Week Ten: Defoliation Before Flower

Week Ten:

RDWC Grow Log Update


Now that we are in week ten of the veg cycle, my goal is to maintain the canopy as even as possible. Making sure that new growth is managed in the lower nodes is crucial when producing plants with as few popcorn nugs as possible. Because new growth will lead to more popcorn nugs, I will be defoliating the bottom 1/3 of the plant and low stress train branches in need of more LED light. Repeating week 3 of nutrients is needed to keep the plants in their vegetative state living in an RDWC system. Next week we will begin the transition phase of the current tent.

Weed nutrient schedule
We are repeating week 3 until we are ready for Flower cycle

Dinafem’s Sweet Deep Grapefruit has fully healed from its center tear and is producing some amazing nodes. The top and sides of this plant are filled with plenty of nodes that will give off top quality buds. Most of the inner nodes will be defoliated to allow better light penetration and wind circulation in the grow tent. With the upgraded Mars Hydro TSW 2000, the plants should have plenty of energy to produce top shelf bud. The SDG was LST enough to keep her height in check. However, we will have to keep an eye out and maker sure the top buds do not get too close to the LED lights.

The Passion Fruit strain, by Dutch Passion seed compony, has filled in nicely and is ready to flower. All the nodes are exposed and are being given enough light to produce top quality buds. The LST and defoliation done earlier to her has shown its merit, now that we are so close to the flowering cycle. Without training, these plants would have been 4ft tall and would have grown another foot during their flowering stretch. Fortunately we have learned from our first growing mistakes.

Always keep a notebook to track your plant life, nutrients, deficiencies, notes, and make sure you have an error section to remind you to not make those same mistakes again.


The DOS SI DOS 33 by Barneys Farm has maintained its tenacity and grown more inner nodes than I know what to do with. Cloning is always an option when defoliating, which is just what I will be doing with the DSD33 branches I take off her during defoliation. Because she has so many, I will be choosing the best looking ones and tossing the rest. No need for more clones than required. With clones on stand by, you can always have a good rotation going on your flowering genetics.

The Headband Kush clone has already started picking up some size, but will not be close to the other girls in here. Since it is a hybrid strain, the Headband will not be gaining crazy size, unlike the NASA Bruce that was in here before. With just one week remaining, I will be moving the Headband to a separate bucket where it will be in a DWC system separate from these girls in the tent. This will allow the Headband to take up as much nutrients as she need and not worry about sharing them with the other older girls in the grow tent.

Week Ten Info

Strains: Dos Si Dos 33Passion FruitSweet Deep Grapefruit, Headband Kush

Nutrients used: General Hydro TrioCal-Mag Plus, and SLF-100 (week 3)

Light used: MARS HYDRO TSW 2000 LED Grow Light and VIPARSPECTRA UL Certified 300W LED 

Week Eight: When to Flip Plants to Flower?

Chicago Hydro is on its eighth week of progress in the veg cycle. We began this grow with three seeds and a NASA Bruce clone early in October. The NASA Bruce strain, however, overtook the grow tent with its rapid growth. Now we have replaced the NASA Bruce with a Headband Kush clone and will allow two weeks for the clone to adjust and further develop its root structure before we flip this whole tent into the Flower cycle. But when exactly is it the best time to flip your grow into the Flower cycle? Well, it all depends on who you ask.

Most beginners follow a grow schedule and stick to it religiously in order to understand the process of growing on their own. After a few grows, you will begin to understand the signs your plant shows you when it is trying to communicate they are not receiving enough nutrients, too many nutrients, are upset with their environment, etc. Doing research ahead of time can prevent easily avoidable errors early on in your growing journey. Errors made in the Veg cycle follow you into Flower and are noticeable during harvest. Making sure to have a solid root structure early on is the best thing you can do to your plants to speed up the veg cycle and get to Flower ASAP.

Chicago Hydro believes in the use it or lose it philosophy when it comes to space in your grow tent. If allowed to grow without training, the plants will grow as nature intended, tall and narrow allowing only the top buds to grow big and dense. We are an indoor micro grow though, so every inch counts when only five plants are allowed per grow (make sure to do your own research on cannabis laws in your home state.) Training techniques are crucial early on in the veg stage if you want to have an even canopy with very few popcorn nugs.

After I train my plants enough to take up most of the area in the tent, I will flip them into their Flower cycle and change their nutrients to Bloom. I have also just added a clone into the RDWC system, so I will make sure to give it some time to develop its root system before the Flower cycle flip. It is usually recommended that clones settle in for about a month before the flip, but I have faith in my clones!

Now that I have upgraded my grow light to mars hydro ts 2000, I am eager to see how the flowers develop on these girls. The Veg cycle also seems to have been quicker since the switch to the brighter LED in the Chicago Hydro tent. I will be going over all the LED lights I have worked with in the past and go over the pros and cons this weekend on the Chicago Hydro Youtube page. If you have questions on my grow, your grow, or want to get started make sure to reach out on here or on any of my social media links listed on the sidebar!

Week Eight Info

Strains: Dos Si Dos 33, Passion Fruit, Sweet Deep Grapefruit

Nutrients used: General Hydro Trio, Cal-Mag Plus, and SLF-100

Light used: MARS HYDRO TS 600W LED Grow Light and VIPARSPECTRA UL Certified 300W LED 

November 1, 2020