Sweet Seeds Presentation at Oz Stoners ✿ ★
Posted 10 July 2017 - 01:39 AM
While I was visiting Barcelona in May I passed a Marijuana Co-op and stopped in to look. They had a display of Sweet Seeds on their counter.
I asked the clerk what was good for chronic pain, and also fresh, he recommended a pack of your Sweet Afghani Delicious Fast seeds.
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They were stamped as being processed in January of this year, lot 99. I wanted fresh because three years ago in Amsterdam we bought ten seeds from a street vendor. Got home and planted them in starter pots - not one grew.
Anyway, we brought your seeds back to the United States with us. That Sunday, May 21st I planted one seed. On the third day it sprouted!
Two weeks after I planted the first, I planted a second seed. Again, on the third day it was an inch above the surface with its first two leaves.
Each plant was set outside during the days, and later on nights, then when they were each four weeks old, they were planted directly into the ground. I live in North Central Maryland, close to the Pennsylvania border.
Here are some photos, the first plant taken on June 23,
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And one on July 6th; just look at the growth in two weeks time!
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Here's the second plant, first photo on June 23,
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second on July 5:
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Now, I'm a beginner at this growing, but I have a degree in Botany, from back in the seventies. Didn't do much with it career wise, just used my knowledge as a hobby.
Can you folks answer some questions?
1. This strain is not autoflowering, so flowering will be triggered by shorter days, longer nights. Do you know about how many hours of dark will trigger it? Currently we're getting about 8 hours of dark.
2. It says these are Short. What exactly is Short? How tall will they grow? Under a meter? Under 2 meters?
We have a six foot fence, approximately 2.2 meters I think. But between the plant and the fence, I have a twenty foot long trellis that's about 5.5 feet, or 2 meters, in height. I'll be growing cucumbers and vines on this to block anyone trying to look into my yard. I'm hoping that will be high enough.
3. I read that this strain takes 60 - 65 days until maturity. But if this is Non-autoflowering, how can that be?
My one plant was planted May 21, it's now July 9th. It's been 47 days since it germinated. It's no where near producing flowers.
4. I've also read that this plant's harvest time is early September. Is that correct?
Can they be harvested later?
I'm asking because something came up and now I have to be out of town between September 7th and 25th - two and a half weeks. Do you think the crop would be all right? Or, can I delay it some way?
Last question -
5. Do you recommend pruning, or tying, or any other method to produce more compact plants?
I've read so much and I'm very confused. Since the first plant was producing lots of secondary side shoots, I tried tying down the top part so it was bent over. This they said would allow the side shoots to also develop larger flowers. The second plant I'm just going to let grow naturally.
As for other factors, I monitor daily for insects and disease. Just found one leaf roller caterpillar yesterday. I pinched his home off the plant and gave him the boot (my boot descending on it - squish).
The two plants are in the middle of my veggie garden. Surrounded by companion plantings like marigolds to deter insects, and also plants to act like traps - favorites of certain pests that they'll prefer to attack and keep away from good plants. I grow everything organically, no chemicals or fertilizers.
I'm a beginner on this board, so please excuse me if I screwed up adding photos.
Posted 12 October 2017 - 10:08 PM
Sorry for the late reply. I suppose you already finished this grow, right? How were the results?
I also suppose that experience allowed you to get answers to many of your questions, but anyway here it goes:
1 - F1 Fast Version strains start flowering through exactly the same processes as any other photoperiod-dependent plants, which means they start flowering when the days get shorter and the nights longer to the point that you get 12 or more hours of complete darkness per day;
2 - How tall they grow depends on how many time they are kept on the vegetative stage. So, if you sprout them 3 months before the days get shorter enough for them to flower, you will get very big/tall plants. On the other hand, if you sprout them just a few weeks before the days get shorter, the plants don't grow that much and can easily stand between 50cm and 150cm. When we say this strain is a short strain we are comparing it with other strains. I mean, we are talking about a tendency. But the final size depends always on how much vegetative time they are subjected to;
3 - It takes 60-65 days to achieve maturity after it starts flowering, not after the germination of the seeds. With autoflowering the days are presented since germination and with photoperiod-dependent plants it is since the beginning of flowering.
4 - The information about the month of harvest regards to the Spanish latitude. As far as I can see yours is not that different, but I think it would be normal if it was ready to be harvested by late September or even early October. Are they harvested yet?
5 - We could recommend pruning or tying but that's up to you. If you need to keep them short (for whatever reason), you can prune or do some LST. If there is no need to keep them short, just let them grow naturally.
I hope this helps and, once again, sorry for the late reply. If you visit us again please let us know how it went.
All the best and sweet smokes!