The Grass Monkey have their second set of leaves coming in, so now is the time to take my leaf samples for the gender kit. This is different than the Phylos Biosciences test. That test had you take the cotyledon with a pair of tweezers, smash it in the collection packet, then remove the plant matter.
The Steep Hill kit said on the packaging not to mail outside of California or the test would be forfeit and the sample disposed of. Well, I called up my local Steep Hill lab and they assured me they will accept my package. They had done testing to determine that the THC in the samples was within legal limits. When I got home that afternoon I found my puppy chewing on the test package. Luckily the test itself was not damaged.
First I labeled the plant with the provided label.
Then, using the collection envelope itself, the leaf tip was cut off and captured.
This was then repeated for all the samples and they were placed in the collection folder (it's a bit chewed up). Note, the sample #4 (bottom right) sprouted with only one cotyledon.
They got watered with a neem/kelp tea just like the rest of my garden. To make the tea, I put 1/2 cup of neem meal and 1/4 cup of kelp meal in a bag that worms came in. That is then soaked in five gallons of water for about 24 hours and then applied. The remaining kelp and neem were added to my worm bin.