With all of the jars virtually empty, the 8-week mark from germination to reap, gained a a lot better relevance. So, again to auto flowering mode with none second ideas in my 80 x 80 x 160 cm develop closet, together with 400W High Pressure Sodium to play the position of the Sun. Winds blowing with 2 small Sunon followers, one in every of them hitting the highest of the crops and the opposite one placing the HPS bulb.
Air renovation with a 125 mm RVK extractor and a superb high quality soil combine from my native develop store. This time I made a decision to comply with my philosophy of utilizing as a lot soil as doable. I have a tendency to think about that probably the most baggage of soil you deliver dwelling to your develop operation, the larger must be the glass jars to retailer the dried flowers.
Along the years I realised that with all the identical develop parameters, together with variety of crops, if I take advantage of 150 litres of soil, I harvest about 25% extra when evaluating to utilizing 100 litres as an alternative. So, 18 litres pots (26 x 26 cm) for 9 crops and no area left between them is my particular recipe for this auto flowering model of probably the most highly effective and well-known American strains, coming from the San Francisco Bay: Gelato (Sunset Sherbet x Girl Scout Cookies “Thin Mint”).
One of probably the most appreciated exponents of the Cookies household, that includes glorious aroma and excessive manufacturing of THC. The Sweet Seeds® breeders carried out a meticulous work with a view to introduce the auto flowering genes in Sweet Gelato Auto®, utilizing a Killer Kush Auto® (SWS56) genetic line which was itself developed with OG Kush genetics. I used to be fortunate sufficient to get 10 freebies and, as I all the time do, I used the 10 seeds though I solely wished to develop 9 crops, in case one in every of them doesn’t sprout or reveals issues within the first few days. And this time, for the primary time over the previous four years, I didn’t have a germination charge of 100%. I did the precise factor in throwing that further seed to the paper towel as a result of one of many seeds by no means sprouted. But I had what I used to be searching for: 9 tremendous wholesome crops, exhibiting tons of vigour for the reason that first days of life.
Starting with small 300 ml pots and CFL lights, after 12 days they had been transplanted to the ultimate 18-litre pots and positioned underneath the 400w HPS mild system. A group composed of 1 digital ballast and my previous Diamond reflector, ensured a distribution of lumens very near perfection. The 9 crops stored rising with outstanding vigour, growing between four and 6 aspect branches earlier than flowering began.
With a steady 20/four mild cycle, flowering began between day 24 and day 29 from germination. Pistil manufacturing is excellent from the primary day of flowering, leaving it as clear as water: buds would be the dimension of half kilo cucumbers, with smaller buds on the aspect branches however but with a superb calibre and density .At day 33 from germination all of the crops had been flowering and exhibiting a really related peak, permitting for an homogeneous cover.
Something that’s usually laborious to get with auto flowering strains, given the frequent phenotypical variations. Once once more, an imposing work from the Sweet Seeds® breeders permitting for distinctive stability. With a really wholesome inexperienced tone, the leaves advised me that they had been nonetheless fairly proud of the vitamins they took out of the soil combine. My Sweet Gelato Auto® crops stored stretching till day 38 from germination.
When they stopped stretching, I knew they’d begin focusing all their vitality within the closing growth and maturation of the flowers and that was when my set of vitamins entered within the equation, though just for mere 7 days. First watering with fertilizer was at day 38, with three ml of a flowering fertilizer and four ml of a flower booster (all per litre of water). Then, 7 days later at day 45, I repeated the dose. Then, four days later, at day 49, I flushed the soil with 15 litres of water per plant, to ensure that any gathered salts from the fertilizers had been dumped off.
At this level my expectations had been that harvest could possibly be carried out in about 10 to 12 days. The flowers stored swelling and the variety of white pistils dropped day after day. Copious quantities of resin coated the calyxes and all of the small leaves surrounding the flowers.
I’ve by no means seen such frosty nugs and that was the most important shock rising this pressure, confirming that the newest generations of autoflowing strains have precisely the identical potential to supply distinctive crops as any photoperiod-dependent pressure. Observing the inside components of the flowers with my Canon MP-E 65 mm specialised 5:1 Macro lenses was a real delight.
The huge-sized trichomes allowed for an additional entertaining expertise and likewise plenty of stunning excessive macro pictures. But how in regards to the aromas? Well, that was the second-finest a part of the expertise of rising Sweet Gelato Auto®. Rubbing your fingers within the flowers to interrupt some resin glands and launch the terpenes will award you with a pleasant candy and fruity aroma with a powerful Kush presence, together with earthy and woody tones leaning to dried fruit (hazelnuts) and gentle touches of mint and citrus.
A teaser to what could be the ultimate smells and aromas of the dried and cured flowers. But harvest was nonetheless a bit far-off and when no one anticipated, a closing impediment occurred…About three days after the flush, with the soil nonetheless half moist, the local weather broadcasts weren’t beneficial in any respect, with an upcoming week of heavy rains and excessive humidity. This was at day 52, precisely one week earlier than the weekend after I was anticipating to reap.
The approach I solved this imminent drawback may hardly be an answer with photoperiod-dependent crops with out operating plenty of dangers, so my determination of going again to autos was a blessing. As auto flowering crops flower whatever the mild cycle they’re subjected to, it was clear that going 24/Zero all the best way till harvest wouldn’t contribute to any form of stress to the crops that might flip into undesired late-flowering male flowers.
So, I did it. As High-Pressure Sodium lighting tends to lift temperature and decrease humidity, conserving the sunshine on 24 hours per day assured that the exterior setting had second to none results contained in the develop closet. Like this, the temperature remained secure at between 23 ºC and 26 ºC and the humidity by no means went above 55%, whereas exterior the closet it reached to ranges of about 80% to 90%. With this, I drastically decreased the probabilities of getting mould or botrytis within the flowers and, as they had been very huge and dense, the buds had been in nice hazard of getting affected by this recurring drawback in hashish rising. One extra benefit among the many very nicely-recognized lengthy listing of different bonuses of rising fashionable auto flowering hybrids as this fabulous pressure from the Sweet Seeds® genetic assortment.
From Friday the 11th of January, until Sunday the 13th, all of the 9 crops had been harvested. The catalog reveals a 56 day (Eight week) anticipated interval between germination and harvest. I harvested between day 59 and day 62, which could be very near the info confirmed within the catalog, whereas it is usually true that I have a tendency to reap a bit after the best level of maturation, as I get pleasure from the additional stress-free results of a barely over mature dankness.
The yield was of over 35 grams per plant, a complete of precisely 318 grams plus 6 grams of dry hash, extracted dry with an electrical tumbler coupled with a 95μ mesh. I used to be completely proud of the ultimate outcomes of above 0,Eight grams per watt, particularly as a result of brief time-frame of precisely two months from germination to reap.The crunchy flowers dried for 12 days and cured for three weeks. At this level the organoleptic qualities had been exhibiting all their splendour and the results, at their finest.
A nicely-balanced feeling, between leisure and psychological consciousness that hits you sturdy, with its THC contents of between 18% and 23%. Sweet Gelato Auto® is superb for motivation and creativity, but additionally sufficient to show tedious duties into extremely-entertaining occasions. And, in any case this, the munchies maintain the scenario, main you to beat the warmth with the gelato of your alternative.
Written and Published By Tommy L.Gomez In Weed World Magazine Issue 142