Growing Concerns by Russ – First Edition


Russ and his amazing Black Widow (tm).

 

Growing

concerNS

 

by
Russ








                   

                   









       

       

      BC
      Legal?
       
         I’ve heard that
      it’s legal to grow pot in British Columbia.  Is this true?










                        signed,
                        Curious
                        Austin, TX










      Russ
      Replies:
         
      Sadly,
      Curious… it is not legal to grow pot in British Columbia, or anywhere
      else in Canada. Federal Laws prohibit it. However, police and courts have
      a wide range of latitude in which to operate – from draconian to enlightened.
      It depends on which province/municipality that you live and grow in, on
      how they will react.
      Grower Beware!






       

       

      Pruning?   
      I would like to learn more about pruning
      my plants. Can you explain the process to me?










                        signed,
                        Anonymous
                        Surrey, BC










      Russ
      Replies:
         
      Well,
      Anonymous…pruning plants is a frequently misunderstood process. People
      often remove leaves to allow more light onto growing tips underneath, in
      the false belief that this is an accepted pruning practice.
      It
      is not
      . Chlorophyl (the green leaf color)
      is responsible for photo-synthesis and removing 5 square inches of chlorophyl
      to get more light on 1 square inch of chlorophyl, does not make sense.

      Pinching
      is the practice of removing or ‘pinching off’ the growing tips of the plant
      to force out more branches.

      Pruning
      is the removal of branches, leaves, and growing tips to facilitate the
      circulation of air and the penetration of light throughout the plant to
      increase fruiting.

      You should
      only remove leaves which are more than 40% damaged, or those attached to
      branches you are pruning, eh?






       

       

      Temperature?   
      What’s the proper temperature to grow my pot
      at? Eh?










                      signed,
                      White Widder
                      Kelona, BC










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    Russ
    Replies:
       
    Well,
    White Widder…marijuana thrives between 68ºF at night (minimum),
    and 82ºF during the light cycle (maximum).

     I
    personally like to garden in a short-sleeved t-shirt. If I’m uncomfortable
    with either the temperature or the humidity, then I know that my plants
    are not growing to their full potential, because we share nearly identical
    environmental  parameters for temperature (68ºF-82ºF), and
    humidity (50%rh-65%rh). Keep
    her
    cool, eh?


     

     






     


     





 

 

CO2?  
Can I use the exhaust from my natural gas furnace,
or hot water tank, to increase the CO
2
in my grow room?










signed,
Just Wondering
Calgary, AB










Russ
Replies:
    No,
Just Wondering…although in theory this is a workable option, I personally
do not recommend it all. If the burner is dirty or improperly carborated,
it will produce CO
2
(carbon dioxide) and CO (
carbon
monoxide
), a deadly gas that
can kill you or your plants.

If you
wish to increase the carbon dioxide supply to your room, I recommend better
ventilation, or a myriad of non-lethal ways to produce CO
2
(eg. vinegar & soda, dry ice, bottled carbon dioxide, CO
2
generators, etc., eh?).





 

Tin
Foil Folly?
 
   
I have lots of tin foil, and I was wondering
if it would make a good wall covering to reflect the light.










signed,
Tin Man
Kitimat, BC










Russ
Replies:
   
No matter how much aluminum (tin) foil that you’ve got, Tin Man, I don’t
recommend this as a wall covering in your grow room, for several reasons
(eg. aluminum foil conducts electricity very efficiently — remember the
aluminum-wired homes that subsequently burned to the ground, or got re-wired
with copper? If the foil is not placed perfectly flat, then the
scattering light rays will cancel each other out and decrease the available
light, etc., etc.).

I recommend
you go to a paint shop, order some high-quality flat white paint
*
with a fungicide mixed into it (tell ’em it’s for your steamy bathroom),
and paint your grow room interior (all surfaces, eh?).

*Flat
white paint gives you the highest reflective value available to the average
grower – even higher than mirror!
.





 

 

Degenerate
Clones?
    I
keep hearing about ‘clone degeneration’ from using successive clones, causing
loss of vigor, stunted growth, lower yields, and lower potency. How many
generations can I cut before I notify Dr. Kvorkian? Or should I only clone
from the original ‘mom’? How often do I have to replace my mom?










signed,
Dolly the Sheep
Scotland










Russ
Replies:
    Well…Hello…Dolly! 
Shame on you! A New-Age grass-eating sheep like you should know that there
is no such thing as clone degeneration! Each new generation is an
exact
copy
of the original. PERIOD!

However: 
correct observation, wrong conclusion. The symptoms you describe (loss
of vigor, stunted growth, lower yields, and lower potency), are results
of stresses being applied to the plant.

Stress
comes in many forms. For example, bugs, pests, nutrient problems, medium,
problems, temperature/humidity problems, or even diseases. Keeping in mind
that plants do not have an immune system – such as you or I, Dolly – when
a plant becomes diseased, obviously all subsequent clones are diseased.

Clone
degeneration?                    
Yes  No!


Stress/Disease
build-up?           
Yes! No


Remember,
Cleanliness is next to Godliness.


Nuff
said, eh?


 





 

 

Hydro
Phobia?
   
How
can I bypass my hydro meter and get more lights free without getting busted?










signed,
Power Hungry
Surrey, BC











Russ
Replies:
    Dear
Power Hungry:    Bypassing your meter is not only dangerous,
but also ‘theft of service’, an indictable offense, and a totally different
moral issue than growing herbs. Growing pot is morally correct – theft
is immoral – in my opinion. Therefore, I do not condone or advocate the
theft of electricity under any circumstances. Pay your bill, eh?





 

 

PH
Problems?
   
What’s
the right PH to use for growing Cannabis Sativa?










signed,
Up or Down
Victoria Springs, AU











Russ
Replies:
    Dear
Up or Down:    This is a very controversial issue. The old
theory holds that you should maintain a neutral, 7.0 PH. This number has
continually gone down over the years, and my latest data recommends 6.0
to 7.0 for organic (ie. garden) soil, and 4.5 to 6.0 for a soil-less medium
(ie. hydroponics). The standard sunshine mix, pearlite, vermiculite, etc.,
are closer to soil-less than organic.

Each
subspecies of cannabis (indica, ruderalis?, sativa, or hybrid) requires
a different specific PH, but generally, I recommend 6.0 PH for hydroponics,
and 6.5 PH for ‘man-made’ soils, as starting points. Learn to read your
plants, eh?





 

Hash?   
What is the easiest way for me to make
hash?
  










signed,
Tri Combs
Moose Jaw, SK










Russ
Replies:
    Dear
Tri… Great Question!  I believe that the easiest way to make hash
is also the best way to make hash! I don’t recommend using alcohol preparations
to make hash or hash oil, because the danger of explosion is real,
and because the complex extraction process is often misunderstood. Consequently,
you’ll usually produce a low-quality product!

I prefer
the ancient practice of removing the tricombs by manually screening
the buds and leaves, then pressing the loose tricombs into hash.


 

Here’s How
to make Hash:


 


  • Separate
    sun leaves from buds and bud leaves during manicuring of harvest crop

  • Completely
    dry the bud/bud leaves that have tricombs present. They should easily crumble
    between your fingers. If you try screening them before they are absolutely
    dry, they will ‘gum up’ your screen. ugh!

  • Place the
    pot in the freezer for a couple of hours. This makes the tricombs (the
    thingies with the THC in ’em) very brittle! They’ll break off and pass
    through the screen with less friction.

  • Remove the
    pot from the freezer. Crush it with your fingers until it is about the
    size of bottled spices.

  • Place a
    mirror below your screen to catch the tricombs.

  • Gently sift
    your pot over a
    HashMizer 2000
    screen, by lightly agitating the pot with a credit card, or even your fingers.

  • Collect
    the tricombs off the mirror frequently with your credit card. Compress
    them between your fingers. Smoke some. If it’s below your standards – discard
    the hash – and reload the screen. Start ‘screening’ again.

  • This process
    is the highest quality process because it uses low heat (body temp) and
    low pressure (finger squeeze) needed to create a block of hash from tricombs.

  • The highest
    grade of hash has the highest percentage of tricombs and the lowest percentage
    of extraneous plant material. As the the tricomb count diminishes, the
    grade declines, and more heat/pressure is required to create a ‘brick’
    of hash.
  • Due to popular
    demand, I have developed the
    Hash Mizer
    2000 Kit
    .  This kit includes
    all necessary parts, tools and instructions so that you can easily assemble
    and use your own hash screen in about as much time as it takes to smoke
    a joint! Send for your kit today!  Once your payment is received (only
    International Money Orders accepted),  within 24 hours I will ship
    your
    Hash Mizer 2000 Kit
    to you in a discreet, plain brown shipping tube).

    Snail Mail

    Cost:        
    $30 CA + $8 CA
    [s&h]


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    GROWING CONCERNS


    Address:     
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    Richmond, B.C. V6Y 1E0, Canada






     

    In
    the dark?
       
    What
    kind of light must I use to get big, fat buds?










    signed,
    Midnight Cowboy
    New York, NY










    Russ
    Replies:
        Dear
    Midnight Cowboy… Most North Americans use
    Metal
    Halide
    bulbs for the vegetative phase
    (18 hours daily), and then they switch to
    High
    Pressure Sodium
    bulbs for the flowering
    phase (12 hours daily).

    In Europe,
    they use HPS for both the ‘grow‘ and ‘bud‘ phases. In Australia,
    they use MH for both phases.

    My preferred
    setup is 3 lights at a ratio of 2MH:1HPS for the vegetative phase, and
    a ratio of 2HPS:1MH for the flowering phase.

    Based
    on an absolute minimum of 20 watts of power per square foot
    of growing area, and 4 plants per square foot of growing area,  you
    could expect a harvest of 1 ounce per square foot!

    More
    details about lighting, and other variables in the next issue of Growing
    Concerns
    TM. Until
    then, I wish you good gardening, good smoke, and good-bye!

                                                                                

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