Sweet Success for GrowManFitz’ Second Bubble Gum Grow:
GrowManFitz is one who does not give up easily. Losing two Bubble Gum plants the first time did not weigh him down. As a matter of fact, it even served as a catalyst for him to try once more. This time, he would be trying to grow some in a Deep Water Culture (DWC) system. Basically, it is growing plants on water, sometimes filled with nutrients too.
As confusing as it may be for veteran growers, imagine how it is for beginners. That is why GrowManFitz decided it would be helpful to start an online grow journal. With that, other intermediate growers, as well as experts, were able to guide and give him tips on how to make his grow not only fruitful but sweet too.
GrowManFitz’ Bubble Gum Marijuana
Originally from Indiana, cannabis lovers flew this strain to Holland where it was really popularized. Its fame peaked when it won the Cannabis Cub not only once but three times in 1994, 1995 and 1999. Ever since, Bubble Gum found its way to smokers’ hearts.
Actually, it is a fairly easy grow that gives a lot of yield. Averaging at least 30 to 78 inches in height, one plant can give at least 3 to 6 ounces per square feet of yield. Long time growers also attest that it’s best grown under a SCRoG (SCReen of Green).
Smokers are first hit with its trademark Bubble Gum scent and flavor that transcends them into a relaxing state. In this state, medical marijuana users find comfort with their pain. For non-medical patient, it uplifts the mood into a relaxing high.
After losing two Bubblegum plants during the first round, GrowManFitz decided to try again with the same strain. To start the process, two seeds are now in tap water in room temperature.
Both seeds sank at the same time but only one of them has a tap root showing. Right after, he buried them in Rapid Rooter Plugs, placed a humidity dome over them and turned the 46-watts 6,500k CFL light. It would be on 24/7 until the seedlings sprout.
Now that the first sprout is out, they are moving into a 3.5” net pot filled with ½” layer of Growstone along with the Rapid Rooter plugs.
Once done, the net pot was then positioned in a homemade deep water culture (DWC) system with the water pH’d to 5.8.
By the looks of it, only one of them survived.
The lone Bubble gum sprout is already 36 hours old. It is standing at 1 and 5/8” inches tall. GrowManFitz also changed the lights to two pieces 23-watt 6,500k spiral CFLs and one 14-watts 3.500K spiral CFL placed about six inches above the plants.
- Humidity: 68%
- Temperature: 78°F
- Water temperature: 75°F
- pH: 5.8
Compared to vegetable plants, GrowManFitz can only say that this one had an “explosive growth”. Overnight, it grew an additional half-inch and a couple of serrated leaves.
At least an inch-long root also started crawling out of the net pot, something that was not there yesterday.
- Humidity: 72%
- Temperature: 76.6°F
- Water temperature: 68°F
- pH: 5.96
Everything is still working out well for GrowManFitz and the Bubble Gum sprout are both doing well. The little one stretched out as far as 2.25” while the tap root is at 4.125”. However, it is leaning to at least a quarter of an inch to the side even if one light is less than three inches away from her.
Today is the Bubble Gum sprout’s fifth day in the DWC system. Nothing much has happened except for the leaves that’s growing more and a little bit of low stress training (LST). With the help of a cardboard, the sprout is now standing straight.
However, Majiktoker sees some discoloration on the edges of the leaves. It can be potassium or magnesium deficiency; thus, he recommended a possible remedy. “If you have rhino skin mix a 1/4 tsp in a 16 oz spray bottle.” This would hopefully solve the problem.
Under indirect lighting, it is not that noticeable:
But with direct lighting, the faded edges and yellowing of some spots are apparent:
One week in the DWC system and the Bubble Gum sprout is standing tall. However, aside from the discoloration, some burning started to appear. Of course, nutrient burns are ruled out as soon as it showed because GrowManFitz has not given them any nutrients yet.
On second thought, upon re-checking the pH up and pH down he has been using, there is a little bit of nutrients in it. pH down has 15% available phosphate and pH up has 16% soluble potassium.
GrowManFitz started on 1/4 nutrients yesterday, and today there is a little yellowing on one of the tips. Although this Bubble Gum plant looks fairly healthier and bigger.
She was left alone for a week by GrowManFitz after leaving 1/4 strength of nutrients. Luckily, the 5-gallon bubbler and 18/6 light cycle kept her alive for the meantime. By the time he got back, she’s looking healthy and happy still.
Taking out four 23-watts 6,500K CFLs, those were replaced with a 600-watts LED from Higrow. It is still on vegetation mode since the Bubble Gum plant is not yet ready for flowering. GrowManFitz placed it about 18” from the canopy.
A few hours later, the plant stated getting droopy. BondPacker told him that 18” is too close, “put it up to 36 or even higher as it’s so much more powerful than the CFL’s.”
Today is the 24th day since the Bubble Gum plant has been thriving in the DWC system. So far, there are six nodes with at least three fan leaves each. Each leaf has at least three or more fingers.
Also, in celebration of the magical 4-20, GrowManFitz decided he needs to do something special. So, the plant has been topped.
Four days since the topping and the Bubble Gum looks fine. Heck, she’s way bushier than she was and it’s now hard to see where she has been topped.
Now that the Bubble Gum plant is beginning to prosper mostly on her own, aphids or spider mites started appearing.
To remedy, GrowManFitz mixed filtered water, essential oils and natural dish soap then sprayed the whole plant and tent with it. Some of the lower leave were also trimmed.
Things got worse during one and a half week with no update. Some brown spots and yellow discoloration on the green leaves started appearing on the plant. Apparently, the pH got out of hand and caused some nutrient lock out.
Nonetheless, the plant is under a ScrOG (Screen of Green) which accidentally fell on her once and topped her.
Well, those toppings are now tiny clones growing in his tent.
The sweet Bubble Gum aroma escapes each time GrowManFitz opens the tent. He purchased a fan and filter to lessen the chances of getting caught. Filter is mounted on the top of the tent, while the fan is situated under the plant.
Now that Bubble Gum is two months old, GrowManFitz decided it is also the perfect time to switch her into flowering. Looking at her, it would be difficult to conceive that this is a single plant grow.
GrowManFitz figured that some Panda Film would keep the light completely out of the tent.
Now that everything is set, here’s what the tent looks like:
A week in flowering and the white pistils that symbolizes blossoming started to appear.
Two weeks into flowering and on the bud sites are buds, not merely white haired pistils.
Other than a little nutrient burn, everything seems well on Bubble Gum’s fourth week of flowering. The pistils are still milky with some amber hairs starting to grow out. The buds itself are fat and juicy.
GrowManFitz and the Bubble Gum Journey
Now that the worst is over for him, GrowManFitz can actually say that this is more successful than the first. This time, the plant actually made it past the vegetation stage and on to the flowering stage. It surely is a shame though that he was not able to show harvest.
Nonetheless, by the looks of it, the buds made it safe to home run. GrowManFitz must have learned from the first round of the Bubble Gum grow and incorporated it into this one. At the end of it all, all the research and preparation did him well.
“Experience is the best teacher”, so they say. It’s exactly the case for GrowManFitz and there are a lot of things that he may also bring for his next grow.
- No light leaks. Lights play a lot of roles in running a good grow, and while it is essential for every growth stage, different stages have different needs. It is absolutely essential that light schedules are followed for photoperiod plants.
- Balance. As it is in life in general, there needs to be a balance in the grow room. There were a lot of burns all throughout the journey brought about by some imbalances with the nutrients and pH. Nevertheless, all problems were solved.
- Fail. This may come as a surprise but failing is a part of everything. It is an important stepping stone in achieving something. GrowManFitz’ second Bubble Gum grow is a living testament.