Quick Grow Snapshot
4 plants in a 2'x2' grow area, Max height 17"
- 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:
- 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.
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)
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.
Started with 4 feminized seeds of "Payapa" cannabis strain by Nirvana.
September 30, 2013 – here are the 4 Papaya seedlings
October 10, 2013 – here they are just a few days later
November 9, 2013 – out of control
November 19, 2013 – flowering begins
November 24, 2013 – first white pistils appear
November 25, 2013 – first defoliation
The defoliating tool
November 29, 2013 – buds forming
December 4, 2013 – getting sticky
December 9, 2013 – Soon
December 14, 2013 – getting icky
Just a few more weeks
December 21, 2013 – Close-up of lovely 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: https://www.growweedeasy.com/harvest
December 25, 2013 – The colas area really starting to fatten up
January 5, 2013 – 4 plants in a 2'x2' grow area, Max height 17"
And some bud shots
January 6, 2013 – Trichomes check-in
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: https://www.growweedeasy.com/harvest
January 7, 2013 – Harvest! I did it 😉
Here's a closeup of the colas hanging to dry – I need to wait a few days to get the final dry weight
Final Harvest Weight:
About 5 oz of premium BUD plus a lot of popcorn and trim for edibles
Very pleased with the Papaya strain – the smell is sweet and citrusy, a great smooth smoke and a tasty Vape.