Leafly Grows Half a Pound: Black Canine LED Develop Package Assessment
Numerous aspiring home builders in North America should decide to achieve THC independence in 2021. And we’re here to tell you it can be.
At the end of 2020, Leafly grew 150 grams of Class A Supreme Diesel in 8 weeks of flowering. We did it with some seeds from Bomb Compound Genetics. This is jet fuel Gelato crossed to Sour Diesel. Also a fabric pot, some dirt and the Black Dog LED Phytomax 200 watt all-in-one grow kit.
You can crank out up to 3 pounds a year in their starter tent kit.
Since the average price for a wholesale pound of Class A buds is around $ 1,450, you will be making your money back on herbs in about six months after growing them.
You don’t have to be a gardener. I definitely wasn’t. A “keep it simple, stupid” approach (“KISS”) works perfectly.
Why everyone works in the garden these days
Because what are you going to do in the age of the coronavirus?
No seriously, 10% of the US population are regular cannabis users, and most of them are carp because retail prices are too high. A sub-group is trying harder, especially as legalization spreads. And the psychological benefits of gardening speak for themselves.
“There is nothing better than smoking yourself. There is no such thing, ”said Noah Miller, COO at Black Dog LED in Boulder, CO.
About 40 bud sites bloom in this white balance photo. (David Downs / Leafly)
Why Black Dog LED’s Kit?
First generation LEDs had a bad rap after a rocky debut in the 2000s. But we first noticed Black Dog when breeders started winning cannabis competitions like The Grow-Off with Black Dog LEDs.
In 2021, you can grow 100% of the world’s best indoor weeds with LED lighting, Miller said. The cooler, more efficient technology stacks and eventually outperforms more standard lightbulbs, mostly called HPS.
“Better in every way, just more expensive upfront,” Miller said.
Black Dog’s LED arrays are built outside of Boulder, CO, and the company discontinued in 2020 – its largest commercial grow lights have been reordered.
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“We’re selling them as fast as we can,” Miller said.
Yes, most people don’t have $ 2,400. And yes, you can spend your time developing your own dirt style kit in an overseas market. But you generally get what you pay for. If your time is valuable and you prefer quality, this is a legitimate, high quality light and an expertly put together kit to help.
In the Numbers: Black Dog Phytomax 200 Watt Growth Kit costs: ~ $ 2,400
Cannabis yield: up to 0.5 pounds, every ~ 8 weeks (with separate vegetable room) *
Wholesale cost for a pound of weed: ~ $ 1,477 **
Time for cost neutrality: ~ 25 weeks ***
Kit return on investment in year 1: ~ 100%
* Black Dog LED; ** Cannabis benchmarks, January 21; *** without seeds, strength, water, time
What you get for $ 2,400
For the price of a ’96 Honda Accord EX, you can turn the key to the coolest Christmas present you’ve ever bought yourself.
The Starter 2 ‘x 2’ Kit comes in six boxes weighing a total of 139 pounds. My UPS driver shook his head in amazement.
You have the lights, the tent, the fans, filters, nutrients, sensors, a big old flood bowl – right down to the tape and extension cords. You shouldn’t have to go to the Home Depot to start this kit.
How to assemble it
It takes a few hours to put the kit together using the tutorial videos Black Dog has on YouTube. We called it “Lego Adult Time” and spent an hour here or there unpacking, inventorying, and setting it up. The actual tent is the most Ikea-like part – we had to fix it once.
The light is at the heart – bright and heavy, it requires special glasses to work around. Like the sun in a tent, the box-shaped beast is crazy calm and cool. You plug it in knowing you are going to power a fire tree.
It’s dotted with different colored LEDs that give cannabis plants the exact mix of colors they’re using.
“That’s what is so great about LED,” said Miller, “you can get the right spectra in ways that HPS can’t.”
American assembled in Boulder, CO – Black Dog LED lights are in great demand. (David Downs / Leafly)
How our growth went
Our growth went like clockwork, with delicious, rocky results.
The kit includes a number of Bottled Advanced Nutrients nuts and a feeding schedule, but we only used a cloth pot and dirt. We wanted to start with a “keep it simple” run as a base. Measuring and calculating nutrients didn’t sound easy. We believed that good dirt, water, light, temperature, and humidity – and good genetics – should be enough for the plant to take care of itself. It has!
In March we popped seeds in a small vegetable room. In May we doused her sexually. In June, we planted the boldest, hottest female in the group in a 25-gallon cloth pot filled with Fox Farm ocean forest, mycorrhizae, and worm castings. Called the “Tank Girl”, she vegetated in the tent for a few weeks longer than 18 hours a day. In July we defoliated them and switched Tank Girl to a schedule of 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness, which triggered. In August we latticed the mast branches and created an even “green screen” with around 40 main bud sites. All bud spots turned into fat, icy, sharp, colorful, medium-sized, finished buds by the August harvest. Yew!
Our approach to keeping good dirt and tap water simple resulted in a sweet, berry-like, creamy 5 ounce Supreme Diesel. (David Downs / Leafly)
The killer results
We bloomed the plant until the trichomes looked most mature and the smell peaked – by mid-August. After a short cut (drying net included in the kit), 10 days of net drying and two weeks of curing, the Supreme Diesel looked like a club. According to my brain’s steinometer, it got a good THC level of 20%.
It smelled loud too. I wanted more from a gas station, but my Supreme Diesel came out of the gelato surprisingly sweet, berry-like, and creamy. The end product looked icy, smelled terpy, and wasn’t rock-hard to the touch, but copiously dense and sticky. The nose of creamy berry gelato gave in to jet fuel and diesel on exhalation. The relaxing, happy indica hybrid effects are great for the end of the day and into the night.
We got 150 grams, or about 5 dried, trimmed ounces without really trying, and Miller said the Phytomax 200 is maxed out at half a pound (8 ounces) yield. Every step in easy effort increases the yield by half a pound. So you can get a pound off the 400 watts, 1.5 pounds off the 600, and so on.
“What you have is the perfect size to play around with. If you want the commercial weight then add power, ”Miller said.
Tank Girl: A close-up of the blooming Supreme Diesel under LED light. (David Downs / Leafly)
The average daily cannabis user smokes roughly a pound a year, so the basic Black Dog 200 set will provide enough home production to stone you year-round.
More realistic becomes a huge supply of house wine – something you give away and share; even some form of currency.
A fat, home-grown supply will also radically lower your pharmacy bills. So you can let yourself be pampered by exotic species. I will always grow a little or think about what to grow next.
Will it be Capulators Britney’s frozen lemons? Or In House Genetics’ Slurricane IX? Probably both in 2021.
Those who are not busy growing are busy buying.
Compound Genetics Supreme Diesel grown in soil under a 200 watt array of Black Dog LED. (David Downs / Leafly)
David Downs directs news and lifestyle coverage as chief of the California Bureau for Leafly.com. He has written for WIRED, Rolling Stone and Billboard and is the former cannabis editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and author of several cannabis books including ‘Marijuana Harvest’ by Ed Rosenthal and David Downs. He is the co-host of the Hash podcast. TW: @davidrdowns | IG @daviddowns
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