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California Indica Regular Grow Report (Indoor)

California Indica Regular is a delight to the senses. Visually, she grows sturdy and compact. Flavour and aroma are why wise cannabis connoisseurs flock to this strain. For growers, it is also about the large yields. California Indica is an outcross of two classic strains, Orange Bud and an Afghan Hashplant, to create a new masterpiece for the garden.

Flowering Stage: 60 days

Total Time, seed to harvest: 81 days

Final yield: 73 grams

THC content: 12.22%

California Indica Regular seeds (also available in feminized format) represent the start of an exciting growing experience for cultivators. California Indica was created to be a successor to the legendary Orange Bud from the west coast of California. Sensi Seeds worked with Orange Bud and an Afghan Hashplant to create a sturdy and compact plant that can finish maturing within the short flowering time of 60 days or less.

The flavour of California Indica represents the mouth-watering citrus of Orange Bud, but also coating the tongue is a familiar hashy layer of complexity. For our current run, we wanted the benefits of controlling environmental conditions that indoor gardening offers. We set up our equipment in a 220 x 150 cm indoor area.

The large area allowed us to give each plant dedicated space to grow into. Two types of fans were used in our cultivation area. One focused on cleaning the air (by pulling it through a carbon scrubber) and exhausting the air from our growing space. We also used multiple fans within the growing area to move air around the garden space. This was done to avoid stagnant air pockets in and around our California Indica plant.

Our selected lighting was not changed during the different growth stages. We found that the 600W Green Power Phillips HPS light provides the right spectrum and enough light power to have successful harvests using this option in both vegetative and flower stages.

We do our best to keep tight parameters on environment, feeding, and lighting. Please know that results vary slightly from garden to garden and by experience level. However, we feel confident that with close attention to this Grow Report and the plants, gardeners of all levels will be satisfied with the results.

There are various methods for germinating seeds; for our California Indica Regular, we chose to use pre-moistened jiffy propagation cubes. Each seed was individually placed into the tiny holes, with the pointy, narrower side pointed down. Room temperature in the growing area was kept at a steady 24°C until after the seedling stage.

Immediately after emerging from the soil, this California Indica shot upwards. The tall section below the cotyledon can be buried on the first transplant, creating more roots. With the cotyledon exposed to the light, we selected to have our lights-on period for 18 hours and our darkness period for six hours every 24 hours. We were also aware of the light intensity from the high-powered fixture and raised the bottom of the light 80 cm above the top of the sensitive seedling.

Another environmental consideration is the relative humidity. By referencing the temperature and the RH, you are able to calculate your vapour pressure deficit (VPD). VPD is handy to know for maximising the plants potential by controlling root uptake. We maintained a RH of 65% for the seedling and vegetative stage, but at this early moment, our California Indica was still sending out it’s taproot

Within the first week the California Indica Regular had grown long enough roots that they were beginning to show from the sides of the jiffy cube. To avoid air-pruning of these young roots, we transferred our jiffy cubes into 1-litre pots. Each pot was filled with BAC Lavasoil Growmix, which was fresh from the bag and had retained its moisture.

Just prior to transplanting our jiffy cubes, we filled our 1-litre pots with the soil, but we took an unused jiffy cube to place in the position of where our transplant will go. This served as a space saver for the rooted jiffy cube. When we were ready to transplant, we removed the unused jiffy cube, which left us a perfectly shaped hole to plug ours into. The exposed roots coming through the jiffy cubes can be damaged if roughly shoved into the soil without first making space for them, so we took this precaution.

The first couple of days required no watering, but on the third day, the soil showed signs of drying out. Visually, the colour on the top layer of soil had gotten lighter. Physically, the weight of the pot was half the weight of a fully watered 1-litre pot.

Because it is still a young root system, we fed only 100 ml per day. When we watered, it was at the base of the stem. We also added root stimulant to the water, which gave the water a total EC of 0.8. Regardless of the life stage, because we were using soil, all of our watering solutions added to the soil are a pH of 6.2.

Two more things we did to help ensure our success was, one, turn the plant each day a quarter turn. We did this so that our plant would grow a thicker, more robust stem while repositioning itself towards the light. Another thing we did, was to disperse the predator insect, Hypoaspis Miles. These hard-to-see, beneficial insects eat and help control levels of harmful insects like fungus gnats and thrip pupae.

The start of the second week saw a couple of sets of leaves already developing. In most cases, with new seedlings, you will have a single blade leaf, then a three-bladed leaf, followed by a set of five-bladed leaves. Our California Indica Regular was looking normal and healthy. To keep our plants pest-free, we proactively released the predatory bug, Hypoaspis Miles to combat any potential issues with fungus gnats or thrip pupae.

Roots were emerging from the bottom of the 1-litre container, and we decided to up-pot this into a 3-litre container. Transplantation is essential before the root system is too big for the container and growth is restricted. As the root system increases, so does the frequency of watering. We watered daily and started the week at 100 ml and finished the week at 200 ml.

Week three saw substantial growth, going from 10 cm the week before, to 22 cm. To support this growth, our California Indica was watered 200 ml per day, and we included grow nutrients in that solution at an EC of 1.4. To take advantage of the fuller frame and more mature leaves, we brought the light closer to the canopy, stopping just 65 cm above the top leaves.

The main stem on our California Indica was starting to thicken up. It now supported multiple nodes and the weight of large fan leaves protruding from the apical meristem. We were quick to notice the width of each blade on the large fan leaves, which seemed fairly wide. This morphology was definitely indicative of quality indica genetics.

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