Gmo grows Top Dawg Fam95

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Aero tent day 19. Still fighting to keep res temp where I want it to be, but I'm gaining ground. I'm changing the ice bottles out 2-3 times a day. I figure I can deal with it for another month while the outside temps are at their peaks. Things are taking off and looking good.

pH 5.6, temp 74f, res temp 68f, rh 55%

Soil tent day 24. Sexing right at the same time as the last go around. Started some light LST and may top in the next few days. I did add CaliMagic to the last watering at a rate of 2mL/G, otherwise it's straight water @ pH 6.5 for another week and then I'll start a light feeding regimine.

Temp 75f, rh 65%
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whats the deal with the PH meters? is one acting up?

whoops, I see one is EC, nevermind and carry on!

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Day 26 aero tent. No sex on any of the plants just yet, maybe by next week? I did move to feeding at the higher end of the medium strength feed rate. 4 of the 5 have responded well to that, 1 showed slightly burned tips but new growth looks fantastic. It was probably just a little bit of shock associated with the higher PPMs.
pH 5.7, temp 71f, RH 55%, res temp 67f

Day 31 soil tent. Topped one plant twice a few days ago, and the other plant once. They're both starting to flower now. Today was their first light strength feeding (GH 6 part week 1 flower schedule). Growing exactly how I'd imagine based on the last run with them. I did find a single leaf hopper that had caused minor damage on 2 single blades of 2 separate fan leafs. Both fan leafs were removed, and the leafhopper was evicted. I didn't see any eggs or any other pests during my check.
pH in 6.6 (out 6.5), RH 60%, temp 74f

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Day 32 Aero tent. The 2 feminized Chems have sexed as of a few days ago. Though, going back I can't seem to find where I saw the preflowers. The 3 Fam95s have yet to show sex. I'll be taking cuttings of everything in the next week so that I make sure to have a mother plant if I find something I really like.
Temp 70f, RH 60%, res temp 65.5f, pH 5.7, PPM 1.68k

Day 37 soil tent. These girls have been fed once. I'll probably hold off on feeding for at least another couple of days. The one closest is a little sensitive. I did a heavy watering hoping to flush because I was noticing a bit of tip burning. This was done before the first feed. I think it's just a touchy pheno because the other one seems to be trucking along just fine.
Temp 74f, RH 64% (I changed the humidifier to 40% today. It's time to start lowering the RH at this point.) Will get a watering with CaliMagic only in the next 24hrs @ pH 6.5
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To sexy to not share. Day 35 aero tent. Still patiently waiting for the 4 Fam95s to show sex. Growth is exploding at this point. Can't wait to flower these out!

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Looking nice as always.
 
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Day 36 aero tent. Took 2 cuttings from 5 of the 6 plants and 1 cutting of the 6th (The 6th is the smallest of the bunch and kinda struggling inside the canopy. It didn't have many ideal places to take a cut.). The cuttings were dipped in Clonex and placed in rapid rooters in a humidity dome. pH 6.5 water used as a foliar spray and a little added to the bottom of the tray. The goal is to have at least 1 of each for possible mother plants, and I'm also hoping that they'll reveal sex sooner than their donor so that I can start weeding out the males.

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Day 40 Aero tent. Day 1 of flower. I switched to 12/12 and they are just finishing their first night cycle. Drained and refilled the tote with GH 6 part nutrients at week 1 flower nutrient schedule at light feed rate ~1000ppm. I believe I see sex on 5/6 and they all look female to me. I'll know more shortly and will pull any males as soon as I'm sure.
I am battling what I believe to be calcium deficiency in the Fam95s. My pH fluctuates downward from 6.0-5.4 over a 72hr period. I had to go back and look at uptake charts and I believe that the solution isn't staying above 5.8 long enough, and calcium isn't being taken in. My solution is to watch pH closer and try and keep pH between 5.8-6.1 for longer amounts of time. I'll allow solution to drift lower, but not for longer than a 48hr period. New growth is good, and very rapid. The girls have all but filled up the 4'x4' footprint. These should get BIG over the next couple of weeks.
Temp 70f, pH 6.06, res temp 66.5f, RH 59%

Soil tent day 45. I think the stretch is complete. They're starting to enter a period of stacking on new flowers. This has been a very predictable grow, they're almost identical in size and structure to the last cycle that I ran these. One of them is starting to show trichomes, and it's showing them much earlier than the 2 I previously ran. Hopefully that's a good sign. I've fed twice since the last post a week ago. Runoff was tested and pH was 6.5 and ppm was 2.1k. I start to have issues when runoff ppm is over 3k PPMs, so I'm doing well there. They're due for a watering today and will likely get a heavy watering with CaliMagic only and then fed later in the week
Temp 75f, RH 50%

Dried and cured buds that went in to jars on 7/17/21 from last run in the aeroponics tent. They are Zkittlez and Gelato.

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Day 44 aero tent. Day 5 of flower cycle. Still waiting on 2 to sex, but I believe I see female preflowers forming. Looking green!

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Day 48 aero tent. Day 9 flower. Still not 100% sure on sex. I may have 1 male, 4 for sure females, and 1 that I'm still not seeing any sure signs. The suspect male is the runt of the pack and will be pulled as soon as I'm certain.
I changed the reservoir out this morning with week 2 nutrient solution. They're in their bushing stage now, and I suspect they'll shoot up vertically over the next 10-14 days.
Temp 70f, res temp 67f, RH 55% (dehumidifier soon), pH 6.0

Day 53 soil tent. Flowers are starting to stack and trichomes are forming. They're looking pretty happy. Received water and CaliMagic 'flush' yesterday, and will resume feeding when they're ready.
Temp 77f, RH 49%, In/Out pH @ 6.5
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Day 52 aero tent. Day 13 flowering. Culled 1 male Fam95. Everything else has sexed as female. That leaves we with 2 Chemdawgs (fem seed stock), and 3 Top Dawg Fam95s. The fun is just beginning!
pH 5.9, Temp 70f, RH 50%, res temp 64f
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Day 52 aero tent. Day 13 flowering. Culled 1 male Fam95. Everything else has sexed as female. That leaves we with 2 Chemdawgs (fem seed stock), and 3 Top Dawg Fam95s. The fun is just beginning!
pH 5.9, Temp 70f, RH 50%, res temp 64f
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Another great start gmo. Say, what kind of hydro/areo device is that? Appears all plants or maybe one plant are in the sole device? It looks like one large device and all those plants are in single device.

I believe you said before this was in a 3x3? If so kudos on extreme (and perfect) space utilization. Outstanding.

Thanks and grow on.

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@Bubba thanks for the kind words.

This is actually a 4'x4' tent with 5 plants. My last grow was a 3x3, but I decided to upsize for this go around.

It is a single 18g tote, currently housing 5 plants. The plans I followed called it a low pressure aeroponics tote, but I believe a better descriptor would be hybrid aeroponics/bubbleponics/dwc tote. The attached picture shows the inside of the tote, and the link is plans to build one of your own.

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@Bubba thanks for the kind words.

This is actually a 4'x4' tent with 5 plants. My last grow was a 3x3, but I decided to upsize for this go around.

It is a single 18g tote, currently housing 5 plants. The plans I followed called it a low pressure aeroponics tote, but I believe a better descriptor would be hybrid aeroponics/bubbleponics/dwc tote. The attached picture shows the inside of the tote, and the link is plans to build one of your own.

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Thanks. I was looking at totes at Sam's Club. They had up to 40 gallon, iirc for 40 bucks. That's too big for me, but they had several smaller sizes.

Been wanting to try hydro again, either this, or some kind of hempy deal with coco. This is closer to what I did before, which was shallow water culture with bubblers.

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Thanks. I was looking at totes at Sam's Club. They had up to 40 gallon, iirc for 40 bucks. That's too big for me, but they had several smaller sizes.

Been wanting to try hydro again, either this, or some kind of hempy deal with coco. This is closer to what I did before, which was shallow water culture with bubblers.

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I liked the way Coco/perlite grows but watering everyday got to be too much for me mixing and all. Switched back to soil
 

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@Bubba the last time I was at Costco they did not have a tote that would work for this project for me. I ended up building a new one from a 27G tote I got at Home Depot. I was going to move current grow in to it, but I'm too far along do I decided to just use it for future grows instead.
If you decide to build one out, and you have questions, let me know. There's a couple tips that I may be able to share after using this setup for a while now.
Overall, I really like this route as opposed to soil. The plants grow much quicker, there's no guessing if the media is dry enough to water, it's easy to check pH. Downsides are keeping reservoir temp at the correct levels, removing male plants.
 
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