100w CFL Grow: Results
After a close peek at the trichomes with a 20x magnifier, I decided it was time to harvest these hundred-Watt beauties. Honestly, the DG x AK cross could have gone another week or 10 days, but I had the free time at that point. (Please note that this was about 10 days ago now, so I have dried harvest weights available below.
So now the payoff: What did we get for our gardening efforts under 100 Watts of CFL lighting?
In the above picture, you can see that the Dinafem Critical+ plant was literally drooping over from the weight of the maturing buds. I’ve placed a bottle of wine next to the plant for scale. As you can see, some of the untrimmed buds had nearly the circumference of a wine bottle! I am thoroughly impressed with the performance of this strain under these humble lighting conditions, and would certainly recommend it to home growers.
Here are the main buds, fully trimmed and ready for drying. There were heaps of “popcorn” buds and trimmed sugar leaf, which weren’t very photogenic, so I’m sticking with shots of the neatly-trimmed main buds. That trim can all be used for extracts or cooking, and there are a quite few respectable small buds in there, too:
The dried weight of the large buds harvested from this plant: 21 grams (3/4 of an ounce).
It’s important to note that I quite liberally trimmed away smaller buds and “sugar leaves”, drying them separately in a large paper bag. The combined (quality) dried trim weighed in at 16 grams (a bit over a half of an ounce).
Now for the unique Afghan Kush / Double Gum cross. This was an interesting plant throughout the grow. Here she is, drooping under the weight of the rather long, leafy buds:
This plant produced an unusually strong aroma of coffee through the last weeks of flowering. Now that the buds have dried, the earthy, roasted smell of coffee has taken on an undertone of fruity bubble gum, much like the father plant. Stay tuned for upcoming smoke reports for both plants along with some closeups of the cured buds.
The yield from this plant in dried buds was just over 13 grams (just under 1/2 ounce). This puts the total harvest (including the smaller buds and good quality trim) at 50 grams (1 3/4 ounces).
Now, I’ll go out on a *drooping* limb, and say that this is quality marijuana. Check your local prices for good quality, organically grown cannabis. Prices vary wildly from place to place, but an ounce of good grass is never cheap. Factor in that you can control your own grow and know what you’re feeding those plants, and a 100Watt CFL grow makes a lot of sense. You can of course up the ante and increase your lighting wattage, and you’ll produce a lot more per plant! However, this grow was meant to show that with the right know-how, you can produce a fine stash for your personal use in just a few months time. Pick up our Ebook on growing your own at home, and you’ll be on your way to results just like you’ve seen here using a simple setup, and much more if you’re aiming high, so to speak.
I’ll be back soon with smoke reports when the harvest has cured properly.
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Awesome!!! I recently did a 98 watt CFL
using TGA’s Vortex strain…
Not a fan of Dinafem. My experiences with their seeds have never been positive and I generally have a dim view of seed banks. I much prefer to sprout a dozen bagseed to find one good plant rather than pay $200 for someone’s allegedly good genetics and still only get one decent plant out of a dozen. Once you get 2 or 3 good females, you can clone or just keep revegging them for years.
I have gotten plants out of bagseed that would put these puny little runts to shame (Taste and potency both), under the same light! Of course, growing one huge monster is always more efficient than growing two runts.
Though this comment is old, its a very repugnant statement to make for an apparent new grower on a small budget.
Lets explain what you should take into consideration before spouting your nonsense:
Him being a new grower, he’s not in the stage where he should be attempting to clone a plant he knows little about, he has skill he must obtain in the “growth” department before he can proceed to gathering knowledge in the “development” department.
Also, Look at the strains he has selected- they have short flowering times resembling that of autoflowering plants. To find genetics with such short flowering times is a very difficult task from bag seed and would require multiple “bags” containing different strains with seeds in each bag. (otherwise your just just Pheno-hunting) and the size constraints of his grow room play a large factor in the amount of plants that can be maintained .
BUT TO THE GROWER CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR HARVEST EVEN THOUGH I’M YEARS BEHIND !! LOL
I’m doing my first grow on a tight budget because I had to move to a prohibition state for financial reasons. This series is very encouraging. I just started the 12/12 cycle yesterday but I’m using a 200w/3800k CFL and am doing LST so my yields might come out even better than yours 🙂
Great! Keep it under the radar, and wishing you success! GP
Hey GP any way I can email you. Mentor me on my first couple grows.
Drp me a line through here… I’d prefer to post the info – good for the blog! cheers GP