Bob ILGM

January 16, 2019

First Grow with ILGM Candy Kush

Candy Kush from ILGM will take over your body and bring you to new heights!

This cannabis strain is an evenly-balanced indica and sativa hybrid with genetics traceable to OG Kush and Trainwreck. With just a puff or two, Candy Kush envelopes you with a calming sensation which creeps up to your head just before it locks you down.

It’s one of the most potent cannabis strains and has found popularity amongst users who want to relieve themselves of stress, uplift their spirits, increase appetite, and deepen relaxation. It produces a strong euphoria which is guaranteed to put a smile on your face at the end of a long day.

Not only does this cannabis has sought-after effects, it also has a flavor and scent which are extremely pleasant. This cannabis strain is sweet like berry but with a strong hint of citrus.

When it comes to cultivating Candy Kush, keep in mind it goes into heavy trichome production mode at the start of the 5th week until harvest time. Hence, you may want to look into supporting the branches to keep them from breaking under the weight of thick resins.

Using the SCROG method for an indoor Candy Kush cultivation will result to a flowering time with an average of 65 and 75 days. It can yield 14 ounces per square meter too. Most growers combine SCROG with LST to push it to yield even further.

Because of its resistance to molds, this is also compatible for growing outdoors in cooler climates where it can yield 18 ounces per plant.

This grow journal records a newbie grower’s first attempt at cultivating ILGM’s Candy Kush.

Grower: Stvzie
Location: NA
Yield: 2.9 ounces (wet, one plant only)
Seeds: Candy Kush

July 30

The grow starts with the germination of 2 Candy Kush seeds in Jiffy Peat plugs and transferred to 6-inch planters. As you can see from the photos, their first sets of leaves are turning yellow, curling downward, and new growth seems slow despite being 2 weeks old.

Other details about this cannabis cultivation are as follows:

    • Grow Box – 15 x 11.5 x 32 inches
    • Lighting – started with 3 x 60W CFL and was switched to 150W UFO LED 3 days ago; plants are 8 inches away and on the 18/6 light cycle
    • Ventilation – 2 x 3-inch intake and exhaust fans; 1 x 4-inch fan
    • Soil – 50/50 mix of Scotts Premium topsoil, Kellogg Organic Garden Soil, and Perlite
    • Nutrient – Fox Farms Grow Big (1 teaspoon:1 gallon water)
    • pH – close to 7.0
    • Humidity – 30% to 42%
    • Temperature – 90 degrees F

When they were first transplanted to soil, the seedlings looked great but growth has not been as expected. A bowl of water was added to the grow space to help get the humidity up.

August 1st

Apparently, the overload of nutes is stunting their growth. No longer using nutes. For now, the ladies are being misted with water with pH 6.5-6.5 a couple times a day. The LED was also raised to 14 inches away from the top of the plants.

Hope these simple adjustments will have a positive effect and expedite their recovery.

August 13th

Today, both girls were finally transplanted to 3-gallon pots filled with Fox Farms Happy Frog potting soil. They’re still stunted but this move to a bigger home should help them improve.

August 21st

It’s been a week since they were transplanted to new soil and bigger pots. The baby girls are looking so much better now but it’s going to be a few more days before they receive some sort of nute feeding.

Unfortunately, the day also brought some bad news. Temperatures are running extremely high during the day resulting to 95 to 100 degrees F and humidity is under 30% during most of the day. The plants are being misted 2 to 3 times per day to help them cope.

September 4th

It’s been 22 days since the babies were transplanted into the Fox Farms soil and they have picked up the pace of their growth. They’ve already been fed several times with FF Big Grow nutes alternated with pH—ed water. On top of that, they’re being misted 2to 3 times a day.

Luckily, heat stress didn’t get them and they started showing their first signs of pre-flowers.

September 12th

It’s been another week and they continue to produce pre-flowers/pistils. Lighting is switched to 4 x 23W 2700K CFLs. Have continued with the FF Big Grow nutes and on Sunday, started feeding with FF Big Bloom. Also continuing with foliar misting of the plants with a weaker solution of pH-ed water and FF Big Grow.

Big Grow is being used at a mixture of 1tablespoon per 1 gallon of water. Big Bloom is used at about ½ tablespoon per 1 gallon of water. Big Grow foliar misting is being tapered as the buds develop more.

September 21st

The girls have continued to grow and are showing off multiple baby buds. Stretching has slowed down but that’s expected during early flowering stages.  Unfortunately, the plants are running out of room at the top where the CFL lights are.

Performed some lollipopping on the bottom 1/3 of the plant in attempt to direct bud growth to more dominant buds at the top.

October 8th

Continuing to water every other day and alternating with reverse osmosis water and then with nutes. Current nutrient mix is 1 tablespoon Big Grow, 3 tablespoons Big Bloom, and a teaspoon of Epsom salts in an attempt to add some magnesium to the girls. Bottom 1/3 of plants are now mostly bare as most of the leaves have dried out.

October 26th

The two girls were harvested last night. The first girl yielded 2.9 ounces after trimming. The second plant produced buds which were airy, and very small… too small that they’re not worth the effort to trim. Instead, plant #2 was stripped and will be used to make butter in the future.

Grower: Stvzie
Location: NA
Yield: 2.9 ounces (wet, one plant only)
Seeds: Candy Kush

This first grow was a learning process:

  1. Don’t start seedlings with a lot of nutrients/hot soil. They’re very easy to burn.
  2. Avoid overwatering.
  3. Even a small grow space can become overcrowded with only 2 plants. This can cause a negative impact on the overall health of the plants.
  4. Invest in a TDS meter to monitor pH runoff.
  5. Invest in more nutrients and equipment such as digital microscope, larger intake and outtake fans.

Can you remember how you started your first grow?

Happy growing!

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