I was left in wonderment by Northern Lights No. 6 today. I have never, ever seen a cannabis plant grow three leaves at one internode before. It’s a beautiful and wondrous thing really. The geometric growth on this plant is staggering and represents nature at its best; with respect to the triangular leaf growth.
I love my plants but the obvious worries come back. I worry about being caught, prison and court in general. I just can’t understand why such an amazing (I hate American Z’s like irrationali”z”e; this is not one though) plant would be outlawed. Cannabis isn’t just for bud to smoke (which is nice), but for the enjoyment of growing, for use in building materials, pharmaceuticals and clothing. To see your seed grow from a cress like looking seedling to a mature and completely conspicuous cannabis plant is so rewarding. Just the opportunity to experiment with growing this species is massively rewarding. The whole N-P-K, light pattern (photosensitivity), soil chemistry and the potential of hydrogen (Ph) thing is so interesting.
The thing that most cannabis smokers don’t get the opportunity to try are quality genetics. They don’t get the chance to taste cannabis which isn’t grown just for bud production, THC to CBD ratio or quick finishing times.
One thing I never knew before starting this grow is that the species Ruddialis, which originates from Russia, is not photosensitive. The crossings between Indica and Rudialis create healthily budding, automatically flowering hybrids. I don’t think I will bothering with an auto-flowering variety though. I’m a grower to be a cannabis connoisseur not a cost\time cutter. I spend so much on cannabis when I don’t grow my own. £70-100 per week is ridiculous; what could a criminal (not me) do with that? The weed is sub-optimal and so, so expensive. I have ambitions to grow G13 x Hash Plant next; £15 per seed.
So far I estimate that this grow has cost me £220. To break even I must cultivate at least 39g of bud. I want much more than this; more like 90g. 39g would last me about 24 days; in contrast I allowed 90 days for this grow. 90g would last me about 56 days or about two months. In fact I would need to grow at least 144g or more of cannabis to be self sufficient not considering curing times.
Day 27 15th March 2009 Vegetativeà
I have re-potted all of the plants into larger pots to allow further development of the plants rooting system.
Stupidly I forgot about the numbers on the pots and now I don’t have a clue which is which. Although NL#6 is obvious by the triangular three leaves at one node . Also NL#1 was still identifiable as it has always been the biggest plant.
I have decided to switch to 12/12 now as I’m worried about being raided. The lights will go out at 1800hrs tonight for the first time. I will be fitting the HPS system within the next few days to maximise flowering efficiency.
Day 28 16th March 2009 Flowering Day 1
Today it has become clear to me that my own blood may have grassed me up to the police. I can’t bring myself to destroy the plants after all the time, effort and money I have put into this project. I will have to wait and see as to whether this has truly happened. I will know if I get raided by the police. All I hope is that if he did tell them they don’t raid me until I have sexed all the plants and chucked all but three specimens. I, to be honest, can’t afford to be caught growing eight plants. I have no wish to cultivate eight plants. I will be growing a maximum of three cannabis Indica plants. Although I do fear being caught for more than this number of plants.
Most plants are on their 8th nodes. The re-potting seems to have gone relatively well with no slack plants as a result up until this point.
I did take a quick glance at the plants today to check for flowers but I saw none. I don’t expect to see any flowers for at least a week.
Day 29 17th March 2009 Flowering Day 2
Of course I checked the plants for flowers today. I didn’t see anything that looks suspiciously like a flower except on the original NL# 1.
The 12\12 routine is going satisfactorily although I have noticed an increase of internode spacing. I get the idea that whilst the plants are in the vegetative stage of growth but under 12\12 conditions that the plants grow much more vertically; trying to find light.
Day 30 18th March 2009 Flowering Day 3
It has been 3 days since I switched the lights to the 12\12 regime. Most of the plants have very small flowers appearing; although I could only define the sex of one of the plants. This plant is a female which is evidenced by the white translucent pistils erupting from the ova flowers towards the top of the plant at about the 7th node.
Day 31 19th March 2009 Flowering Day 4
By today at least three of the plants show female flowers; one of which is the original NL# 1 (the biggest and bushiest plant). This is good news as I have, at least, achieved my aim of cultivating three female plants. It is looking like I will finish this grow in about two months from now. The three females look quite well and seem to be flourishing in their environment; although they do need re-potting into their final size pots.
I think that at least four of the other plants are male; although I will be waiting a few more days before culling any plants which show flowers which look suspiciously male.
Day 32 20th March 2009 Flowering Day 5
After sexing the plants again today I have Identified four males and three females with one plants still to be confirmed. I duly took sick satisfaction in killing the males vigorously (see 3gp video). I have also removed the 400w Metal Halide light today and replaced it with a 400w High Pressure Sodium lighting system.
I’m hoping that the HPS light will form really strong, short and bushy plants; internode lengths have increased quite a bit, some are up to 1.5 inches. The light is quite alien to me; it’s very orange in contrast to the blue-white light emitted by the MH bulbs.
I have also re-potted the three females into their final size of pot and re-arranged their fan leaves as to allow most of the light to fall on the secondary growing tips below.
I have also tied the primary growing tip of the smallest female so that it is facing just off horizontal; although in a slightly down position. I am hoping that this will increase the height of all of the secondary growing tips.
In addition to tying the tip down I also removed two fan leaves on the third node from the top to allow all the light to the bottom of this plant.
I have spent much time today thinking about a mathematical solution to the yield question. I have many books on growing cannabis and none tackles the expected yield question in a clear and unambiguous manor. I decided to analyse the data from The Big Book of Buds for Pure Indicas and Indica\Sativa hybrids with respect to yield.
In the book the yields are given in one of two formats 1. Grams Per Plant
2. Grams Per M2
I averaged the figures to get four values:
These figures do not include Sativa\Indicas hybrids
1.[FONT="] [/FONT]Average grams per plant for Indica and Indica\Sativa [FONT=Wingdings]à[/FONT] 56.5 (14 species)
2.[FONT="] [/FONT]Average grams per plant for pure Indicas [FONT=Wingdings]à[/FONT] 51 (9 species)
3.[FONT="] [/FONT]Average grams per M2 for Indica and Indica\Sativa [FONT=Wingdings]à[/FONT] 415.4 (25 species)
4.[FONT="] [/FONT]Average grams per M2 for pure Indicas [FONT=Wingdings]à[/FONT] 458.5 (17 species)
The details on this particular species, Northern Lights, show that it produces 450g per M2. It can be seen from the data above that this figure is just below the average for pure Indicas by 8.5g per M2. Taking into account the range of figures 290g M2 (310-600g M2) it is fair to say that the particular species of cannabis I am growing is average in terms of yield.
From the first set of data it is fair to assume that the yield of my species, in terms of grams per plant, is likely to be in parity or at least close to parity with the figure for the pure Indicas. This is 51g per plant.
I think it is fair then to reduce this figure due to inexperience, unmonitored environmental conditions, lighting conditions, CO2 levels, soil growing and many other variable factors. I have set a fair figure at 25%.
My mathematically projected yield stands at 38.25g per plant not too far from my estimate eight days ago. We will see however.
The figure above is highly ambiguous too; however I feel that an ambiguous figure I figured is a fair estimate.
Day 34 22nd March 2009 Flowering Day 7
Today I checked the un-sexed plant. It has clearly male flowers so I removed and killed this specimen. There are now the correct amount of plants as set out in my aims. Each of the females is of different stature.
The smallest plant is, as I mentioned previously, tied down at the top to promote the secondary growing tips to grow further. The next plant in terms of size is a lovely looking female with many secondary growing tips rising from beneath. The final plant; originally NL#1 is still by far the biggest plant. This plant also has many secondary growing tips racing to catch up to the height of the primary growing tip.
Day 35 23rd March 2009 Flowering Day 8
I have re-numbered the plants today. NL#1 is the original NL#1 and is still the biggest and bushiest plant. NL#2 is smaller than NL#1 with NL#3 being the smallest plant on which I tied the primary growing tip down.
The plants all look fine and healthy with conspicuous pistils erupting from many ova sacks on the stems.
Day 36 24th March 2009 Flowering Day 9
I have decided to repeat the experiment I am conducting on NL#3 on NL#1. I have secured the primary growing tip in a just below horizontal position. I hope this will buy me some time as NL#1 is stretching more than I would like. The two other plants are shorter and I don’t want to have to sacrifice full light to any plant by moving the lights further away to compensate for the height of NL#1. I watered the plants with some Chempak Low Nitrogen Feed.
Day 40 25th March 2009 Flowering Day 10
I would recommend that anyone who has the space, time and money grow these spectacular plants. I spend a lot of time looking at and admiring the plants. Looking for flowers in new places.
I have observed that both NL#1 and NL#2 have female flowers on some of the bigger secondary growing tips.
I feel much happier now that I only have three plants. I just don’t see myself getting into too much trouble with this number. Although it has become clearer that on my next grow I should have less plants; maybe two as a figure after sexing. I could buy two feminised seeds to guarantee sex. I should then train the plants to grow almost horizontally and allow the secondary growing tips to bush right up. This would require a longer vegetative phase but also would result in a much larger yield.
Day 41 26th March 2009 Flowering Day 11
I released the primary growing tip of NL#1 today. It has resulted in a bushy almost one sided plant. This is of advantage as I now have two almost completely one sided plants. I have re-arranged the plants so that those two plants are on the sides and facing inwards. With the normal plant in the centre. This allows the most light to every secondary growing tip on every plant.
The three plants are well on the way to filling the available canopy space in the cupboard. It’s only NL#3 which has lots of space left.
The pots did feel quite light today but I watered them a little yesterday so I have decided to implement a dry day. I will know tomorrow if this was wise. I hope they don’t collapse like happened on Day 20.
Day 43 28th March 2009 Flowering Day 13
The plants continue to grow strongly. NL#3 shows what I think is a genetic defect. The defect is evidenced by the consistently in defective leaf growth. NL#3 is flowering however I think it to be about a week less mature in flowering than the other two plants. NL#1 and NL#2 have many more pistils. Every secondary growing tip on #1 and #2 has many pistils too.
Day 45 30th March 2009 Flowering Day 14
Obviously I have been checking the plants. NL#1 & 2 are maturing nicely. They both show pistils and bud looking formations at all growing tips. NL#3 has some pistils on most of the growing tips; although these don’t look quite as mature as the other plants.
I decided to lower NL#1 & 2 today. I moved them on to the floor and to compensate I have added the 400w Metal Halide to the grow room which means that I have a 400w HPS and a 400w MH in the cupboard. I have however left NL#3 on a stool to allow for its relatively small stature.
I’m hoping that the addition of the MH light will more than compensate for the extra distance the plants are from the light.
This brings us up to date. i will update regularly. any comments welcome and sorry for the quality of the images