i'm not really an "experienced grower" so far, all i've really done is grow plants under shoplights in 16oz plastic cups inside 16oz cups (to prevent leaking) or moved up to 2 pint square containers and trimed the daylights out of them for dayly smoke until they stress out and die. i've only grown "banzais" for leaflet trim which isn't actually bad.
the trim i was getting from about 40 plants and a dozen varieties of bagseed (several mexican commercial sativas) was actually better than the bud everyone had. it wasn't at all couchlocking even with at least 1/3 of the plants being definate hybrids to flat out indy or skunk. i bet in part because all of the trichromes i harvested were only a day or two old and not degraded and also because they were getting some UV from the blue actinic fishtank lights i was using for side lighting.
i did the same thing with my store bought beans too sadly. i always INTEND to grow my plants out, but can't resist the lure of THC calling to me from the next room. LOL
sadly, i'm down to my last 3-4 beans each for:C99 splash
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sorry, i just don't have any actual flowering experience & all of my growing has been indoors. definately stop by the grow forums. i'm sure there's plenty of threads about outdoor grows and you'd definately get an answer to just about any specific question you have.
i'm concentrating all of my energies on indoor SCROGging (a variation of trellising that's horizontal)
in addition to predatory piss, you might consider wrapping your plants with wire fence.
yeah... weed is definately tasty to critters. heck, my cat used to try to break into my grows and sit around begging for leaf when i'd harvest the day's trim.
just about anything i know about outdoor growing was from reading my 3 grow guides from 20 years ago when i was already disgusted with indicas. 20 years later, i STILL haven't really done much about it except masturbate. LOL
i can tell this much about C99, when she's little at least, there's no way you could tell she smokes like a sativa. she looks like a straight up fat leaf little indica.
hey, before you order those C99s, look around some more. 40p is about $80! i'm positive i saw $50 C99s at hempdepot somewhere. i'm a bit scattered at the moment actually, because i'm trying to find a grow guide link i posted in another thread. whenever you see a price in pounds, count on it being twice that in dollars. just go to google and typepounds to dollars currency converter
to get google's currency converter & links to others online.
crap, i'm going to have to open a 3rd window now, i'm going to dig the lowryder grow reports i posted yesterday so you can see how crappy it really is. after you read that, check out the C99 reports at the brothers grim link. you might get good grow info there too.lowryderhttp://www.onlinepot...yder/index.htmlC99http://www.onlinepot...a_99/index.htmlApollo 11
(like C99, but less paranoid & more euphoric & laid back, but still trippy)http://www.onlinepot...o_11/index.htmlnorthern lights
(but NL #5 is better i think, but can't find any good NL#5 reports)http://www.onlinepot...ghts/index.html
those are the stealth strains i'm aware of, but pure sativas are generally stalthy too. it's those little rat bastid indicas you've gotta avoid.