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MHippie

In Bloom
So... I'm a little different. And I'm long winded... straight up. Everything's a story. At my age, I'm allowed damn it lol :)

I know a lot of growers head towards max yield and understandably so. I'm rebuilding my grow so for me step 1 is a lot of variety and bonsai mother plants for clones. I know bonsai isn't popular for cannabis because quite frankly the yield per plant, delayed growing times, and tons of maintenance make it prohibitive for production. Cool thing is that I'm a programmer, operate from home, and am always around. So when I need to decompress? Veg room.

This one is my first "keeper" of the season. It's a Humboldt Seed Company strain called Squirt and a product of their 10k pheno search. The output is good. The strain is bitchy in the nute abuse department. Some plants will give you some tip burn indication. This one? Oh it goes into freaking convulsions, calls for its momma, and spins around choking like it's about to take its last breath. But the bud is worth it. I took a shitty pic and it's not yellow/lime green. The left and right main growth shoots are about to get fim'd to promote vertical growth in the middle of the plant. I think I'm going to grow this one into a round canopy. Anyway, the point to all of this is to be able to keep plants on the shelf for cloning purposes when needed. I can fit 15 of them under a 4 x 2 fixture. The point is to have many choices. Want a strain? Getting low? Clip a clone. My very first mentor was a bonsai plant freak. Glad for it.

The seedlings in the front are a weird cross between HSC's Pineapple Muffin which turned out to be an auto and an old school needle leafed purple sativa male. I found three whole seeds. Blame the bees because those two plants were no where close to each other. Oh yeah. I use the sun and Sunblaze T-5 HO 4x2 fixtures for veg outside of the sun's hours. Plants go outside during the day. At night, flowers go to their dark room. Veg goes under the "blazes". Tons of manual labor. But it saves a lot in the energy department. Not as fast. But I'm about the frost, not the speed :) I'm in Wally World pro mix and flower in 5 gallon grow bags. When I need them, Fox Farms for the nutes.

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And this is the variety thing. I just moved a bunch of these from the paper towels to the dirt this evening. But here's what's going on:

Pictured:
Girl Scout Cookies
LA Confidential
Bubba Kush
Lemon Skunk #2
Afghani Auto
Super 90 Auto
Snow Ryder Auto
Green Headband Auto
Purple Headband Auto
Sour Lemon 105 Auto
Monster Kush Auto
King Kong
Blue Cookies

Not Pictured:
Widow x that purple thing
HSC's Pineapple Muffin
HSC's Purple Mountain Majesty
HSC's Squirt

Still in Germ:
Sour Pineapple
Ghost OG

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MHippie

In Bloom
Holy shit man you went all out did you germ like everything marc sent or what rofl.

This reminds me i need to check my seeds this morning good lookin!

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Lookin good ! :D

Thanks! Told ya bro... :) Nah that's only 15 of the 42 strains he sent to me. I've got A LOT more on deck. As the bonsais are done on this batch, I'll put new strains down until I've got all of them moving. Idk man, this is an insane project even for me. The goal is 42 mother bonsais. I've never heard of anyone doing it like this so I thought it would be cool to try something over the top. Can you imagine going into your clone room and picking out 12 clones to do for your next grow from 42 different strains? That's better than an ice cream shop lol :D Gonna change my screen name to Miagi-San El-Hippie.
 

LittleDabbie

Extract Artist (BHO)
Thanks! Told ya bro... :) Nah that's only 15 of the 42 strains he sent to me. I've got A LOT more on deck. As the bonsais are done on this batch, I'll put new strains down until I've got all of them moving. Idk man, this is an insane project even for me. The goal is 42 mother bonsais. I've never heard of anyone doing it like this so I thought it would be cool to try something over the top. Can you imagine going into your clone room and picking out 12 clones to do for your next grow from 42 different strains? That's better than an ice cream shop lol :D Gonna change my screen name to Miagi-San El-Hippie.


Shit bro If i had the room !!! I'm already tryin to figure out how to keep a mother plant of sour bubble around while vegging another 6+ plants at once lol I'm debating on another tent.. another house.. a fucking warehouse lol

I need variety too I get strain tolerance quick like 1/4oz and im already like barely getting buzzed, switch it up and bam back to getting stoned tho.. So yeah i feel the need just not sure i could keep 42!!! ROFL omg your gonna be in it to win it!
 

MHippie

In Bloom
Shit bro If i had the room !!! I'm already tryin to figure out how to keep a mother plant of sour bubble around while vegging another 6+ plants at once lol I'm debating on another tent.. another house.. a fucking warehouse lol

I need variety too I get strain tolerance quick like 1/4oz and im already like barely getting buzzed, switch it up and bam back to getting stoned tho.. So yeah i feel the need just not sure i could keep 42!!! ROFL omg your gonna be in it to win it!

No one listens to me on this but... you know those single T-5 HO and LED 4ft lights you can buy? Think about a shelf set up... 2ft of space between shelves that are 12 inches deep built right onto the wall. 2 of those single tube lights get just screwed into the bottom of the shelf above. Plants can go 2 deep. Ya don't need that much space OR lights. Think vertical space instead of horizontal space and then it makes a lot more sense for bonsai mother plants. You can kind of just shove them out of the way without having to carve out a bunch of tent space for them. Racks man... racks :) In a 4x2 space, you can fit 15 bonsai plants.
 

GthaEnigma

In Bloom
You have my attention. Always looking for ways to minimize space for the mamas. In case i need it in the future. I was blown away by some of the other Humboldt Seed Co 10k pheno hunt strains: magic melon and lemongrass. How is the flavor on the squirt? It is one of those i have been kicking around as i love the soda by that name, is the flavor even close?
 

MHippie

In Bloom
You have my attention. Always looking for ways to minimize space for the mamas. In case i need it in the future. I was blown away by some of the other Humboldt Seed Co 10k pheno hunt strains: magic melon and lemongrass. How is the flavor on the squirt? It is one of those i have been kicking around as i love the soda by that name, is the flavor even close?

Cool re: the mamas. Contrary to popular belief, you can hack the shit out of a cannabis plant top and bottom and it just pops up and begs for more... usually. That Squirt plant has the tap root trimmed almost all the way back to the main stalk. I left 2 inches. The other roots were broken up and moved to the sides of the container. More than half were thinned, cut, and discarded. It turned waaaaaay light after the transplant and I thought I might have gone too far. But a couple days later and some clear water and the N creeped right back in and greened it back up. Then it got a complete defoliation of all underside growth, a left over node growth shoots, and all large fan leaves. Then the growth tips on the left and right side were whacked to bring out the doubles. It's in recovery mode this week to let it get its nuts back out of its throat before I do FIM the ends to allow the middle to grow up. I really want this one to have a rounded canopy instead of a flat one. Would be cool to have a mini tree shaped one instead of my standard flat thing that you see now.

Squirt? It has a back taste of citrus and it's kind of skunky. I prefer it in a bowl because of how sticky it is. But if you let a cured bud hang out on the coffee table for a day, it crunches up pretty nice into a paper. I let my bud go until I have somewhere around 40% - 50% amber and the rest cloudy. Sort of like couch glue as opposed to a manic buzz if that makes sense.

Pineapple Muffin by HSC? HIGHLY recommend that stuff. It has this energy kick that's pretty unique. Have a joint with a cup of coffee and you're ready for a marathon or think you are up until the time you have your running shoes on and you're about to take your first step. Then you just say "Fuck it. This is stupid." and roll back inside, twist another one up, flip on the Xbox, and think about your younger days when you could do shit like that.
 

GthaEnigma

In Bloom
That flavor description has my rosin press written all over it. HSC is bringing some pretty crazy terps out in these hunts. The hype is legit. Grew the two I mentioned last year and both got a return invite to the party this year. Also eyeballing their Family Jewels, haha What an order that would be...i'll take the family jewels and squirt. Lmao
 

MHippie

In Bloom
Some outdoor flowering action. And my little plants that are still recovering. Little Dabbie helped me on those. They are coming along. I just nuked them with the wrong dirt and they almost did the death spiral. Got lucky.
 

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MHippie

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That flavor description has my rosin press written all over it. HSC is bringing some pretty crazy terps out in these hunts. The hype is legit. Grew the two I mentioned last year and both got a return invite to the party this year. Also eyeballing their Family Jewels, haha What an order that would be...i'll take the family jewels and squirt. Lmao

Yeah the smoke is really good and squirt is supposed to be made for extractors. I ha e a purple mountain majesty from hsc that I'm hoping is a male. I'll put that sucker on another PMM, Squirt, and Pineapple Muffin. More beans! But the strains would be crazy. Purple Pineapple and Purple Squirt. Hell get a male out of either of those two combos and cross them? Purple Squirting Pineapple Muffins!!! I'll bet HSC would get pissed...
 

MHippie

In Bloom
Flowering WW in bonsai format. It’s out of control lol but I’m not trimming height during flower. And I’ve never flowered in a bonsai pot. And the next pic is the same strain in a modified and defoliated espalier style... and I didn’t have to use sticks lol. Honestly I just want to see what happens. I have no predictions. Just doing it for the love of the grow and a complete disrespect for the rules.image.jpg
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jaguarlax

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Flowering WW in bonsai format. It’s out of control lol but I’m not trimming height during flower. And I’ve never flowered in a bonsai pot. And the next pic is the same strain in a modified and defoliated espalier style... and I didn’t have to use sticks lol. Honestly I just want to see what happens. I have no predictions. Just doing it for the love of the grow and a complete disrespect for the rules.View attachment 19563
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Welcome to pH brother... following along on this one... I love me some bonsai cannabis... glad to have ya aboard.
 

coste

In Bloom
Cool thing is that I'm a programmer



What's your stack? I, too, sling code by trade.
 

MHippie

In Bloom
Welcome to pH brother... following along on this one... I love me some bonsai cannabis... glad to have ya aboard.

Ty :) This is the biggest grow project I’ve ever tried. The goal at the end is to have 40 bonsai mama clone machines, each a different strain. Little Dabbie turned me on to a US seed guy who sells them for a buck a bean. I ended up with 34 photo strains and 8 autos... for $160. He’s an old school guy. And I’m taking a big chance trusting his genetics cause this shit is a lot of work. But he knows his stuff and I think it will be cool. The proof Is in the bud :). Love it here. People are about a billion times cooler than the illogical place.
 

GthaEnigma

In Bloom
Its funny cause last year lemongrass acted like a diva and this year its one of the melons. Overall though, i didn't find them anymore challenging than most of the other stuff i have grown out. The payoff far outweighs the problems. They were super terpy and extract like a dream.
 

MHippie

In Bloom
Its funny cause last year lemongrass acted like a diva and this year its one of the melons. Overall though, i didn't find them anymore challenging than most of the other stuff i have grown out. The payoff far outweighs the problems. They were super terpy and extract like a dream.

Their pineapple muffin was a pretty simple grow. But Squirt and Purple Mountain Majesty are just... err... bitchy. REALLY REALLY touchy with PH and nutes. Fox Farm has to be fed at a very weak strength in semi depleted soil or you get nute lock out. I think I've used more epsom salts in the last month than I've used in my entire life.
 
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