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First Timer CFL Bubbleponics Grow - 5oz in 3 months


by Mrpapaya Mann

Quick Grow Snapshot

4 plants in a 2'x2' grow area, Max height 17"

The colas of the four Papaya cannabis plants are fattening up every day

  • Strain: Papaya by Nirvana (started with 4 feminized seeds)
  • Grow Medium: Top-fed DWC hydroponic system, also known as “Bubbleponics”
  • Nutrients or Additives: General Hydroponics Flora Trio + Botanicare Aquashield

Followed this bubbleponics growing tutorial:
http://growweedeasy.com/high-yield-bubbleponics-technique

  • Grow Lights: CFLs
    Vegetative: 4x42W and 4x23W (a 50/50 mix of 6500k & 2700k colored bulbs)
    Flowering: 4x42W and 4x23W (all bulbs were 2700k colored)

Note: 6500k or "Daylight" colored CFL bulbs are good for the vegetative stage of growth, and mimics the color given off by the sun in spring/early summer. Using 6500k colored CFLs in vegetative will help encourage cannabis plants to grow short and bushy. 2700k or "Soft White" colored CFL bulbs are perfect for the flowering stage of cannabis growth; the red/yellow tones of 2700k bulbs mimic the color given off by the sun in the late summer and fall and promote bud formation in cannabis plants. You can find either type of bulbs at most grocery or home improvements stores, as well as online.

Learn more about growing cannabis with CFLs

The cannabis plants from this grow journal were grown under this CFL light setup
CFL grow light array for the hydrponic cannabis grow

September 30, 2013: Seedlings sprouted and already placed in system
November 19, 2013: Flowering begins
January 7, 2014: Harvest!

Vegetative Stage: 50 days (1 months, 20 days)
Flowering Stage: 50 days (1 months, 20 days)

Total Time - Seedling to Harvest:
100 days (3 months, 9 days)

Final Yield
5 oz of premium BUD

(plus a lot of potent popcorn and trim for edibles)

Smell is sweet and citrusy.
Great smooth smoke and a tasty Vape.

Papaya cannabis buds hanging to dry - need to wait a few days for the dry weight
 

View full grow journal below!

 

Vegetative Stage

Started with 4 feminized seeds of "Payapa" cannabis strain by Nirvana.

September 30, 2013 - here are the 4 Papaya seedlings

4 x Papaya cannabis seedlings in a top-fed DWC (bubbleponics) system

October 10, 2013 - here they are just a few days later

November 9, 2013 - out of control

The 4 cannabis plants have grown a bit out of control over the last month

 

Flowering Stage

November 19, 2013 - flowering begins

Cannabis flowering stage begins

November 24, 2013 - first white pistils appear

White pistils appear - the first major sign of the cannabis flowering stage

November 25, 2013 - first defoliation

After first cannabis defoliation

The defoliating tool

The defoliating tool (my thumb)

November 29, 2013 - buds forming

Cannabis buds forming

December 4, 2013 - getting sticky

Papaya cannabis buds are getting sticky

December 9, 2013 - Soon

Cannabis buds are fattening, soon it will be time to start thinking about harvest

December 14, 2013 - getting icky

Papaya cannabis buds are getting icky

Just a few more weeks

Just a few more weeks until harvest for this Papaya plant!

December 21, 2013 - Close-up of lovely trichomes

Close-up of the lovely trichomes - the trichomes of a cannabis plant give you information about when the plant is ready to harvest

Another view of the trichomes

By looking at the trichomes (resin glands - the sparkles that grow all over buds) under a magnifier, a grower can tell when a cannabis plant is ready to harvest. There are still lots of clear "heads" on these trichomes, which means that this plant has a little while to go before she's ready for harvest. Learn more here: http://growweedeasy.com/harvest

December 25, 2013 - The colas area really starting to fatten up

The colas of the four Papaya cannabis plants are fattening up every day

January 5, 2013 - 4 plants in a 2'x2'  grow area, Max height 17"

4 plants in a 2'x2'  grow area - Max height 17"

And some bud shots

A frosty close-up of one of the Papaya budsAnother close-up of one of the Papaya buds

A trichome-filled close-up a Papaya cannabis bud, just a few days from harvestA bunch of trichomes on one of the Papaya buds

January 6, 2013 - Trichomes check-in

These milky white trichomes indicate that the harvest window is open

Notice that almost all the trichomes are milky white, with basically no clear "heads" left. That means the harvest window is open! Learn more about trichomes and harvest time here: http://growweedeasy.com/harvest

January 7, 2013 - Harvest! I did it ;)

Harvest day! Buds are drying in my closet on clothes hangers

Here's a closeup of the colas hanging to dry - I need to wait a few days to get the final dry weight

Papaya cannabis buds hanging to dry - need to wait a few days for the dry weight

Final Harvest Weight:

About 5 oz of premium BUD plus a lot of popcorn and trim for edibles

Final harvest in jars - about 5 ounces of premium bud, plus lots of popcorn buds and trim to make edibles with

Very pleased with the Papaya strain - the smell is sweet and citrusy, a great smooth smoke and a tasty Vape.

 


 

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