Wild Thailand Sprouts

In great news, the Wild Thailand strain Cannabis seed planted sprouted.  It will be interesting to follow this along as she grows.  I’m guessing that this Wild Thailand is going to grow really well here in Hawaii.

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Not going to be posting much more about this Wild Thailand Sprouts post. I guess it really is going to be a Wild Thailand Grow Journal. Hope you follow as it grows along. lol
Aloha

Cannabis Plants Rotated

The planned Rotation of Cannabis plants has been completed. All Cannabis plants rotated with no major issues. Due to it coming on the winter months here in Hawaii, I will be retiring many of the garden beds for the winter. Although there is a year-round growing season in Hawaii, the shorter days of the winter months do not produce as good of bud as in the summer with the longer days. In the winter months, bud production is normally 30 – 40% less than what production is during all other months.

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There are a couple of factors that make this loss of sunlight here on Holmgrown Farm. One must first remember that Holmgrown Farm is in the middle of an Ohia forest. There is only any sunlight here at all because of the clearing for the garden beds. Being that its the middle of a forest, The way the sun moves over the garden changes from summer to winter drastically.

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During the summer, we get appx. 13.5 hours of daylight. The sun moves over the garden by coming up in the northeast and setting in the west. Moving this direction it sends a steady constant 9 hours of direct sunlight to the garden beds before being filtered by trees. That’s as good as can be expected in the middle of a forest.

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In the winter months, we get appx. 11 hours of daylight The sun moves over the garden by coming up in the East and setting in the south-south-east. With this movement of the sun over the garden, the plants only get appx. 5 hours of direct sunlight before being filtered by trees.

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It is not that Holmgrown Farm does not grow during the winter months. Obviously, this post is about 2 new plants put outside to bud. With 12 hours of direct light being best for bud production and the application of a little basic math, you can see why the bud production drops off so much during winter months. No sugar coating here. 5 hours of direct light really is not worth a lot when it comes to bud production. You still get a great tight, stinky, sticky, bud. The buds just have no real weight or size to them. It’s just not worth all the work caring for a lot of plants only to reap so little. Just a couple of plants are cool it’s perfect, a fresh harvest in the winter is nice. It’s just not worth it to grow many more.

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Anyway, that’s it for the Cannabis Plants Rotated post.

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Trimming Cannabis Leads To Smoking Cannabis

After a weekend spent trimming cannabis to the point where my first 2 fingers and thumb on my right-hand can’t even grip a PlayStation 4 controller. It truly was a rough trim session. I was forced to take a free day on Monday to recover. The buds from this harvest even though mostly not fully mature, was, and is especially sticky. Just about every 5 mins. I needed to clean the scissors with alcohol. It was a major pain in the ass. I did manage to get a little finger hash as I progressed. It was phenomenal! I would have enjoyed that hash a little more had it not come with 3 lame fingers on my right hand. Had to sign my signature and couldn’t even grip the pen. For a while, I could not even use a lighter to get any smoking of cannabis done. lol

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In the end, I did end up with a fair amount of really good trimmings for hash or oil making. Most likely it will be bubble hash. I don’t know about you.

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But, I like bubble hash. I like to smoke bubble hash.  Screened down to 25 microns it’s pretty close to pure keif. When it bubbles and evaporates in a bowl, it is a fun sideshow while puffing. I’m not even gonna get into the high.

I like to take the hash and do a mini alcohol extraction kinda thing, It is basically just a recipe of putting bubble hash in 200 proof alcohol till dissolved, strain through a coffee filter, add to a flask, put the flask in hot water and most of the alcohol evaporates and the few tables spoons of liquid is a crude type of oil.  I just pour into whatever I making butter topical oil, candies, etc. It really mixes well. It is the best quick way using bubble hash to make gummies and hard candies. It’s not as good as co2 oil for candies but, it does a really good job.

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I also normally at this point would be telling you about making co2 oil. You know, using supercritical co2 to extract all the good stuff from the cannabis buds, and what not. If I had a major surplus of fair to good buds that would go bad here in the humidity, is the best way to keep extra bud. Oil keeps longer and it really is the best for cooking. Holmgrown Farm does make its own CO2 or Honey oil. I am not really in a mood to go into that here right now. But here is a video for ya to see on that subject.

Yep, spent the whole weekend trimming bud. But, now is the fun part. After all the cannabis trimming has been completed, It’s taste test time! Taste test time is the bestest thing in the world. After 2 days of trimming the most stinky, sticky, buds of this year so far, I now get to burn it in all the best ways this can be done.

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Before I do any smoking of a new harvest that is early harvested due to bud mold, I like to look at the buds to see what color the Trichomes are through a microscope. Most the time the Trichomes is clearish. The ideal is milky to amber colored. I would wait to harvest when there is about a 25% amber color to the Trichomes on the buds normally. That, in my opinion, is the sweet spot of maturity for harvest. If the Trichomes are too amber the effects will be more of a couchlock effect.  No amber color at all and your just not getting the best effect from the strain.

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The excitement is a motivator like no other. After cleaning and a good hand washing, it’s time to test all the bud in a series of small fires. Let’s get to smoking cannabis.  Bong hits were first. Grabbed the best looking cherry Columbian Gold bud I could find. A quick run through the grinder, into the bong it goes. It was only 2 small bong hits and I was done smoking for the last 4 hours. Really, it was very strong. The smell is just lingering in the air inside the house. Everywhere you go throughout the house, it smells like a sweet incense is burning somewhere in the house. This really baffles me as all the windows are open and every room has a ceiling fan running on the med. setting.

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Welp, that’s all folks for Trimming Cannabis Leads To Smoking Cannabis. Aloha.

New Cannabis Seeds Planted Plant Rotation Planned

All is pretty calm here on Holmgrown Farm. Some of the new Cannabis seeds planted. I honestly do have much of an expectation on all but one of the varieties.  Yet, a free Cannabis seed, Is a free cannabis seed. Know what I’m saying? I hope I am wrong about what my expectations are. I hope that all 4 seeds turn out to be the best of the best I have ever grown. I ask you to take a look at what seeds I have chosen. Come up with your own idea of how things will go.

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Holy Grail Kush – All I know about these cannabis seeds is the lip service from the breeder. Honestly, the breeder mostly just bragged about having this be an entry and winner into some cannabis cup like things. They did manage to say about the seeds that the plant is mostly indica. Welp, I am pretty sure this is not gonna do well if its not a dry period while she grows.

Cirtical+ 2.0Cirtical+ 2.0 – I have grown these cannabis seeds before here in Hawaii. It turned into a huge plant with long buds that yielded in total 7ozs. of kick-ass, bud that’s effects can only be described as mind-numbing. That was during a dry growing period. Probably not gonna be a dry period when she’s old enough to go out.

 

 

Sour Diesel Auto – This is a Sativa dominant strain. It could do very well. It’s a Sour Diesel#2 x Ruderalis. It being an auto strain, I don’t see myself cloning it. Hope it all works out, really. Who does not love sour diesel??

Brazil AmazoniaBrazil Amazonia – Grown this one many times. This is a standard of the Cannabis Seeds planted here on Holmgrown Farm.  This one handles the humidity really well. Of the 20 seeds, I have planted 5 ever developed issues with mold or mildew. The smell is crazy good too!

 

BUT WAIT!

Cannabis Reday For RotationThis post is: New Cannabis Seeds Planted Plant Rotation Planned. So, let’s get the plant rotation part. There are these 2 lovely ladies from Africa & South America I am planning to put in the garden where the other 2 lovely ladies from Africa & South America were. If you have been following Holmgrown Farm, you know these are a Columbian Gold and a Kilimanjaro.

I will need to turn the bed and clean it up a little. Going to add a small amount of manure and bonemeal mixed in this time. I am not going to add more lime. I only add lime once a year. I do add manure and bonemeal during each rotation of cannabis plants. That goes for peppers, watermelons, and tomatoes grown here on Holmgrown Farm.

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The plant rotation planned for the first week of Oct. As you can see in the photo the Cannabis plants are getting pretty close to be potbound in this 3gal. pots. They are really starting to show signs of it by the yellowing leaves.

My Least Favorite Part of Cannabis Growing

Cannabis growing is a mostly rewarding thing. Most of the work involved in growing my own cannabis I have no issues with. Yet it would be a lie to say that everything associated with cannabis growing I enjoy. As with anything worth doing, there are chores that cannot be escaped from.

It is not the job of mixing compost, manure, lime, or bone meal into the soil. Sure, when this needs to be done it is a little bit of work. It does take all day to mix all the garden beds up and get them to the ideal mix for cannabis growing. This job is a little stinky, and in the Hawaiian sun & humidity can test your strength.

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It is not the constant monitoring of water, nutes, bugs, mildews, molds, weather damage, animals, oh the list is long of things that will affect the full cycle of cannabis growing. This is really one of the most pleasurable jobs of cannabis growing here on Holmgrown Farm. Most mornings are spent having a coffee and a smoke with the plants. This gives me the opportunity to do the constant monitoring that needs to be done daily. In the evening as the sun is close to setting I again spend some time doing the monitoring thing while relaxing after the stress of the day.

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If all goes well during the growing cycle of the cannabis, and the buds are all hard and stinking with large bulbs giving real weight the buds, we come to harvest. Yes, harvesting is my favorite thing of all of it. I love when the plant rubs on my clothes or skin and I get to walk around for an hour or so smelling like a cannabis plant. Who the heck that grows cannabis does not this job the most? After months of work and stress, you get to cunt the plant down. The ultimate goal of Cannabis growing.

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Now we’re at the hanging drying job of cannabis growing. After trimming all the big fan leaves, hanging the cannabis plants to dry, you still need to keep a fan blowing on the plants. In a week or two its ready for the least favorite job on Holmgrown Farm

Trimming bud is the final step in cannabis growing. Detest this part of the job. I have to struggle to get through this part. Sometimes it takes me 3 days longer than it should. Between procrastination and allowing myself to be distracted while doing the trimming the job just seems to take forever. The scissors gum up then must be cleaned. Fingertips get super sticky. Then the monotony of the job just makes one wanna stop doing it. I also have the bad habit of going along, seeing a pretty bud, then needing to smoke it then and there. This leads to a situation of smoke 2 buds trim one. This lasts until I’m so high I end up being distracted and start doing something else entirely.

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So, thats it for the blog post: My Least Favorite Part of Cannabis Growing. Hope it was a good read for ya.

 

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No Stems, No Seeds, You Don’t Need.

Do you know the old chant?: “No stems, no seeds you don’t need. Acapulco Gold is kickass weed!
“Well, that does not apply to the Cannabis plants cut down the other day due to bud mold here on Holmgrown Farm. You’d think when you chop plants down early that seeds are the one thing that is not going to be an issue. Not so for at least one Early Skunk Cannabis plant.

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It appears that there is either a male somewhere in the area or, dare I type it? It was a hemorphidite. Now I am not so sure that I can contribute my seeds in the bud to a male plant growing in my area. I am going to say it’s most likely a hemorphidite, sadly. It happens and one could always look at the bright side and say, “free seeds” Yet who knows of the plants from these seeds are any good. I’m not saying I won’t plant them and see how it goes, just that I am not expecting too much from them.

That brings me to a recent event. I was contacted about a friends relative that was going to start growing Medical Cannabis. They were searching online cannabis seeds and then became overwhelmed and confused. Some of those online seed banks can throw 1000’s of seeds at ya with little to no real information about what the seeds will produce and what environment the plants from those seeds is ideal. I am not saying that there is no information when looking at the seeds description if you don’t know Indica from Sativa or Ruderalis you really kinda screwed. I guess to add hybrid would be even more confusing, no?

In case you do not know the differences between them, I’m going to tell you what I know about the different types of cannabis.

 

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Cannabis Sativa:

This is the one I like to grow and smoke the most here on Holmgrown Farm. Cannabis Sativa tends to grow tall (10-15ft. is not unheard of) and looks like a Christmas tree if it’s not pruned or tied down. The leaves are normally long and skinny. Cannabis Sativa has a long flower time 12+ weeks is not unheard of. These plants are often from the equatorial (near the equator) areas of the world. Think Thailand, Columbia, Indonesia.

The effects of smoking, eating, etc. Cannabis Sativa is an invigorating, creative type of high. this is not the type of Marijuana that makes you get stuck to a couch and daydreaming at the TV. Cannabis Sativa is very high in THC cannabinoid. This is why you may feel you get energy using a Sativa. Sativas also mostly have a citrus smell. Some even describe it as fruit smell.

Cannabis Indica:

Cannabis Indica is not a tall plant like the Sativa. Most Indicas grow at best 6tf. tall but are very bushy. Its leaves are short and fat. Indicas also flower very fast 50 days for some to fully mature. Cannabis India also tends to be the ones to make the skunk smell associated with Marijuana.

When one thinks about being stoned, it is the effects of Cannabis Indica that comes to one’s mind. A person melted in a couch eating Cheetos and drinking a coke. The reason for this is that Indicas have a sedative effect on the body. And can relax some so much they fall asleep.

Cannabis Ruderalis:

Nobody really says much about Cannabis Ruderalis. It mostly grows only about 3ft tall at its best. It can still be found growing wild in northern areas of the world. The Cannabis Ruderalis plant flowers very fast and is not psychotropic at the levels of Cannabis Sativa or Cannabis Indica. This strain is used to make Hybrids that can handle colder weather better. See Hybrids for more information.

Hemp:

Hemp or Industrial Hemp is a verity of Cannabis Sativa, is used for making a myriad of products like rope, clothes, food supplements, etc. Industrial Hemp will not get you high it’s THC level is below 0.3%.

Hybrids:

This is where you take the different strains of cannabis and breed them together to make a better plant for different conditions. Mixing an Indica and a Sativa might produce a tall bushy plant. Thereby taking all little of the characteristics of each strain.

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That’s it for No Stems, No Seeds, You Don’t Need. If you liked it please share it.

2018 Harvest Video Columbian Gold Strain

Today I was not surprised to find bud mold on a Columbian Gold strain. This tall girl was only really days away from the perfect harvest time. What can ya do? I would have liked to make it all the way through to the best harvest time. It”s just that this is the way it goes growing outdoors in Hawaii. Instead of word typed in this post, I’m just gonna use video.

I can’t wait to have it dried out and ready for trimming. I also have it on good authority that this Columbian Gold will make phenomenal bubble hash. The good thing is that this gave me a good reason to make my 2018 Harvest Video.

Hope you enjoyed the videos. Make sure to vote on which strain we start and do a grow journal for it exclusively.

The Kilimanjaro Cannabis Has Been Harvested!

Holmgrown Farm has harvested the big ass Kilimanjaro cannabis strain we had growing. The buds have bulbs of goodness and although it could have done with maybe another 5 days of bud swelling time. The humidity around here is 90% for a past 2 days and is expected to be the same for at least a few more days more, with a strong chance of rain. If you have seen my last post: When An Equatorial Landrace Sativa Molds, You know that I have had a little bud mold just starting on this Kilimanjaro plant at 2 places. Instead of being greedy and hoping that the high humidity is not going to make the bud mold worse, I decided to take her down and be happy with what I have now. There’ll be others. There are always others. Kilimanjaro Cannabis Strain5

This Kilimanjaro cannabis strain is one of my favorites. This strain has the ability to be super energetic. Really! This strain will work better than a cup of coffee. If I have a cookie or smoke a couple bong hits of this Kilimanjaro cannabis the buzz is so happy and energetic that I can mow the lawn, weed the gardens, pressure washes the roof and it seems like nothing. Rumor is that the tribes in Africa where this strain comes from on the slopes of Kilimanjaro on the Kenya side call it “elephant Stomper” do it its effects. I only half believe that. But it sure as hell makes for a good marketing pitch.. lol

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This strain does very well here on Holmgrown Farm in our area of the island. It’s a “plant it and forget it” type of cannabis plant. Not hard on fertilizer and bugs don’t seem to attack it too much. I mean, bugs are a real factor here. But, not too hard on this strain. The smell of the bud is like a lemony fruit. The buds will mostly get rock hard. In drier growing times they can also get a fair size to them. This one did not produce major sized buds at all. It also has only seen the sun directly for 20 of the past 60days. The rest were all rainy days.

The grow time outdoors here on Holmgrown Farm is pretty quick for a sativa. Most the times it’s never more than 70 days from the clone being placed outside until harvest. It has been as few as 60 days a lot. why one way or the other? See, I don’t use clones of clone more than 4 gens. from seed. I hear all the time that its a silly practice. I’m not saying it isn’t per se. I can only say that any of the strains just don’t seem to produce as strong of buds past the 4th gen of clone from seed. I have no proof. So please don’t bitch at me about how I am wrong. It’s just what works for me.

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Trimming this Kilimanjaro cannabis strain is a breeze. It’s not too leafy and only needs a mild trim after hanging. Plus as an added bonus, you get to smell the exquisite aroma of these flowers. I cannot rave on enough about the smell. It’s not the kind of cannabis smell that hits ya as you walk in a room. No, it’s more of an open a bag and huff. A bag full of these buds gives off an intoxicating smell of their own. I have found myself dreaming of walks in the woods when I have closed my eyes and opened a bag of this Kilimanjaro to my nose.Kilimanjaro Cannabis Strain3

Bud Mold On My Cannabis Sucks

Of course, bud mold sucks. Is there anyone that likes bud mold on their cannabis buds? I mean really it gets started and then it’s every frickin where. Bud mold is the lowest of low. One can check for it today and not see a hint of it, tomorrow you check and its everywhere!  lol

Why all the yakity-yak about bud mold? If you saw the last post: Bud Mold On Cannabis Indica Plants you know that Holmgrown Farm had an attack of the bud mold on all my indica Plants. Because the mold was over about 25% of the plants at week 6 of an at latest 9-week term the is only one thing for me to do. If I were not to do what needs to be done all I would be doing is opening the whole garden to bud mold.

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I had to chop em all down. I just could not chance it spreading. It hard when the buds just start to get chunky and smelling skunky. A lot of growers will just cut the buds with mold out of the plant and just keep on keeping on. That has never really worked too well for me. I can cut out all the moldy buds, just to find mold on other buds on the same plant. I have found that when doing this sometimes the buds left on the plant don’t get bigger they just mature.

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Chopped down and trimmed, I lost on avg. 35% of good bud. Remember, this is bud that was not mature so what’s left is not great. Should be good for topical oil, cookies or candies. Doubt its worth the effort to smoke. As I mentioned before in another post, That’s the breaks with growing indicas outdoors here on Holmgrown Farm. Had it been a dryer than normal past 3 months, it would be on its way to a bumper harvest. Those are the breaks. there ya go. That is the Bud Mold On My Cannabis Sucks post. Aloha

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But, don’t cry me a river yet.
The circle of life for a cannabis plant goes on.

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