Day 43, and the smell is out of control. All 4 plants are doing really well (even though one is just a four inch bud on a stick!) The’fan’ leaves on the plants were turning a slightly light yellow/green (just as you would expect to see at the very end of a bloom, except this wasn’t!).
As I had no idea what sort of feeding regime to follow with these plants, I decided early on, only to feed them if it appeared necessary, and as it did, I obliged them with a 10 ml dose of Canna Terra Flores. I always think if you don’t know the plant/strain your growing, and then be as’stingy’ as you like with the nutrients, and only go for higher doses when you’ve got to know the plant/strain better.
Day 47, the smell is now so strong that I can easily smell it outside in our garden. Shit! Every room in the house stinks, the smell is in fact bloody lovely. It’s a really heavy, coffee/spice/hash/skunk smell. If you’re going to grow this strain, I can’t stress enough the importance of a first class filter system.
Day 50, all plants are flowering like mad (including the ‘bonsai’). The resin production wasn’t huge at first, but now seems to be flowing well, and the smell is as strong as ever. Day 52, and the leaves on all the plants are suggesting I should have fed them more, but at this late stage I’ve decided to carry on with just water, and no nutrients.
Day 54, and all the plants are at that ‘fattening’ stage. The floral ‘rush’ of the last few weeks has slowed, and now the individual flower bases are swelling like mad, and glistening resin can be seen spreading. The smell is now at it’s peak. I can honestly say I have never smelt anything this strong, I am wondering if the M/Halide is contributing to the production of the ‘smell’. I do know that different ranges of the colour spectrumare responsible for, amongst other things, resin production, and so perhaps also’smell’, it would be interesting to see if they smelled as much grown under a sodium lamp.
Day 57, and all the plants are swelling well. The lower buds on two plants (the Nitrozyme ones) are already starting to brown a little. As this is a new strain to me, I occasionally check the roots on the plants, it appears that this Auto’, strain doesn’t produce masses and masses of thick ‘hairy’ roots, so it looks like the 10- inch pots were big enough to accommodatethese fast flowering babes!
Day 60, and all four plants look ready to finish. The bigger leaves (and some of the smaller) on all plants by now had turned a light yellow/green, so I took most of them off. The smell from the plants had now subsided (thank God!). Day 63, and all the plants are ready to harvest. They were only 1/3 – 1/2 covered with brown ‘hairs’, but looking at the resin glands through a 10x magnifier, I could see that quite a lot had already turned amber/milky.
Manicuring the plants was a doddle as I had already taken off much of the leaf. I hung them in a dark cupboard with a small fan blowing through them. I could tell they wouldn’t take long to dry as they felt, hard, heavy, and dry. After five days in the cupboard I put them in a jar (minus its top) and put them in another dry airy dark cupboard, five more days and they were good to smoke. As Royal Automatic dries you get that super pungent smell back, though it fades after five or six days. When the bud is dry it doesn’t smell of much, until you break it open, …Wow! The smell is a deep coffeespice/chocolate-skunk when you break it open to skin up, and you can smell it all round the house within minutes -and that’s before you even light it!
When you light Royal Automatic, you are instantly engulfed in masses of thick blue smoke, that smells like very expensive cigars, mixed with Afghan black, with that spicy/coffee smell carrying it.
The stone is at first ‘heavy’, giving way to a more’sociable’ up’stone. The more you smoke it, the more ‘socially stoned’ you become! After a few joints you get ‘dry eye’syndrome. 0verall, the stone is long lasting, and’up’, in a’mashed’sort of way. It doesn’t leave you with adull/ fuzzy head in the morning even after a heavy night smoking it.