Bilbo’s Super Buds
A blast from the past showing some of the best growers from the early days of cannabis growing. These pictures were initially posted on the Overgrow Forum around 2003. Enjoy!
Some grow weed for pleasure, while others develop it to make money. Whatever the motivation, the most important thing is that it produces the most significant and potent heads. Also, to learn from each crop to improve the next and increase the grams. Everyone thinks their crop is the best, but occasionally you come across someone with a yield to die for. Heads bigger than your forearm, thicker than your head, and solid as stone. These are extreme cultivation successes, and Bilbo takes full responsibility. Bilbo likes to let his plants flourish under powerful light intensity, using the logic of light = weight!
You’d swear his plants are secretly working out when they should be sleeping because these plants resemble baseball bats more than anything else, and it is hard to imagine that they got that way simply because of excessive light waves. Honest! 2L Cola bottles look small in comparison. First impressions are that these plants must be on steroids but have been grown on the earth. Bilbo points out that you do not necessarily have to use hydroponics to achieve excessive bud growth. Bilbo has used hydroponics before, but never with these results. The good old earth is still full of surprises!
For a starter, Bilbo had bought wholeheartedly into the hype surrounding hydro techniques that ensured sizeable heads. He was working with aeroponics and was hit with a power failure that ruined his entire crop. After that, he returned to solid earth. He was happy to leave all the fuss of pH and EC meters behind him. The stunning success of this particular crop has even left Bilbo mystified. It cannot be just the extra light intensity because this is not the first time Bilbo has applied his additional light method to a grow room, and those heads have not been on the same scale as these.
For him, the amount of light a seedling is exposed to seems of the most significant importance. Seedlings germinating outdoors are continually exposed to the sun’s intensity and do not suffer any adverse effects. On the contrary, they flourish. The first few hours of a seedling’s life determine how it will develop later.
Out of the countless seeds available, Bilbo found this winner- a combination of good genes and plenty of light has resulted in these formidable heads. He managed to single out this phenomenal plant from a selection of 20 or 30 seeds. He was attracted to this particular plant by the size of the then up-and-coming buds and was satisfied that he had made a good choice. But then this monster took all the attention by towering above everything else in the room. Such a particular plant is rarely found. This one is a Sweet Tooth 3 from Spiceoflifeseeds and is number one on their list of quality seeds. The taste is sublime and reminds one of the sweetness of grapefruit.
It might have even been possible to have produced even heftier heads than these, as Bilbo has just used ordinary potting soil from the typical garden center. He might have bumped up his gram total return with a quality soil mix even more. These plants had enjoyed four weeks of growth before flowering for 51 days. He gave them 3000 watts during development, and once in flower, they received 6400 watts. He lines the lamps up vertically and horizontally, and all of them have exhausts fitted to keep them air-cooled.
He also uses C02 generators that can put his room at 1500 PPM in under three minutes. A digitized CO2 control gadget then keeps it that way. Every second hour, the air in the room is changed completely to exhaust any gaseous fumes that may have built up. Several climate controllers constantly regulate the whole room. Bilbo claims to make careful, considered use of the CO2, for he notices a significant change when he allows the temperature to soar in the room.
The most important thing to remember is to grow them hard with as much exposure to light as possible, from the moment they are seedlings up until the final harvest.
To obtain results like these, you must have several factors under strict control, and Bilbo has that. Everything is arranged to the smallest detail, from climatic regulation to the feeding scheme. It is up to the grower to optimum use of the intense light, and the best way to achieve that is to coordinate all the factors involved.
Be aware that bigger is not always better, even though it is human nature to want to improve continually. Bilbo has set the sights high this time, yet he still wants to push the boundaries again. Fortunately, Bilbo is a generous man, and naturally wanting to share his joy and good fortune, he made clones of the monster and distributed them amongst some of his fellow farmers so that they too could share in the fun and produce their extreme pleasure.
I am also invited to join in the pleasure as I was also sent a sample of these genes. My expectations are already running high as I sit impatiently waiting for the flowering phase.
I wish you all much-growing pleasure. Be sure to go nuts—go extreme!
It was originally posted on the Overgrow Forums in 2003.