My First Grow - Shan
Greetings Fellow Enthusiasts,
Thank you for taking the time to read this piece of writing about my experiences in my first cannabis grow from beginning to end. I was fortunate enough to be able to have my good friend Eric garden with me so we could grow and learn together. I think it’s safe to say we learned a lot and I was able to understand the determination it takes to harvest beautiful buds from just a little seed. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it from transplanting to defoliating and of course, rolling it up and the final product was nothing short of wonderful! In this post, I would like to share some of these experiences with you as a one-run deep grower.
For this run, we were lucky enough to grow four healthy plants from four seeds of the Zkittlz strain. A few days after the initial plant of the seedlings, they started showing their “firsts'' or their first leaves which all came up looking similar to each other. As the plants grew larger with foliage, they began to show their various physical characteristics which made me rethink if they were even the same strain. They developed to form such unique characteristics from each other as per their phenotype, which started to make us wonder which one would turn out to be the best. In flower, they further segregated from each other, with each exhibiting different color pistils, densities and smells. It made sense now why growers take cuts from plants they are impressed with.
For about a week or so in the fourth week of flower, Eric went to B.C. for a visit which meant I had to be the one to take care of the ladies for a bit by myself. This was a great responsibility, especially at this vulnerable stage I wanted to make sure everything went smoothly. I was checking the plants everyday for mold, signs of infestation and hermaphroditism. I watered the bed when it felt dry to me and used various products in the water including wetting agents, molasses and other products we like to spoon feed. The whole week went perfectly and taught me a lot which I’m grateful for.
As the plants grew and eventually came to their senescence, we began to prepare for harvest. As trim day approached, you could see how dry the plants were getting in the tent. As we trimmed down the plants, I further got to see how different the four strains actually looked, felt and smelled. After some cure time, we came to the most exciting point - THE FIRST SMOKE! I rolled up all the different flowers and examined the differences in density, moisture, crystal and malleability. It truly was amazing how the genetics of a plant can vary in many different ways. After a few more sessions and more cure time, we were able to choose favourites. One smoked better than the other, whereas one pressed out rosin much better so we were able to determine what advantages each plant could provide us.
Overall, I had the most rewarding feeling after putting in effort to grow healthy cannabis plants. I am glad we were able to have the best harvest we could’ve asked for. I am so excited to keep this growing passion alive and continue the cycle with the next run. Cheers everyone.