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Here's a before n after of what 2 or 3 days under a HID for the first time did to the herd! Yeehaw!
On 4-6 ml/ L pure blend pro grow plus 2 ml/L gh micro and my ghmicro/mineral supplement/ sns thyme oil spray. The SNS has surfactants and helps with fert contact, plus it's a natural pest/mold deterrent.
 

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Crazy transformation, huh?!
Let's see how they liked their little pinches! Good side growth right on down to the low nodes! That means I can take some good clones off the upper branches and still have some nice shrubs to work with!
Also checking in on the LST example, the top outgrew the weights ability to hold it down (keep your head up! Hey, keep your head up!) And the sides still bulked out nice. In my experience, I'm gonna bet on that one being a male. After all these years and strains and plants... when I grow from seed, the one plant that shoots for the moon and goes all space needle on me eventually turns into a banana tree. Let's check back... I tagged him as #1 by height / vigor at 4wks. Bet against me, I dare you ; p
 

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Hope youre wrong, but, Its been my experience too. When i have one leggy plant that outruns the others 9 times out of 10 it was male.
 

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Here are some cuts. I took them friday, they lived in wet Ziploc bags for an hour n a half, and I hate rockwool but it was all I had. 2ml/50ml dip n grow for 5 min. Cubes presoaked down to 5ish then squeezed dry. Leaf tips trimmed. Sharpie nametags on fans. Mist with sns244. Clear tote box. Half strength t5, a foot away. Aired out 15 minutes daily, then re listed as soon as they start to droop. Kept pretty dry with just enough juice to not croak.
I'm taking my own cuts the way i like to do it this week and will bring y'all along for the ride!
They are Soma #10 aka Lavender (the Honey Badger cut) and The Church/Frankie's. Keeping it old school right?!
 

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The first class are drinking 2L a day between the dozen or so of them and they are big enough to propagate. Ive got them on 6ml/l power flower to slightly deplete N and jack up P&K prior to cutting. I want them to be ready to put down strong roots, not grow new soft tissue, which is very vulnerable during cloning. Once they are rooted and hardened off, they can have normal levels of nitrogen again!
 

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My rapid rooters showed up today and I had big plans to clone, but dang painting took it all out of me; so... behold! The inside of an avocado or something? But that's it, nothing left to paint but baseboards, flooring is in at the lumber yard tomorrow, I'm gonna finish this bowl of Cheese to go with my wine, and zzz right on out.
 

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Thanks!!!! Miles and miles of woodwork here, built 1890ish and definitely a constant battle to keep it all in good shape. It was converted to a two family postwar, and I actually rented out the second apartment to help with the mortgage for the first 12 years I lived here, but I'm converting in slowly back and enjoying some long overdue peace and quiet :)
My bestie is moving in next month to crash while she squirrels away a down payment on her own first house in spring, so this room is for her. The green is gonna be a huge design commitment! Luckily, houseplants go with green!!
 

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Clones have struck. In 10/18 confirmed rooted 10/23. No wilting or rot. Dog photobombed. Hi, Yogurt!

Three way grape from Mr. U is looking fat and Indica heavy. I like this for indoors!

Sweet Cindy is wilty and sad and REALLY needs to have cuts taken, or new pots. They're sucking themselves dry in less than a day and I will be addressing them tomorrow when they are perked back up. For now, I drenched them and moved them a few inches back from the light.

Also, ... heyyyyy lady! :)
 

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Clones have struck. In 10/18 confirmed rooted 10/23. No wilting or rot. Dog photobombed. Hi, Yogurt!

Three way grape from Mr. U is looking fat and Indica heavy. I like this for indoors!

Sweet Cindy is wilty and sad and REALLY needs to have cuts taken, or new pots. They're sucking themselves dry in less than a day and I will be addressing them tomorrow when they are perked back up. For now, I drenched them and moved them a few inches back from the light.

Also, ... heyyyyy lady! :)
Look good! Growing is such a never-ending puzzle. I love it... I just started a couple of months ago. I decided to name my plants in alphabetic order (mostly so I could remember who came when easier), and my C is Cindy as well. She's a Cheese auto. I had a little leaf taco'ing issue with these three seedlings a few days ago, but they are looking better after raising the light up a few inches these last few days. Good luck!
 

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Hi Buffalo, welcome!
Cindy is the Bushy Old Grower Sweet Cindy which is a cross of Cinderella99, Sweet Tooth#3, and Bogglegum. It's the strain name. I just number my plants and code them so this group from the same seed pack is SC1-SC11, the next round which is Umbras triple grape will be UTG1-UTG9, etc. : )
 

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Just curious-looks like your light is not directly over your plants and is at an angle. Is that due to ceiling height, for decreasing intensity, to more closely mimic the suns angle of incidence, to mess with oldfogeys mind or another reason?
 

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Purely to mess with ya, Fogey!
It's my workaround for a combination of sloping ceilings andthe fact my small lights are stacked on a rack, with a whole tray space on top but between the ceiling slope and lack of available studs to drill into... it's just easier and doesn't seem to bother them at all! In fact I think they rather enjoy it lol. usually the light hangs straight down over a tray of mothers but I've got no moms yet so I just lined them up tall in back and short in front and it's helpful that they also get some side light while I'm trying to encourage side shoots.
After they all get haircuts tonight I've gotta do some rearranging because I'm running low on low- light space for clone boxes. I think I may order another t5 fixture or dig up one of my single tube T5 sunblaze strips for the cuttings.
 

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Finally did my cloning last night and hoo boy was it time! The seed mothers exploded this past week.

Here's the plan of action:

Take a minimum of 2 cuttings from each coded and numbered seed mother.

Root 1 week, then pot into 4x4s and veg 2 weeks.

Keep seed mother in veg, continuing to take cuts as they become available, but we shall ignore them for the purposes of this post

Put 1 or more rooted cuts of each numbered plant into flower in a 6" pot to start

Retain 1 rooted cut of each numbered plant in veg, pinching into a little bush in case it is The Chosen One

Inspect flowering cuts and remove males.

Choose one male based on strongest smell and best plant form/vigor ( I like my boys short, fat, n stinky- only the green ones though).

Cull all other male cuts and seed mothers, saving only the mother (well, father in this case... Fahhhh Jahhhhh!) associated with the chosen one. Put aside for later.

Fast forward a couple months.

Taste test all the product, and compare tasting and yield weight notes to the grow log notes on each individual.

Choose the permanent mother (or mothers, if there are multiple worthy and distinctive phenotypes, which I expect in this particular pack of seeds).

Flower out all other female clones.

Trade all other old mothers to an outdoor grower for venison/ wild mushrooms/ whatever they find in the woods. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my buddy makes deer chorizo this year...

Eventually, throw the scruffy seed mothers that are the keepers into a quarantine flower room with the Good Boy and put on some Sade to set the mood for making an F1 seed backup

Continue on with the good pheno (s), regenerating fresh mothers as needed

Whew ok time to catch a breath lol. But that's my schedule for these guys.
 

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Cloning is easy!

I'm using simple stuff. RapidRooters, plastic tote boxes (translucent), and old school liquids.

The hormone is Dip-n-Grow 4mL/50mL

The leaf mist is 4mL EACH Wilt-Pruf, SNS244C, and Power Flower in a 500mL sprayer. This is a combination anti-transpirant, mild fungicide, and very mild fertilizer. Don't give them grow ferts; they don't root well in the presence of foliar nitrogen. Super SUPER dilute PK13/14 is another option.

Sanitize the clone box with something like Lysol or bleach, rinse, and let dry.
 

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