I have decided to do some ongoing posts of some of my cannabis seed grows. I will touch on things that might help you guys out with your grows. I will also share images as my grows progress. I have been needing to add content to my site, and this will be an easier way to do it, this will be my first installment.
I have sadly been out of Santa Marta Colombian Gold seeds for some time. This old school strain (was the first plant I even grew back in 1968) is still very popular, and I am asked often when I will have them back in stock.
Well, just as soon as these plants finish, I should have copious quantities of these seeds for you guys! I too am looking forward to that day.
I am also growing 3 Backberry Zittlez plants as well, so will have F1 hybrids of those. I am very impressed with this strain, very vigorous, and impressive genetics for sure!
You can see a quick video of the plants on my YouTube Channel…
And here is an image of the plants….
7/24/22 Update….Just pruning up the underbrush of these plants.
As the plant matures, and especially if the plant has suffered some stress (over-watering, under-watering, lack of nitrogen (food), too much heat, etc.) lower leaves can die, wilt and ultimately dry up.
This is also common simply because of age, and the fact this underbrush receives less light.
Some strains are more prone to this then others as well.
It is always best to remove this kinda stuff, mainly to improve air flow…..especially if you live where it can get humid and mold problems are common.
I go so far as removing the smaller branches as well…especially if it looks like they will never get big enough to grow out into the light more.
Here is an image of the 15 plants all prune up. I can legally grow 15 plants here where I live, and I always obey the law regarding this……
You might notice I also put all the leaves and plant material I pruned on top of the soil in the pots, and added some compost on top…..the plants will love this!
7/26/22 Update….Well the heat of summer has arrived. With temperatures hovering around 105 Fahrenheit for the next week or so. How will my cannabis plants fare? They will do great, cannabis actually does not mind high temperatures…..if you keep one thing in mind.
And that is water!
So lets discuss watering your cannabis plants a bit.
I always see posts on FaceBook of people asking how often and how much they should water their plants. They want someone to give them a formula, tell them exactly how much water, and how often. This is simply impossible.
And, here is why…..Cannabis, and plants in general will need varying amounts of water through out their lives. There is no formula, there is no rule for watering. The amount of water you give your plants, and how often changes dramatically through out their lives.
I suggest growers should develop the ability to simply look at a plant and tell if it is thirsty. There are tell tell signs…such as, they will get a dull slightly wilty look when they are just beginning to suffer water stress (time to water.) This will progress till they are obviously wilting ( you don’t want to let it get to this stage as damage is beginning to occur.)
When a plant first sprouts it needs very little water. It’s root zone is small, and water that is not in it’s root zone means little. I usually water almost daily, but only enough to saturate it’s small root zone. As a plant gets bigger, it needs more water. Basically the bigger the plant, and the smaller the container it is grown in the more water it will require, and it will need this drink more often.
Heat is also a consideration. Basically the hotter it is the more water it will need, and again more often. Even wind can cause a plant to need water more often. Plants kinda like people transpire water to cool themselves, and plants need water to maintain photosynthesis.
One other thing to keep in mind is if you are growing plants outdoors in containers, in the hot sun…..not only will the plant you see be that hot, but also its roots will be just as hot. The fix is to water often, or like I do sometimes bury the pot in the earth where the plants roots will get a break from the heat. I have been asked why I don’t just plant them in the ground, and it is because Santa Marta Colombian Gold is a tropical plant and can take longer then my growing season to finish maturing it’s seeds. This way I can actually move them indoors if need be to finish.
One of the easiest ways to judge a plants water needs is to simply heft the pot. When you first pot a plant , and before you water it in heft the pot to judge it’s weight. Then when you need to judge it’s water needs you can tell by the weight of it’s pot….the heavier it is the more water it contains.
Cannabis can take the heat, as long as it has adequate water.
I once grew a big Sativa in my greenhouse with the glazing installed in the height of summer. It got about 110 that summer, and I saw 140 in the greenhouse. This plant was in the ground, and on daily drip irrigation. I wondered how it would do….well it flourished, and produced over 50,000 premium seeds!
Now back to the present grow, here is a pic from a few minutes ago….
They are getting over 6 feet tall now, and pretty much loving life. These are fairly big plants in 5 gallon buckets, and not all the buckets are buried. So how do I water these, every day, and they would actually like to be watered twice a day. The temperatures around here have been hitting the triple digits recently. So how much water do I give them, as much as the bucket will hold, I put drain holes about 2 inches up from the bottom so they would have a bit of a reservoir.
I have begun looking for pre-flowering, and have seen only female flowers so far. I do hope, and expect (there are 15 plants after all) to have a male or two. I will be letting you know how that goes. Till next time, if you have any questions or comments I would love to hear them….
8/1/22….Time for an update on my outdoor cannabis seed grow. Here is an image of those plants today…
They are reaching for the sky as cannabis plants do. They will however, be somewhat limited, because of only being in 5 gal pots.
The plants inter-nodes are getting closer at the tops….a sure sign of them preparing to flower. Their stems will also harden up, gaining the strength to support the heavy flowers they will soon have.
I have been watching for signs of preflowers of course, as I want a male and will be producing seed. And, I have been rewarded with my first male, a Panama Red!
Here is an image of him…worst case senerio I have F1’s with him as the father.
I am still hoping, and expecting, a male Santa Marta Colombian Gold. With about 8 of those plants I doubt I will be disappointed. The Panama Red is a bit faster then the Golds which are not showing yet.
Regardless of what happens I will have seeds! So that is good!
There is one thing I do not like about tropical Sativa’s like Santa Marta Colombian Gold…..and that is how long winded they are! How long it takes them to flower, and to finish. This is the reason I am growing these plants in the buckets, so I have the ability to actually move the plants indoors to finish ripening their seed if need be.
When plants get this big in pots that small it is important to keep them hydrated and fed. I am beginning to feed they at every watering, and I have to water them every day. They would actually like a second drink on those days it is hovering around 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Sometimes I just give them a drink via their foliage. I like to do this on occasion not only for hydration, but also to simply wash their leaves of. Think of the leaves as small solar panels, to take full advantage of the sun they need to be clean of dust.
8/11/22…..I am basically growing these plants to produce some pure Santa Marta Colombian Gold seeds. That of course hinges on my getting a male of that strain.
And thankfully I have, he is one of my ‘Real Santa Marta Colombian Gold’ plants which is awesome! He is a big robust male, and will have his way with all the ladies.
I debated what to do with the Panama Red male, and finally decided to cull him, I don’t have the time right now to deal with him.
I have been selectively breeding the Colombian Gold strain for some time now, and the ‘Real’ is the end result. So those genetics will be involved with all the seeds made in this grow.
I have plants from other lines of Colombian Gold as well in this grow.
I have one other female of the Real, so will keep her seeds separate from the rest.
8/14/22….time for an update on my Santa Marta Colombian Gold seed grow.
I decided to put some room between my plants to let them fill out a bit……bad timing!
Here is a pic of the plants when I spread them out…..
Everything would have been fine if they had been in larger pots like a 15 gal or so.
But in their small 5 gal pot the plant ends up weighing more then the pot.
We can have very hard winds blow through at times and that night we certainly did.
I came out the next morning to find every plant except those I got buried in the ground…on their sides, flat on the ground! Fortunately cannabis plants are tough, and at this age so are their stems so not much damage thankfully.
So, I put them all back closely together to help support each other, as well as put some string around them for added support, as you can see here….
Since I don’t really care about the amount of flower they produce (I just need some seed) they can grow this way, without the worry of the wind knocking them around.
It is surprising just how much water (and food) they want being this big in those little pots.
They are completely root bound at this point!
I am watering them twice a day, and feeding them at one of those waterings every day. They are losing quite a few of their lower leaves as they send their energy to their upper most growth…..the growth that will be producing their lifelong desire……seeds…proliferation!
I do think I will stagger them a bit more so they can all enjoy the lowering of the fall sun.
Will be gone for a few days as I go to my remote forested property to begin planting my food forest. I will be practicing permaculture principles to grow food for both myself, and all the woodland animals. You can see many of these animals on my YouTube channel…..https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEkh3b6or8iKjDZDmByo0qg
8/28/22…..Time for another update on the Santa Marta Colombian Gold Seed Grow.
The long season Sativas continue to grow, and can suck the water out of their small pots very quickly. I suppose they would want water 4 times a day in the 100 degree heat we have been experiencing. Anyways, here is a few pics…..
The plants are now over 8 feet tall, even though they are in only 5 gal pots! Just after I took this picture I decided to super crop them, in an effort to keep them out of sight from neighbors. That tends to be a lost cause if the plants are still determined to put on new vertical growth.
Here are some images of the 3 male Santa Marta Gold plants I decided to keep. One has flowered early, and I decided to keep that trait, so he will be the father of some of these seeds….I also kept him because the 3 Blackberry Zittlez plants are going into full bloom.
The other 2 males are much slower to flower, and will be the fathers of most of the Santa Marta seeds I harvest. Here are a few images of the males….
As slow as these plants are maturing I think I will be glad to have the ability to move them indoors under LED’s when it becomes too cold.
I am also excited about the Santa Marta Colombian Gold X Blackberry Zittlez F1 cross! This is going to be a special plant…likely very vigorous, very potent, and will take just a bit more time (but should finish outdoors in most locals) to stack on even more flowers.
I think I will keep the two distinct pheno-types of the Blackberry Zittlez separate for you guys. One will be a quicker to flower plant that should create huge colas. The other will be a very vigorous big plant, that should produce alot of bud weight at harvest. Both are very impressive plants. Here is an image of just the 3 Blackberry’s I am growing….
Update….9/15/22…They have stopped growing up, which is a good thing. I did super-crop them all to keep them down a bit, and age certainly can help in that regard. Here are a few images of the plants, crystallization, and maturing seed, and how the garden looks today…..
Update…9/20/22….It is chop day for my male plants. There are three of them, all Santa Marta Colombian Gold. They have had their way with the ladies for a few months now, and I want the mothers to put their energy in maturing their seed, not in the hopes of making more.
These plants have exceeded my expectations being grown in small five gallon pots! Just shows what good water and nutrition can achieve. I have one Santa Marta female that is very slow, she has made very few seeds even this late in the fall, she will be my choice as the closest to the original strain just because of that trait.
So without father ado, here are some images from today…..
Update…10/14/22….Well it has been about a month, and the plants of course are not getting any bigger, although their buds, even though seeded, certainly are. I am impressed with the bud structure of the Santa Marta’s….they are tight, pretty big for Sativa’s, and well cyrstalled.
Our Indian summer has been holding on, which is giving these somewhat long winded Sativas a chance to ripen their seed. I am loving the genetics, and will have a bunch of seed for you guys.
I made a short vid of the grow and put it on Youtube…… https://youtu.be/6GXmr5ZU89E
I am also impressed with both the F1 crosses of the Blackberry Skittez and the Sour Plums. Both are Sativa dom, and very similar.
The Blackberry Skittez is a very vigorous and has two main pheno-types, one just a large fast growing plant with a large beautiful flowers, and a shorter version that when grown for sinsemilia will likely have buds as big as your leg! They are huge….
Looking at the images below, you can actually see the seeds forming within their calyxs. The last seeds to mature are at the tip of the buds. Some of the lower older seeds will likely even be ready to just fall out.
I hear all the horror stories of bugs, mold, and mildew, and am glad I grow where I do. Very dry, semi arid, and only 1000ft elevation. I have zero problems growing great cannabis!
Here are some images of the grow today….