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Bob ILGM

November 8, 2018

There are times when growers tend to over exaggerate all things related to growing. They tend to buy the most extravagant tents, nutrients, and even soils for their marijuana plants. What they do not consider is different things work for various growers and plants.

Luckily, Ds401 decided to keep everything simple for his Sour Diesel, Purple Haze and Gold Leaf grow. Their grower has not spoiled these three plants as he uses the most common equipment, soil, and nutrients. He chronicled all details in a grow journal that he shares with the world today.

Read on to see what techniques Ds401 applied to make it through.

ILGM Purple Haze, Gold Leaf and Sour Diesel

ILGM Purple Haze

It is quite easy to guess that the haze smoking out of the buds is a perfect shade of Purple. What comes as a surprise is a dreamy euphoria that makes one feel they are entering a world of Technicolor and psychedelic mindset.

In turn, all these keep one uplifted and in high spirits for an extended period.

ILGM Gold Leaf

Mixing a perfect mix of Sativa and Indica cannabis genes, Robert Bergman created a strain famous for its high-yielding plants that is now known as “Gold Leaf.” This stain boosts one’s mood and produces feelings of happiness, hunger, euphoria, and even creativity.

Sour Diesel

Sometimes known as “Sour D,” this sativa-dominant strain is a top choice among medical patients. It relieves them of stress, pain, and even depression. Not to mention, the pungent and diesel-like aroma delivers an energizing and dreamy effect on smokers.

Grower’s Profile:
Name: Ds401
Location: USA
Seeds: Purple Haze, Sour Diesel, and Gold Leaf
Yield: High

Vegetation Phase

2017-04-20

Five days ago, three feminized ILGM seeds soaked in a glass of water: one Purple Haze, one Gold Leaf and a Sour Diesel. It took them less than 24 hours to pop and transfer to a wet paper towel. After another 24 hours, tap roots at least 1/8 inch signaled that they are ready for transplant.

Ds401 transported them into 1-gallon pots filled with Fox Farm Ocean Forest soil. Two more days later, all three seedlings sprouted out of the ground.

Purple Haze

Purple Haze

Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel

Gold Leaf

Gold Leaf

2017-04-25

With the lights 20” away from the seedlings, these three are reaching higher faster than expected.

2017-04-25

2017-04-25

The Sour Diesel even turned lanky and unstable. It resulted in needing pipe cleaners and a Popsicle stick as support.

2017-04-25

2017-04-29

Sprouts proliferate in a rate that it gets too much for them. Ds401 lowered the lights to 18”, but the Purple Haze needed the extra support of pipe cleaners and another Popsicle stick.

2017-04-29

2017-05-12

Barely a month old and all three plants are flourishing. Ranking them according to their sizes, the Gold Leaf is the biggest while the Purple Haze is the smallest. As of now, the grower only waters them, and he thinks the size difference is a result of the plants’ genetics.

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Ds401 trained the plants today. First high-stress training (HST) done is called “fimming,” a shortened term for “Fuck, I Missed.” Often confused with topping, it involves cutting of new growths, instead of the internodes. Thus, this method produces four shoots from topped stems rather than two.

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Three days from fimming and new growths appear from the sites where the it happened.

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After the HST, comes to its low-stress training (LST) counterpart. By tying, bending and twisting some parts of the plant, growers do not hurt or induce stress instead encourage the growth of more bud sites.

2017-05-20

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2017-05-29

Transplanting the Purple Haze, Gold Leaf, and Sour Diesel in 5-gallon fabric pots made them more prominent than before. Also, in these larger pots, they appear to be healthier and better as well.

2017-05-29

2017-05-30

Now that they have settled, next comes topping. By cutting in the third or fourth internode, this technique keeps the plants short and bushy. Other growers also claim it increases the yield of the plants.

2017-05-30

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2017-06-01

Bud sites start to show themselves as Ds401 ties them down more.

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2017-06-02

All three plants came from feminized seeds. It was not a big shock when pistils came this morning.

2017-06-06

First nutrient uptake today as the three plants prepare to enter flowering. Ds401 gave them their very first dose of Mammoth P.

Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel

Purple Haze

Purple Haze

Gold Leaf

Gold Leaf

2017-06-08

The next part of Ds401’s plan that came to life today is the ScrOG (Screen of Green) net. It is a device which growers use to train plants, in a way that they dip and bend to bring the bud sites up where they can receive light. In the end, the goal is to fill all possible holes with colas and produce the illusion of a “sea of green” on the net.

2017-06-08

ScrOG net is set 10 inches above the plants. To make it even more useful, LST will continue.

2017-06-13

A few more inches and all three plants, especially the Gold Leaf would pass through the ScrOG net.

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2017-06-18

One of the lingering questions in this grow journal is whether or not it is the perfect time to switch to flowering. However, as he was working on the plants last night, a couple of branches broke. As the branches were breaking, it made him decide to leave all three plants in vegetation a little bit longer.

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2017-06-24

Ds401 gave up on the ScrOG net idea. Some growers advised not to continue with the plan after seeing that the net is set up too high to provide any additional support to the plants’ stems. Nevertheless, their grower decided to switch to flowering in a few days.

2017-06-24

Flowering Phase

2017-06-28

In hopes of harvesting big and dense buds, Ds401 flipped the lights to 12/12 today.

2017-07-02

Four days in flowering and yet, the growth rate is beyond unbelievable. If the grower decided to leave the ScrOG net on, it would be at least 80% filled by now.

2017-07-02

2017-07-03

A month ago, Ds401 decided to top all three plants. Today, as he was checking them out, he noticed two new colas where the topping occurred.

2017-07-07

  • Watering: Every 36 hours; the pH level is at 6.5 to 6.8
  • Feeding: ppm is 1,400
  • 8 mL Floranova
  • 10 mL General Hydroponics Cal-Mag
  • 5 mL General Hydroponics Liquid Kool Bloom

The bottom part of the plants brings a wave of worry to the confused grower. As lights do not reach this area, a lot of the leaves turned yellow. Some even have patches of white on them.

2017-07-07

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On the other hand, the top part of the girls is looking fantastic, green, and healthy.

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2017-07-10

The yellowing of the leaves is a case of potassium deficiency. It was Bergman’s Lab Staff, Majiktoker who said that letting the Liquid Kool Bloom settle for a few days would work. Three days later, it looks like it did.

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Now that the girls are two weeks old in flowering, bud sites started making an appearance.

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2017-07-23

Two weeks have passed, and the pistils on the buds have turned milky with a little bit of clear. Leaves are now frosty, and they began sticking to the fingers whenever they are touched.

2017-07-23

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2017-08-03

Five weeks since the big flip and the buds are growing like crazy. They have packed themselves on top of each other, producing heavy stems.

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2017-08-09

Harvest is definitely right around the corner. Pistils already have already started turning amber, too.

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2017-08-24

Ds401 had to leave for a few weeks. When he came back, some leaves were already on the verge of dying. Some were so dry, while others turned yellow.

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Buds do not seem to be affected, and Ds401 assures everything is under control.

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2017-09-06

Now that harvest is near; the trichomes are clear with a hint of some white ones. Usually, growers wait for 90 to 95% cloudy and clear trichomes, then at least 5% of amber ones before chopping the plants down.

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2017-09-12

Today is the day that everyone is waiting for. The time to harvest these ladies has finally come. First to get the chop is this ILGM Purple Haze and it yielded a whopping 276.4 grams of wet weight.

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Next is the Gold Leaf with 280.5 grams.

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Sour Diesel ended up with 189.9 grams of wet weight. All in all, Ds401 has a total of 746.8 grams of buds waiting to dry up.

Keeping It Simple

Sometimes the best thing to do is to keep everything as simple as possible. For this grow, Ds401 used the most basic and common things used in growing marijuana plants. Nothing, except for a couple of leaf discolorations, disappointed this grower. As of today, he has at least 746.8 grams of wet weight waiting to dry and cure.

Here are some areas where Ds401 decided to keep it simple and conventional:

  • Growing Space: Any indoor space can be a growing space. It is not necessary to purchase grow tents. However, there are two things that must be kept in mind when considering a growing area.
    First one is the weather. The room must not be too hot during summer or too cold during winter. It must be somewhere that the temperature is not easily affected. Second is that growing spaces need separation. Half of the space should be for vegetation and the other half is for flowering. These two phases have different needs that should be considered.
  • Soil: Some growers commit the mistake of using the same soil that they use for tomatoes and backyard grow. However, Ds401 decided to stay classic and use Fox Farm Ocean Forest which a lot of growers had success with.
  • Drying: Who needs big tumble and toss machines when they can be done manually? Not to mention, veteran growers claim the flavors come out more when dried the same way this grower did.
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