Massive Amnesia Haze Auto Buds for Masshole’s First Grow:
Growing marijuana involves a lot of strategic decisions. From the moment growers choose the strain up until harvest day, decisions are endless. In Masshole’s case, the particular strain was not a problem. However, it was the perpetual want to upgrade the situation in the grow room that got the best of him.
Good thing the ILGM community was behind him through the ordeal. With their inputs and suggestions, the whole grow journey had a happy ending. Starting with nothing, this novice grower ended up with everything instead.
Amnesia Haze Auto
When there is a long day ahead, Amnesia Haze helps ease the hardships of the day. It starts with an earthy and citrusy flavor that transcends into an uplifting, energetic buzz lasting for extended hours. Thanks to its South Asian and Jamaican landrace lineage, Amnesia Haze won the Cannabis Cup twice.
- 5.5’ x 5.5’ x 7.5’ insulated room
- 90 CFM intake fan
- 4” Duct for exhaust
- (3) 300-watt GalaxyHydro LED lights
- (2) Sunblaster T5 lights
- 3-gallon fabric pots
- Jiffy peat pots
- Advanced Nutrients Micro
- Advanced Nutrients Grow
- Advanced Nutrients Bloom
- Temperature: 66°F to 77°F
- Humidity: 40%
It took only two days for the two Amnesia Haze autos to break the surface. Masshole used Jiffy peat pots to start the seeds after a 24-hour water soak.
Then, on day five, their new home became the 3-gallon fabric pots.
Once they hit the seven-day mark, Masshole started them on:
- Advanced Nutrients Micro
- Advanced Nutrients Grow
- Advanced Nutrients Bloom
All are given at the recommended feed mix ratio found in the nutrient calculator. Then, every other day, each plant receives 32 ounces of tea or water.
During the 18th day, Masshole decided to begin the plants’ Low-Stress Training (LST). By continually bending the dominant stem down and away from the light, it helps produce colas and keep the plants in good shape. The form is maintained using ribbons, shoelaces, soft braid twines, etc.
In under 12 days, the smaller growth eventually caught up in size.
The Amnesia Haze seeds that Masshole bought are feminized, auto-flowering seeds. A month in vegetation gave them the chance to develop at least ten colas per plant. On these colas are white pistils which are very clear and white which signals the beginning of flowering.
Now that the plants are getting bigger, Masshole renovated the area in such a way that it would maximize the yield. Starting off with the lights, the initial set-up is a cube-type arrangement. Last minute, he decided against it and went with a line formation instead.
As for the pots, he placed them on a saucer that tilts slightly forward. On these saucers are drip hoses that would capture the run off samples.
Day 34 for the Amnesia Hazes and the white pistils on top are starting to resemble buds. Some are starting to form on the lower branches as well.
Buds are now coming up as milky white and would not take that long to finish. However, as it turned out to be, some things needed more adjustments in the tent to make it more functional.
Masshole added some Do-It-Yourself gravity fed drip irrigation. It will allow the feeding and watering to automate even if the grower is away. Not to mention, it evens out the distribution of nutrients among the plant. The only thing missing is a garden hose timer to fully automate the system.
Amber hairs sticking out of calyxes alarm Massholes. This worries him and is afraid that the feminized, auto-flowering Amnesia Haze plants are turning out male.
An aptly named grower, AmnesiaHaze, assures that this is nothing to be worried about. “Those pistils you see that are orange. The end of the pistil that connects to the calyx means it’s a girl.”
Now that everything is back to being peaceful, more upgrades are coming. A third 300-watts LED lights started everything. Then, a bracket made from spare drop ceiling grid parts simplify the hanging and adjusting of the lights. Masshole’s next target is to increase the current size of the grow table. That way, the plants would be in four rows instead of two.
In the meantime, he decided to re-arrange the plants’ formation:
The buds on the Amnesia Haze plants are growing along nicely. Milky white pistils are still dominating the buds and amber hairs are yet to come. At the moment, the temperature is at 77°F.
Masshole is growing two Amnesia Haze plants that are faring along nicely. Each plant has at 12 colas, on those colas are at least 10 inches of densely packed buds. In about four more weeks, these would be ready for harvest.
As for the nutrients, Masshole decided to stop now that the harvest day is getting near. Instead, girls would get 1/2 gallon of pH’d water every third day.
While the ladies are resting, Masshole decided to do another upgrade. The DIY gravity fed drip irrigation can now sustain 12 plants and maintain even distribution. After installing a valve, the flow can now be controlled easily.
Trichomes on the buds are already clear but no signs of any ambers yet. Nonetheless, Masshole is still hopeful that the harvest time is near.
While still waiting for the buds to mature, he decided to install an IP camera in the grow room. It does not cost much but it comes with a full swivel feature with microphones and speakers. Perfect for monitoring the situation inside the grow room even if the grower is away.
Last round of nutrients for the Amnesia Haze ladies before the big harvest. Trichomes are mostly cloudy but no signs of ambers yet. If Masshole’s calculation is correct, the plants have only two to three weeks left.
With only a few weeks left, Masshole still wanted bigger and denser buds. One method that other growers recommended is splitting the stem. It apparently stresses the plant and the defense mechanism is to produce more trichomes.
Masshole has been doing nothing but watching the buds. No new pistil growth over in over four to five days. Most of them have turned amber and a few trichomes are the same orange hue.
With the harvest getting near, Masshole had to improvise a hanging contraption for the buds. A box would be staying on 70, there would be mild passive airflow enough to sustain the lives of the plants until they are ready for curing. All there is left to do is monitor the humidity.
One Amnesia Haze is finally down. The buds from this plant alone had a wet weight of 511 grams.
The first Amnesia Haze plants gave Masshole 3.5 ounces of dry buds. While those are curing in quart sized jars, the second plant went down as well. Although he left three more colas on the plant because it is believed that the longer time they have, the more couchlock they give.
As for some sugar leaves and some small buds, Masshole turned them into hash. He made at least 4 grams of those.
Now that the remaining buds have 90% amber trichomes, Masshole decided to harvest it as well. It produced at least 176 grams more of wet weight.
Four days later, they are now ready for curing.
Masshole’s Amnesia Haze Success
Growing marijuana successfully depends on a lot of things. The equipment does not dictate how everything falls into place, nor does the grower or the nutrients. Ultimately, it depends on every single one.
Nonetheless, Masshole was able to piece everything together and have not only a successful harvest but a prosperous one too.
To harvest at the perfect time, this newbie grower relied heavily on the trichomes. To help future growers understand better the cycle of the trichomes happens as follows:
It starts with a clear stage. Slowly, it transcends to a milky scene which shows to have the medicinal resin of the cannabis. The final grade would be amber or where the trichomes gain a red-orange hue. Other growers believe it is best to harvest when there are at least 85 to 90% of milky and 5% amber trichomes. However, the higher amount of ambers determines the couchlock activity of the buds and Masshole wanted to try it out so he had to wait until there are 90%.