first four Northern Lights do not work, he needs to start the freebies as soon as possible.
Although, it would be better if he can salvage the seeds that are in the rooter. At this point, they are as soft as sponges now, and have no improvements so far. One thing that’s getting him worried is that the seeds have already drowned and can no longer be used.
One healthy tap root is finally peeking with another one coming up jacket first. This is definitely a good news for someone who just started using rapid rooters and is at lost. He added a feminized OG Kush seed today that has already been soaked and in it went to the rapid rooter. Those that already have tiny roots sprouting are planted in his medium.
He would be using 50% perlite and 50% vermiculite in small containers. For him, it would be easier to control the moisture with this mix.
Upgrade update: our grower is now using Fox Farm’s Ocean Forest with a Miracle Grow perlite cut. Why? Because the only survivor, a feminized Northern Light with a white root sticking out, finally. This type of soil is perfect and does wonders for his little plant, it really looks like that it grew quite a lot considering it took her a long time to sprout.
Oops, okay a lot of growers begged to differ from Paranorman’s opinion. They said Fox Farm’s Ocean Forest is a little bit harsh for fresh sprouts. So, he switched back to his initial perlite-vermiculite mix in hopes that the sprout has not absorbed much from it yet.
Well, he is certainly one who does not want to stay still. He ended up adding and changing a lot inside the grow room. He changed the light from a 600-watts to 250-watts because the higher one adds at least 10 degrees to the temperature. Right now, the seedling tray’s temperature is at 66°F and went immediately to 73°F right after closing the tent. Now, imagine not changing the lights, right?
Next, more seeds are going in. Initially, he started with four Northern Lights. Then, he added another one plus a feminized OG Kush seed. Now he has all those and two regular Afghani seeds,5 bag seeds, 2 auto flowering cash crop seeds and 1 8ball kush seed. All are already wet and one (the Northern Light) is already in a 3-gallon pot.
Looks like Paranorman went all or nothing with this grow.
Another piece was added to the mix. He added a 4 x 4 feet insulation under the floor pan in the tent. This is to prevent heat from disappearing on the floor. One problem solved.
Next, the humidifier is on. So, instead of the occasional drops to 30%, it is now at a steady 60%. Two problems in a day. Nice job, Paranorman.
Time to peek at the little plants. Since they have grown a little bit bigger and better, they’re back in Fox Farm’s Ocean Fresh with 20-25% perlite cut in the grow room. The RH level is at 60%, temperature is 70-72°F and the light is 18 inches above the plants and is on all day.
First up, he has the feminized Northern Lights and OG Kush, also feminized.
Next, two auto flowering Cash Crops, one feminized 8Ball Kush and one regular Afghani seeds and two bag seeds. By looking at it, one Cash Crop who is in regular soil is doing better than the rest.
Here’s what they all look like inside his tent so far.
It has been 19 days since he placed the five Northern Lights in paper towels to germinate. Remember that there is one of them who looks like it’s about to pop but jacket’s coming up first. It has remained that way to this day. So, it looks like it’s dead just like the other two Northern Lights. The last two Northern Lights do not look good as well.
The last two plants already has a set of true leaves, but they appeared to be deformed. Still a fail at this point.
At some point, he thought that the rapid rooters are the problem why the sprout is slow. However, the bag seeds are already out within a week, so the rooters are not the problem.
Maybe, just maybe, it’s the soil that’s the problem. Paranorman is really a hydro guy, but he’s enjoying Fox Farm’s Ocean Forest so far. With the perlite, it became so light that it seems like it’s floating away. It also retains water well that it appears to be moist most of the time, not wet. He still needs to adjust a lot to meet the needs for soil.
Here’s the tally so far: three out of the five Northern Lights seeds made it. One’s normal, the other with the jacket finally came up and here’s the other one.
Some of her leaves are deformed and is an invitation for problems. He’s considering pulling this one out. Another one of his option is to cross it with the Afghani seed if it turns out to be a male.
This one is the normal one. It looks healthy and keeps on sprouting new leaves every now and then. Another good thing is that it’s at least an inch off the ground, so this one is here to stay.
All in all, he has a total of nine plants that are healthy and thriving. He has two auto flowering Cash crop, one feminized OG Kush, one 8Ball Kush, one regular Afghani and two bag seeds. What’s surprising is they have not received any nutrients and feeding yet. For the first 10 days to 14 days of a seedling’s life, it has enough nutrients to last it for a long time. Giving them feed during this period would result to it being either fed or getting over nutrients.
Paranorman’s last journal entry was a week ago. Today, he gave us the honor to see what the plants look like today. All we can say can be summarized in two words: growth spurt. They have grown so big and has developed a couple of leaf decks.
Now the real action starts. This month up is dedicated to the different steps he took for flowering.
Three of the plants are getting sexed today: the Afghani and unknown seeds. He’s going to let them stay in the flowering tent but the temperature is a little bit high at 61°F and needs more heat. He added a heat mat and is trying to reach 80°F, which is the ideal temperature according to this article.
The rest, those who are not getting sexed, will begin to flower in the vegetation tent. Quite ironic, huh?
Meanwhile, ILGM’s White Widow is really doing a lot better than the rest of the plants. One of them now has a tap root crawling out of it and the rest are thriving as well.
Two out of the four White Widows finally have some leaves sprouting out of them.
In case anyone’s wondering, he started them all at the same time. Treated them the same way and gave them nothing. He’s only hoping that the last two are not too stunned to catch up and sprouts soon.
Finally, this is a first for the plants that are not getting sexed. He gave them 25% the recommended amount of General Hydroponics Flora Micro and Bloom to the three plants that are getting sexed. Also, 25% of the recommended dose of all three General Hydroponics nutrients to his veg water. He will be increasing that amount in 5-7 days and he will also change the recommended 3-2-1 mix if it reacts well to the plants.
Let’s catch up on his auto flowers. His auto flowering Cash Crops are starting to show some node sites. This type of plants are known to be a 70-day kind of plant. So our grower is expecting them to finish a lot earlier than the rest of the plants.
Speaking of the plants, he switched the lights to a 600-watts halide and they all loved it. They appear to be a lot greener and grew a lot taller with it. The light raised the temperature to 72°F and the RH level to 45%.
Let’s get a little bit up close and personal with Paranorman’s plants. He has all the reasons to brag about them because they all look fantastic.
Starting off with the Northern Lights, his very first plant. This is the one that he considers to be normal out of the rest this strain. He started it from seeds on March 3 and it’s already grown so big.
The OG Kush is not that far behind although it was started a little bit late than the Northern Light. He started this from seed on March 8.
His auto flowering Cash Crop, which he started on March 13, is a bit bushy. Look at its top, it seems to be forming the main cola. Ready for the big buds, cash crop.
The other Cash Crop is the complete opposite. It’s taller and seems to be showing signs of being an indica-phenotype. They both started at the same time and flowered at the same time as well.
Next, the 8Ball Kush that he started on March 12, developed a thick stem. Almost as thick as a pencil and it’s only a month.
The Northern Light and OG Kush are fairly healthy but started showing signs of mild zinc and magnesium deficiency. Luckily, Fox Farm’s Ocean Forest started to require supplementation. He gave them only 25-50% of the recommended strength and they seem to be responding positively.
They also keep on growing, resulting to them being very thirsty. Maybe because of the nutrients? He also noticed some leaves curling up a bit, so he had to raise the lights a little bit higher.
They are not the only ones growing. ILGM’s White Widow are only 22 days from seed and yet, they look bigger than most of his plants.
It has been 26 days since he started flowering the other plants. He started out with giving them 600-watts of halide and he now switched to a 1000-watts HPS. It set the temperature a little bit higher to 72°F and he added an oscillating fan to lower it down a little.
Still on the White Widows, they are at 12 to 16 inches tall as of now. He’s going to top and take a few clones from it soon. Who wouldn’t, right?
And as if 12 plants are not yet enough, he decided to add three more to the bunch. He now has a Skunk #1, a Super Cheese and a White Skunk Seedling in soil. Not only that, this grower still thinks his growing tent is empty. He may add more this coming weekend.
Paranorman’s Cash Crop that’s auto feminized nearing its end. Today is the 50th day from seed and it only grows out to 70 days. If this turns out to be true, that means his Cash Crops only have 20 days left. Well, they already have buds growing out of their nodes and they look very healthy too.
There are a lot of things to update on since Paranorman has at least a dozen plant to keep up with. But for now, he will let us have a peek of the White Widows’ clones. Right now, they are already 8 days old and are already rooting.
His clones and the three most recent seeds (Skunk #1, Super Skunk and White Skunk) in the vegetation tent. He has a 250-watts super metal halide in there. No rush here, so he’s going to place them in a 6-hour dark period to slow things down soon.
The rest of the plants are turning his flowering tent are turning into a mini-jungle. Imagine having 9 plants with different strains at various flowering stages in one tent. Well, take a look:
Looks like he’s propagating two jungles. He has all the clones and the new growths in one place.
He has clones from OG Kush too which are the three plants on the right. The three in the middle are newer growths from seeds: the White Skunk, Skunk #1 and the Super Cheese. Meanwhile, three of the four ILGM White Widows are those in the 6-inch squares. The other one’s still in the propagation tray.
The rest of the picture are clones from the Northern Lights, 8Ball Kush and more ofrom OG Kush. Our grower is still trying to slow everything down except for the White Skunk that keeps on stretching. It is now eight to ten inches tall.
Now that we are measuring his plants. He is now going about boasting his luscious auto feminized Cash Crops that are at least a foot tall.
These are already done and ready for harvest. Although he’s giving them one more week because the trichomes are still clear. Also, he’s not that satisfied with the bud yet.
That did not take long, four days later, Paranorman gave his autos the chop. These autos were started on March 13, giving them a full 84 days before they were harvested.
Just from these two plants alone, he was able to fill 4 one-quart jars. High yields come from eager growers like him.
Well, all his efforts for these two are worth it.
The harvesting do not stop there. His 8Ball Kush is going down in a few days too.
Well, it’s a little bit smaller than the Cash Crops. If those two stood at a minimum of 30 inches tall, this one is not that far behind at 20 inches.
Although, upon closer inspection, he saw that the 8 Ball Kush still has no amber. It’s 80-90% cloudy but no amber hairs. Meanwhile, his Northern Lights have way more amber at 40-50%. So, it looks like the Northern Lights are going down ahead of the 8Ball Kush.
Throughout these months, he harvested and had good smokes along the way.
Two days later and the Northern Lights went down. This one on the picture is his first plant since 1995. Not bad, Paranorman.
Also, surprise surprise. He decided to chop the 8 Ball Kush too.
10 days of silence and he’s back. He’s now showing off his White Widows that are very much full of ambers and milky trichomes by now. Boy, do they look sticky,
Next up, the OG Kush that is a monster. Her clones are not that far behind at 30 inches tall.
We mean, look at those buds, heavy and yummy. Not to mention, sticky.
No pictures to prove it but apparently he has already harvested his 8 Ball Kush. It’s a big one and is definitely a bad ass. Paranorman’s smoke update is that it’s some old school stink smoke. Can take anyone back to the 80’s with a single hit.
Looking back, he blames the monstrous buds on the 1000-watts HPS. Not a surprise, but he thinks it’s at fault.
Another one goes down. This time, it’s the OG Kush that is not yet fully matured but he had to take her down.
Paranorman has been a grower for at least 15 years before stopping. Now, almost 20 years later, he is more than excited to be back. In fact, he is super excited that he grew a total of 15 plants with 9 different strains in one go.
What we liked the most with his experience was that he was open to suggestions. There were a lot of times that he married traditional way of growing to the modern ways to grow. For example, instead of limiting himself to the usual 600-watt halide people use to grow, he went over and used a thousand. What did he get? Some monstrous buds and a good smoke.
Although, all these did not happen without a headache because it certainly did. Raising nine different strains is like raising nine kids of all ages: all comes with different needs. But, he was able to adjust and pass them all with flying colors.
Do you think you would be able to handle the 15 plants all at the same time? Or would you rather stick to the original 5-plant plan?