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Include as much information as you can e.g. temperature, humidity, feeding regime, hydro/soil, sog/bush, room size, indoor/outdoor, stage in cycle (i.e. veg/flowering), lighting and ventilation. The more info you can provide the Doc with the more likely the Doc will be able to help.
Have a look at the pictures I've sent and give me some good news about how I can fix things. This is only the 3rd time I've grown my own, this time from clones I got from a FOAF. Right from the start they had little brown and yellow spots which turned into big brown patches. After a while the big leafs on the plant began to fall off! Even though things look grim I'm surprised that the plants are still producing phat flowers, which are covered in resin. Thing is the rest of the plant looks so shit I'm not sure I should smoke it.
First of all Daz, to give an accurate answer to your problem, it is quite important to have some basic info on your set up and parameters: temperature, humidity, nutrient regime, indoor/outdoor, greenhouse, cupboard etc. It would also be handy to know the strain, many have their own little idiosyncrasies, what part of the cycle you are in. Whether you are soil or hydroponics, bush style or SOG also has a bearing on any help I might be able to offer. Disease in the Cannabis plant often displays much the same symptoms as many kinds of nutrient deficiencies and other problems associated with humidity, poor ventilation etc. so the more information you can provide the better the chances we can deduce your problem.
With the limited info you provided my gut instinct tells me this is some kind of disease, possibly fungal and almost certainly present in your FOAF's garden. Is it possible for you to see the grown room they came out of? I am almost sure your would find much the same symptoms as you describe your clones as having when you got them. Anyway here is my advice (you may not like it)
if I were you I would get rid of the plants and scrap the crop. If it is a disease and you smoke it in the same building as your grow room you will constantly re-infect your garden. Bite the bullet and chuck it away - then completely disinfect your grow room and equipment (there's a good article in Issue 1 of your fav Stoner mag which covers this very subject).
Cannabis diseases are of a special interest - so keep us posted!
This is not really a question about anything wrong with my plants. For a while now I have wanted to do my own seeds but I don't know how. I hope I'm not putting you to too much trouble to ask you to explain ow to get seeds from my plants. I really enjoy reading all the interesting articles in the mag, especially your page. keep fighting the fight!
Good question (I have spoken with Top Kat and
perhaps we'll include an article or two on this
subject in a future issue)
Each grower has his own method of crossing
plants to produce seeds. for the most part
though, they are all variations of a theme.
Making seed is not difficult, but it does demand
a methodical, careful approach.
To consistently avoid fertilization that you do
not want, you will have to construct a separate
flowering room for your male plants.
When flowering, slide brown paper bags over
the male flowering heads and crunch up the
neck of the bags to fit loosely over the plant
stem (bit like slipping a bag over your head
and scrunching it around your neck).
When the male flowers begin to mature and open, gently shake the branches so that your paper bag catches the falling pollen. When most of the male flowers have opened and cast their pollen, carefully remove the bags and scrunch the neck closed to ensure none of the pollen escapes.
Separate your mother to be from the rest of your females and slip a bag of pollen over each of the flower panicles you intend to set seed to and seal the bag around the stem (exactly as you did with your male plants).
Agitate the bags now and then over 45 minutes to an hour - then here comes the clever bit - mist the bags with plain water until they are wet but not soggy. Remove the bags from your female and, using plain water again, thoroughly mist the flower heads you have just pollinated. It takes around 20 minutes for pollen to fertilize your female, giving things about an hour will allow for maximum pollination of each chosen flower. The water you spray will inactivate any unused pollen so that you do not carry it back into your flowering room to inadvertently pollinate your other females. The seeds should be ready to harvest at around the same time as the rest of your girls mature.
Best of luck
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