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Perfecting the Seedling Stage of Growth

When a seed has visibly sprouted above ground and its first set of leaves are visible the seedling stage has officially begun.  There are several different environmental conditions you can control to help your young plant grow a strong root system and a supportive main stem.  One of these conditions is keeping a consistent air flow present at all times.  It is crucial that there is some wind resistance blowing against the support system of the plant.  I’m sure you have witnessed the images of long skinny cannabis stems that are stretching like crazy for the light without any root support.  The wind that comes from your fan will signal to the plant that it needs to build a stronger foundation in order to survive its conditions.  Cannabis is amazing at adapting to whatever environment it is placed in and that’s why it can grow in climates throughout the world.  Be sure when first adding wind to the environment, that you gradually get your plant use to the airflow.  At first, it’s going to be extremely weak so putting the fan on a medium/high setting could really stress out the plant beyond the point of recovery.  As the stem continues to grow stronger, kick the fan up to its usual setting.

Humidity should also be in central focus early on in the plant’s life cycle.  It is crucial to maintain the appropriate humidity throughout the entire growing process because humidity affects the rate at which your crops will transpire.  Cannabis plants will always try and maintain a equilibrium when it comes to the water levels inside and outside the plant.  So if the humidity in the grow room is too low the plant will begin to transpire dangerously quick and lose its necessary nutrients.  New stunted leaves, dying flowers, and older shriveling leaves are all indications of rapid transpiration.  In the seedling, stage humidity needs to be at its highest levels.  I would recommend aiming for 70% and decreasing by around 5-10% each week until reaching the 40% mark.  Until the plant has fully developed roots, lower levels of humidity in the air will cause stunted growth.  It’s important to understand that levels above 45% are usually dangerous and unwanted in a grow room because they can cause mold and mildew in mature plants.  It’s often hard to reach 70% humidity for your seedlings without the help of humidity domes or using a humidifier.

Another important determination to make is when to begin adding nutrients to the plant.  I would say that it should be right around the same time you set up the fan and begin building its root structure.  Up until the point where it shows its first set of leaves you should be fine using plain water that has been PH’d correctly.  When you do begin adding nutrients, remember less is more and that the last thing you want to do is cause nutrient overload this early on.  General Hydroponics brand has a chart that includes the appropriate amounts for the different stages of growth, including the seedling stage.  I would use this as a guide more than a precise measurement.  They often overstate the amount of nutrients you need in order to sell their product more quickly.  I would also start smaller than the recommendations for other brands too until you know exactly how your plant will react.

The last important thing a grower should monitor is the space between the light and the top set of leaves.  During this stage, I would highly recommend only using compact fluorescent lighting due to the intensity of other lighting sources.  Just like with high winds, high voltage lighting can cause irreversible damage that the plant may never recover from.  Even with CFLs, not maintaining the right distance can cause similar problems.  The ideal height should only be 2-4 inches above the highest point of the plant.  Any higher than that, and you’ll likely see it begin to stretch into a skinny long stem.  These lights still emit heat and if they are really close will cause leaves to wither and dry up.  Make sure to check the height at least once a day and make adjustments as needed.  Maintaining the perfect environment early on always pays off and leads to a strong support system capable of holding the densest of buds.

 

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Chocolope Strain Report

When I think of strains that are always in rotation at local medical marijuana gardens, one that quickly comes to mind is Chocolope.  This sativa is not hybrid-like in its effects at all.  Its genetics come from two parents who are known for having clear energetic highs.  Chocolate Thai was bred with Cannalope Haze to create this patient favorite.  From the growers’ point of view, it is a great choice because it has a short flowering period of around 9 weeks.  That time period is more common in indica strains that grow short and bushy.  Leave space in the grow room because the branches will grow tall and reach high come flowering season.  It has all the characteristics people expect out of a sativa besides a quicker harvest.

The buds are relatively dense but not to the degree of a kush strain or something like Green Crack.  The name fits perfectly because in my experience those buds are usually as heavy as rocks.  The potency is everything you could ask for and it is astonishing to me how I can stay motivated in this state of mind.  I also noticed that I can still use it after a long day at work to unwind and easily fall asleep, while other times my mind will run for hours with a sativa.  Opening up a jar results in a very sweet coffee-like scent, which I find hilarious.  Matching up the scent of the bud with another stimulating drug is a perfect way to show the consumer what they’re in for effect wise.  A lot of times its easy to tell what the flavor might be like based on scent, but this is next level.  Flavor isn’t so much coffee-like, but it has more of an earthy piney taste.  My grower hasn’t gotten the medicine tested for cannabinoid percentages but based on experience and the degree of trichome coverage, it won’t disappoint when it does.

When it comes to medical uses, I would say it shouldn’t be the first choice for those trying to alleviate pain.  That is unless the pain originates in the head due to migraines or another condition.  There are other strains that do a better job of relaxing the entire body and removing painful discomfort.  It is very uplifting in even small doses so someone with depression could greatly benefit from using Chocolope.  It worked great for me when I was under lots of stress in college worrying too much about deadlines and performance.  I would highly recommend students to use this strain during their daily routine because they can lower anxiety levels without losing the drive to get things done.  Food definitely tastes great like with all types of weed, but this one isn’t anywhere near the strongest of appetite stimulators available to those struggling to eat food regularly.  This strain will always be one of my go-to strains for energy for as long as the growing community keeps it around.