Getting Dope with Chocolope

@SnkeyezCobra -

I battle it being too dry in my basement and am finding even with my humidifier in the tent I’m barely able to raise it a few notches the other way as well. I also had the same my first grow and left too much on I’m afraid

Thanks growmie! Been a fun grow so far to say the least.

Yeah in the wintertime it gets very dry around here. When I had them going in November - December the humidifier in the tent worked out very well.

Little confused by your last statement though. You left too much on your first grow?


@Thumper -

Run your dehumidifier outside the :tent: in the room. It’s creating heat etc. If you run outside the tent you will have better control

That’s actually been something I have been curious about. Wasn’t sure if having it outside overall would effect the humidity in the room to the point where it correlated into the tent environment. But it’s def worth giving it a try and I will keep you posted! :slight_smile:

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@Thumper -

So I fed this morning and moved my dehumidifier outside. Measuring my basement it’s roughly around 600 sq ft. Info on Amazon suggests that it should be able to handle it -


I’m guessing the RH is still a bit elevated from feeding this morning. But the temps dropped a couple degrees so we will see!

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I think I was referring to not trimming enough and having too much larf lol… great suggestion @Thumper !!! I hope this works out well for you!

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How far along is she? VPD looks to be pretty good

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@PhatPat - I’m in Week 6 of bloom right now (Day 40)

I do agree with the VPD part of things. On average it’s been around the 1.50 range… I was just hoping to get the humidity much lower to avoid bud rot

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I wouldn’t worry about it too much at 47percent just add more fans. I have 4 clip fans a bottom oscillating fan for the base of the plants and a big oscillating fan that covers whole tent. bro you are doing a great job I wish I was this successful my first grow lol.

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Ah yes larf. Now I get it :slight_smile:

Truthfully I may never stop overthinking that aspect of it. But I mean the buds right now are almost the length of my hands so… I guess they aren’t too upset with the haircut on Day 21 lol

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Yeah I agree. Unless I observe anything weird, then imma just keep on keeping on lol

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I would say you did just enough! 3-4 sets of leaves or nodes up around the tops. Looks great! Great journal :notebook: just keep giving them that love! Thanks for taking the time!

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Big Bud Development & Feed Reductions - Bloom Week 6
2024-02-05T05:00:00Z2024-02-11T05:00:00Z


This has been some week. I’m not really sure what to make of it in terms of the bud growth, but things have really just taken off since Week 4 of Bloom after their last “special haircuts” :smile:

Here I am again circling back on that one pic I took at the end of week 4. The comparison here is pretty alarming for me. Granted I am coming from a previous grow where I thought every possible thing went wrong, so for me this feels like unchartered territory. However with three plants that had over 25+ bud sites exposed once the lights were flipped to 12/12, even I wasn’t expecting this kind of a turnout -


These bud sites are getting fat! There’s no other words for it. Taking these out of the tent for feeds and weigh-ins has really opened my eyes just to how much the buds have developed. I’m always reluctant when I buy equipment given how green I still am to cannabis growing… but I really am now a huge fan of the Spider Farmer lights I setup back in December. Would highly recommend them to anyone who’s new to the field and looking for something to adequately cover a 4x2 or 5x3 grow space

Just to highlight more of an example here, there are a couple bud sites that are really took me by surprise this week -


I’m pretty content at this point not to touch the lights any more. Have not seen any hints of light burn and based on the growth, I’m going to just leave things as is. Although the stems are holding up and appear very sturdy (Even with doing light stress training they retract almost immediately) I am going to keep my eyes on them to ensure the buds stay upright and not tilt too much. More of a play-it-by-ear approach for now

One thing this week that I have been noticing, is that my feeds are just now starting to decrease. I tried to map this out in another thread I created to get some viable feedback, but for what it is worth my feeds were basically running as follows:

  • When doing a dunk - plants did not need to be fed for up to 2 days
  • When doing a top watering - plants did not need to be fed for up to 1 day


It was only up until Friday (Day 40) where I finally observed that the feeding habits are starting to change. I prepped my dunk water and everything without even weighing the pots to start, and soon it came to my surprise that they were not yet ready for water as the pots were still too heavy. Needless to say - they haven’t been fed since mid day Friday when they were finally just around 15 ½ lbs.

I’ve also been seeing now that the pH is gradually needing to be lowered in order to maintain a pH of 6.5-6.6 in the soil. I’ve been adjusting it to around 6.9-7.0 in order to get the runoff numbers I need to meet. PPMs have not adjusted much resting between 1300-1400 and have not seen any hints of issues on the leaves

Gives me the impression that I am beginning to reach the end of the grow here. A tad bittersweet, as this has really been an interesting grow in terms of learning and caring for the plants. Probably am not going to be doing any trichome checks for another week or so, but it is def something to keep monitoring now that the feeds are going to slowly wind down in the upcoming weeks

Just hope I have enough room on my phone for photos. I’ve really been going hard with them the last week or so. These flash photos right at lights out are quite stunning :sweat_smile:


Grow Environment Specs:

  • Plant Height: 22 inches
  • Day Temps: 75-77°F
  • Night Temp: 68-71°F
  • Humidity: 44-50%
  • Watering Volume: ⅔ gallon per plant
  • Watering pH: 6.9
  • Watering PPM (With nutes added): 765
  • Lamp Height: 14 inches
  • PPFD: 800


Nutrient Feed:
`NOTE - Nutes are prepped in a 1 gallon container filled with ¾ gallons of water

  • TPS Silica: 12 ml
  • CaliMagic: 5 ml
  • GH FloraMicro: 25 ml
  • GH FloraBloom: 60 ml
  • H₂O₂ (For sterilization): 2 ml
  • Total PPM: 3300-3400


Additional notes outlined below:

  • Checked soil weight within pots. They all weighed roughly between 14 - 15 lbs when dry, and between 19-22 lbs after feeding/dunking
  • Water used tested at 5.9-6.0 pH after adding nutes. Treated with pH Up until desired pH was met at 6.9-7.0 pH and runoff is showing pH readings between 6.5 - 6.6
  • Mixed in bloom juice into feed water until PPM was met (BJ: 700 + W: 65 = 765)



Start of Week 6


Canopy still going strong


End of Week 6

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We have had some issues with the Grow Journals, which our developers are working on slowly, but it is being worked on; sorry for the inconvenience.

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Your green thumb has paid off this grow. You plants are absolutely awesome. Congratulations and thanks for the informative journal that will assist me in becoming a better grower.

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Thanks @John7 I appreciate that!

Glad to hear that you can utilize the information here to help with your grow. Please tag me on it so I can follow along if you have a journal going :slight_smile:

Any insight I can offer just feel free to ask

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@ILGM.Support -

At this point I’m just gonna stick things out here. It’s been at least a month now since I reported this and after checking this past week the issue still seems to be ongoing. So it is what it is :man_shrugging:

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Fading Leaves & Cross Comparisons - Bloom Week 7
2024-02-12T05:00:00Z2024-02-18T05:00:00Z


I’m a bit indifferent this week in regards to the plants. Sadly I am starting to come to terms with the fact that as much fun as I had managing and learning from this grow… it is slowly but surely coming to an end in the upcoming weeks (Maybe 2-3 at most)

So in the beginning of this week I started observing some odd leaf behavior. Not so much in the color-changing kind much like one would suspect when working with a phenotype strain, but more or less seeing what appears to either be a potassium or calcium deficiency. I found this a bit odd because my pH/PPMs have been pretty steady throughout the week

The pH has been between 64. - 6.6, and the PPMs have stayed put between 1200-1300. My thoughts? I am starting to suspect that the buds are just trying to pull whatever nutrients it can from the plant as it matures and becomes ready for harvest

Would love to get more feedback from other users on this. You can see on the edge of the leaves what looks to be a potassium deficiency, and lower on the bottom left some brown spots which makes me think calcium. It’s only a couple aberrations but definitely has me curious for input:


Aside from that, not much else to report in terms of how things are going here. The buds are growing nicely, and I get the suspicion that in the next week or so I can begin doing some trichome checks to see how far along the plants are. Temps and humidity have stayed pretty well put for the most part, and the leaves are now starting to show some of the green fading out from the top parts of the bud sites

Just to highlight a few examples… this is where they are at:


So looking at some of those buds, I did some recaps on where I was at compared to the last grow I performed. Definitely had my fair share of deficiencies to battle through but looking back these older plants appeared to show some cooler yellow/red hues in the leaf colors around this time of the grow. Not sure particular why that was happening, but I’m hoping to start seeing more of it in the upcoming weeks with the evergreen colors in the leaves beginning to fade

Also I’ll give myself some praise here. These buds look 10x better now, than how things looked at harvest on the previous grow. Feel free to judge for yourselves :slight_smile:


As mentioned, there’s maybe 2-3 weeks left before we bust out the axe on these girls. Will be bittersweet, but I am also excited to see how things play out the rest of the way. Stay tuned!


Grow Environment Specs:

  • Plant Height: 22 inches
  • Day Temps: 74-76°F
  • Night Temp: 66-69°F
  • Humidity: 40-45%
  • Watering Volume: ⅔ gallon per plant
  • Watering pH: 6.9
  • Watering PPM (With nutes added): 765
  • Lamp Height: 14 inches
  • PPFD: 800


Nutrient Feed:
`NOTE - Nutes are prepped in a 1 gallon container filled with ¾ gallons of water

  • TPS Silica: 12 ml
  • CaliMagic: 5 ml
  • GH FloraMicro: 25 ml
  • GH FloraBloom: 60 ml
  • H₂O₂ (For sterilization): 2 ml
  • Total PPM: 3300-3400


Additional notes outlined below:

  • Checked soil weight within pots. They all weighed roughly between 14 - 15 lbs when dry, and between 19-22 lbs after feeding/dunking
  • Water used tested at 5.9-6.0 pH after adding nutes. Treated with pH Up until desired pH was met at 6.9-7.0 pH and runoff is showing pH readings between 6.5 - 6.6
  • Mixed in bloom juice into feed water until PPM was met (BJ: 700 + W: 65 = 765)



Start of Week 7


Buds are continuing to stack. Some getting a lil top heavy :slight_smile:


End of Week 7 - Plant 1 (Less fade than the other two)


End of Week 7 - Plant 2


End of Week 7 - Plant 3

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Looking great in there bud!! Must feel good knowing that you’ve improved since the last grow!! :facepunch: I know when it’s close to harvest I should be excited too… but I think I’m finding I enjoy the grow just as much as anything now haha

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Yeah absolutely

You put the time in on growing these plants - and as you gather more knowledge to do so, you grow a deeper appreciation for what it has to offer

Think it will also be fun exploring new tactics for growing down the line (hydro, RWDC, etc)

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I keep thinking the same but for some reason I’m super intimidated by hydro haha… I feel like just more things that can go wrong… and I have the luck that they will haha… maybe one day when I don’t have to chase kids around still lol. But it is definitely fun learning new aspects all the time and improving is the name of the game!! :facepunch:

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Good job brother that’s going to be some :fire::fire::fire::fire: