Think Different remains the best selling of all Dutch Passion automatics for good reasons, she grows well under most conditions and produces above-average crops of beautifully strong cannabis. This weeks home grow review from ‘Paulie' shows a typical customer home grow with around 100g (about 3 ounces) of dried buds harvested from a single plant.
Paulie used a small tent, 60cm x 60cm x 140cm, together with an LED (his first time using LED) and produced some great looking cannabis. If we made a survey of Dutch Passion auto flower growers, most of them would be very happy to get around 100g per plant. This Think Different grow from Paulie (from the friendly Green Circle growers forum) shows what can be achieved in a simple and well organised home grow. Its not necessary to have a huge tent to be a self-sufficient cannabis home grower, cannabis is a versatile plant and will grow almost anywhere.
This grow was done with the flowering tip chopped off the Think Different ,after 2 weeks. Most auto growers prefer not to remove the growing tip of the plant which tends to produce smaller bushier plants with lots of blooms. However we have seen other home growers use this ‘topping’ technique on other Think Different grows, notably the one from Bambud.
The pictures and words come from Paulie:
“The grow medium was soil with a bit of perlite and dolomite lime (a calcium/magnesium rich mineral) mixed in. It was in a 17 litre felt sack. Its a tiny tent, 60x60x140cm. The light is an unbranded led panel with a power draw of 320w. Its the first time I have used one. The light cycle I used was 18/6 from start to finish, i.e. 18 hours of light followed by 6 hours of darkness each day.”
“The nutrients were Tomorite tomato feed (a standard garden centre tomato feed) and Buddhas Tree PK 9/18 (a bloom booster). Seed to harvest took 83 days. The trichomes were cloudy with 10% of the trichomes amber at the start of the last week water flush.”
“I wanted to make the plant bushy instead of tall so i topped it at 14 days at the 3rd node (i.e. the growing tip was cut off at the 3rd node). This produced 3 new tops. The Think Different reacted well to this and when she grew a bit taller I used some LST (Low stress training, tying down the branches) to open her up to the light.”
“All was going well until i had to go away for a few days and I under-watered her...doh!!...she went really droopy and it took me a while to get her up and running again. I think this is what put her back a bit and stunted growth, she was only 22 inches tall at the end.”
“I don’t have a formalised feed schedule as such. Captain Beefheart (see his famous Skunk #11 grow here) once told me how to read my plants and on this grow i started feeding with Tomorite from week 4-5 . I used about 3mls per litre I watched how the Think Different reacted and adjusted the feeding accordingly. The Buddhas Tree ‘PK boost’ was added from week 6, at about 0.5ml/litre on every second watering. This continued up to the start of the final flush.”
“She really started to pack on the weight in the last 3 weeks, the buds almost doubled in size. The buds were heavily coated in sticky trichomes and were nice and hard. There was a really nice fruity smell and taste with a smooth tasty smoke which leaves a hazy smell in the room. Its ideal for an early evening smoke to relax after work....very very munchie though (Think Different stimulates a strong appetite).”
“I would certainly grow this strain again. Although she reacted well to the process I wouldn’t recommend cutting off the growing tip. I have to use LST (low stress training) with my small grow room but left alone, and without my mistake, I think she would have produced a lot more.”
Congratulations to Paulie on his grow, he showed the versatility of the modern auto flower which was topped (growing tip cut off), tied down using LST and bloomed under 18 hours of daily light under LED.
Perhaps most interesting was seeing Paulie show that cannabis grows well even when fed standard Tomato nutrients. It shows that cannabis is easy to grow, you don't need a huge grow tent and lots of sophisticated feeding products to produce your own crop of home grown cannabis.
July 24th 2015