Originally Posted by djimb
I'm weighing my options for a summer grow this year after a long hiatus, and with negotiations with my wife for an indoor grow going south, I've been eyeing some woods in my area as potential guerilla plots. I've read through this whole thread and have learned a lot, but I have some questions.
1. I live in a medium city with a lot of neighborhoods separated by hills and cliffs, with a good amount of unmaintained forested land scattered around. I like the look of a couple of spots like this for smaller plants, like auto-ak47 or flo. What I wonder is just how far the scent of a small plant can travel. The spots I'm considering are bordered by roads, houses, and businesses, and are maybe a few hundred yards across at the widest point. I'm pretty confident I could keep the plants from being seen, but if people can smell it from their back yard, it might raise a red flag.
2. I've been considering a couple of big parks with hiking trails for larger plants, namely PNG and Durban Poison. I'd rather they didn't get 10+ feet tall, as I'm only growing for my own stash, and I'd like to keep them well hidden. I know growing in a pot can restrict growth, but it requires frequent visits to water and feed. Would a buried fabric pot allow the same kind of water retention as planting in the ground while controlling the size of the plant by restricting it's roots? Or would it be better to plant the big tropical varieties later in the season? Maybe both?
3. I read about drying on site by hanging a plant upside down, possibly under a tarp. If the relative humidity at harvest time is super high, would putting branches into 5gal buckets with dessicant packs work?
4. I've read that seeding a plant can speed maturation. Does anyone have any experience with this? I was planning to make seed in my indoor grow this season, and if I have to go outdoors, I'll probably still plant 3 or so of each variety in hopes of getting a male or two. Do any of you think seeding a plant that normally takes 16-20 weeks would reduce the flowering time very much?
Thanks to everyone that's contributed to this thread. It's a great read and it's super informative. I hope everyone has a great season!
1. In your situation I'd plant a few autos, then photos. Start your Autos in 3" peat pots about 4 weeks before you can get out to the spot. Then start some a couple weeks after that. Scheduling your harvest is important. And smell is a function of the strain. A couple years ago I grew ONE 12 inch Revolver with a single cola that stunk like 5 dead skunks from 200 feet. People visiting from the city for a BBQ would stop.. sniff... and say.. "There's a skunk around here." lol. Dr. Greenthumbs has a low odour Incognito that apparently is NO odor until you start trimming it, but a few people told me to stay away from him. Super expensive and suspect delivery. I'd risk it for a couple seeds though.
2. Besides the logistics of moving a pot to the location (do it at night?), put your pot in a garbage bag the the garbage bag in the hole. The soil won't wick the water away from your plant this way. Remember to poke a few holes (5-7 pencil sized holes) in your garbage bag for drainage.
3. Google "historical humidity <city>" to see where the humidity is likely to be at harvest time. I'm at 50-65% until it's time to harvest, then it jumps to 100%! (fuck!). If you put your fresh bud in a bin with dessicant packs, it'll start rotting that day and be slimy within two. If I HAD to, I'd check the forecast and wait for a couple sunny days and I'd completely defoliate the plant (bring your scissors), ring the plant. That means removing the bark from around the foot of the main stalk and let it die standing. If humidity is low enough, you might get away with the majority of the drying.
4. I doubt seeding it would speed it more than a week. I may be wrong. I did read up on some old school methods to speed finishing though. Sounds crazy.
- Split the main stalk with a knife for about 3 inches.
- Twist the knife and slide a twig in the slit to keep the slit open.
The pending death puts the flowering in high gear as a survival mechanism kicks in to finish asap. I think it may hermie at this point, but if you harvest a week or two later, who cares.
If you want to seed, make sure it's far far far away from your plants. Like miles away. Years ago I planted a couple Fems in a forest clearing (I have 500 acres to play with), and I still found a few seeds in the bud. Pollen travels like clouds and can go for miles and miles. The day you see pollen sacs open, carefully slide a garbage bag over it, and cut it down. Stick a few bud branches in the bag, shake the bag and remove it gently. Tie up the garbage bag and carry it out to a garbage bin. A couple nice branch colas can give you 1000+ seeds no problem.
Note that you may need a couple weeks for the white hairs to show up on your female buds, so it may be better to bring the male plant home and collect the pollen in a baggie (with a bit of rice to keep it dry) until it's ready to use. Then you can use a small paint brush to pollinate the flowers.
About peat pots: They can be acidic, so before you add your soil, dunk them underwater and rinse them until bubbles stop coming off them. It only takes a few seconds. When you water, water from the bottom in the tray. Don't be afraid to add 1 inch of water in the tray. When the top of the pot starts drying, add water from the top, then water from the bottom again. Let the pots wick the water to your seedlings, and don't start adding 1/4 nutes until week 2. Normal feeding at week 4 before they go out.
About your soil: I use this recipe so I don't have to feed once they are out in the field.
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