Emagdnim367’s First Grow with Feminized White Widows:
- Emagdnim367’s First Grow
- Playing No Mind Games
Grow journals are great for not only chronicling but also sharing experiences. It serves as an avenue for one to share secrets, mistakes, solutions and over-all knowledge of nurturing marijuana plants.
For first-timers like Emagdnim36, preparation begins by reading up on growing. However, no matter how one tries to crunch information in a period of time, there are unforeseen events. Fortunately, ILGM already has submissions from other people. Not only that, with so many growers registered, questions posted never go unanswered.
Emagdnim367’s First Grow
Emagdnim367 could not have chosen a better strain than White Widow. Not only does it have a quick flowering time, but it is also a beginner-friendly strain.
Since early 90s, White Widow has circulated in Dutch coffee shops. It has maintained its popularity through the years with the potent, exceptional effects. Apart from, a euphoric and energizing buzz, it provokes creative and sometimes profound thoughts.
Strain: Feminized White Widow
After setting up a 32” x 32” x 60” tent, Emagdnim367 prepared the pots for the White Widow seedlings. Two 5-gallon smart pots were filled with Fox Farms Ocean Forest. Then, he covered the soil with a mix of perlite and peat moss. “Big pots for small plants mean no transplant and less stress for the little ones,” as this novice grower says.
For light source, he prepared a Platinum LED P300. And no, the plant on the side is not another strain. That’s basil that he decided to add because he was bored waiting for his leaves. This caused a discussion between growers in the ILGM community.
Some agreed with him like FloridaSon who said, “I’ve actually heard basil may be a good companion plant for our girls.” Others, believed otherwise. Kabongster said, “I’ve actually heard basil may be a good companion plant for our girls.”
Both of his White Widows are up and about. One has a straight stem, the other one is a little bent, but they still got a long way to go and would surely straighten out.
Currently, here is the status of his grow tent:
- pH: 6.3-6.8
- Humidity: 40-45%
- Temperature: 75°
It’s the sixth day since they popped out of their soil. So far, both of Emagndim367’s White Widow ladies are starting grow leaves.
This is amazing for a first-time grower like him. No nutrients yet, he just gives them distilled water pH’d at 6.5.
Four days do wonders for little White Widows like Emagndim367’s. The leaves are exploding with growth, they even have two decks of leaves already.
However, there is a slight discoloration on some of the leaves. He gave them Cal-Mag (Calcium-Magnesium) to hopefully resolve the issue.
So, one plant is not doing well as her sister is. Not only did her discoloration continued, it worsened. It extended to their tips of their leaves, Emagdnim367 is suspicious of it being a case of nutrient burn.
Remember his potting soil, perlite, and peat moss mix? His original intention was to let the seedlings grow into the 4-inch perlite-peat moss mix first. Then, slowly grow into Fox Farm Ocean Forest soil. However, it looks like this plant reached the soil too early.
He is not 100% sure on this, so he is still open to other possibilities. Other growers are starting to pitch in. They are suggesting calcium deficiencies and even root damage that might slow down growth.
Yes, Emagdinm367’s unhealthy one is still thriving to live. The discoloration has not gotten worse. As a matter of fact, new sets of leaves are still budding. Four nodes for a problem plant is not bad at all. One more node and he is going to give her a topping.
He already topped the healthier plant this morning since she is already at her 5th node.
Emagdinm367 is one resourceful grower. Instead of building a new framework for his screen of green (scrog), he used the poles of his tent for support. The holes are a little bit big for the plants. Holes this big would not be helpful to the plants. It would not help them train for the bud sites to rise.
After doing more research, he finally has an answer to his problems. His weakly plant had one or two brownish-yellow spots that confirmed his suspicion of calcium deficiency. As a remedy, he added fed the plants some Cal-Mag.
Although one mistake that he did was he kept the soil of his water wet for days. “Can you increase fan speed?” His co-grower, Jeffro, has a great advice for him. “Remember marijuana likes a fairly dry soil.”
Emagdinm367 plans to follow through and even add a few clip fans for his grow.
With the bigger and healthier plant growing a nice and thick stalk, he knew he had to start with some low stress training (LST). He tied her down so that she can grow more bud sites with the help of the light.
On the other hand, his smaller plant is still happy and alive. She is not as big as the other one, but her leaves are at the perfect shade of green.
He finally gave the girls a breather. This is the first time in a week that he watered them. With distilled water pH’d to 6.5 and a bit of cal-mag, he made sure that he watered until he got a run off. Both plants ended up with pH 5.8 while their ppm is soaring at 2000.
Although he is not worried about it. Fox farms Ocean Forest Soil is packed with nutrients and he is assuming that it is the cause of the high ppm value.
The ladies are loving their new watering schedule and are perking up already.
With the huge fan leaves getting in the way, Emagdnim367needed to give her some more LST. So, he bent and tied down more branches to let the lower portion of the plant receive more light.
His ladies are doing great and are slowly working their way to pass through the net. That is why he needed to make some changes in the tent.
- He needed to get rid of his pH meter. He found out that it has been way off and has been providing false measurements. As of now, he will be relying on a pH color chart to guess the pH level of the soil (6.5). This pH level seems to be the ideal level for the little plant, the one with deficiency issues. Not even a day later, there is a significant difference to how it was the day before.
- A faint smell from the marijuana was starting cover his apartment. Thus, a carbon filter is in order. He installed a big one that is enough for a big grow house. Well, at least he already has one in case he wants to expand his growing space.
- He added some pipe cleaners to his scrog net to make the holes smaller.
Now that his pH meter is properly calibrated, he plans to flush the plants until he gets a run off with a normal pH level. Then, he thought that would be the perfect time to give the White Widows their first dose of Fox Farms nutrients at half strength.
It’s tough work correcting the pH levels of soil. He had to use distilled water pH’d at 7.3 to raise the pH level of his soil to 6.0. Plus, he had to use three gallons per plant to get them to run off, that is before he ran out of distilled water.
Although, a nugget of good news is that Emagndim367 was finally able to feed them. He mixed 3 teaspoons of Big Bloom, 1 teaspoon of Grow Big and 1 teaspoon of Cal-Mag in a gallon of distilled water.
All seems to be working out but he still wonders, “How can i bring that ph up on my next watering? Im using FF ocean forest soil. Or is my run off of 6.0 ok for this soil?”
To which Rjw71, a fellow grower, answered “If you are using promix Ron Bergman says 6.0 through the entire grow is ideal.” So, he is good to go.
About a month and 10 days in vegetation and the girls are doing great. One White Widow is significantly bigger than the other. Amusingly, he is happy to let everyone know that is the plant who was lagging a while ago. He’s weighing on the idea that it must be because the other White Widow received LST and is a bit bushier.
Emagdnim367 never decided to give her any LST. A while back, she is a bit behind with her growth, he decided that his best option would be to let her be. As a result, she is now booming with growth and as FloridaSon comments “Would make for a good spread”.
Coming back from a camping trip, he found his girls thirsty and droopy. This worried grower had to do midnight errands for his ladies to try and save them. He hurriedly gave them water pH’d to 6.8 until runoff, and then fed the little ladies with an increased dose of nutrients.
Two days after his emergency feeding, the girls look better. Although there are some rough patches on the leaves, but it can be due to the increase of nutrients last time.
And like they were before, one White Widow’s stalk is bent and the other one is straight. But this time, it’s because of the LST he gave his girls.
Five days since their last feeding, it’s time for another one.
Today, the girls are getting 4 teaspoons of Big Bloom, 2 teaspoons of Grow Big, 1 teaspoons of Cal-Mag per gallon of water. So far, the ladies are gulping 1.5 gallon each.
Here’s what they look like with the main light on:
They also have side lights:
Less than a week later, the girls have completely taken over his 32” x 32” inch scrog net.
The girls seem to be loving their feeding. With their fan leaves expanding, more bud sites are appearing.
He knows they need more nutrients now that they ate getting bigger. He fed them 6 teaspoons of Big Bloom, 3 teaspoons of Grow Big, and 1 teaspoon of Cal-Mag per gallon of distilled water. Emagndim367 acquired the habit of feeding and watering until run-off but have to use at least one and a half gallon per plant.
White Widows’ leaves on the upper canopy are doing fantastic, while the ones on the lower branches are not doing so hot. They keep shriveling up and eventually die.
As a newbie, it’s hard for Emagdnim367 to figure out the reason why. Bobbyb, a first-time grower too, tried to help him. “I’m thinking it’s the LED light not penetrating to the bottom or just Mother Nature doing her thing.” And, that is probably the right reason why the lower leaves are dying.
Still eager to fix the “problem” that his lower branches are having. He did not follow Bobbyb’s advice. Instead, he decided to flush with Fox Farms Sledgehammer and finish with Fox Farms Boomerang. He hopes these two will somehow reverse or put a stop to what is happening to his ladies.
He used four gallons of water mixed with 8 teaspoons of Fox Farms Sledgehammer. For flushing, the ladies got a gallon mixed with 3 teaspoons of Fox Farms Boomerang each.
For this week, the ladies are going to get more doses of Fox Farms Boomerang for their lower leaves. Afterwards, they are going back to their regular feeding cycle.
Finally, it is the end of the seventh week of vegetation. That also means it’s time for the big switch. Emagdnim367 put the girls into a 12-hours on and 12-hours off light schedule. Soon, his White Widows would be flowering some buds for him to harvest.
11 days since the switch and the girls are starting to bloom. Bud sites are starting to take over the Emagdnim367’s feminized White Widows.
He is enjoying how his girls are thriving. Not much can be said about them for now, except there are buds slowly growing.
Look at the difference a week can make to marijuana buds:
Almost a month since the last update, and Emagdnim367 decided to confess. He had some issues and wanted to stabilize everything first before sharing it to everyone.
He had packed his soil too tightly that’s why it takes a lot of water to get to run off. It also takes the nutrients a long time to travel down. That may be the reason why his White Widows got deficiencies.
Thankfully, the ILGM community has been helpful. He read in one of the grow journals that soils do need to be aerated, not tightly packed. Emagdnim367 is an adventurous grower, he decided to do one method not usually chosen. He put some worms in the soil to let some air pass through.
Amazingly, it worked. The buds of his plants are full of crystal trichomes, the leaves still have some marks from their deficiencies, and they all smell terrific.
Playing No Mind Games
Sadly, we did not see the end of Emagdnim367’s harvest. Still, the experiences that he shared for his grow journey are enough to say that this is a successful one. Keep in mind that this is his first time ever growing marijuana plants. However, he was well-prepared to know the basic ins and outs of cultivation. Enough for him to reach and share his story right before harvest.
From there, there are three valuable lessons that Emagdnim367 shared with his readers:
- Research. There are a lot of resources available on the internet to know about his chosen strain. ILGM is a good starting point. It has a lot of information regarding White Widows, members of the community also have some growing experiences to learn from.
- Explore. Yes, this is his first grow. But that did not stop him from doing unconventional methods of growing, even troubleshooting. He tried a lot of methods that are not usually done by growers, and he did have a successful harvest.
- Interact. Do not be afraid to ask questions. ILGM growers are very eager when it comes to answering questions. Answer some queries if possible.
The first time does not always mean a failure. Sometimes, it can also mean hard work and success.
What are your first-timer mistakes? How did you overcome them?
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