Cons: Zero germination
Here is a first; a zero-leaf rating. The seeds did not crack using 2 different methods; direct and paper towel. This happens, so I don't hold it against the breeder... but wait for the M2 is my recommendation as M1 has low germination rates.
Pros: Germination rate, smell, auto-height
Cons: Low Gram/Seed Yield
From seed to harvest, this has been a quick and wonderful strain to have around. The auto characteristics kept this plant's height manageable within a kratky tub, though I wish it produced a bit higher yeild. The smell characteristics were potent and ever-present. If I left the garage door open, the kitchen would quickly smell with a sweet, berry-lemon terpene profile that finishes with a true-to-name strong citrus.
This plant was used as a seed cultivation mother. I combined with a slightly taller varietal with a similar terpene profile to hopefully keep the smell characteristics but increase the auto-height.
Pros: Low-profile, simple to setup/start, expandable, touch screen
Cons: LED, Cheap-plastic parts, expensive fixture
The California Lightworks Solar System 550 is a decent little light but a little overpriced. My first grow light ever was a UFO shaped 120W LED, and this highly reminds me of that. The UFO LED was only $80 compared to the staggering $800 price tag for the 550 LED. The SolarSystem 550 comes with ratcheting hangers, which I appreciated, though they only reach about 2' of height adjustment; which is plenty for this light. I initially tried clipping the hangers directly to the light, only to find out the light does not balance when setup like this. I grabbed some v-hangers, clipped the ratcheting hanger to the tip of the "v" and that did the trick!
The light connects to their controller via a telephone cord (nostalgia). The controller is HIGHLY reliable/responsive and a touch screen too! I have tried other light controllers, but this is the first that worked instantly right out of the box. The preset "BLOOM" setting is running and I look forward to customizing my own light setting in the future. There is a count down clock so you never have to remember which week you are in (super handy for a tester like myself). The programable light outputs of Red/Blue/White are so cool to the data nerd like myself. I wish the light was as affordable as the controller #There #iSaidIt.
This light was a downgrade from a 1000W DE HPS. Most of the plants were moved outside to the summer garden, and I only needed a small footprint (electric bill) to sustain my remaining seedlings. I will hang onto this light for my cloner as its a perfect one-two-punch!
If you too are in need of a small LED light for propagation or cloning that is on a fully programable timer, this is the one for you!
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Sorry for missing the second posting of April. It was a hectic month from starting back in school to starting the summer garden! Thankfully, as promised, the April showers have brought May flowers. I have a few new product reviews I will be publishing in the second posting of the month, so stay tuned!!
Winter Grow Finalizing:
Oh!! Things have changed in the garage (see picture). I have reduced the garage to one DE light. I will be reducing this even more to a new California Lightworks Solar System 550 LED to finish out the propagation (review coming). After the propagation finishes, I will be done with growing in the garage for the summer. Thank God because my electricity bills could use a break.
The summer garden is tilled, planted and growing. This weekend was the last of the to-do: plant 25 tomato plants!! #NotKidding. #Canning. The only final plans are to install a drip system. I have introduced the Kratky tubs outside as a continuation of my experiments from inside. This will be interesting with the increased heat presence from the sun on the black tubs. This year we are also introducing a mason bee house. I have already watched them enter and exit. Can't wait for all the help this year!
Due to the state legalities of growing cannabis in Oregon, #GrOregon, I am confined to a 4-cannabis-plant- setup for my recreational purposes. On my PDX hydro to-do list is to get my medical card; never enough time in the month. Till then, I have 2 Pink Kush Auto CBD plants going and currently propagating the remaining 2 cannabis plants. There were many strains to choose from for the remaining plants, but I ended up going with Subterfuge #1 and Pine Tar Kush IBL from CSI Humboldt.
This year is pretty special because over the winter garden I bred my first genetic line. I combined a male Huckleberry Kush V3 from Dynasty Genetics with a feminized Tangerine Dreams Auto from Barney's Farm Seeds. I call it Fruit Salad! #FruitSalad. The seed germination test was very successful with a crack rate of 100% (3 seeds). Will conduct one more test before locking in the vault.
If you are a local PDX breeder/grower:
Fruit Salad seeds will be for free/trade in the near future! Send me a message or leave a comment so I can save you some!