There have been some very interesting developments since the last installment. So, let’s take a look at where we left off. Week 19 was definitely the transition point into plant maturity. However, within a few days of sending the last article, No.1 made a radical shift in colouring. This demonstrated the superior quality level of the new Quantum LED technology. Only the near replication of sunlight can typically give this level of colour. I have never achieved colour on my CBD girls before but they are rich with colours this time. They are going into tissue culture after this run, especially since I located two CBD plants in the Balkhi.
Week 19 in the garden… Just a quick look back…
Week 21… Before the ozone burn was noticeable…
Time for your closeup…
The Balkh Province has been an interesting road to travel. There have been many new discoveries. I have tried my hand at chromatography testing and combined the methods of soil (coco in this case) gardening with hydroponics style feeding. I have to admit that hand pouring was a bit troublesome and finding an automated solution is not only necessary for ease of feeding but it should also produce superior results compared to hand feeding once a day. To achieve true hydroponic results, multiple feeding times per day will increase oxygenation of the roots and dramatically increase growth rate and harvest weight.
Since I have the new photography box lights, let’s see what our ladies look like now. I probably need a better camera, as I have no focus control on my phone, but we’ll get by for now.
No.1 week 21 flower week 9
We can see the coloration of the leaves the best on this photo of No.1. Just so you know ahead of time, I usually run an ozone generator to kill odor at this point. It turns out that Balkhi is very sensitive to ozone and it did fry some of the leaves before I caught it. It is a little odd that a couple of the plants were not bothered at all. So, when you see a few burn spots you will know that it is the ozone effect. Next time I will keep the ozone outside the room.
No.3 Week 21 flower week 9
The flushing has begun to show discolouration. The seeds seem to be unaffected. Testing shows this one to not be as impressive as No.15, despite appearing to be one of the heaviest producers. The smoke test may prove otherwise, as testing isn’t a good indicator of what a plant smokes like.
No.10 Week 21 flower week 9
I think that No.10 is the squattest plant of the bunch. The side branches are very heavy with leaves and sparse flowers. She is definitely the mutt of the flock.
Despite being the runt, No.10 is one of the hashiest with her flowers. It’s too bad the flowering wasn’t heavier.
No.12 Week 21 flower week 9
No.12 was the least affected by the ozone. Her flowering is also very light compared to the others.
I found an excellent seed shot on No.12’s flower. As you can see, the seeds are still green, even in this shot of Wk 21.
No.15 Week 21 flower week 9
The ozone burn is very visible on the top leaves. Flushing is progressing very quickly on No.15. Testing will show this one to be the ‘special one’ of the group, at least as far as testing goes.
I really cannot tell how heavy the flowers are at this point. The foliage is very heavy and hides the buds. My first impression is that there are a lot of small clusters that make up the flowers. I am hoping for much more impressive buds when the trimming is done.
No.16 Week 21 flower week 9
No.16 appears to be potentially the best hash producer of the group. The flowering is decent and the flowering sites are covered in trichomes.
Cloning tray results…
Potted clones-left… Clones still in the tray-right…
I was a bit worried about the cloning results. Since the stalks were too heavy for plugs I used an updated version of my old trays to see what would happen. I took multiple cuttings of each of the original plants. Evidently the mother/father plants were wanting to flower. No.3 & No.15 already had pistils showing before flipping the light cycle. Despite taking the cuttings before the flip, many of them continued into flower. Most have reverted to veg but some just seeded up and are getting close to harvest like their parents.
I had originally planned to start flowering two or three weeks earlier than I did, but I had an injury that kind of delayed my plan. This may be why the clones wanted to flower. However, after the flowering reversed on some of the plants and they really took off once they rooted. Now I need to find them homes so I can reclaim the plant count and the space.
For some time the cuttings gave me the impression that they were not going to produce roots. I tried a new mix of nutrients so this may be the reason. Sometime in the last week the majority of the cuttings virtually exploded with roots. Some rooted so heavily that I could not remove them from the small net pots, plus it was difficult to get them removed from the tray lids.
The roots come apart easily under water.
This strain has some seriously heavy stalks and I placed a few of those in the cloning tray. I was wondering what would happen with the larger stalk cuttings. Lots of root stubble formed on them but no roots formed until this last week. Not only did roots form but the cuttings grew a few inches, almost overnight. As the photo shows, roots were a bit of a tangled mess but they sorted out well enough. I lowered the roots into the water and they came apart much easier.
Only a few of the smaller cuttings died during this process. The majority are now potted and only a few remain in the tray, still viable but no roots after 8 weeks, or just loaded with seeds. As I said, this method is a bit time consuming compared to other methods. However, this is an extremely low maintenance method and the timing is good for rotating crops. If given the right conditions these could be ready to go into flower just about the same time I harvest their parents. For now, they will stay in small pots until they get a new home. You can bet a copy of no’s 1, 3, 10, & 15 will run in the greenhouse this season just to get an idea of what they can do in bigger pots and super soil.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when this project started. I read that it was likely that there was a CBD phenotype in the mix. Well, it appears to be the case. I am still too new at testing to be certain, but I think I will let you decide. I may still run these over to the local haberdashery to get an official test, just to be certain.
Freshly dyed plates…
This is a scan of the Plates with the % charts…
These are a couple of the charts provided in the test kit…
These charts come in the Cannalytics Supply test kit.
As you can see, No.1 and No.10 appear to be CBD rich. No.3 is not as impressive as No.15. It appears that No.15 takes the cake for being special to the head crowd and No.1 takes the prize for the medical crowd. Additional testing might be instore for these two.
The Seed… What I have been waiting for
It appears that the seeds are ready, so the plants are cut and hanging in the curing tent. I will show you that setup in the harvest article. I have done a lot of reading to find this curing method, only time will tell if it is a good method. We will watch the progress as it goes. This curing process takes between 30-40 days, so we may have a short smoke report down the road.
So, what’s next…?
After much careful thought and study, I think we will run an old strain that is making a resurgence, X18 Pure Pakistani released by DNA Genetics. I have it from two different sources, so any diversity should make an appearance. This strain is a hybrid but might qualify as an IBL, so it is possible the crop will be somewhat uniform with little variations. You will find it here… Buy X18 Pure Pakistani Regular Seeds from DNA Genetics at Seedsman
Since my license is renewed for an extended count we will start a second strain. Once my space issues are solved I may start a third. It is going to take a lot of work to get a dozen CBD Landrace phenotypes located. Once I have accomplished this I will have enough diversity to keep tolerance in check and cover a wide range of medical conditions.
So, after looking over the list I have settled on Malana Cream as the second strain. You will find it here… Buy Malana Cream Regular Seeds from The Real Seed Company at Seedsman
If I do find the space and start a third strain it will be a Tom Hill legacy called Deep Chunk. It is possible for the Seedsman group to add Deep Chunk to The Real Seed Company’s menu. They carry Deep Chunk under the name ‘Freak Chunk’, so maybe a few of you can write in to request it be added to the available list.
The articles will be separate so we can track each strain. I will do my best to stagger them so you can have a steady flow of information. I’m not sure I can keep up with three strains but we might give it a shot.
So, fasten your seat belts and be sure to tune in for the harvest installment of the Balkhi Strain.
Until then, be safe.