Welcome again in the purgatory with dante ^^
The ladies start to feel good, i'm happy. It's a little early for the jack but i'm starting the PK (aptus), i hope it will speed up a bit the neverending and seeded mother of the ST#3. She was hitted hardly by gnats, these fckers love her as hell.
Gnats : total war
The story is pretty simple, it's the first time that my plants have to litterally fight against this pest. And all started with a bad compressed coco bag. I say that because i've tested everything that passed in my mind to find the source, and one day i just throwed 3 liters of this coco coir in a hermetic bag with water. From a brand new coco bag. One week later, the bag was filled with an army of these suckers. So i returned to soil the time to beat theyr asses, near twos years ago damn. The paradox is that i want to return in coco as soon as i can.
Madness, they are like a mutant version that can eat one liter of roots per week. Sound crazy, i will show you. With a dense population and a fast turn over in perpetual, they are not easy to exterminate but i'm close now. I've learned to counter-breed them now lol
Initially, to help to isolate infested specimens one friend suggested me to put female stocking on the pots. It helped a lot to control and treat. Without it, i was in the obligation to empty the spaces totally to broke the cycles. In july 2016 i was close to lost all P1 of three important lines (and with all seeds launched). The root excellurator litterally saved the P1 from death, and saved me from the asylum too in the same move. In tiny space, with high density, young clones and perpertual ... it's truly a pain.
It looked like that before the gnats :
You will see why i'm totally paranoid now, they are not usual gnats that you get in motherplants sometimes. I have the super monsanto version i guess lol
So after a validated test on one veg clone and one flo clone in same time, i changed a bit the initial strategy of my friend. I've, for a good part, designed my ebb&flow horror with it in mind :
Don't ask me why, infested and no-infested specimens are very stimulated this way and it annoy a lot more the gnats propagation. I'm the guy that is able to extract gnats-resistant specimens (i will show you one), but wich don't known what he do when it's outside this spectrum lol I assume and accept that since while ^^, like my twos left hands.
So there is the procedure with one of the most destroyed specimen that i have, one of the twos Lemon Skunk x Grape Krush F2 P1 that i have rejected from a 3way project.
Big difference between "before" and "after" mutated super gnats, yep. Until i've found a destructive protocol to beat theyr asses, the game was to produce more roots that they eated. I guess it was too easy and i needed challenge.
At this stage, i spray water with a low rate of HG PK on the whole soil block. It attract these fckers outside. Then ... i torch them. Sound radical but it's the faster way i've found to clean it from adults. I think it's good for my nerves too to see them burning alive. One stone twos birds.
I put the woman's stocking on the pots, borders on borders.
I put the plant inside, press it to reach the bottom of the pot, in removing the borders from the pots.
Then i fix it like a kind of artificial "root ball". The good surprise was the potential of this idea for a lot of funny tests to do on specimens. But i will stay on the gnats subject for the moment, with my bad english i prefer to show that to explain.
By the way it was problematic with young un-infested clones (yeehaaa!) of Jack Herer that are coming, with stocking outside. With my daily check of the tubes, it scratched too much the stocking and make them useless with holes.
Gnats are unable to escape but root are. Can't thank enough my friend for this initial simple idea. It helped me also to develop a new protocol of electroculture. Can't wait to show you that, it's very fun and plants like it.
**Tribute to the Lemon Skunk x Grape Krush **
Now a little tribute to a good line that will die under my eyes, I'm mad to destroy a good weed that have a personality but look at my ghetto space, i'm forced to be terrible.
This is the best phenotype (weed side) i get from the LSxGK F2 line in numerous rounds, look at these clean, not overfert tops of ~one month :
Put an handfull of rhubarb in kerosen, let it dry with a slice of banana and you get both the nasal odor and the palate taste that you will get. Flowering and dryed. The seedlings stank the weed and forced me to derivate a carbon filter in vegetative space during the selection. In optimal conditions she's not specially generous but very fast and with a good balanced metabolism (no special regime). Totally herm proof and no latent in offspring.
Now her sister, a kind of monster with incredible values that wash totally her average potency and taste.
What kind of clone she give in 2 liters (flashback) :
No training, no cutting, no pinching ... just a monster of 3 weeks from scratch that nothing can stop until she die.
The shape stay pretty, with ping pong balls rockbuds like an old NL :
That grow majestic (flashback, on right) without any effort :
To give a comparison, on left it's her little sister initially planned for the 3way. Same veg age and flowering synchro : 7 weeks. Both in 2 liters. Standart size here for everything, same pots for all. No need to explain why.
I've said nothing can hurt or kill her :
I include my super mutated gnats cattle. The pot was filled with these fckers. She don't give a fuck.
I've tryed to find an answer to that, without success. To decypher it will need to inbred her. I can't. I'm allready supposed to can't do what i initially do in the conditions i am, no need to push more the hardiness.
I bet on the alcaloid profile on roots and/or on theyr ion exchange. I've not tested chelates to validate it, and no one will continue this incredible opportunity to make a "gnats resistant line".
The worst is that i've spended time to get these twos phenomenons, it was initially a mistake because i don't knowned the Grape Krush profile and her potential printfoot on my project. But i can't say that the line don't rewarded me. RIP.
Well it was my therapy moment lol I feel better to have writed that now.
Gnats : Total war , act II
I return on my IBL of gnats. I think that they are at least in F30 and stronger that ever since the time ^^
I've found a procedure that work even in very dense and fast turn over conditions, that i can apply in veg (i never treat a plant that have flowers) without hurting or changing the shape of the young clones and seedlings.
The weapons :
- Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis : No surprise for those that deal with gnats. I use now these granulate selled in supermarket, but any product that countain this bacilus work. I like the granulate because they are not fully melted in water and go deep in soil/coco. They say 1 grammer per liter in spray, but i get results with an heavy infestation with 1.5 grammers per liter directly in soil (one bag of 3 grammers in 2l water bottle). I don't mix it directly with nutes but it work with mineral ones during a good week.
- Bayer Decis J : A tricky discover of my wife that help to have a full cycle of treatment. It will be more clear with the graphic i will try to draw fast. They say 0.5 ml/liter in spray, i use 0.5 ml/liter directly in soil and i spray the surface of the stocking with it. Since i've putted the stocking inside and not outside, it's twice efficient with this shit. Care, it's not a "gentle" product like BT. It's a very strong pyrethrum product based on Deltamethrin. I synthetize a lot but it's more close to the cyanide that the geranium ^^ Take care, but it's near vital is you're in perpetual to hit these fckers.
- Aptus Soil Attack : At the begin i've tested it without truly believing in it. Because i've recognized partially the odor of neem oil inside. But in fact it's a tricky product that is not only that. It's a preventive product that give results on time and that is explosive for the recovery of the plant when coupled with root excellurator at 0.2ml/liter. It will permit you to gain time in slowing down the cycle of reproduction, making the jail of the gnats very not like an hotel.
Each product is useless alone to do anything else that countaining the infestation. But in trio, i've near entirely recovered the whole veg space in only one cycle. The difficulty is to set the program and to respect it without a single day failed, or you have to wait the end of the cycle and do it again. I've downloaded an agressive reminder on the grow-laptop ^^
Now the program that i've set after many tries and fails, sorry for the design it's quick maded :
I hope it can help somes to establish theyr program. The bad side is that you have to veg clone for one month the time to eradicate these fckrs. In the majority of the case it's not a problem but in a dense tiny SOG it's a pain and force you to create a kind of buffer for the free slots of the flowering space. It sux, i have to wait one more round before launching the seeds of the next selection. They just come from colorado from a contact that maded them in a grow op. Kind of promising blend, planned to replace the LSxGK rejected. Surprise ^^
I will finish in showing you the tracking of what i've done in the previous post with training and the "dual secondary" strategy. It will start to be more clear at each update i guess.
Do you remember this jack herer clone 5 days ago ?
Now it's the second step :
Twos secondaries have emerged, it's time to clean the basis of the clone from all others stems (not leafs, defoliation is not my cup of tea for different reasons). Let's clean it and give some rich N balance in nutes :
Now, nothing to do but pinching the faster secondary to equilibrate the height. I think this one will be nice.
Do you remember the jack herer mom that i've trained to get thick clones ?
Let's see why now :
It was hard to get a good photo but i finally done a decent one to show you my strategy on clones. You are not watching four stems but four future clones. To bend upside down the most powerfull apicals meristem simply boost the productivity when you need this type of clone format.
The secret trick of the century is simply to don't let the stems become woody and you're good ^^ What a surprise lol. When the roots start to want go away from theyr little pots, i spray them with HG Magic Green (not all strains, somes become very lazzy this way like the GSC).
To close this long post, a little preview of the strains that you will see a lot the next rounds :
The leafy ST#3 female that hit you like a pill in a rave party ^^ I'm sure that no one will understand why and how the fuck it's the most potent ST#3 phenotype i've ever tasted since years in viewing the trichome production. Pretty low.
My love of one life, the jack. This one is particularly tasty and long lasting, without any ceiling. What happend in your body with the ST#3 female is happening the same way but on cerebral side only with this female. These twos lines are totally complementary and i'm proud to have bleeded on it as hell to obtain it. Can't wait to taste the F1 buds, even if it's a male line.
Lets see if i reject another strain again, to find the right final female for this project is a bit more tricky that i have planned.
have a good grow, not a single mutated gnats of the hell, and your favorites herbs to love !