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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 32 Entries.
Saturday, January 21 View Page
Thatís it, apart from a few for ourselves all the 2907 seeds are gone.
Saturday, January 28 View Page
I took one of the 2907 clones to a very special laboratory where Jo Hillman is going to attempt to micro propagate it. It was a 400 mile 8 hour road trip but well worth it because the plant couldnít be in better hands.
Saturday, January 28 View Page
By the time I was home Jo had started and this is what was left of the mother plant.
Saturday, January 28 View Page
This is the plant material ready to be dissected.
Saturday, January 28 View Page
Jo managed to extract around 15 axillary buds which is way more than I expected.
Saturday, January 28 View Page
The buds were then sterilised. Jo told me that the buds were exceptionally good for the time of year. This is definitely down to the good growing tent with artificial and natural light.
Saturday, January 28 View Page
The buds were then put into individual jars. We should know within about a week if there is any infections. I spent 3 hours talking to Jo and itís highly skilled work. Thereís loads of detail that I canít include but Iím sure youíll get the gist of it. Itís all cutting edge for the world of giant pumpkin growing but you have to start somewhere.
Friday, February 24 View Page
This is one of the clones being divided up. The callous caused by the cytokines in the media is being cut away. The plants are being transferred into new jars with the aim of encouraging root initials by mid March. Jo has named the bottles IPP3000. Iíll let you work that one out
Tuesday, March 21 View Page
The media has been changed to one that encourages roots and look whatís happened. They are looking anaemic partly because this has never been done before and feeding is a steep learning curve. The other reason is that they are totally under artificial lights. A few plants were potted today into 9cm shallow pots and once rooted will be gently moved into the natural environment. We may well have to get a little inventive with slowing down or speeding up the plants to meet our planting plan.
Monday, March 27 View Page
And weíre off, they all got started at 30C or 90F yesterday.
Wednesday, April 5 View Page
Everything got planted today apart from the IP3000 cloneís which should be with us early next week. These are the clones from cuttings
Saturday, April 15 View Page
The 2 X IPP3000ís arrived safe and well last Tuesday
Saturday, April 15 View Page
The are tiny little things compared with some of the seedlings but will be absolutely fine. The two plants were planted on the 13th which thankfully was not a Friday
Thursday, April 27 View Page
The IPP3000ís have coloured up nicely.
Wednesday, May 3 View Page
The lab clone is on the left and to cutting clone is on the right.
Wednesday, May 3 View Page
Another couple of clones with the small one being the lab one.
Wednesday, May 3 View Page
This is a 1885 Werner
Wednesday, May 3 View Page
And another Werner
Wednesday, May 3 View Page
A 2365 Wolf
Wednesday, May 3 View Page
And another Wolf. So we will be looking at our perfect lineup.
Wednesday, May 3 View Page
Finally weíre running and 2907 clone down the centre of the house for pollinating
Tuesday, May 23 View Page
Itís time for a little update on how things are going and itís going well. This is an 1885 Werner looking good and the first pollination was done a few days ago.
Tuesday, May 23 View Page
This is another 1885 which will be ready for pollination in a few days time.
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
A 2365 Wolf looking good. Itís the usual cat and mouse game chasing the nitrogen at the moment. Each plant has had about 20oz calcium nitrate every 5 days at the moment.
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
Another 2365 looking a little fatter and nearly ready for pollination. Thereís no doubt that some plants need more available nitrogen than others. I forgot to say that the last plant has had the first pollination a couple of days ago.
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
Both 2907 clones have been a little apical dominant but are beginning to settle down. This is the one from a cutting.
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
This is IPP3000 and looking good
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
Us being us we have put a few backups in just incase.
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
This is a pollinating 2907.
Wednesday, May 31 View Page
Absolutely perfect Nitrogen looks like this, but getting it right is witchcraft.
Tuesday, June 6 View Page
This is what weíre looking for.
Wednesday, June 7 View Page
DAP17 the Werner B X 2907 clone is looking good.

 

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