North_East_Newbie’s Golden Buds from a Gold Leaf Scrog:
ScrOGging is a term used to abbreviate “Screen of Green”. It involves placing a screen over the plant that it filled out by tucking and bending the branches, thus making an illusion of a screen of green leaves and buds. In the same way, while the branches are tucked, it brings up buds from lower branches to the top of the canopy. As it happens, the light is maximized resulting in higher yields.
This is the first time that North_East_Newbie attempts to fill out an entire 3’ x 3’ net with buds from a single plant. He decided to use Gold Leaf to pursue the goal. As difficult as it is, the entire ILGM community was there for him as they guide and give suggestions through the online journal that he started. The only question is: was it successful?
Golden Buds from Gold Leaf
An ILGM classic, Gold Leaf brings life to flavorful dry cured buds from a high yielding plant. A single plant produces buds with alluring smell, one that would certainly remind growers of weeds from the extracts. It is a mix of fruity, sweet Bermese, Northern Blueberry with a Northern OG overtones kind of smell.
The indica-dominant buds reek of high levels of THC content supposedly at 23% and CBD at 2%. Nonetheless, it really is a crowd’s favorite when it comes to a “screen of green” favorite as the expected yield is at 23 ounces at most.
- 3’ x 3’ tent
- 5-gallon pots
- 600-watt Viparspectra LED
- Heating mat
- Humidity dome
- Fox Farm Grow Big Liquid Concentrate
- Fox Farm Grow Big
- Fox Farm Cha Ching
- Fox Farm Open Sesame
- Fox Farm Liquid and Powder Bloom Nutrients
- Flower Power Grow Fertilizer
- Cal-Mag (Calcium-Magnesium)
- Liquid Seaweed
With a 600-watt Viparspectra light, North_East_Newbie attempts to ScroG (Screen of Green) in a 3’ x 3’ tent. On December 10th, a single Gold Leaf seed dropped in the water where it soaked for four days. Then, as soon as it grew a tail, it went into the soil. Three days later, a tiny sprout emerged.
Once it was ready, North_West_Newbie moved it to a tent where it sat on top of a heating mat. Wet towels hanging inside the tent kept the humidity level above 60%. Today, it grew so big that the dome would not fit anymore.
As soon as the Gold Leaf plant recovered from its very first topping, North_East_Newbie then administered some low-stress training (LST) by bending and pinching some branches.
Once everything is settled, the plant got a dose of Fox Farm Grow Big Liquid Concentrate.
The second set of nutrients that the first time scrogger fed the plant is a dose of ILGM’s Flower Power Grow Fertilizer. Water pH’d to 6.5 compliments the fertilizer.
As for the LST training, it certainly took off and aided in getting new growth sites. It encouraged North_East_Newbie to continue the process and trim low hanging leaves as he prepares to introduce the screen soon.
North_East_Newbie finally set the screen in place. Currently, it is 11 inches from the top of the soil.
Then, the lady took another dose of Flower Power Grow Nutrients pH’d to 6.5.
With some discoloration forming, North_East_Newbie fed the Golden Leaf one table spoon each of Cal-Mag and Liquid Seaweed both pH’d to 6.6.
The plant is filling the screen nicely, and whatever this grower is doing to the plants, it is certainly loving it. Every day, North_East_Newbie tucks new growth and by the looks of it, would not be stopping anytime soon.
As for the Gold Leaf’s nutrients, North_East_Newbie alternates between watering and feeding. The feeds also take turn between Fox Farm Grow Big and ILGM Flower Power Grow nutrients. Nonetheless, both are pH’d to 6.5 when used.
Lights finally switched to 12/12 a couple of days ago. They are on from 6:30 in the evening to 6:30 in the morning because the basement where they are kept is too cold at night.
The Gold Leaf plant is under the screen for approximately 38 days now. Not much has changed except for the fact that the lady already is starting to outgrow the tent and fill all the possible holes on the scrog net.
Veteran growers are worried that the scrog net is too low for the plant. “The net should not be a support system solely,” ILGM forum member Nostril said. “It’s for exposing bud nodes.” Worst comes to worse, North_East_Newbie is willing to add another net instead of lowering it down.
Flowering often induces growth spurt in marijuana plants. Same thing happened with this Gold Leaf that North_East_Newbie is growing. In less than five days since flipping to flowering and the stretch has almost been uncontrollable.
For a good two hours today, he did nothing but tuck all the tall sprouts.
Also, the feeds have also transitioned from Fox Farm Grow Big to Fox Farm Cha Ching. Then, the ILGM Flower Power Grow Nutrients has upgraded to ILGM Flower Power Bloom.
Less than a day since the intense tucking, the plant has bounced right back up, as if nothing happened. Although, one good thing about it is more bud sites were able to surface.
Now that the plant is continuously growing, the excited grower had to also defoliate as she grows. With defoliation, it involves trimming stray leaves under the net. This way, not only will the plant be in tiptop shape, there would also be an increase in airflow inside the tent.
Also, once again, another nutrient is added into the mix. The plant will now feast on Fox Farm Open Sesame as well.
In less than a week since the last update, North_East_Newbie finally found the flowering signs he has been waiting for. White pistils appeared on developing bud sites in a matter of days.
Buds developing often signal high-speed growth spurt. Not only did a single plant fill an entire 3’ x 3’ scrog net, the buds developing on it are densely packed and juicy as well. The secret may be the regular feeding of Flower Power Nutrients from ILGM and Fox Farm Liquid and Powder Bloom Nutrients too.
North_East_Newbie attributes the success of the heavy buds on Fox Farm and ILGM nutrients. Here are the most recent pictures of the grow tent:
Pistils on the buds are mostly clear. Hints of ambers can also be seen but they are not as prominent as the clear, white ones.
64 days into flower and some buds have matured enough to harvest today. North_East_Newbie actually did and now he has them drying inside a paper bag.
The others still need a few more days to finish:
In time for the legendary 4/20, more buds went down today.
Here are the ones harvested almost a week ago:
All buds are finally down, jarred and curing.
Golden Success from Scrogging
Gold Leaf plants really bring joy when it comes to scrogging. A lot of growers opt for this strain for their high yields and rapid growth. Certainly, North_East_Newbie knew what he was doing when he purchased the seeds for this round’s scrog. Everything went on fairly smoothly as a matter of fact, he went on to have almost 800 grams of wet weight. There are still some valuable lessons from this grow:
- Scrogging needs a lot of light to prosper. It aids in maximizing the yield by providing adequate energy for the plant to grow.
- Overfeeding sometimes help. While North_East_Newbie swears that overfeeding is the key to a high yielding grow, there are still a lot of deficiencies that growers need to look out for and avoid at all costs. Some of these are brought about by feeding excess amount of nutrients.
- Patience is a virtue. As applicable as it is in all aspects of life, it plays a vital role in growing. Harvesting magnificent buds from marijuana plants do not happen overnight. North_East_Newbie did a fantastic job as he measures which buds are ready for harvest and which ones need to wait it out a little more before getting chopped.