Yeah, thanks for asking.
The little schwag guerilla plant that popped up outside my back fence matured early. It yielded 6 oz of sticky skunky very narcotic pot. On a still night you could smell that little mother 10 feet away.
What a nice bonus! Especially considering the disappointments with some of my "big name" genotypes. All I did was water it when it hadn't rained in two weeks and fertilize it about half as much as my garden plants. (Which is interesting, because I think I over-ferted my Northern Lights and may have even shocked that one beau-ti-ful specimen into going male or heavily herm...too much K when I was expecting flowering to start.) Anyway, it was a fine little plant. Here's its harvest.
The plant I'm calling A1 is looking great. It's had no health problems, spent much of the veg season noticeably smaller than the other indica then added height late in the season, up to about 7 feet. It's pretty well budded (probably not as heavily as your beautiful plants, jackel), has a great aroma and is really loading up with tricomes. I plan to harvest in 7 days. Here's a shot of an upper cola.
And here's a closer shot.
A2 I'd pretty well written off as a loser. (Like A1 it was a "bonus" seed that came with my NL's.) It got big (8ft high x 7ft wide) but its buds were so skimpy...just very small buds and they didn't extend very far down the branch. But in the last 7 - 10 days it's really started to add mass in the buds. So, I'm encouraged and am gonna watch it closely to delay harvest as long as I can (without suffering too much THD degradation) to get the most out of it.
Here's a pic:
I started out with six plants and wound up with three. Lost two when they bloomed male and one got big and just died off...never knew why. I had dreams of 5 pounds
which would last me, what, a year?
I took some chances growing on my own property but always determined that I would not sell any of it. If I got busted for growing I wanted to be able to say, "It was all for my personal use," with great conviction. Unlike you CA growers, dealing here can get you seriously arrested. Lots of people do it, of course, but I'm a successful middle aged businessman - a model citizen
- so there's no financial motive for me. I say that after realizing that my guerilla plant was worth $2400 on the local market if sold in 1 oz lots.
Anyway, it looks like I'll wind up with somewhere just short of a pound and a half. I'm not gonna squawk about that.
This was my first grow, but I didn't have the kind of problems that I read about some of the folks here. I expect that's because I'm a life-long gardener with a lot of experience cultivating flowering plants. On the other hand I think I may have cost myself at least one, and maybe 2, really nice plants to male blooming by fertilizing my 420 at the same rate as my corn and tomatoes. But those heavy veggies flourish with absurd amounts of nutrients, especially in my sandy, well-draining soil.
I hung the plant I harvested on a line stretched across my kitchen. What fun! Everything I own smells like pot!
A young female friend has been helping me with the garden this summer (she's interested in horticulture) and it was mildly erotic to watch her close her eyes, hug herself and go "MMM" when she'd walk in and inhale.
It's supposed to be rainy here all week, so I'm gonna be watching for mold. But I don't think we have as much of a problem here as you do in heavily agricultural regions where there are so many more mold varieties wafting on the breeze.
Thanks to you and the other admins here for holding my hand
. It's always great to be able to turn to an expert when venturing into unfamiliar territory.
Jackel, I've been admiring your crop photos. Let me know what yield weight you get from those, will ya?