Update : 8 days since the 11/13 switch
The plants are all doing very well. except maybe Ethiopian #2, because i will cull it soon since he is a male so i am doing tests on him like how much feeding is too much, how little watering is enough...i feel a little bit guilty but i don't go overboard either. Let's say it is for the science and for the well being of the other ones.
I have moved them from the grow box to the flowering box. it was getting way too cramped and the ethiopian were being completely shadowed by the malawi and Honduras. The durban made an impressive stretch though, they were as small as the ethiopian and now they are the tallest behing the honduras. None of them have showed sex except the ethiopian #2 male. I hope this wont mean i have all females because then.... i am pretty doomed haha. in all seriousness i did not expect any of them to show sex until a few weeks, so maybe the ethiopian #2 is just very very early
Veg box (in vertical order : Honduras, Ethiopian, Malawi, Durban) :
flower box (in vertical order : Durban, Ethiopian, Honduras, Malawi )
Also, I did not top them. I don't intend to. This is a personal decision and not a criticism, topping is a very efficient growing technique that always did me good before. However, i found it tend to induce stress sometimes and make the plant look not as pretty, a little bit weird. almost everytime i did that, they ended up not being able to stand properly in the end as the weight is pulled on both sides and occasionaly a lot of colas ended up drooping so much i had to tutor them in order for them not to break. I really do not like that, i want them to be as happy as possible. I do not know if leaving them in their natural state will fix this issue, because i have seen cannabis plant growing naturally and still drooping due to their heavy weight, but i feel if they frow naturally in a certain way, it is because that what fits them the best. As this grow is all about discovering, i guess i will find out soon enough.
Also, I have heard many times that a lot of landraces, specially sativa, hate being topped and don't respond well to it. I do not know how true it is, but this helped my decision of not doing it. I expect to have a lower harvest but this is ok for me, as i always have too much for my needs in the end. Still, I hope i wont regret it later though stretch wise. They are growing taller and taller, which is kind of scary considering how small the pot i used is (1 gallon). I will definitely not uppot them until i see stretch stopping because they are really stretching, all of them except ethiopian. I found my cmh really helps them not stretching too much, and i have arcadia uvb/a tubes (4 of them) and i found it also makes a noticeable impact on stretching. I really like the uvb lamp, i found it brought a lot of colors to my previous run (dj short blueberry, they were all purplish and two were almost completely black, the most colored parts were always the most exposed to the uv) and since they are full sativa, i think they expect a good amount of it. i also found litterature stating blue and ultraviolet indicates to the plants to reduce stretching, while red and infrared does the opposite because according to it, plants in shadow receive more red and it would indicate to them to stretch in order to get the full unshadowed sun, which looks more blue/white. As i have limited knowledge, everything i am saying is mostly assumptions on my part, so anyone who has experience, feel free to say if they look like it made an impact or not.
I did find the uvb reduced the quantity though on that grow, but i used to run it full time with lights on, while in nature i discovered it seems the uv are only strong for a few hours and there is almost none of it in the morning and evening. So for this grow i try to follow the natural curve of uv
Next update will focus onneach strain and plant.