As it turns out, I really, really don’t know what I’m doing. Let this be a
record of what not to do.
A day or two after the previous post was completed, the CBD Crack seedling
took a fatal fall. I decided to cut my losses and focus on documenting and
caring for a single plant. The young Double Grape seedling was transferred
to a full, unmodified solo cup and started to develop its fan leaves
The Double Grape was placed in a 1:1 ratio of Fox Farms Happy Frog potting
soil and perlite. The lights were set on for 20 hours and off for 4 hours
under my 300w Viparspectra LED light. As you can see, there was already
evidence of a significant nutrient deficiency.
Because this is an autoflowering strain, I assumed that the vegetative
phase would entail extremely rapid growth. Imagine my disappointment when,
after a couple of weeks, the plant grew only minimally, started to brown
even more, and started to flower.
At this point I spent some time troubleshooting. My first thought was that
we were dealing with a nutrient deficiency. I added a small dose of Fox
Farms Bloom fertilizer solution, which seemed to help, but did not fix the
It was at this time that I realized my fatal error. I double-checked the Ph
of my water source, and I measured a Ph of 8.5! I was under the impression
that I was using a water source that I had already Ph’d to 6.5, but that
obviously wasn’t the case. The basic Ph locked the roots out from attaining
any nutrients, which caused very stunted growth and a disappointed
By the time I had properly diagnosed the issue, the plant was well into its
flowering stages. I was discouraged and had little use for a plant that
would produce a gram or two of flower. On top of that, my wife and I were
in the process of moving, which really wrecks daily routines.
For the past couple of weeks, I’ve merely kept the plant alive and have
used minimal nutrients. It’s uh... well, it’s still alive.
It’s easy to tell that this would have been a beautiful plant had I not
flubbed a basic part of the process. I am going to try another round with
the same strain as soon as I return from vacation. Before that happens, I
need to do a little more research on autoflowering strains and nutrient
cycles that might be specific to these strains. More importantly, I need to
stay on top of the basics!
Let’s hope the next round brings more success.