First-Time Growing White Widow Plants in North Dakota:
- Swiss and White Widow
- Vegetation Phase
- Flowering Phase
- What Matters Most
First time for anything can really send jitters up anyone’s spine. Growers often scare themselves with making mistakes during their first run. Of course, the lives of the plants depend on the competency of their cultivator.
Hence, an online grow journal to track the growth of the White Widow was started.
Rightly so, other growers can share their experiences and advice on how to make everything better. The only question: “Will Swiss and the White Widow live up to the expectations?”
Swiss and White Widow
A cross between Brazilian Sativa landrace and a resin-heavy South Indian indica, White Widow, has been in circulation since the 1990s. Warning the smokers of their potent effects, it boasts of white crystal resins. A quick hit stimulates conversation and creativity.
Location: North Dakota
Seeds: White Widow
- 32” x 32” x 63” grow room
- Small plastic container
- Biodegradable pods
- Heating pad
- 3-feet black bright/cool light white integrated LED light
- 150-watts HPS light
- Charcoal inline filter fan
- Earth’s Finest Organic Soil
- Fox Farm Ocean Forest Soil
- Diatomaceous earth
- Yellow sticky paper
- Fox Farms Nutrients
Excited to commence cultivating White Widow plants, Swiss went ahead and skipped germination. Instead of soaking the seeds in water, Earth’s Finest Organic Soil is the one soaked before getting dropped in a biodegradable pod.
These pods are supposed to disintegrate as the roots of the plant grow. The seeds in pods then rested in a container that sits indirectly on top of a heating pad. To top it all off, a 3-feet black bright/cool light white LED shines over.
A few days later, some seedlings successfully popped instantly. In the following days, the sprouts proliferated which alarmed other growers. The little ones are not growing up too fast because Swiss did all the right things; instead it is because of something mistakenly done. The light is too high, and they are trying to reach out. After realizing this, a couple of bricks now elevate the plants a little.
Events snowballed afterward. Another thing that happened is the production of too much moisture in the container of the seedlings. Because of too much condensation on the lid, the light cannot penetrate through to the White Widow. The grower decided to open the cover and let the plants dry first.
Next thing that worries Swiss are the tiny gnats that seem to appear from nowhere. However, organic soils are homes to these types of insects. Other growers assured him that this is not something needs special attention for now.
Sticking to the safe side, Swiss bought some things that could defeat or prevent further insect infestations like diatomaceous earth, Mosquito Bits, and even a new soil. Along with it are a pH tester and adjusters.
Unsure of the sprouts’ actual age, Swiss thinks they are at least two weeks old. Now, the leaves of the plants are turning extremely yellow. This picture illustrates the White Widow’s situation yesterday as the grower got home from work. It is evident that they need water, so he watered them taking the picture, but it did not bring much difference.
Two days ago, Swiss transferred both White Widow plants in bigger pots. However, the seedlings stayed in the organic soil for too long that transplanting them into Fox Farm Ocean Forest Soil caused some kind of shock. What started out as yellow leaves turned gray and is slowly dying. The pH meters are yet to arrive so it is quite impossible to test the levels as of now.
The White Widow recovery from shock was slow. Swiss observed new growths with better color. Diatomaceous earth sprinkled on top of the soil with some yellow sticky paper would keep the bugs out.
Testing the pH still confuses Swiss, though. The pH meter that he bought is not digital. An estimate based on the new pH meter, it is currently at 8.0 which is too hot for the plants.
Additional stress might cause more trouble, so the grower decided to leave everything as is since the soil is still damp.
Fox Darm Ocean Forest Soil certainly improved the situation of the White Widow. They look incomparable to the plants that they were two weeks ago:
Preparing to launch these ladies into flowering by tomorrow and this is the situation at the moment:
- Grow room: 32” x 32” x 63”
- Fan: Charcoal filter inline fan
- Lights: 150-watts HPS lights
Swiss also plans to take a vacation soon and wants to rush the flowering faster than the recommended 90 days.
Officially, the White Widow are flowering for five days already. The gender though could not be determined because no white pistils of ball sacs have appeared.
Finally, white pistils showed themselves two days ago. Swiss can put his mind at ease and rest knowing that the White Widow plants are all girls.
A few days from now, these ladies would mark their 4th week into flowering. However, Swiss needs to be away for two weeks or so. A friend would take care of the plants for the grower, and all he can do is hope for the best.
However, good things await this grower as buds are starting to form on the cola tops.
Here is how much a day affects the lives of marijuana plants:
About two weeks away from harvest and it still confuses Swiss on how to execute chopping the ladies down correctly. Nonetheless, today is the last day of feeding them Tiger Bloom nutrients. Then, he would give them six more days with plain water. Once that is over, it would be the last time for a heavy flush before giving them the rest of the days to recover.
One day after watering the plants again, Swiss found the best White Widow dry as a bone. The dryness left the grower puzzled as he watered them only a day before. It’s just a few days before harvest and might not make it back in time.
Harvest is finally over. However, right after trimming, he had to leave. That leads to some problems because Swiss has some doubts about entrusting a friend with the plants. The quality of the buds seems different from how things were before the grower left seem to have decreased.
What Matters Most
Conquering first-time jitters, Swiss successfully harvested some White Widow buds. No matter how sweet and potent the smoke is, it was not an easy road. There were a lot of things that the amateur grower learned with his first grow:
- Always check the pH level. pH tells the acidity stages of the soil and the nutrients. In turn, this help analyzes the effects of the uptakes are.
- Types of soil used to affect the plants. As it always is, different strains react to different environments. Same goes to the dirt they settle in. Growers need to know how well received these types are to their soils.
- Know who to trust when you are away. Not because someone grows marijuana plants means they are trustworthy enough to leave your plants with. Different growers care for their plants according to their own preferences, not other people’s choices.
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