hehehe I really like your analysis - it make this result look pretty good
Seriously though, I agree there is a lot of room for improvement in future grows. Even if I only get the same dry yield as my last grow, I count that as a big success as far as how well HPA works over the other types of hydro Ive tried.
Between the weeks of heavy copper, and chlorine treatments, leaving the nozzles turned OFF three different times by accident, and twice by design, the over feeding, bad PH, algae, etc etc etc. - Im actually surprised Im getting much of anything. In my mind, its the HPA magic that has saved this grow.
Im still doubtful about getting those kids of yields. Im running the lights at 320 watts, so even 800 gms would put me well over 2 gms/watt. 800/320 = 2.5 gms/watt. If I did hit 1000 thats over 3 gms/watt.
Ive taken a few of those pods apart, and I cant find anything that looks like a seed, so now Im confused. When I processed the bud from earlier grows that had hermies, the seeds floated up to the top in the alcohol and were very obvious little white balls. They sure dont look like normal buds though. The only real surprise on the hermies (if thats what they are) is I didnt see them sooner. I was anticipating them from early on, and thought I was checking closely. Obviously not
Im going to process these just like the rest of the bud. The pods have lots of trics, so I dont really care about the seeds. I dont smoke, so it wont bother me in the end.
Thats another interesting point. Your earlier comment about lights and shaded leaves looking better has me wondering if the combination of too much light plus too hi an EC is double trouble?
I had noticed that most of the older, lower leaves looked much better. Plus the new leaves looked pretty good, but Im now seeing they also looked pretty dark and still had burned tips. All of that makes me agree that the feed levels have been too hi. My trouble started when I first fed them the Advanced nutes at north of EC 1.5, plus a heavy cal mag dose. Early in the grwo, I had kept the level well under EC1.0. Mostly down around EC 0.6 to 0.8 with a max of 0.9. At one point they were looking rather pale, which is why I tried upping the EC. I think I went way too far though.
According to Atomizer, HPA is supposed to require 1/2 to 1/4 the normal concentrations of nutes. That assumes good droplet quality and hang time - which allows for evaporation of the droplets before they get absorbed by the roots. I had that situation early in the grow, but not later when the root ball got tooooo big.
Im going to have to pay closer attention to what he leaves are saying next grow and adjust faster.
I just noticed some of your buds look a lot like some of mine - with what look to me like foxtails. That makes me wonder if this particular nute stress is a factor?
Time for me to get back to trim jail. I got tired last night, so Im only about 1/4 of the way through.....