This is my 2nd run with the Grobo unit. The first attempt of AYAHUASCA Purple resulted in just above an oz dried. There were a few things that I learned the last run which I tried to adjust. I’ve gotten better with some things, but still made a mistake this round also I think.
No Wifi = No Grobo
I had to extend my veg and flowering for multiple additional weeks due to not maintaining a solid wifi connection. The unit will keep your plan alive, and it will grow SLOWLY if you dont have a connection. Most importantly I learned that the nutrients dont dispense when connection is lost. My first set of nutrients made it completely through the first grow and into day 90 of my current grow. I noticed the immediate change this round in despensing since I placed the box on the guest router. Change the water, dont just top it off and definitely try to stay away from tap water unless you know what your composition is.
The Trim & Stretch are Real
I waited for my first run to hit the top fan before flowering. I was extremely hesitant to lollipop and remove fab leaves. I did it, but not nearly as aggressive as some of the posts I’ve seen. You really dont get much light at the bottom of the unit once your plant is full. Without any lighting on the sides, It took a while but I was able to see the impact to wasting energy on bud sites and leaves that are blocked…super cropping was an uncomfortable but neccessary evil in this unit. I also utilized the magnets and hooks. If you see it’s dead, just remove it most of the time.
Like Watching paint Dry
Oh my, patience is key. Too many clips at bud sites or trying to expedite the drying process is a no go. It wasn’t worth the experience to try and bud that wasn’t dried and cured properly. Harsh smoke, and not to mention you will probably puke (or at least have heavy nausea). I dried the buds in a closet outside of the grobo to get started on next grow right away. I might try something different this time. The smoke was amazing once cured about 2 months later.
OH Dear (Odor)
You cant escape it, the carbon filter included just isnt going to mask much of the smell. You become accustomed to it, and barely notice as the weeks progress… it’s still there, dont worry the guests can smell it when they pass the room, or the unit likely. I’m thinking of adding a carbon filter for the room itself to help. Maybe I’m just being too optimistic. In a basement or large open space, the smell is able to dissipate more… But it’s not like a stealth box as advertised when I purchased.
This round I lolipopped the plant, but I also removed a good amount of fan leaves. I’m concerned I might have removed too many. This time, I removed a good amount of fan leaves in the first week of flowering… I think I should have focused more on the removal in veg state. I can see some bud sites that are less pronounced where the light was being blocked. I’m going to just let her sit and do her thing for now.
I’m shooting for closer to 2oz dried this time. Seems to be the top out of the grobo. I realize now, major grows are pretty much out of the question. Tent or outdoor grows during the spring will have to hold me through next winter. I still would like to obtain a second unit, would make it easier for side by side comparison of techniques.
Day 91, Flowering Day 10
What do you guys think, let her ride for now? I’m seriously impressed at the growth rate difference and results when the unit dispenses on wifi connection.