Jack Herer Auto Grow Underway

Giving it another go after a tragic end to my last go-round. This time I decided to give Jack Herer Autos a try, growing in soil instead of coco. Soil is Fox Farm Ocean Forest, pots are 2 fabric 5 gal, one plastic 4 gal. Seeds were started in solo cups and transplanted into pots once the leaves were starting to overhang the cup. They sprouted on about 3/25, the smaller pics are from 4/10 and the most recent of from 4/20 so they’re currently about 26 days above ground. I think they’re looking pretty happy so far, what do you think?





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Plants looking good! Welcome back :metal:

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Look’n great!

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Looks good but I would trim some of those big leaves so light can go through and help the rest of the plant. I start with the leaves that look like a child’s hand :raised_hand:

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Looking very good, just a little defoliation will go a long way.

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Thanks! They sure are looking vigorous and healthy:) !

I’ve seen some conflicting advice surrounding exfoliation. Some say it helps by allowing light to penetrate the plant while others say that those big leaves are the engines that drive growth and removing them is a net loss to the final product. I’ve also read that bud sites don’t need powerful, direct light and that the plant will grow large, dense buds using the energy created by those huge fans.

This is a topic I want to look into and discuss further as my instinct tends to agree, that the plant knows best and cropping won’t give a bigger or better final product but I’m very open to discussion!

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I personally have seen bigger denser frostier buds and better yeilds with a little lollipop around week 3 of flower and picking just a few fans to allow airflow as well as light penetrate the plant. Balance is the key, just my experience in my grows. Plants in nature still have animals breaking lower limbs and trying to eat them.

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Should I be concerned at all that the one plant that’s 3 days older and in a plastic pot is a lighter shade of green than the other 2?




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I can only tell you about my own experiences. As others have said, there is a lot of “bro science” out there.

I’ve had a squirrel break off half my plant. The rest of the plant gave me the best buds of that grow. I grew outdoors in the deep south and had 4 plants in a wire basket on a standard size pallet. The first time I lost half my harvest to bud rot. The second grow I had to defoliate like crazy. The buds were fatter with more trichrome’s. The same batch of seeds.

It have no evidence but I believe those who’ve had issue maybe had other issue and didn’t know where the root cause came from. Another theory is every strain or even different plants may react differently.

I don’t know but for me it hasn’t been a problem.

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Hey man. This guys only on day 25 from seed on an auto. Its a bushy plant…you said trim a few of those big leaves??? 25 days old, bushy plant…you mean clip like 3-5 fan leaves in the way off bid sires?? You dont mean laterally DEFOLIATE right? Youre just talking a few, get some better light pedmnetration?

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This is an example of me trimming I trim all the time yes cut off fan leaves AKA trimming

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Cannabis evolved outdoors under the sun…the most powerful grow light any of us will ever encounter…period.

Left untrained, Cannabis grows like a christmas tree (apical dominant) with a main central stem and shorter auxiliary side branches. Even the most powerful indoor grow lights pale in comparison to the suns light penetrating power. The xmas tree shape works great outdoors but not so well indoors where the best of lights only penetrates a few feet into the canopy.

Indoors, we favor an even canopy and we train and open the canopy up to allow as much light to penetrate to the lower flower sites as possible.

Defoliation is a double edged sword. You have to do it indoors to some degree but you need to balance it against the damage it does to the plant and its ability to produce food.

Plants produce their own food using light via photosynthesis…not the nutes we feed them.

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The plant that was yellowing badly has recovered completely and is now the best looking plant of the three by far so I moved the other two outdoors to give this girl the entire tent to finish. She’s solid buds from top to bottom on every branch and I’m excited to see how she bulks up. Thanks for the advice MWGQ!



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The plant that was yellowing badly has recovered completely and is now the best looking plant of the three by far so I moved the other two outdoors to give this girl the entire tent to finish. She’s solid buds from top to bottom on every branch and I’m excited to see how she bulks up. Thanks for the advice about flushing MWG!