It’s a cannabis grower’s dream to be able to grow multiple cannabis strains together. On top of having a greater selection of buds to choose from, this practice will allow any grower to maximize the grow space and increase overall yields!
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However, growing more than one type of cannabis may also have its disadvantages. Obviously it takes more time and effort to take care of plants with different needs. Taking care of more plants will also present problems with the horizontal and vertical grow space especially if you’re not careful. And finally, plants will grow at different rates thus requiring earlier or later harvest times.
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Before putting different plants in one grow cabinet or grow tent, you need to consider several factors:
- Strain genetics. Every strain grows differently from each other even in the same grow conditions. Depending on their genetics, cannabis plants will grow to different heights, widths, and have various flowering stretch or the amount of “stretch” after switching to the flowering stage.
- Harvest time. Each plant will take different amounts of time for their buds to mature before they’re ready to be harvested.
- When growing many plants at once, it’s important to allow all plants the same amount of light which should also be evenly distributed among its branches. There are many strategies to maximize the light your main bud sites receive. One of the best ways to maximize light in a crowded grow cabinet is by using reflectors.
- Accessing all the plants. By having plants growing in rows, it may be a challenge to reach all the plants. Always consider how you can reach the plants especially during training, diagnosing, and even doing basic activities like watering.
- Plant size. If you don’t regulate plant growth well during the vegetative stage, you might end up with an overcrowded grow space. When your grow space becomes extremely crowded, you increase your chances of getting infected plants: mold, bud rot, and bugs.
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Long story short, you need a lot of planning to make the grow process much smoother. This grow journal grows three plants – Purple haze, Gold Leaf, and Sour Diesel – in one grow space. All the seeds are from ILGM and are feminized.
The seeds were ordered from ILGM and arrived after 10 days. 1 seed from each strain was germinated on Saturday night in a glass of tap water. After 24 hours, each seed popped then moved to a wet paper towel. 48 hours later, each seed produced a tap root about 8th of an inch long which were also transported to their own 1-gallon pots filled with Fox Farm Ocean Forest soil.
On Tuesday morning, the Gold Leaf and the Sour Diesel popped out of the dirt. By the afternoon, the Purple Haze popped out of the dirt too.
Here are some of the earliest photos of the (from left to right) Gold Leaf, Sour Diesel, and Purple Haze.
Here are just some update photos as they grow taller. The Sour Diesel needs a brace to help her grow straighter because she’s leaning to the side a bit. It seems like the Purple Haze (left) is a few millimeters ahead of her sisters.
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The lights were lowered to 18 inches to prevent them from stretching upwards too much. You can see they’re almost level with their pot rims. Here’s a group photo followed by solo shots of the Sour Diesel, Gold Lead, and Purple Haze.
A couple of weeks later, the plants have grown multiple sets of leaves. The Gold Leaf seems to be the widest of the three with her leaves almost reaching the edges of the pot.
The Purple Haze (left) and Sour Diesel (right) seem to be of the same width and height now but the latter seems to be a little paler due to its genetics.
These photos show the first attempt at FIM-ming. This should train the cannabis to produce bushier growths and increase lateral branches and produce more flowering sites.
Just a quick update. It seems the plants were able to tolerate the FIM-ming process well.
After undergoing FIM-ming, it’s time for some LST.
This technique should maximize the light reaching the plants and create even higher yields!
Here are some photo updates before they’re transplanted into their new homes. All the plants also recovered well from the LST. Here are the Purple Haze, Sour Diesel and Gold Leaf plants.
Just put the ladies in their final home: 5-gallon fabric pots! They look so much bigger in the larger pots.
And here they are… all tied down again a few hours after being repotted.
And out comes the pistils.
Gave the girls their 1st taste of Mammoth P today based on the recommended dosage for their age. Check out the even canopy on this Sour Diesel.
The Purple Haze is clearly taking the lead as far as vertical growth is concerned.
And the award for thickest bush goes to the Purple Haze.
It’s never too late for a SCROG. Here’s the netting a few inches above the girls.
After cracking a couple of branches, decided to tie them down and keep them in veg a bit longer to help them recover.
Just an aerial view of the canopy. Two fans installed in the grow room helps keep the air circulating.
Just an insane update of the Gold Leaf. New growth is coming out right where she was topped.
Just about 2 weeks under the 12/12 light cycle. Let the flowering begin!
Tomorrow will be their 3rd week under a 12/12 light schedule. Here are some quick updates.
Here are a few side shots. Thankfully, even the lower branches are getting equal amounts of light.
Just some photos of the girls getting frosty.
Week three of flowering and these ladies already have some very nice looking colas coming in.
After a few weeks, the ladies are finally showing some signs of amber.
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Harvested the Purple Haze first. Some mistakes were made during the grow and it was far from perfect but this plant alone yielded 276.4 grams before drying!
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Gold Leaf was also chopped down later today and weighed in at a slightly heavier 280.5 grams.
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The Sour Diesel turned out to be the lightweight of the bunch and only yielded 189.9 grams before drying.
In case you missed it, the other important details pertaining to this grow are as follows:
- Lights – 600W LED
- Ventilation – 2 small fans
- Strength of nutrient mix – 1400 TDS
Growing multiple strains together may be difficult but it’s not impossible. Sometimes, all you need are high quality seeds from ILGM to get the ball rolling.
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