Automated seed growing

Soft Secrets
12 Oct 2016

We have visited Yako, a veteran grower focusing on details. In his garden, Yako grows for himself and for some friends and family who have helped him to set it up. The garden has been completely automated, to maximize production, without compromising quality.


We have visited Yako, a veteran grower focusing on details. In his garden, Yako grows for himself and for some friends and family who have helped him to set it up. The garden has been completely automated, to maximize production, without compromising quality. In this room, two of Pyramid Seeds strains are being grown from seeds: American Pie and Kryptonite. Yako prefers to use seeds and not cuttings, as this prevents using a growth room, relying on others and having pests. According to him, for quality modern strains it is not necessary to use cuttings, as they have a very similar structure and there are no taller plants covering the others.

American Pie and Kryptonite

In the room we have seen that both Kryptonite and American Pie give similar results, this is why they can be grown from seeds. The strength of both strains is another outstanding feature, as they have strong stems and they are easy to grow. American Pie has been designed to get a plant that would be easy to grown, this is why among its ancestors appear two excellent champions of resistance: Power Plant and White Widow. When it bloomed, American Pie had a compact and solid structure, which can be easily supported with no stakes. Much resin has been produced, poor irrigation has led to slight overfertilization at the end of its cycle, roots have been washed only using water, which solved the issue and a quality product has been eventually obtained, involving a lot of resin. Kryptonite is a quick Sativa strain coming from varieties grown in Granada mountains, making it an exclusive Pyramid Seeds variety, different from any other strains on the market. Long, though compact and heavy buds, having many trichomes and a powerful effect. Even though, at a first glance, it produces less resin than American Pie, when smoked, it proved to be even stronger, to have a Haze taste with a sour touch and to be special and different. Another peculiar feature is that its Haze taste persists despite the fact that it is very fast. Setup and fertilization The setup includes six 600 watt cool tubes, distributed in two lines of 3 lamps. It is equipped with an electronic ballast, so that power can be adapted to the plants lifecycle, starting the growth with less power. Ballasts are placed outside the setup not to produce any heat inside it. According to Yako, temperature is one of the main factors he focuses on, this is why he has set up a complete ventilation system, including an 860 cubic meter extractor, plus a 160 cubic meter extractor for each cool tubes line, besides a 5,000 refrigeration-unit air conditioning system. The system is controlled by means of a control unit, so that when temperature goes down in winter, cool tubes work slowly, whereas when temperature goes up in summer, they work at full speed, in combination with air conditioning. It also includes a powerful pump to draw air, as well as several fans moving air in the system. All this allows keeping the room temperature around 23º-24º C, in both summer and winter. The extraction system is equipped with a carbon filter eliminating any smells, before extracting air. Plants are grown in a light substrate, using 11-liter pots full of coconut, placed onto growing tables to facilitate work. To feed the plants he uses Bionova fertilizers, in particular Strong Coconut A + B, increasing amounts as the garden progresses. Throughout the cycle, he also uses two Bionova stimulants, BN X-cel and The Missing Link, as well as BN Zym enzymes. At the beginning of blooming, he adds P20, whereas on the third week he uses P20 and K20, only applying K20 after this stage. Nutrients-enriched water is prepared in an external tank and gets to the garden via an automatic irrigation system, including individual droppers for each plant.

Conclusions

The final harvest has achieved excellent results, in terms of both production and taste and effects. Yako eventually told us that quality genetics, automation and temperature control are key factors to get good results with little work. Yako has been extremely satisfied with the results of Pyramid Seeds genetics and he will refer to this seed bank again for his future gardens. Author: J. Searcher
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