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  1. I've been told by Sir @Cannabissapean to implement the use of a UV light, those used to kill mosquitoes. Gnats go crazy around those... and perish. Remember to clean the corpses, as gants love rotting conditions.. even their own corpses. You need to get rid of them as soon as you can: your plants will be their "best friend" in a week or 2 from when you see 5 or 6 flying around. Still would not recommend ONLY h2o2, but using everything you've got (strips, that light, h2o2, possibly more airflow impeding them to lay larvae). If you can, sacrifice some humidity for increased airflow. If you spot mites (and i truly hope not at this point), i've been told to use Humidity spikes, along with the most powerful anti-mite you find in your local store. Of course, if you spot mites, gnats, in blooming.. don't spray on flowers :3 Cheers!
  2. I forgot to mention i didn't use the HP nor the N.Oil in this grow with White Rhinos. I had no problems (so far) with them. I used it in low dosage (3%, using 1 part out of 10 in water) and only soaking the roots (placing the pot in the solution for 10-15 minutes). Neem oil, on the other hand, was sprayed on the surface. HP (not medical) at low concentration is harmless and can be beneficial, Neem Oil is a natural pesticide (used in growing). Not saying they're the best, just saying they're more natural than you'd think. Cheers!
  3. Gnats put larvae in the soil, and if top is well areated, they will look for other entrances... like the bottom holes. I fought them with Hydrogen Peroxide and Neem Oil (alternating between them), but i would not recommend it to anybody. Better asking experts around here, as i too am curious about different war tactics against these little fuckers.
  4. Thank you very much for clarifying this very important thing. I was clearly going to fuck something up in a really bad manner. Thank you. I will decide how much to use in the next 2 weeks: i need to first see how the plant reacts to double dosage of enhancer. I don't think her nutrient uptake is high as she did show some sign of burn, but nothing major. Still, i've used only 1g of grow. If she reacts well to this schedule, then i'll topdress 3G Bloom and 1G grow, as you say (per soy liter, becoming 54G bloom and 18G grow); If she doesn't like it, and shows more signs i should stop, i'll topdress her 2G bloom and 0.5G grow (per soil liter, becoming 36G bloom and 9G grow). Also, if she doesn't like the enhancer once per week, i'll move back to once per 2 weeks. Could you please tell me one last thing? Regarding the fungus that should (sometimes) come out, at what dosages did you encounter it, and at what dosages not? Thank you for spending some time for a miserable grow like mine, it means something HUGE to me.
  5. This is the new feeding schedule (sharing for anyone that needs it): 06/03/18 GROW 1G/SL Topdress 07/03/18 BLOOM 8 – 1 ¼ /Lt Soil + 0.5g /Lt Enhancer/ Soil 08/03/18 BLOOM 09/03/18 BLOOM 10/03/18 BLOOM ¼ /Lt Soil 11/03/18 BLOOM 12/03/18 BLOOM 13/03/18 BLOOM 14/03/18 BLOOM 9 – 2 ¼ /Lt Soil + 0.5g /Lt Enhancer/ Soil 15/03/18 BLOOM 16/03/18 BLOOM 17/03/18 BLOOM ¼ /Lt Soil 18/03/18 BLOOM 19/03/18 BLOOM 20/03/18 BLOOM 21/03/18 BLOOM 10 – 3 ¼ /Lt Soil + 0.5g /Lt Enhancer/ Soil 22/03/18 BLOOM 23/03/18 BLOOM 24/03/18 BLOOM 25/03/18 BLOOM ¼ /Lt Soil 26/03/18 BLOOM 27/03/18 BLOOM 28/03/18 BLOOM 11 – 4 29/03/18 BLOOM ¼ /Lt Soil + 0.5g /Lt Enhancer/ Soil 1G/SL Topdress 30/03/18 BLOOM 31/03/18 BLOOM 01/04/18 BLOOM ¼ /Lt Soil 02/04/18 BLOOM 03/04/18 BLOOM 04/04/18 BLOOM 12 – 5 ¼ /Lt Soil + 0.5g /Lt Enhancer/ Soil 05/04/18 BLOOM 06/04/18 BLOOM 07/04/18 BLOOM ¼ /Lt Soil 08/04/18 BLOOM 09/04/18 BLOOM 10/04/18 BLOOM 11/04/18 BLOOM 13 – 6 ¼ /Lt Soil + 0.5g /Lt Enhancer/ Soil 12/04/18 BLOOM 13/04/18 BLOOM 14/04/18 BLOOM ¼ /Lt Soil 15/04/18 BLOOM 16/04/18 BLOOM 17/04/18 BLOOM 18/04/18 BLOOM 14 – 7 ¼ /Lt Soil + 0.5g /Lt Enhancer/ Soil 19/04/18 BLOOM 20/04/18 BLOOM 21/04/18 BLOOM ¼ /Lt Soil 1G/SL Topdress 22/04/18 BLOOM 23/04/18 BLOOM 24/04/18 BLOOM 25/04/18 BLOOM 15 – 8 ¼ /Lt Soil + 0.5g /Lt Enhancer/ Soil 26/04/18 BLOOM 27/04/18 BLOOM 28/04/18 BLOOM ¼ /Lt Soil 29/04/18 BLOOM 30/04/18 BLOOM 01/05/18 BLOOM 02/05/18 BLOOM 16 – 9 ¼ /Lt Soil + 0.5g /Lt Enhancer/ Soil 03/05/18 BLOOM 04/05/18 BLOOM 05/05/18 BLOOM 1LT x Soil LT (Flush) 06/05/18 BLOOM 07/05/18 BLOOM 08/05/18 BLOOM 09/05/18 BLOOM 17 – 10 10/05/18 BLOOM 11/05/18 BLOOM 1LT x Soil LT (Flush) 12/05/18 BLOOM 13/05/18 BLOOM 14/05/18 BLOOM 15/05/18 BLOOM 16/05/18 HARVEST 18 – 11
  6. Hey buddy, Upon visiting GHS Website, i've read how to use Bloom Feeding and.. Well: 10 weeks flowering period: 1st week = 2-3g/Liter substrate 3rd week = 1g/Liter substrate 12 weeks flowering period: 1st week = 3g/Liter substrate 5th week = 1g/Liter substrate 12 weeks: 3g/SL, but adding 1g/SL at week 5 makes it 4 in 3 months, meaning each gram lasts 22-23 days in the soil, instead of the 30 i thought. So, feeding should be 1g/SL per 23 days, pretty weird to follow. Point is, White Rhino has a blooming period of 10-11 weeks, and i think i'll start flushing 10 days before harves, making it for me 9-10 weeks of dosage. Meaning i should probably give her 1g/SL each 23 days, per 3 times, and then flush. Thank you, gotta go fix the schedule If you didn't make me notice, i would've probably caused some deficiency, and a lot of problems afterwards trying to figure out why. Well, better a deficiency you can fix than a burn you need to cut. P.S.: Imma have to keep an eye out for eventual burns, as it's the first week i increased the dosage of the enhancer (from 2 weeks to 1). I also forgot to mention the last PH readings, where: Feeding happened last week with PH 6.4 (Had trouble fixing the PH with acids), mid week at 6.1, today at 6.1. RO PH is stable around 6.1-6.2. I try to keep this number as is the first reading i fed her with. Peace!
  7. Hey'all, 14 days left from switch to 12-12. LST has worked (imho) pretty well, now canopy is getting even. I will try widening a bit more the colas, for one more week, and then let them grow upwards 7 more days (before 12-12). With the use of LST, i realized i needed to defoliate some parts of the colas, in order to let other smaller 'future buds' grow more. I've cut only 2 fan leaves, and 9-10 smaller leaves. Also, 2 colas at the base of the plant (4-5cm long each, pretty much energy suckers). One of the smaller leaves showed a mutation. Some leaves show at least one tip curling, but with no signs of mold, mildew, rot, bugs, mites, too hot temps, too cold temps, burns whatsoever.. probably just a funny plant (i suspect genetics, i wonder if somebody else has witnessed this). But this leaf showed 6 tips. Nothing major here, still an interesting mutation. As for the feeding schedule, i've made another change. Instead of feeding her the enhancer each 2 weeks, from now on i'll feed her every 7 days. This is mainly because i am able to dry one pot in less than 4 days. Time varies by the amount of fresh water i leave in the saucer, helping me increase RH for VEG, and decrease temps during day. I usually leave 2L of cool water, sometimes more, sometimes less. Usually they dry in 3 days. This will probably change when i will switch in 12-12, as when BLOOM phase comes, RH needs to go down, otherwise i risk mold, rot, and other bad shit nobody wants to see, or even hear about.Temps outside (and therefore inside) should stabilize well, as this winter's going to end as one of the coldest in years, therefore bringing an overall cool spring (praying Chtulhu for this to happen). Either way, Pic time. Highlander's canopy: LST: Leaf mutation: As for the Bloom Feeding, since Highlander sits in her final pot (18L) already, and the only way to feed her is topdressing, i've decided i'll do it gradually, instead of at once.I don't mean like, doing it week per week, but month per month. Since feeding requires 1G (either Grow or Bloom) per soil liter per month (dosage on package says 3G per 12weeks), and even if both the enhancer and the grow are working pretty good, one of the leaves did show a sign of burn. I still am not sure what caused it, but with the absence of all the diseases spoken above, i'm pretty sure it was from either a PH spike or a nute burn. Either way, since i had some bad experience with nute burns in the past, even though i feel like this line of feeding is one of the best i've ever tried, i decided to topdress 1GxSoil LT (18G) per month, per 2.5 months (in total 45G: 18+18+9). New feeding schedule would then be: Week 1: Topdress 18G, water with Cal-Mag. Week 1.5: Water+Cal-Mag Week 2: Enhancer+Cal-Mag Week 2.5: Water+Cal-Mag Week 3: Enhancer+Cal-Mag Week 3.5: Water+Cal-Mag Week 4: Enhancer+Cal-Mag Week 4.5: Water+Cal-Mag Week 5: Topdress 18G, water with Cal-Mag. Etc... up to Week 10 and eleven with only water, gradually flushing. I'll see you all next week. Cheers!
  8. Oh jeez, look at those buds! Lovely colours, and frosty too :3
  9. I missed the part where you washed clay pebbles beforehand. Well done. I also just noticed the tri-leaf. I gotta say i haven't payed the right amount of attention to your grow, so i probably missed a lot. I'm going to take a deeper read when i get back home. Tri leaf.. That's so cool! Rare (but not too much) mutation, at least you got an extra amount of colas! Never grew a tri-leaf cannabis plant, so i don't really know what to expect from it: Will she grow tall like her "bi" sisters? Will she focus on leaf production, instead of height? Who knows, we (and mostly you) will just have to wait and see.. Interesting! I get what you mean by changing a winning formula. We all find ours, mostly after years of trial and error. I think i found mine, with perlite and soil, and the elevated pot with airflow beneath. I also think you will find yours, if you haven't already See you in these days. Cheers!
  10. I think you're right. In Italy, marijuana is considered a Taboo. 95% of the population of non-consumers is super ignorant about it, talking about it will make you look like a drug addict. Generally i discuss weed matters only with people that sympathizes, uses or abuses, and grows it. Rest of the pops is too ignorant to even approach the discussion about whether it should be legal or not for one reason or another. It's possible that most of the cool shit will be presented in other expos, possibly the coolest stuff in countries where it's already legal to grow it both medically and recreationally, and is not a taboo as much as it is with alcohol. I've seen little to zero equip for extraction, concentration etc etc. Possibly Italy is so behind in the field, nobody actually cares exposing cool stuff as there'd be no market for it at the moment. I think Spain will be pretty much similar to Rome, where they'll sell CBD buds instead of THC as smoking on public soil is still forbidden, but in private places is not (say home, or CSCs). Also, THC weed selling is forbidden too in Spain. CSCs don't sell weed. They ask you an annual fee for your membership, and little contributions for the club. Selling weed in Spain is illegal, but i guess you can "acquire it" by placing an offer... Weird. Until tomorrow, cheers!
  11. Hey buddy, Listen to an idiot (ME) and don't use Clay Pebbles. I found my clay pebbles more alkaline than expected (7.5PH), so that's the first bummer. Second bummer is, yes, they help draining, but they also retain water, to keep moisten the media. This is a double edged sword: if it retains water, it will retain nutrients, making the bottom much more acidic, and possibly leading to rot and other PH related issues. Instead of using clay, if you want a good drainage, try using actual stones. Take em, wash em, and create a layer of 2-3cm of little stone pebbles. They'll drain, never retain water, and maybe give some micronutes as stones are generally fullfilled with minerals of sorts. Or, place a good layer of perlite. Or, buy cloth / air pots. in my Bagseed grow, i've used regular pots, and they dried in a matter of 6-8 days. RN i'm using cloth pot, and it dries in 3-4 days, making it perfect for feeding once a week, twice every watering. The pot i'm using is 18L (7L more than yours), so that should be a good comparison. Last resort, you could use an air pump and dry the bottom of the pot (while also supplying the roots with fresh and direct oxygen), just like in Hydroponics you use an air pump to keep water and nutes in movement. If it stays stagnant, it'll lead to indeed rot and mold, and other related issues. I found Clay works perfectly with tomatoes. Don't ask me why, i don't know. They just love clay pebbles 30-40cm below the surface. Anyway, your girls look like they're recovering fast. I would remove now the 2 dying girls, as they'll be only a bummer (and delusion for you), and you'll probably try to save them in any way, wasting time and resources on dead plants. Instead, focus on the 2 living ones. They're going to make it. Just give them a couple more weeks to recover, and they should be fine. Until your next update.. Peace!
  12. There wasn't a big variety of equip items, such as lights, extractors, dwc systems.. Basically all you know already was there. There was a Phytolite guy that explained us a new Led light they produced, comparing it with a standard phytolite HPS, and the results were pretty astounding, making the LED surpassing the HPS's PAR by more than triple the number. Only point against me buying it was the price: 1850 euros. LED was using both COB and FS leds (classic little leds 5W instead of 3W). Interesting, but a bit overpriced. LED was putting out 600W against the 1000W of the HPS. I've also been told Phytolite is working on a Dimmable LED light. But i've also been told they preferred not exposing it, since the product needed "more testing". I've been told that some of the breeders, including GHS and Sensi, are going to present new strains, but i can't remember when (possibly at Spannabis). I've bought a 3 seed pack of Green House Seeds "Franco's Lemon Cheese" and am seriously impatient to try it out. The other 21 seeds include titles as Monster Mash Auto, 707 Headband, Mango Cream Auto, Blackberry, GSC, Northern Lights (HAD to buy it), and some other seed i can't remember. Apart from this, there were little to no news in the market. Maybe i've missed the products, but i repeat: i've seen the expo twice in a day, it was very small. Ok maybe a cool DWC system, but nothing special about it, or new, or different from the others. Appearance was cooler, tho. It's possible in Spannabis there'll be something more, as the expo is a bit bigger than the one in Rome (still dunno the exact m2, but Rome's was 9500m2). There should also be far more expositors (reaching above n°250). I still dunno if i'll participate, as it's going to be pretty soon and i don't think i have time to prepare another trip. Until tomorrow.. Peace!
  13. About the Expo: As you said, the opportunity to meet a wide variety of consumers, growers, seedbanks, and equip resellers was big, and i took it. I've spoken to Sensi Seeds, very willing people to share information both on growing techniques AND job-work situation, i've met the guys from the first bank i bought my first seeds (Barney's farm) and they were absolutely super-friendly. I probably found GHS in a bad moment, as they were a bit low on morale for some reason, but coming again in the afternoon the situation changed, and they were more friendly and open. GHS gives little to no information about their seeds, more a history of the seed rather than what-and-how. Not criticizing the way they go. We also give little to zero information about our products: you gotta see for yourself if they fit your needs. I went there mainly to understand how's the industry situation: jobs available, economics, politics, etc etc. Though, the tour resulted in "Holy shit i know this strain! Yo buddy how much for a seed?!" most of the time. Of course, they're there to present and sell, not to give free sensible infos. Seems like the industry is growing far more in USA than in Europe. We italians are more centered towards industrial hemp, and hemp flowers (Didn't know hemp made flowers). Our regulations prohibit possession, yet the "use" is allowed (explain me how would i smoke if i couldn't possess it). Our laws prohibit also personal cultivation, and all the medical purposes unless they're given by our State. Yet you can easily have access to seeds, sheets, grinders, tents, lamps, dwc systems and so on... About Spannabis: Seeing CanapaMundi in Rome opened my mind about every use of cannabis and hemp (not that before i wasn't), and helped me understand the immense variety of opportunities in the industry. Altough Spannabis is going to be much bigger than the one in Rome, i visited the whole CanapaMundi in less than a day. What i'm trying to say is NOT that Spannabis might offer more, is that as far as my concerns about my career in the industry, even if i go to Spannabis i will probably not find more info about an actual Job. About why i went to this Expo: What i need to do, is to understand WHO produces medical and recreational marijuana (Legally, ofc) in europe, and apply for a job there. What i also need, is to study - on the field - everything about every strain, medical and recreational, and need a place to do it. CoffeeShops in the Netherlands are going to be pretty much filled with requests since 1974 about a grower job, and as far as i consider myself a good one, i'm far from reality: there are some professional growers out there that deserve a position much more than i do. Cannabis Social Clubs (CSC) in Spain are private: this means only the members have access to the final product, and in limited quantities, but i assume they are too filled with grower-requests. The true possibility for a Career in the industry i see ATM is Canada: Canada should legalize both Medical And Recreational Marijuana in all the state by July of 2018, making it much more similar to Uruguay than the Netherlands (in which weed is still considered Illegal). In Conclusion, i still am not sure if i'll come or not to Spannabis. Of course, it would be an opportunity for us to meet there (at least, me, you @OG.Naj, maybe @Jose.gh, drink a hemp-beer, eat a canna-cookie, and maybe smoke a good-doobie) but that would be it (for me). All i need is to find somebody that is willing to teach a poor fuck like me how to grow weed, while i offer my services as Trimmer, Assistant G., Coffeemaker, Personal Slave.. whatever that introduces me to this wonderful and fast-growing industry. Since i'm here, i'll write a small update, waiting for Wednesday. Yesterday i've released 4 lower colas from LST, and today the canopy looks much more even than before (Thank you @I'm Sal for the tips). The 2 first set of leaves (1 pointed) have fallen off. Looked like a Sulfur-Calcium deficiency, first the leaf yellowing, then showing little brown spots, then brown tip, then falling. But, that's about it. All the other leaves (3 points, 5 points etc) show no sign of deficiency/excess (except the leaf i've pictured above). All of this leaves me with the feel the fault is PH spikes, but i didn't think they'd cause such issues with such low ranges (6.1 minimum to 6.4 maximum). Either way, the plant looks 99% healthy, and is now thickening and widening. Smell update: Scent is absolutely incredible. Upon opening the tent, you can feel the piney-mushy smell of VEG cannabis, but touching the leaves alone is another matter. I'm left with incredible pine scent, not fruity in any manner: it just makes your nose tickle. With the tent closed, no odour escapes, no need to worry about that. Temp/pest update: Maximum-Minimum ranges between 19.5° and 29.7° (high temp was measured after a mistake, i left them without external airflow for 4 hours, during the timer installation. They didn't suffer, or show signs of suffering). Working Temps are usually around 21-26°. Humidity is kept well above 65%, going up to 75% at times. I've seen NO signs of mold, rot, and other issues like pests and fungi (also, the beneficial fungi from GHS BioGrow Feeding never showed up: maybe because of my low dosage). Airflow (except that 4 hours) is constant, and gives me trouble to sleep, but i can resist for another 3 months (knowing what will be the outcome.. :D) The entire pot dries in about 3-4 days, even if given 1/4th of water per soil Liter (in my case, 4 water LT per 18 pot LT), and with high humidity. Gotta love those cloth pots. Canopy is now at 50cm from the 6500K, and 55cm from the FS lamps. LST works perfectly with what i aim to achieve: a flat, low bonsai tree. I still have 40cm room for the Lights to be raised, which is what i calculate for a maximum stretch (Plant is now 25cm tall and 31cm wide, 50Cm tall with the pot from the surface). I'll see y'all in Wednesday-Thursday (depends on RL schedule) for pics. Till then.. Cheers!
  14. Hey guys, i'm back. The expo was amazing (for what you could achieve in Italy), not as big as i thought, but still.. I've visited it all in a matter of 7 hours. Spent a bit on seeds, met some great guys, most italians (absurd, consumer population and age varies so fuckin much, and i didn't know) but also spanish, dutch, and a lot of french old men, for some reason. Tried a cannacookie, some drink canna-flavoured (horrible imo) and a weird beer (at 10.00 in the morning). I'm back with 24 seeds, most autos, and some other are 707 Headband and Girl Scout Cookies.. Took just a couple pictures, but with my phone as big cameras were allowed only to guys who sponsored/worked in advertising. Some were kind enough to let us pic them, others not, and i totally understand it as i work in expos too, and it's always hard to keep off the photos.. Either way, @ShaggyGrower No problem buddy, as @I'm Sal says i've gotta work a bit better on the technique, as i clearly have missed some point. I've gotta say, branches have thickened (if you can say that), and they're growing. Fast. What Sal says is correct, i'm having a bit of trouble with shaping with LST. My issue with this is that the wire i'm using to tie them, is a bit too big to fit in the pot. I have no other way than to tie her to the pot handles. But, i wanted to lower them a bit. Since i don't know how much she's going to stretch in flowering, i need her to grow stiff and as wide as possible. When she'll be stiff enough, i'll let her grow back the normal way, without wires (possibly in 1-2 weeks, when switching to 12-12). I know the idea of growing them into horizontal spirals, but i should've lst'd her since week 2-3, but she also grew stiff when young. I found it a bit hard to play with. Pics will come wednesday-thursday.
  15. Small update. I've decided i will try to LST her, even if in a very soft way. Bought some wire (250 meters, should be enough eheheh), and have begun LST on 4 out of 5 internodes. As promised, i took a picture of the true leaf colour. But first, LST pics. From crouching: From the side: True Leaf Colour: I'll see you all next wednesday-thursday, or tomorrow in Rome. Cheers!

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