Hey look, it's soon. Hi Overgrow! I am going to type words at you pertaining to the plants I finished, what fun! First off:
ChemD x Sunshine Daydream (8 gallons, Coast of Maine SBPGMix):
Growing: easy, tolerated cold, didn't seem to be an especially heavy feeder. Plentiful branches after topping, sturdy frame -- I had to use some stakes due to training, but should be able to hold its weight if grown naturally. I'd guess 9 weeks is the right length for flowering, but I harvested slowly between day 57 and 75
Medium-to-high odor, but not unpleasant.
Buds: Dense and chunky. Above average yield. Sugar coated to the point that your fingers feel grainy after handling the buds.
Smell: Pine, lemongrass, cedar, spice. Curing seems to be bringing out some cat piss, unfortunately
Smoke: Thick, spicy, potentially annihilating. It's a potent indica but almost entirely in the head... a little bit, and you're quite chill and go about your business. A little bit more, and you suddenly notice that time in your brain is running about 20% slower than the world around you.
Blueberry No. 2 (3 gallon, Roots Organic Original + GO nutrients):
Growing: super easy. Sturdiest plant I've ever grown, and by far
the least branching of any plant I've grown, even after topping. Seemed to be a light feeder, and would suck every last drop of reserves out of fan leaves before letting them go. Fan leaves were hand-sized, fat-lobed, forever reaching for the light.
Low odor -- a little sweet, a little like feet
9 weeks flowering seems correct.
Buds: Purple reasonably dense, long buds with delicious sugar leaves.
Smell: Blueberry-esque. Sweet, fruity, tart. Average yield.
Smoke: Thin, smooth, not especially flavorful. Burns down to pure white ash you can blow out of the bowl. High is magnificently mellow, but not incapacitating. It's like a pressure valve on your brain opens, and you just magically turn relaxed and smiley. Makes it hard to finish writing this post.
Apollo 11 (pictured, 3 gallon Coast of Maine SBPGMix):
Growing: fairly easy. Lots of branching post-topping, mistakes were made. Significant staking required during flowering. Extremely vigorous growth, despite some general horrible growing problems I was having early in its life. Smells like "that person is definitely growing marijuana."
Seemed to come into ripening range around 9 weeks, but I let one of them go to 11 because Why Not?
As for specific notes for each of the two...
Apollo 11 no. 1 (5 gallon, Roots Organic Original + GO nutrients):
Completely unwieldy plant, but I brought it upon myself. Post-topping (mistake 1), I did some additional training to make a nice, broad canopy for flowering. As said, these turned out to be... very branchy, so I made a "sea of everything is falling over." Huge yield, but sub-par bud density on about half of it... still excellent smoke.
Apollo 11 no 2 (3 gallon, Coast of Maine SBPGMix):
Topped but not trained. Still required support for every branch The branches themselves were plenty strong, just needed to pull them back up towards the center. Also huge yield, but buds have a lot more girth and density. This is the one I let go 11 weeks...
Buds: Also purple-ish? Most of them turned a dark green/purple by the end of things. Sativa cattail buds that seemed like they'd grow indefinitely if given the time. As said, no. 1 was "quantity over quality" in terms of density. As for no. 2, c'mon look at that thing Trichs on everything, but not quite sugar-frosted indica levels.
Smell: Awful While cutting, I got whiffs of lime-citrus with spice undertones. Now curing, it smells like putrid exotic fruit. Imagine some creature too unique to live, deep in the Amazon rain forest, that subsists solely on a bright pink fruit that's nauseatingly sweet. These buds smell like what that animal shits when it has a belly ache. With spice undertones.
Smoke: Thick, spicy, entirely pleasant. Extremely enjoyable high, a little silliness but energized and fairly functional. I think my initial "bye bye focus" had more to do with my activity than the smoke -- it is actually a pretty good high for going about your business. Heart-pounding, mind-racing, edge-of-your-seat sativa? No. Will I keep it around? Absolutely.
In conclusion, growing plants is fun and challenging the end.