Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide

We reveal the secrets of Orange Sherbet Autoflower week by week progress in this comparative review of four actual grows
17 May 2021
36 min read
Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide

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Orange Sherbet Auto belongs to the next generation of autoflowers where the insane amounts of cannabinoids are a given—24% THC in this particular case. So, to stand out from the crowd, breeders aim at something else: delectable terpene profiles and a one-of-a-kind effect.

As the name suggests, Orange Sherbet Auto’s flavor reminds one of orange juice, with its intense citrusy aroma, sweet-and-sour taste, and the pungent tang of essential oils. There are notes of cream as well. This mouth-watering extravaganza ushers in an uplifting, motivating, and invigorating high that is perfect for high-flyers and go-getters. 70% sativa make sure that you stay happy, alert, and creative for hours after a couple of tokes. Not bad for a strain that requires so little love and care from you and gives so much in return. Stay tuned!

1. Grow Specifications

The first thing that needs to be mentioned is Orange Sherbet Auto’s great size and bushy structure. This weed has a tendency to grow tall—up to 150 cm (5 ft)—with long side branches and spacy internodes. Understandably, she also has a lot of girth.

As you may guess, all this translates into bountiful yields: 500–650 gr/m2 (1.6–2.1 oz/ft2) indoors. Outdoors, she has as much yield potential and can bring in 90–300 grams (3–11 ounces) per plant. Such generosity, coupled with only a 70-day progress from seed to harvest, makes Orange Sherbet Auto extremely appealing to commercial growers. And for the first-time gardeners, this means respectable results even after every textbook rookie mistake.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A product photo

 

Another feature is the strain’s low-maintenance. Perfect for ‘absent fathers’ who’d prefer to only show up for ‘graduation’. How about guerilla growing? Because yes, Orange Sherbet Auto can move through all grow stages totally unattended. And if you’re one of those people who smother their cannabis with love and care, channel your energy into LST and other forms of training. This will give you something to occupy yourself with and then make your hands full again at the end of the life cycle—with propping up and trellising all those humongous buds. Besides, tying your plants down will ensure you don’t run out of space in smaller indoor setups.

2. Grow Set Up

We were lucky to find on Growdiaries four reports whose authors show much talent in the art of weed cultivation and also the willingness to share it with us. We enjoyed their beautiful photos and their detailed comments. These four journals also give the opportunity to see how Orange Sherbet Auto deals with different setups, cultivation techniques, and levels of experience

Grower A: GWSD82

At the time of writing, GWSD82 had only 3 finished cycles, and Orange Sherbet Auto was his first strain ever. He uses a medium-sized (3’x3’) (90cm x 90cm) tent where he raises two autoflowers at a time.

His LED light in the first month was a cheap off-brand previous generation type that gives off pinkish/purplish spectrum and draws only 130W.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A generic LED fixture in a tent

Cheap generic LED used in the beginning of the life cycle.
  

Later in the cycle, he invested in a more advanced LED light with a more efficient spectrum and drawing as much as 595W. It was a lucky move because his garden now could receive a more generous wattage and better spectrum for the most important of the grow stages, i.e. flowering time. As a result, Orange Sherbet Auto rewarded the gardener with an amazing result. As we shall presently see.

 

Grower B: the_canna_scientist

The_canna_scientist has considerably more experience. Although he’s been only active on GD for less than a year, he managed to harvest 14 strains, garner 1405 likes, and earn the title of ‘Master’. There’s even a Diary of the Month cup in his trophy cabinet—one received for FastBuds’ Purple Lemonade.

For his most recent grow cycles, the_canna_scientist has upgraded his equipment: he threw away his old flimsy Vivosun tent with its many pin-hole light leaks and replaced it with a much better and bigger Quictent GT.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Full spectrum LED quantum boards in a tent

This Gorilla tent is big enough for a perpetual harvest operation with many strains.
 

This tent is 96x48x71 and works beautifully with an advanced AC Infinity Cloudline extractor fan. For those who’re looking for a quiet and efficient high-CFM duct fan, this model comes equipped with temperature, humidity, and fan speed control, as well as many other advanced programmable functions.

 

Bigger tents also require more powerful lights, and the_canna_scientist has installed two custom-made LED quantum boards, 600W each. The gardener’s medium of choice is 100% soil, and this grow is no exception.

Grower C: TrueNorth

TrueNorth has been publishing his journals on GD going on for two years now. Stangely, he’s still an ‘Apprentice’, despite 8 impressive harvests. And don’t forget his two cups, including a trophy for Pets & Pot Contest 2020 by FastBuds.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A dog in sunglasses posing next to marijuana plants

One of the winning photos of the FastBuds’ Pets & Pot Contest 2020.
 

If you follow his progress, the only constant is the fact that he always cultivates in soil. The rest of the setup is subject to constant change. TrueNorth has tried out two different Gorilla grow tents and liked both. For Orange Sherbet Auto, though, he used a 48”X36”X72” Vivosun 2-In-1 GT. He said it disappointed him because of missing parts and many light leaks. It remains unclear whether he took out the central wall dividing the tent into 2 compartments (like many horticulturalists do).

 

Funny thing: the grower uses the same AC Infinity Cloudline fan as the_canna_scientist. However, his lights are different — two Budget LED’s Series 2 Veg, 250W each. More than enough for either 3’x’3’ or 3’x4’ area. Commenting on these lights, TrueNorth said he was happy with how fast his plants grew and how frosty they got.

Grower D: Silverback_Guerilla

The only ‘Grandmaster’ in our competition, Silverback_Guerilla is a very prolific gardener. In 2.9 months that he’s been active on Growdiaries, he’s finished 49 journals. More than half of his plants are autoflowers, and, among those, FastBuds creations make the bulk. Obviously, the guy loves our genetics.

Silverback_Guerilla has a big grow-op, and, in this particular instance, Orange Sherbet Auto occupies only a modest place in a large multi-strain grow. It would be hardly educational to describe his grow tent which is choke-full of custom-made LEDs and other equipment.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Many autoflowers in a big tent under LED lights

A lush SOG-style multi-strain garden.
 

This experienced horticulturalist prefers to raise many smaller plants SOG-style. So, his per-plant yields may not be too impressive, but the buds are bulging and dense and a pleasure to look at.

 

3. Germination And Seedling Stage | Week 1

In the first week, each of the gardeners showed his own level of skill: from having no idea of what to expect to doing everything on automatic pilot to expertly tweaking the tiniest aspects of the grow. Strangely, the results wouldn’t be that different at the end of Orange Sherbet Auto life cycle. This low-maintenance variety proved universally rewarding.

Week 1 Grow Conditions

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Week 1 grow conditions

Week 1 grow conditions.
 

A: Tentative First Steps

Being a first-timer, Grower A chose the most nerve-racking germination method — the straight-into-the-medium one.

He purchased the most ordinary plastic pots money can buy and inserted them into mismatched containers for drainage. This feat of color-blindness looked a bit out of place in an otherwise neat setup, but such things never prevent you from raising very healthy plants.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Two small ganja plants in cheap plastic pots

Looks amateurish, but wait when it’s harvest time.
 

The pots were filled with Ecothrive Coco-Perlite Lite 70/30 mix. In some respects, it’s quite a run-of-the-mill product where coco coir retains a lot of water and perlite creates air pockets for roots to breathe. The mixture also comes pre-washed and buffered, like many others do.

What sets Ecothrive‘s medium apart is that it contains a proprietary ‘Charge’ component. Basically, it’s beetle droppings — 100% natural and organic and filled to the brim with slow-release nutrients and other substances that activate plants’ immune response.

The grower made sure to soak these 10L pots with at least 10L of water with plenty of runoff and then left them alone for 24 hours for the organics to ‘cook’. He then put 3 seeds into the medium when it still was ‘nice and damp’ (his words).

 

 

Now, this method usually has a very good germination rate, but the medium should never be TOO ‘nice and damp’. Otherwise, you risk losing your seedlings to damping off. Another problem with the straight-into-the-medium method is that you can’t check on your seeds. One day you just lose your patience and decide to excavate (well, exhume in some cases). And this is what happened here. Out of the three Orange Sherbet Autos—named Annie, Bella, and Carrie—one never made it. RIP, Anny! The other two came up in time. And although one of the girls didn’t look very healthy, she would eventually overcome her growing pains and turn out a gorgeous lady.

The air was a bit too dry for the seedling stage (40%), and the guy tried a bedside humidifier he had. Although this cheap gadget had done a very poor job on the nightstand, it proved to be quite effective in the tent and raised RH to the comfortable and steady 60-65%.

 

B: High-Tech from the Very Start

Grower B pre-soaked his two Orange Sherbet Auto seeds and then put them into something that looks like Root Riot plugs to germinate. And when they did and poked up through the surface, he inserted the plugs into the final 3 gal fabric pots filled with a soil/perlite mixture.

The lights in his big 4’x8’ tent were on 24 hours, and he used stylish-looking humidity domes to locally raise RH to 70-75% for the young seedlings. He was also in control of CO2 levels inside the tent. When a gardener really knows what he’s doing, this makes an obvious impact:

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Ganja seedlings on week 1

The seedlings are the same age, but one looks like it’s a day or two ahead.

C: A 9-Week Dash for the Finish Line Begins

Grower C germinated his single Orange Sherbet Auto in a 1L starter pot, and the seedling was out of the soil in the first 24 hours. She received the classic 18 hours of light a day, with a very comfortable temperature of 24°C (75°F) during the day and 20°C (68°F) at night. The relative humidity was also close to perfect — at 65%. She needed nothing else really, apart from 200ml of pH-balanced water every day. In this large Gorilla 5’x5’ tent, Orange Sherbet Auto was just one of a whole lineup of plants in different stages of flowering and vegging.

D: Organics as an Exact Science

Grower D’s germinated his three Orange Sherbet Autos along with 14 other FastBuds seeds. Such numbers call for some sophisticated germination kit. In this case, it was a DWC cloner. The seeds were inserted into rapid rooters, with water in the reservoir barely touching the bottom parts of the rooters. The water contained a hefty dose of Endoboost Hydro (which is an endomycorrhizal inoculant) and 1/4 tsp/gal of Superthrive (a vitamin solution).

Four days later, all three Orange Sherbets were up, and, the next day, the whole batch was transplanted into half-gallon biodegradable starter bags.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Pot seedlings in a propagation tray and in biodegradeable grow bags

First, Root Riot plugs, then, biodegradable grow bags.
 

These bags, as well as the final 3-gallon fabric pots, had been filled with organic soil a half year earlier and left to build a nice and healthy rhizosphere. Such a forward-looking approach always pays off. Besides, the soil was amended with the following small-caliber weapons of organic pest control:

  • Beauveria Bassiana, a fungus that preys on insects and their larvae,
  • Metarhizium Anisopliae, another pest-killing fungus,
  • Azamax, a broad-spectrum natural insecticide.

Yeah, you don’t get the title of Grandmaster for no reason. So watch and learn, folks!

 

4. Early Veg | Week 2

Week 2 is the period when many gardeners—even those who choose soil as their medium—start to introduce nutrients. So here we mostly look at the feeding schedules for the vegetative phase or throughout the whole Orange Sherbet Auto timeline.

Week 2 Grow Conditions

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Week 2 grow conditions

Week 2 grow conditions.
 

A: Dealing with a Heatwave

The problems with too high temps had begun the week before because the tent had been initially set up in the attic. The attic is great if you want to get your garden out of the way or hide it from visitors, but, in summer, it gets hot as hell. With the outside temperature climbing to the nice and comfortable 27°C (81°F), it can be 38°C (100°F) easily in the tent.

All this was a total surprise to the grower, but luckily he found a spare room on the ground floor. The moving per se didn’t make the problems go away though. Besides leaf tips and edges curling up from heat stress, the plants basically stopped absorbing nutrients, sending EC levels in the medium through the roof. And due to enhanced evaporation, pH got too high, too.

The only way to deal with all this in coco is to flush abundantly with a new and balanced nutrient solution. Also very helpful is the high-frequency fertigation when you don’t wait for the coco/perlite mix to dry out, but replace it with a new portion of res and make sure you get plenty of runoff.

The grower also had to deal with too hard tap water—350 PPM even after filtering. Eventually, he gave up and worked out a way of making distilled water. You may imagine how busy he was. After a bad start of week 2, his seedlings recovered, resumed the growth, and gratefully took first 25%, then 50%, and finally 75% of the recommended dosage of fertilizers. And now it’s probably as good time as any to look at the feeding schedule on weeks 2 through 10:

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: CANNA nutrients feeding schedule

Orange Sherbet Auto feeding schedule through both grow stages.
 

The beauty of this feeding regimen is its simplicity. The same limited set of ingredients is used throughout the life cycle. Only the doses change according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This eliminates the need to make a lot of small decisions and the risk of making just as many mistakes. For newbies, it’s priceless.

CANNA Coco A and B are the staples of this diet. Mixed at different proportions for different stages of flowering and growth, these two formulas provide all the essential nutrients as well as natural chelates, humic and fulvic acids.

Another important thing is a Cal Mag supplement, in this particular case the one by Vitalink. When growing in coco coir, you need to constantly replenish both calcium and magnesium. Even if the medium has been pretreated by the manufacturer, and especially if it hasn’t. 

The rest of the components of CANNA line serve the following purposes:

  • CANNA RHIZOTONIC. Contains natural algae-based vitamins that help germinate seeds and keep roots happy not only during their growth in veg, but also through all cannabis flowering stages.
  • CANNAZYM. An enzyme complex that makes plants better absorb nutrients and makes them more resistant to environmental stresses.
  • CANNABOOST Accelerator. Increases the metabolism rate and thus the speed of a plant’s progress. Is especially beneficial for autoflower flowering stages when a lot must be achieved in a very short time.
  • CANNA PK 13/14. A source of extra phosphorus and potassium, the two most important nutrients in the flowering stage.

 

B: Adjusting the Feeding Strategy

In contrast to coco, soil doesn’t require that you add nutrients right away because it comes pre-charged with them. So, you can wait until your plant starts showing deficiencies (which is a clear signal that there are no nutrients left in the root zone). And this is what Grower B used to do. However, he had noted that this lengthened the timeline by a whole week.

This time he decided to top-dress his medium on week 2, so that the roots would be constantly fed small amounts of slow-release nutrients. He set himself an even more ambitious goal—for the future attempts—to pre-amend store-bought soil with enough supplements to last at least 3-4 weeks. Maybe even the whole life cycle.

He had tried a nutrient line by Aurora Innovations before and loved the results (the only supplement that he stopped using was Bloom Booster which he thought caused more problems than good). Let’s look at the whole lineup of products he was using:

  • Elemental. A source of two important elements: calcium (an essential building material for plant cells) and magnesium (a key component of chlorophyll molecule).
  • Uprising Foundation. Another Cal-Mag formula which also contains iron and is 100% natural and organic.
  • Uprising Grow & Bloom. A set of two organic fertilizers with classic NPK ratios for the vegetative and flowering phase, respectively.
  • Terp Tea Grow & Bloom. This two-part nutrient system—one component for the vegetative stage, the other for different stages of flowering—is a powerful organic NPK mix. You can use it either alone, or alongside your main fertilizer. In the latter case, it will help make buds richer in terpenes (more aromatic).
  • Extreme Serene. A seaweed extract that stimulates the growth of shoots and roots. Can be added to water or foliar-fed.
  • Trinity. A rich meal of carbohydrates from various plant sources, including molasses.
  • Super Phos Bat Guano. A natural source of phosphorus, as well as calcium.
  • Bio-Force. An undisclosed proprietary formula to give your garden a microbial boost.

 

C: Getting Fat on Plain Water

Grower C did nothing fancy. His single Orange Sherbet Auto was still in the 1L pot and got only plain R/O water with pH at 6.4 and TDS at 336. She obviously received enough food from the soil mix and looked vibrant and perky. And quite big for her age too.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A healthy perky marijuana seedling

This Orange Sherbet Auto gets all she needs from 1L of soil.
 

D: One Happy SOG Family

On week 2, the three Orange Sherbet Autos—along with the rest of FastBuds varieties—were settling in their 0.5 gal biodegradable bags. At first, they looked like they found the soil mix too ‘hot’. (Remember that it was pre-amended with organics almost to the point of bursting.) However, by the end of the week, the vegetative growth kicked in, the girls got big and strong, and roots were already coming through the sides of the pots.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Grown-up seedlings ready for transplant

Orange Sherbet Auto progress in just one week.
 

In fact, they did so good, that their happy owner decided that they could handle something other than plain water. And this is the food they received:

  • BushDoctor Boomerang, to make roots recover from the stress of repotting and to stimulate vegetative growth,
  • True Plant Science One (a classic mix of macro- and micronutrients) and Silica Gold (an extra dose of potassium).

5. Mid Veg | Weeks 3-4

All four gardeners were in a hurry to do what needs to be done in veg and can’t be postponed till cannabis flowering stages. This includes such procedures as topping/FIMing, transplanting, and—in part—LST.

Week 3 Grow Conditions

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Week 3 grow conditions

Week 3 grow conditions.
 

Week 4 Grow Conditions

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Week 4 grow conditions

Week 4 grow conditions.
 

A: Something Finally ‘Clicked’

The heatwave that had been causing so much trouble in the first two weeks was now over, and the grower finally figured out all those newbie questions of when and how much to water and what to feed. He also found the sweet spot for the distance from the light. In short, he learned how to read his plants’ reactions and act accordingly.

He was steadily increasing the volume of daily watering and also the EC of the solution while lowering the relative humidity a little.

On week 3, the girls were left to grow freely and gained 4 inches (10 cm). However, in the next week, both were LSTed and fimmed and the pattern of the growth changed. Now, instead of growing vertically, they began to develop a lot of side shoots.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Young cannabis plant in a plastic container trained and topped

LST and FIM to stimulate the side growth.
 

It was time to install the ScrOG net, so that they could be trained in the coming weeks.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: ScrOG net spread over two cannabis plants in plastic pots

The ScrOG net spread over two Orange Sherbet Auto.
 

B: Healthy Diet to Keep Deficiencies at Bay

All through weeks 3 and 4, the grower continued with the strategy of feeding his Orange Sherbet Auto much heavier than in his previous grows. He liked it much better than constantly playing catch-up with various deficiencies.

It was remarkable how much the plants gained, especially during the fourth week. They were regularly LSTed and, each time, lightly defoliated. Both turned into wide flat bushes with multiple side branches. They still looked flimsy, of course, but a forward-thinking gardener would already start to contemplate trellising them — to support the future oversized colas.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A pot plant trained to become short and branchy

LST has made this Orange Sherbet Auto very branchy.
 

C: Precocious Little Thing

Week 3 started with the transplant from the 1L pot into a 5-gal grow bag. The timing was terrible because this particular Orange Sherbet Auto already looked like she would begin to flower any day. Which she promptly did.

It is a well known fact that the flowering stage is the time when the root system basically stops developing. This means it’s never worth repotting cannabis when it’s already developing buds or is at the cusp of it.

This little Orange Sherbet Auto would probably just as well have been left in her small container and brought the same 31 grams of dry bud. Maybe she’d be bigger if put into a larger pot from day one. Or maybe she’d turn into a superfast dwarf in any case. Who knows!

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Little ganja plant flowering

Before the first month was out, this baby was already popping buds.
 

The final 6-gal grow bag and the soil in it were from the previous non-organic cycle, meaning poor in nutrients. So the grower made the right decision of beginning to fertigate his Orange Sherbet Auto right away.

He chose the Emerald Harvest nutrients. They don’t even pretend to be designed for some other crops. Everything in this line of fertilizers caters to the needs of weed cultivation. Emerald Harvest offers a very wide range of products, but Grower C used just a few:

  • Cali Pro Grow A & B / Bloom A & B. Two easy-to-use formulas: one designed for the vegetative stage, the other perfect for autoflower flowering stages. Both provide all essential macro- and micronutrients.
  • Emerald Goddess. A tonic for cannabis extracted from various natural sources, such as alfalfa and seaweed. Contains vitamins and humic acids.
  • Honey Chome. A ‘sugary drink’ especially rich in potassium but also phosphorus.
  • King Kola. A PK-rich bloom booster for oversized colas.

D: Repotting on the Cusp of Flowering

The end of Week 3 was the time for the final transplant of Orange Sherbet Auto Auto and other strains into 3-gallon pots. Since the root balls weren’t disturbed in the process—thanks to the biodegradable starter grow bags—the procedure was stress-free, and all the girls went on growing without skipping a beat.

They received the full dose of One and some Boomerang, as well as regular showers with such microbial and vitamin-rich preparations as Microlife Super Seaweed and Boom Boom Spray.

In the fourth week, the grower began to regret that he hadn’t transplanted earlier: most of the plants had pistils now, and the beginning of flowering is never a good time to repot. He was afraid he wouldn’t see much of a stretch and his autoflowers would remain rather small.

In the fourth week and through all of his autoflower flowering stages, he continued with his singularly sophisticated organic feeding regime that is best represented with a table:

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Organic feeding schedule

A rich weekly meal for Orange Sherbet Autos grown organically.
 

Besides adding nutrients to every fertigation event, he also regularly foliar-fed all his autoflowers. Sometimes, he did it for a quick supplementary boost (e.g. AXIOM Harpin Proteins). At other times, he foliar-sprayed Microlife Maximum Blooms because the medium wasn’t yet dry enough to fertigate with this nutrient in the normal way.

Please note that any foliar feeding stopped on week 6 because it’s dangerous to spray any liquids on flowers. Excess moisture often causes mold!

6. Transition (Pre-Flower) | Week 5

Although it was supposed to be a transition phase in Orange Sherbet Autoflower week by week progress, this turned out to be the start of the full-blown flowering for most of the plants.

Week 5 Grow Conditions

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Week 5 grow conditions

Week 5 grow conditions.
 

A: Canopy Management Can be a Fulltime Job

Though marked as ‘veg’ in the journal, the fifth week was actually the beginning of flowering time for both Orange Sherbet Auto girls. The first pistils appeared, and the branches began to stretch, quickly filling out the ScrOG net. This caused RH in the tent to steadily creep up which always increases the risk of mold during cannabis flowering stages.

To prevent that, the grower lollipopped everything below the ScrOG. This technique allows you to get rid of lower leaves and bud sites that don’t get any direct light and usually don’t amount to anything. Lollipopping also facilitates air exchange below canopy level. It was a surprise for Grower A how time consuming it is to train plants for ScrOG. He had to constantly defoliate and prune and direct growing branches horizontally and tuck the shoots and the leaves under the net. Well, this is the price you pay for increased yields that ScrOG promises.

 

B: No Runoff for Organics

The grower continued to top dress his pots with organic nutrients and saturate the soil with plain water and nothing else. The microbes in the root zone seemed to be happy with this arrangement, and the two Orange Sherbet Auto were flourishing.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A weed plant at the beginning of flowering

It’s only week 5, but the budding is going full-steam.
 

The watering technique that Grower B employed was very interesting. At first, he would bottom feed the pots—with 1.2 liters at this point in the timeline—and then add another 600-800ml from the top with a sprayer. He was making sure that not a drop would run off. This is what you do with organics — you don’t flush (and waste) any nutrients and beneficial bacteria and fungi from the medium.

 

C: A Poster Child of Low Maintenance

As you have probably guessed already, Orange Sherbet Auto is an impressively fast variety. And this particular baby was forming flowers at an incredible speed.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A small autoflower in a grow bag at the beginning of flowering stage

This Orange Sherbet Auto chose speed over size.
 

And she required almost no attention from her tender. He was simply mixing and giving her a nutrient solution when the grow bag got light enough. With her diminutive size and probably a tiny root ball, she wasn’t even thirsty that often.

 

D: No Dwarves in This Garden

Thanks to running a multi-strain grow, Grower D had every opportunity to compare his three Orange Sherbet Autos with each other and many other genetics. He noted that the trio looked like they were clones — they had identical structure and leaf shape. At the same time, they were shorter than the rest, but comfortably bushy.

Remember how worried the grower was because he thought this whole batch would remain stunted due to spending too much time in the starter bags? These worries proved groundless. The whole garden grew considerably and looked lush.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Flowering ganja plants grown in a tent SOG-style

The three Orange Sherbet Autos are hiding here somewhere.
 

During the subsequent stretch, Orange Sherbet Auto would get taller by a whole foot or even more.

7. Early Flower | Weeks 6-7

Except for Grower A who was preoccupied with figuring out how to best train his plants, most were simply staying the course and watching the flowers fill out. This is what usually happens 3 or 4 weeks into flowering: all major decisions have already been made and now it’s time to patiently wait for the harvest.

Week 6 Grow Conditions

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Week 6 grow conditions

Week 6 grow conditions.
 

Week 7 Grow Conditions

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Week 7 grow conditions

Week 7 grow conditions.
 

A: Giving Up the ScrOG Idea

The grower spent week 6 tucking the top shoots under the net. He had to do it 2-3 times a day to keep the canopy even. Then, in the seventh week, he decided it was time to give up. One of the branches looked like it would be soon cut in half by one of the mesh threads.

So he removed the net with the intention of maybe installing it later again and much higher up — just to give support to the colas.

He was also busy with balancing his nutrients. The buds were mature enough to call for CANNA Boost Accelerator and PK 13/14, so there was a need to cut down on more growth-oriented macronutrients. The idea was to keep TDS at a comfortable level of 900-950 ppm.

 

The plants liked whatever he did to them and looked very healthy, with not one spot of deficiency or anything.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Weed plants directed sideways with the aid of ScrOG

Week 6. Branches put a lot of strain on the net, so it’s about to be removed.
 

B: A Very Branchy Structure

Weeks 6 and 7 were basically more of the same: top dressing and watering, with occasional LST and a lot of defoliation. And, frankly, these Orange Sherbet Auto needed regular haircuts.

Please keep in mind that they weren’t topped or anything, but still developed a formidable amount of side branches. It’s even hard to say with any confidence which is the central one. At least 3 or 4 of them look exactly the same.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Very branchy cannabis, topview and sideview

This Orange Sherbet Auto expresses mostly Sativa traits.
 

And probably it had been better if some of the lesser branches were pruned and the bottom third of the plant lollipopped completely. This would channel more energy from the lower bud sites (future larf) to the tops (where it really matters).

In any case, by the end of week 7, the gals were stacking up nicely and looked well-fed and happy.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A multi-branch cannabis strain flowering

These Orange Sherbet Auto buds show a lot of promise.
 

C: When the Process is Boring, but the Result is Not

The fastest and the smallest plant in our review, this Orange Sherbet Auto was already sporting some trichomes on ‘sugar’ leaves by the end of the 7th week.

Even though she was so small and there was no issue with light penetration, the grower decided to pull some branches to the sides. This would further open the canopy and allow the buds to evenly swell up from top to bottom.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: An autoflower with lots of white pistils and first trichomes

A bit of LST to give every branch equal access to light.
 

Apart from that, nothing really needed to be done.

D: Ultraviolet Spectrum for Extra Potency

One of the many reasons this grow was so successful was the use of Flower Power UVB lights. These 4-feet long lamps are installed at the rate of two per every 1000W HPS (or its equivalent). The manufacturer promises that they increase the production of THC by at least 20%, but also make buds richer in terpenes and flavonoids.

The grower actually had begun to use his UVB light—turning it on for two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening—on week 4, right after the final transplant. By week 6, the old lamp needed to be replaced with a new one.  This seems to be a drawback of these lamps — a rather short life span (only two flowering cycles in some extreme cases).

All plants in the garden, including Orange Sherbet Auto, were flourishing and, though untrained, had many long side branches and a lot of bud sites.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A sideview of 3 flowering autoflowers and one chunky cola

Orange Sherbet Auto at week 7 from seed.
 

8. Mid Flower (Bulk Phase) | Weeks 8-9

There were no laggards among Orange Sherbet Autos in this review. Most could have been chopped on week 9, and three of them actually were. Those that were still standing looked vibrant and not really faded, but their trichomes were already turning milky.

Week 8 Grow Conditions

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Week 8 grow conditions

Week 8 grow conditions.
 

Week 9 Grow Conditions

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Week 9 grow conditions

Week 9 grow conditions.
 

A: Filling Out Despite a Minor Deficiency

Starting from week 8, first trichomes appeared on the flowers and sugar leaves and both Orange Sherbet autoflowers became sticky to touch.

Up until that moment, they had no deficiencies, but now the grower noticed mottled brown spots on the newer leaves. Fearing it was a magnesium and calcium deficiency, he started to add a bit of CalMag to every other feed.

Maybe it WAS a calcium deficiency, made worse by temperatures climbing up as high as 34°C (93°F) on a few occasions, but, whatever it was, the issue wouldn’t progress further, and buds were filling out nicely.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A fat marijuana cola and some deficiency on upper fan leaves

This deficiency, probably calcium, is too small and has happened too late in the cycle to really affect anything.
 

If the garden had a very weak smell on week 8, it got much stronger in the next one. It wasn’t an overwhelming skunky presence. Orange Sherbet Auto smelled as one would expect — of freshly squeezed orange juice.

Trichome inspection revealed a mixture of clear and cloudy ones, no amber yet. Nevertheless, the grower backed off the nutrients a bit because harvest was approaching, and it’s always best to start cleaning buds of built-up salts in time.

 

B: Weaned Off Nutrients and Almost Ready for Harvest

Another calm two weeks for Grower B. He moved his two Orange Sherbet autoflowers into a bigger tent with stronger lights and defoliated a bit here and there for better air circulation and light penetration.

He top dressed the pots for the last time in the 8th week and, from then on, only gave his girls fresh water. Please note that neither he, nor Grower D ever mentioned TDS. When you grow autoflowers organically, there’s really no need to worry about such things. Nor monitor the pH levels.

The buds were slowly filling out and looked so frosty that they appeared less mature than they actually were (too white). But harvest time was fast approaching. One of the girls was scheduled to go by the end of week 9, and the other one lagged by probably only a week or so.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A beautiful marijuana bud ready for harvest and a less mature one

Buds on a more mature Orange Sherbet Auto (left) and a less mature one (right).
 

C: Last Meals and Then Flushing

Grower C’s little Orange Sherbet Auto hadn’t too many fan leaves to begin with, but, by week 8, she looked like she’d received the pre-harvest trim and there was nothing left to do but chop her.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: An autoflower with small but dense buds and yellow sugar leaves

Not the chunkiest of Orange Sherbet Autos, but the fastest one.
 

Nevertheless, the buds were still chunking out, and, in the 8th week, the grower was still heavily feeding her. Moreover, he even added some CalMag to the diet when he noticed yellow spots on some sugar leaves.

But on week 9, it was only Advanced Nutrients Flawless Finish and then flushing with lots of fresh water.

For those of you who have never tried any flush product before, Flawless Finish contains a class of substances known as chelates. Chelates bind to excessive nutrient salts both in the medium and inside plants themselves and remove at least 85% of them. Thus the final product becomes very clean, without a harsh taste, and doesn’t irritate your throat and lungs.

After a flush in a tub—the grower continued with it until the drainage water ran clear—this particularly fast little thing got 48 hours of total darkness and then harvested.

 

D: The First One Chopped at 9 Weeks from Seed

Now, 4 weeks into flowering, Orange Sherbet Auto was the smelliest strain in the garden and also had the fattest—if not the heaviest—colas. One of them was also almost mature and scheduled for a final flush.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Many flowering tops in a grow tent

Week 8. Orange Sherbet Auto stands out even in the best of gardens.
 

So, 8 weeks from seeds, the faster of the three Orange Sherbet Autos received her last feeding, and, in the beginning of week 9, she was flushed with 8 gallons of warm water and True Plant Science LiquidSOIL Remediator.

This organic formula binds excessive salts in the medium, so that you can re-use it for future grows. Besides, it helps cleanse the plants, too. The thing is that even organically grown cannabis benefits from a good flush.

 

Shortly before the harvest day, the grower watered for the last time. The idea was to make buds and leaves turgid for a rough trim. Her last 24 hours the fastest Orange Sherbet Auto was to spend in total darkness and then chopped.

So, the total seed to harvest timeline fit snugly into 9 weeks. Quite impressive.

9. Ripening And Harvest | Week 10

Only two plants in our review took 73 days from seed to harvest. The rest were ready within 9-10 weeks. This makes Orange Sherbet Auto an amazingly fast variety, with very consistent results in terms of flowering time.

Week 10 Grow Conditions

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Week 10 grow conditions

Week 10 grow conditions.
 

The end of the cycle also seems to be the right moment to give the final overview of the height of the plants in each of the four gardens:

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Plants' height throughout the life cycle

Note how many of the Orange Sherbet Autos kept gaining in height almost till harvest.
 

A: Waiting for a Bit More Fade

Truth be told, the two Orange Sherbet Autos in this grow could have been harvested the previous week. However, the grower was waiting for more trichomes to turn amber. The sugar leaves—more like brown sugar in this case—were already 50% amber. Calyxes — about 10-20%.

Usually, if people wait for a greater percentage of amber trichs, they do it to get a more sedating, sleepy effect. Didn’t happen in this case. The high would turn out to be all in the head, with only a slight body buzz.

The grower couldn’t decide on whether he wanted to flush or not. So he was flushing one of the plants throughout the last week and kept feeding the other one at 600 ppm. Unfortunately, he didn’t mention if it made any difference taste- and potency-wise.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Many white frosty marijuana colas

Doesn’t look like it, but these colas are 100% ready for harvest.
 

The buds kept swelling and looked like ears of corn — long, thick, and heavy. They would be harvested before the week was over.

 

B: The Most Mature Looking of the Bunch

Out of two Orange Bud autoflowers, only one was still standing now. The extra week didn’t really bulk up the colas noticeably, but the autumn colors on the leaves came through and the trichomes ripened.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Resinous weed buds with faded sugar leaves ready for harvest

Buds are very white from trichomes, but at the same time look faded and mature.
  

With hues like this, there’s no need to wait any longer, and so this beauty was promptly harvested.

C: Already Chopped and Drying

On week 10, when his fellow gardeners were harvesting their Orange Sherbet Auto one by one, Grower A was already drying the buds and enjoying the way they smelled. But let's not get ahead of ourselves...

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D: The Frost Queen and Princess

The two remaining Orange Sherbet autoflowers in this garden were fast approaching harvest. They were first flushed with 8 gallons of LiquidSOIL Remediator solution each and after a few days received another flushing, but this time with less water.

The flowering tops were very close to the quantum board now (only 9 inches), so they were getting the maximum PAR and pounded with a lot of heat. The grower had to install a portable AC to blow cool air across the tops. This kept the temps at the canopy below 80°F (26°C). He’s also increased UVB exposure by an additional hour a day.

Amazingly, even now the plants kept reaching higher, getting as close as 6-8 inches to the QB. But this didn’t matter anymore because both Orange Sherbets were almost ready. 

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A large branchy autoflower with chunky white colas

A bigger (left) and the slightly smaller (center) beauties and one of the side buds (right).
 

They barely crossed over into week 11 and were harvested in their full glory. Their proud father called them the Frost Queen and Princess.

10. The Outcome

Whether in soil or coco, Orange Sherbet Auto was fast and rewarding for every gardener.
 

Orange Sherbet Auto Yield

Please take with a grain of salt some numbers in the infographic above. Since grows B, C, and D were large multi-strain operations, we had to take an educated guess for:

  • the surface area occupied specifically by Orange Sherbet Autos,
  • the wattage apportioned to them,
  • the gram-per-watt value.

However, the absolute figures, such as yields and duration of grow cycles, are unquestionable and very very impressive.

GWSD82’s yield of 273g (9.75oz) from 2 plants was way beyond what he expected from his first attempt. Orange Sherbet Auto proved a very resilient variety, with great tolerance to high temperatures and a tendency to forgive rookie mistakes.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A chunky cannabis cola before and after a trim

A very sticky chunky cola.
 

The_canna_scientist’s haul was just as impressive — 244g (8.59oz) from 2 plants. These were all-natural organically grown buds, and they fully deserved the cure that they got — in CVAULTs with 62% Boveda packs.

CVAULTs are cutting-edge storage containers equipped with a two-way humidity control. They are great for curing and storing your flower, but can also revive old and neglected buds. Boveda packs are a more familiar product which people use to keep humidity at the exact set value, in this case, 62% RH.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A tray full of small dried marijuana nuggets

A lot of uniform commercial-quality nugs.
 

TrueNorth found no fault with his 31g (1.09oz) from one small and superfast plant. He loved her compact structure and tight dense nugs and only regretted not topping her. The grower thought that that would have turned her into a beast.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Branches of an autoflower in the process of trimming

A constellation of tight nuggets on every branch. A very nice result for a SOG-grown plant.
 

Silverback_Guerilla’s three girls yielded him 294g (10.37oz). One of them was smaller and shorter than the two, but—as so often happens—was better tasting. All three were incredibly resinous compared even to other FastBuds’ strains, and the buds were so huge and had such a dense texture that they took more than a week to dry.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A roughly trimmed mature cola

The outcome was a lot of equal-size long dense buds.
 

Orange Sherbet Auto Smoke Report

Naturally, everyone noted an overwhelming smell of sweet oranges in the foreground, with subtler notes of other aromas.

For GWSD82, these additional smells were reminiscent of pine and old-school weed.

The_canna_scientist compared them to burn rubber and hoped they would cure out. Silverback_Guerilla’s buds had an unmistakable undercurrent of mangos and jet fuel. The smoke was described as smooth and creamy, with an initial citrsy explosion followed by sweetness on the exhale. An all-round crowd pleaser.

 

Orange Sherbet Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: What growers have to say about smell, taste and effect

Reviews of the Orange Sherbet Auto smoke range from favorable to ecstatic.
 

The effect packed a punch, and even for GWSD82—who made sure to harvest his buds when they had a lot of amber trichomes—the high was very heady. It created only a slight body buzz, perfect to chill any time of day, but never couch locking. And as for TrueNorth, he preferred Orange Sherbet Auto with morning coffee.

11. In Conclusion

The first impression we got from studying these four grows is how uneventful (bordering on boring) they were. No deficiencies, no other issues of any kind. For experienced gardeners, this means that for once you can sit back and relish the sight of a perfectly healthy garden.

For first-time gardeners, it means less anxiety, because Orange Sherbet Auto is tolerant of rookie mistakes. So relax: everything will turn out just fine.

The second thing that grabs your attention is the speed. Many auto breeders promise their creations to finish in 60-70 days, but real-life grows tend to be a bit longer. Not with Orange Sherbet Auto. If you need the fastest sativa-dominant autoflower, this one is your best bet.

And at the end of this incredibly fast-paced race to the finish, you get the most delicious prize — fruity, sugary, orange-smelling nuggets with an energizing upbeat high of the utmost potency.

So Orange Sherbet Auto is definitely worthy of your attention. Happy growing, everyone!

External References

  1. Terpenes in Cannabis sativa – From plant genome to humans, Judith K.Booth, JörgBohlmann, Plant Science, Volume 284, July 2019
  2. Secondary metabolism in Cannabis, Rob Verpoorte, Phytochemistry Reviews, October 2008
  3. An Update on Plant Photobiology and Implications for Cannabis Production, Frontiers in Plant Science, 2019
  4. Chemical and Morphological Phenotypes in Breeding of Cannabis sativa L., In book: Cannabis sativa L. - Botany and Biotechnology, May 2017

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