Week Ten: Defoliation Before Flower

Week Ten:

RDWC Grow Log Update

11-19-2020

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.

-Oz

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 Nine: Training Before Flower Cycle -Beginners Guide

Week Nine:

RDWC Grow Log Update

In week nine of the vegetative cycle, I have done some further training to best prepare my girls for the flower cycle. Since Chicago medical patients are allowed to grow up to five cannabis plants, I am using as many training techniques as possible to maximize the canopy size. As the canopy develops more nodes in the vegetative cycle, the plant will be able to develop more top bud sites come flower cycle. Repeating week 3 of nutrients is needed to keep the plants in their vegetative state living in an RDWC system. For now I will need to maintain their canopies and defoliate when needed.

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

Dinafem’s Sweet Deep Grapefruit was left alone during its early weeks, mainly because it was one of the slower growing plants in the tent, but now she seems to be one of the healthiest growing girls in here. The fan leaves are growing to be hand sized in about 2 days. This rapid growth keeps me busy with defoliation to allow the lower nodes to have access to more light. If these plants grow too long without guidance, the canopy might become uneven leading to more popcorn nugs at the end of harvest. Earlier in her training, the SDG (Sweet Deep Grapefruit) was accidentally split down the middle. Fortunately I was able to save the plant by using tape on the hemp and allowing it to heal, becoming stronger in the process.

The Passion Fruit strain by Dutch Passion is quite the beautiful bouquet of nodes with just a hint of purple in the mix. All the branches on this plant are thick and have plant of nodes growing from them. Some lollipoping was definitely needed for this strain since most of the inner nodes would have only taken energy away from the top canopy. Defoliation and LST will guarantee that the most nodes are being developed while keeping the number of fan leaves to a minimum. Remember not to go over board when defoliating. A good rule of thumb is to only take away the fan leaves that are not directly connected to a node or bud-site.

The DOS SI DOS 33 by Barneys Farm has been the front runner since these girls were seedlings. I defoliate her one day and by the next her fan leaves seem to have doubled. She seems to be the NASA Bruce replacement in the tent as alpha plant. Some branches were removed from the center branches of DOS SI DOS 33 because she was topped two times. I knew the growing branches would need room to develop, so I made sure there was space for them to grow into. The majority of the branches are LST to the bucket lid taking up the most area in the grow tent.

When the Headband Kush clone develops four top nodes I will be transitioning this tent into the flower cycle. The temperatures have recently started dropping in Chicago, which is perfect for the flower cycle for trichome development. We will talk more about he ideal conditions for weed plants during the flower cycle in a future blog. Make sure to subscribe and follow to not miss out on the most resent updates on this grow tent.

Week Nine Info

Strains: Dos Si Dos 33Passion FruitSweet Deep Grapefruit

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

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