Ntmaremach’s Green Cracks: Three Pounds from Three Seeds:
Every month, growers who purchased seeds from I Love Growing Marijuana (ILGM) are eligible to enter the “Bud of the Month” contest. The whole community gets to pick and vote the juiciest looking bud. As a prize, winners get five seeds of their chosen strain.
For June 2017, Ntmaremach won the said contest and chose Green Cracks as his reward. In turn, he wanted to share a grow journal of his prize.
Ntmaremach’s Green Crack
Green Crack comes from an undetermined lineage. It was originally called “Green Cush” or simply “Cush” until cannabis connoisseur Snoop Dogg came along. As of today, there are two known branches of this strain: Skunk #1 and Afghani.
Smokers would relish Green Crack’s fruity flavor resembling the taste of mango with a little earthy zest. Every hit of this strain prompts an invigorating buzz that allows one to focus and get energized enough for the whole day.
A short flowering time of seven to nine weeks would make any grower choose this strain immediately. As they grow, Green Cracks fill the room with its fruity and citrusy aroma that people around them would enjoy as well.
Three days ago, three Green Crack seeds were germinated through the paper towel method. Upon checking today, they seem to be well prepped for their transfer into Rockwool Blocks as tap roots appear.
Mixing a teaspoon of Clonex Rooting gel per quart of water, he drenched the blocks with it and buried the seeds in.
A dome, along with a heating pad, will keep the humidity in check for the plants.
Just two days later, seedlings started growing out of the blocks. It would not be too long before the roots begin crawling out of them too.
The second seedling worried Ntmaremach yesterday. While the two are already off the ground, the middle one is only showing her head. Catching up to the others, she now has some baby leaves starting to come out of the block.
These Green Crack seeds have been in the Rockwool blocks for a week already. Roots are still yet to appear; however, the sprouts have taken off the ground with a couple of leaves.
To sustain or provide humidity where it is needed, Ntmaremach placed a humidifier within his 10’ x 4.5’ growing space. A dehumidifier is also positioned outside for the plants in the flowering tent.
On their tenth day, roots began forming at the bottom of the blocks. The sprouts also have a couple deck of leaves on them. Although, the leaves on the middle seedling that sprouted a little late are distinctly smaller than the others’.
Ntmaremach decided to grow the Green Cracks in an ebb and flow system. This system floods plants’ roots with nutrient-filled water once or several times a day, depending on the growers’ preference. The ebb part of the system is the period between the floods. It allows the roots to dry, giving them a chance to take in oxygen while avoiding possible rotting problems.
The system that he will be using is Hydrofarm Grow Flow that comes with 12 pots. Timer is set to flood the pots five times a day for half an hour. The excess and waste water then flow into a 55-gallon drum.
This trouper grower chose General Hydroponics Nutrients’ “Early Growth” Schedule and runs it at 350 PPM and pH’d at 5.8. Ph level also tends to rise in the course of 24 hours and a little pH down helps its maintenance.
The first picture was taken yesterday, the second one is from today which is also plants’ 11th day in the system. A day matters a lot when talking about the speed of how marijuana plants grow. It is easy to see that leaves spread more and have grown bigger.
Anchoring of the Green Cracks begins today as the roots finally come out of the bottom of the pots. Aside from that, their progress from yesterday to today is much more surprising as they have suddenly gotten bigger overnight. Their fan leaves have wider spreads, and they have gained at least an inch.
Not counting the actual seedling week, this is the seventh day of vegetation according to Ntmaremach. Today may also be the day of “Early Growth” feeding of General Hydroponics Nutrients. By tomorrow, he would be feeding them the “Late Growth” nutrients and will remain that way until they begin flowering.
Day 10 of what he considers as actual vegetation period and a mix of cayenne, lemongrass and vanilla is starting to fill the room. Classic Green Crack aroma.
Growers usually train their plants in hopes of maximizing the yield. There are a lot of ways of doing it, but one of the most common methods is topping. It involves cutting the new growth in between the nodes. Topping produces two main colas, however a little LST, it may produce more.
Ntmaremach, with a desire to keep his plant in a tip-top shape, has topped three of the Green Crack plants.
Day 18 and the ladies resemble marijuana plants more now that they are taller, greener and with wider fan leaves.
Bud sites are also more apparent as the plants grow taller by each day.
Here is what they looked like last September 10, when they were only 29 days old and about nine days in the ebb and flow system:
Today, these girls are 51 days old and are sustained by the system for 31 days:
Girls have grown more bud sites over the last few days. Expect more in the coming days since they still have few more weeks in vegetation.
Super cropping is a high stress training method that involves intentionally hurting the plants by rolling and pinching them. It induces more THC production as a response to the “danger” and then, heals itself in the process. Super cropped plants grow to have more colas and end up bushier than the others.
With the girls growing bigger and bigger, it is nearly impossible to fit them in one picture frame. 37 days in vegetation and they would also be stepping up to flowering soon. Ntmaremach can only expect them to grow bigger then.
In preparation of the impending flowering in a week’s time, Ntmaremach has transferred all Green Cracks to the flowering room:
Girls will officially go into flowering today. In the tent, there are two 1000-watt HPS lights on a 12/12 schedule for the Green Cracks.
Girls have only been flowering for a week and yet, they were able to completely fill the tent as well.
Their progress has been nothing but amazing the past seven days and they even managed to develop some buds then.
During the usual feeding schedules, Ntmaremach noticed that filling and draining the pots takes a lot longer than usual. As it turns out, the feeding lines are blocked with stray roots. Instead of placing a screen to block the roots, he opted for a clean pot and transferred the plants instead.
That may not be the only thing that’s getting some blockage. With three huge Green Crack in the room, air in circulation is not enough. The frustrated grower had to trim off some lower branches to let more air flow into the room.
Two weeks and the buds have already taken over. The tallest cola stands tall at 5 feet 7 inches.
They look much better with the lights on. Upon closer inspection, the pistils are already looking milky, while the leaves are sticky. The ebb and flow system worked wonders for the Green Cracks, these pictures serve as evidence:
Since the ladies are on their “Mid-Bloom phase”, Ntmaremach also upgraded the nutrients. He would now feed them General Hydroponics Nutrients’ second week of Mid-Bloom schedule. The pH is also maintained at 5.8, the highest it would go is 6.0.
As for the quantity, each Green Crack receive about two gallons of feeding a day. A 40-gallon drum of nutrients is not sufficient for a week’s feeding.
If there’s one thing that Ntmaremach would want for Christmas is his plants to be ready beforehand. As of today, no ambers can be seen yet but the trichomes are in the middle of being cloudy and clear.
As smooth as it may seem, there are still some problems with the grow journey that are still seeking for some solutions. First, the feeding line is still getting clogged with some roots. Ntmaremach bought some foam filters to help screen them out.
Another concern of his is that the colas are still getting taller each day. The possibility that they would hit the lights soon is very high. The tallest cola is standing at 5’ 7” from the floor.
The aroma is also getting to be overwhelming. As soon as the lights shut off, this prized grower always finds the need to step out for half an hour until the smell subsides.
It is the 36th day since these ladies began their flowering stage. They should have already been upgraded to “Late Growth” nutrients yesterday but their grower was not able to do so until this morning.
He is looking at two more weeks of nutrients then another week of flushing until harvest.
On their 54th day in flowering, Ntmaremach harvested some of the tall colas that are almost hitting the lights. The colas that are packed with buds, on average, are 16 inches tall.
Even though what he harvested looks like the majority of the buds, there are still a lot to chop down soon.
While everyone is busy preparing for Christmas, the buds that were harvested more than a week ago are dried and are already curing. So far, the weigh-in is at a whopping 24 ounces and he still has three more plants to chop.
Actually, he resumed harvesting and here is a sample bud from today’s yield:
And the deed is done. In total, there are already 43 ounces of dried buds that are curing. More buds are still on the drying rack that he estimates would weigh at least five ounces more.
Final weigh in totaled at 54 ounces of yield. That is about three and a half pounds worth of Green Crack buds from three seeds that he got for free. He still has two more seeds from the prize that he is saving for a later grow.
An Eye for an Eye
As the infamous saying goes, “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” Giving justice to whatever is given to you, right? Ntmaremach worked hard for the buds that won him the “Bud of the Month” contest in ILGM’s website. Surely, those buds have inspired others to grow their own.
In turn, ILGM presented him with his choice seeds as his prize- five Green Crack seeds. In this journal, Ntmaremach showed how he took care of his prize. His methods, however traditional or unconventional they may be, gave him a whopping 54 ounces of yield.
Here are some that stood out:
Ebb and Flow System. Not a lot of growers are familiar with this hydroponics method. As stated above, nutrient-filled water floods plants’ pots for a specific period at certain intervals set by the grower. Then, there is a resting period where the roots are able to uptake the nutrients without the risk of any molds or fungus forming.
Training. A common practice is training the plants. May it be low stress (bending, tying, etc.) or high stress (topping, fimming, etc.) training, most growers get positive results from it. Training usually opens up the plants, making sure it receives an ample amount of light while keeping it in an ideal shape.
Feeding Schedule. Each kind of nutrient follows certain schedules depending on its composition. Ntmaremach made sure that he followed depending on how old his Green Cracks are.