ILGM White Widow Autoflower Beginner Grow

White Widow is a resilient cannabis strain capable of growing successfully both indoors and outdoors. It’s also resistant to many diseases and is adaptable to almost all types of climates although it seems to have a slight bias towards colder climates.

Flowering time for the White Widow averages 8 to 9 weeks and can yield up to 18 ounces of fresh per square meter. However, an outdoor grow can produce a more generous yield, reaching up to 21 ounces per plant. Outdoor White Widow isn’t ready for harvest until around the end of October.

Check out this grow journal where a novice grower attempts to grow White Widow indoors.

Grower: Roon330
Location: Ohio USA
Yield: 207 grams/7.39 ounces
Seeds: White Widow Autoflower

April 17th

Five ILGM White Widow seeds were dropped in water last night. While waiting for them to germinate, the rest of the supplies were prepared:

  • Tent – 3’ x 3’ x 6’ grow tent
  • Grow medium – Fox Farms Ocean Fresh with a litter extra perlite mixed in
  • Light system – 450W Viparspectra dimmable
  • Ventilation system – 6-inch intake fan with 4-inch filter

April 20th

The first signs of life appeared. After a 24-hour soak, they were thrown into peat pellets. The first one broke the soil, four more to go.

April 27th

4 seedlings are alive. Not in perfect health because of the unpredictable, widely-changing Ohio weather. The leaves curled down a bit. They also possess a slight case of dehydration and mild light burns. The smallest of the 4 is 1 inch tall and the tallest is about 2.5 inches in height.

The lights were raised 6 inches and the plants are finally re-hydrating. Despite everything, the girls are healthy and thriving.

May 14th

Finally, here are photos of them inside their pots. They look so small because the pots are large but they’ll surely fill up these pots in no time.

May 16th

Nothing much to update except for a few photos. More leaves have grown out in the past couple of days. They’re due for a watering and feeding tonight. Otherwise, they’re just dancing in the breeze.

May 20th

These plants seem to be loving the nutes. Here they are so far.

May 27th

New light came in yesterday. There’s definitely a smile on two of the girls. No noticeable problems so far.

Eve, 37 days old, is already showing flowers. She’s the eldest among all of them so it’s not surprising that she’d be the first to bloom.

May 29th

An uneventful grow leads to a boring grow journal and it’s completely fine.

As days go by, they become greener, bushier, and much taller.

June 2nd

It finally happened. Some of the leaves are finally showing a few spots after being accidentally splashed with nutes during the last feeding. Here’s a photo of one of the leaves with spots.

Fortunately, their group and individual photos don’t show the defects. They’re really reaching up towards the lights.

June 3rd

Not much happening but here’s a photo right after watering. Nothing new on that problem leaf. It didn’t get worse so it’s definitely just nute splash. Some of the leaves were trimmed off the leaves at the bottom because they weren’t getting proper light and were touching the soil anyway.

June 4th

After checking out the girls, 2 of them have their roots actually poking through the bottom of the 5-gallon grow bags. Are the roots looking for water in the overflow tray? The roots seem healthy though and they should be fine as long as they don’t grow any mold. If they get too long, they’ll be cut off.

June 10th

After another uneventful week and a slight moment when they looked thirsty, they were fed and a few hours later, they perked right back up.

Afterwards, they had some minor trimming. Here are some photos after their second haircut.

June 13th

The biggest battle now is the heat so the best way to combat it is plenty of circulation. So far, they do not seem to be taking it too hard. Here’s a group photo 53 days from seed.

And here’s a close up of one of the flowers.

The girls received a nice drink today because it was a hot day and they dried up quickly. Temperature peaked to about 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

June 16th

Not a lot going on this week. The girls are drinking up some water and have to be fed twice as much this week as last week.

Here’s Eve at 2 months old. The buds are calling out.

June 18th

And as another week comes to a close, no major problems to report. Kind of fun to just watch the buds form. Even the runt of the litter, Uny, is like one big muscle. There’s not one soft spot on her.

And here are Eve, Uny, Ivy, and Ava clockwise from top left.

They’re all getting frosty and the buds are rock hard. None of them have fluffy air pockets.

June 22nd

Nothing much happening other than feeding, waiting, feeding, and waiting.

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June 24th

The first real problem popped up sometime Thursday night. Two of the girls are showing magnesium deficiencies. 1 gallon of pH-ed water ran through the pots and were supplemented with 1 gallon of nutes/CalMag/pH up.

After checking this morning, the problem didn’t seem to get any worse. Hopefully, this fixed them up. They only have around 2 to 4 weeks to go.

June 28th

The bad leaves haven’t gotten any worse. Here’s a photo of one of them.

As you can see in the following photos, Eve was the hardest hit. The other three girls have a little bit of it but not even close to being as bad.

July 6th

Not much to update. Just waiting patiently for the trichomes to change. Today’s forecast is mostly clear with just a speck of clouds.

July 14th

R.I.P. Eve. She lived a good life for 85 days. She was pampered and spoiled as much as possible and now she’s cut down. Here are a few photos of the service.

May she smoke in peace. The test bud smoke was awesome. This yield is already satisfying considering they weren’t scrogged.

July 19th

R.I.P. Ava. At 90 days old, she didn’t want to be outdone.

July 21st

Just a quick update without photos. The other two came down tonight. They’re all drying now. Stay tuned for the total dried weight.

July 28th

All 4 ILGM White Widow Autoflowers have dried and are now in curing jars. The total usable bud is 207 grams or 7.39 ounces.

Grower: Roon330
Location: Ohio USA
Yield: 207 grams/7.39 ounces
Seeds: White Widow Autoflower

This first grow turned out to be hassle-free. Who knew growing ILGM’s White Widow would be so easy and produce such great yield?

Was your first grow as productive as this one?

Happy growing!

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2 comments on “ILGM White Widow Autoflower Beginner Grow”

  1. It smoked as good as it grew. A nice head high, with a medium body effect. Just what the doctor ordered after a long day at work, relieves the aches and gets my mind back into a peaceful place after dealing with the public all day…

  2. Love me some white widow autos, it seems like they are the Ganja equivalent of snake plants, you have to really work hard to fuck them up or kill them. They simply can’t be fucked with,. I accidentally broke a branch at the node and grabbed some electrical tape and did a quick hillbilly engineering repair and the repaired branch gave me one of best yielding buds, whoda thunk it? Keep on workin it homes and go Bucks.