Second Grow with ILGM Gold Leaf Seeds

Second Grow with ILGM Gold Leaf Seeds

ILGM’s Gold Leaf cannabis strain is one of the most popular types of marijuana from ILGM. This signature cannabis is guaranteed to leave you feeling relaxed, and euphoric. This smooth smoker also has a pungent smell like no other.

If you’re looking for a plant with massive colas, high THC content, and long branches, look no further than the Gold Leaf. This strain is also your key to sleep-filled nights and getting rid of stress and anxiety.

ILGM has specific instructions for germinating Gold Leaf. Following these instructions to the letter will guarantee your seeds will germinate. They even went the extra mile to replace seeds that haven’t broken ground. Let’s see if this grow journal successfully grew ILGM Gold Leaf from seeds to harvest.

Grower: SI1
Location: MA, USA
Yield: NA

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February 23rd

These plants are 7 days from seed when they were photographed.

Starting conditions: The seeds were soaked in pH 6.5 distilled water for 24 hours followed by directly planting them in jiffy cubes with Miracle Grow seedling start mix. They sprouted on the 3rd day. On the 6th day from seed, they were both transplanted to Jiffy pots layered with Fox Farm Happy Frog and seeding mix at the top layer.

They are under Philips T8 plant and aquarium fluorescent F15T8 15W lights, with a germination mat, and plastic domes repurposed from salad containers. At this stage of the grow, they’re being misted with pH 6.5 distilled water. Temperatures range between 72 to 80 degrees Celsius.

This is an indoor grow which makes use of a 2x4x5 grow tent, and a couple of 300W LEDs (one 9 band and one full-spectrum).

February 26th

These babies are now 10 days from seed soak but you can see one of them is significantly bigger than the other.

Big Girl may outgrow the dome before 14 days. I’m concerned about putting them in the tent under LEDs so I might need to get creative so they can stay under the T8 a bit longer.

I’m hopping I’ve timed this grow accurately because I’m also growing 2 White Widows that are 1 week into the flowering stage. I want to overlap them in the tent until I harvest the White Widows and turn these Gold Leaf plants to flower. Ultimately, my goal is to rotate grows of 2 plants each through my 4x2x5 tent.

We’ll see how this goes.

I like to keep things basic and sustainable because I’m a little worried about energy costs. These plants are also for my personal needs and some gifts to special friends.

March 6th

These seedlings are now 17 days old. They’re still under indirect LED while the White Widows finish.

They had their first watering with Sensi A and B. The watering stakes worked well while I was gone for 5 days. A friend stopped by on the third day of my absence to refill the 16 ounce bottles and mist the baby girls. The bottles were down about 1/3 on days 3 and 5.

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    March 9th

    20 days from seed and the two Gold Leaf girls continue to do well. They are living in the grow tent with my White Widow autoflower in indirect LED. Looks like I will have to keep them going for a while longer than planned while the Widows finish up OR move them back out under the T8 – hoping they don’t get too big so I can keep them in the tent then switch them to 12/12 as soon as I harvest.

    March 15th

    Not much to report on Day 27. The girls look great now with 3 to 5 sets of leaves on each. One of the girls is just starting to show her pistils.

    Today they were fed with ¼ strength of Sensi A and B, and CalMag. They also received pH-ed distilled water which resulted to runoff pH 6.5. The Little Girl caught up with her bigger sister. They’re now about the same size.

    March 18th

    30 days from seed, one more internode and I am going to fim for my first time. One plant in this photo has some bendy leaves but that’s just because I’m out of tent space and she is bending up the wall. They were both fed with ¼ Sensi A and B, and Sensi CalMag. pH runoff is 6.5.

    March 22nd

    Both girls were fimmed two days ago. They didn’t show any signs of stress, except growing some tiny leaves where the cuts were done. I’m concerned they may be monsters because I’d like to keep these plants not taller than 2 feet in veg. They are now 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide.

    These pictures were taken after their second light feeding.

    April 1st

    To commemorate their 42nd day from seed, they were switched to a 12/12 light cycle and they’re showing signs of flowering. They have been receiving a light feeding of Sensi A and B every third watering. They’re growing in Fox Farms Happy Frog. So far, the runoff is 6.5.

    The girl on the right showed some wrinkly lower fan leaves. They look a bit discolored on the inside of the leaf and is more noticeable under LED.

    April 5th

    46 days from seed and 8 days since switching to 12/12, the plants are now the test subjects for my LST skills. Just trying to bend and shape them to grow more openly and provide space for light to get in.

    I also took a clone this morning. I am behind in reading threads but these plants are feminized so maybe these will just be practice clones.

    April 22nd

    It’s been 4 weeks since they were switched to a 12/12 light cycle. I’m dealing with CalMag and potassium deficiencies created by my underfeeding. I’m hoping to still turn them around and do better by my next plants.

    I fimmed, bent, and trained these, kept lower branches pruned, took 3 clones, and 2 survived. Maybe next time, I’ll try a SCROG.

    May 4th

    I’ll never not feed my plants with the appropriate nutrients at the appropriate times again. I just want to cry looking at the beautiful Big Girl.

    She’s 24 days old and although she seems to have completed her stretch, missing feedings while treating her CalMag and potassium deficiencies was such an epic fail on my part. Her younger leaves are regaining their sheen but I’m only cautiously optimistic that she will yield to her true potential.

    She’s sugary and loaded with clear trichomes but her buds are small and I’m not sure they will fill in well. We have 6 to 8 weeks left and I’ll be keeping her happy with bud-fattening goodness.

    The Smaller Girls had minor deficiencies as well but fewer leaves were affected. She has 12 nice tops, and they are filling in nicely. She’ll be a fatty!

    May 16th

    Some new veg growth on this girl (left) so I think I’m well pass the deficient stage. She’ll be ok. I also flushed both plants today and the PPMs of runoff were almost at 3K.

    After running about 10 gallons through and getting PPM out at 700 and pH of 6.47, I went ahead and gave each a gallon of water with pH 6.5, Big Bud at 500 PPM and Nirvana at 200 PPM.

    For now, I’m focused on bud development. I would like to see her fatten up. Trichomes are clear with some changes to milky.

    May 21st

    Most of the buds are cloudy with a bit of amber. Here are a couple of samples.

    May 26th

    Tonight is the night. They’ll be in total darkness for 24 hours.  Trimming party tonight at my place!

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      May 27th

      Just harvested one plant. The other needs a few more days. It’s a little early to harvest at 10% amber but this is just the way I like it.

      Enjoy the photos!

      June 3rd

      I was able to harvest the second plant. The buds are fluffy and light, not as tight and sticky as the White Widows I grew and I didn’t trim as well so there is some shake. Super happy to have 7 and ½ jars full!

      Grower: SI1
      Location: MA, USA
      Yield: NA

      This grower didn’t disclose the full details of the harvest but it may be reasonable to believe he hit the target yield.

      ILGM’s Gold Leaf strain is capable of producing high quality, high quantity buds. One of the crucial mistakes made during this grow was not providing the cannabis with the appropriate amount of plant food at the right time.

      If the grower followed the prescribed instructions, the two ILGM Gold Leaf seeds could have produced bigger, frostier buds!

      Have you ever deviated from directions in using cannabis nutrients? How did that turn out for you?

      Happy growing!

      Bob ILGM

      Writer, Grower at I Love Growing Marijuana

      Bob knows a thing or two about growing at home. He's not as experienced as Robert, but he has a knack for keeping his gardens incognito. Bob also loves writing about how other people grow their crops and has extensive knowledge on anything you might need to have a successful grow in your own home.... [Read full bio]


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        3 comments on “Second Grow with ILGM Gold Leaf Seeds”

        1. Not likely you have a potassium deficiency but you should be using cal mag with every watering. Your plants look like they have too much light, to soon.

        2. Looks ok. I found that Goldleaf is very forgiving. I made every mistake a grower could with my first hydro grow. Root rot, high heat, you name it. Now it fills my 2*2. Tent and will produce 3 ounces I estimate. Beautiful big colas. 5 primary and another 8 secondary colas.

        3. I’m currently growing a small crop of super silver haze. I did a maiden voyage with my grow tent, small yield, but the education I got was worth it. The smoke from the first on is smooth and sweet. The 2 I have outdoors are incredibly tough plants and going to produce nicely! Great job ILGM! I highly recommend this type of sativa to anyone!