Critical Rapido Auto (Barney's Farm)
Critical Rapido is an automatic version of the famous indica strain - Critical Mass. These small compact plants with many side branches and short internodes have a christmas tree shape and form many fat dense colas. Very good for 'sea-of-green' setups where they produce excellent harvests. If you want the plants to remain short and to finish faster give them 18/6 throughout the whole cycle. In which case they will commence flowering in only 3 weeks from seeds and will be fully mature in 9-11 weeks. By giving them more hours of light (up to 24/0) you will get large bushy plants with heavy yields. However, the life cycle may get as long as 17 weeks. Critical Rapido is very easy-to-grow and hungry for plant food. It is good for first time growers. There's no information as to how it performs outdoors.
Medium strong but long-lasting. It is mentally stimulating and relaxing at the same time. Users with tolerance can still function but inexperienced smokers get couchlocked and even sleepy. Good strain for munchies.
The smell is pungent, the taste - generic. The long cure makes them much better. The smoke is mild and doesn't cause coughing.
Autoflowering Strains Cold Climates Autoflowering Indica Barney's Farm Greenhouse Indoor Easy To Grow
Critical Kush X Auto
Critical Kush in auto-flowering.
Our most popular auto-flowering monster is ready in just eight to nine weeks.
Typically the plant will grow 0.70 meter, with a main stem and several side branches packed with dense fat colas of delicious Indica marijuana.
Gender: Feminized seeds
Type: Indoor, Outdoor and Greenhouse
Genetics: Ruderalis x Indica
High: Medium stoned
Height: 50 - 100 cm
Yield: 300 - 400 grams per m2
Medical: Low THC / High CBD
Climate: Temperate, Hot and Cool
Hello Friends, thought I'd post a write up! Enjoy, mikey1
SeedBank: Barney's Farm
Strain: Critical Rapido
Did it autoflower?: Yes. 24 hour light postponed appearance of preflowers to over 30 days, and serious flowering didn't occur until a couple of weeks after that.
Soil/hydro: Hydro Deep Water Culture, individual 5 gallon buckets with airstones, 6 inch netpot lids and hydroton foundation. Started in rockwool cubes right in the buckets.
Nutes: General Hydroponics 3-part flora series and GH cal-mag in well water which had 100 ppm TDS to begin with. No other additives or boosters. Started feeding trace amounts from day 1, gradually building to a max of around 1200 ppm (Hannah meter) during heaviest bloom. Weekly to 10 day reservoir (bucket) changes. Daily top-offs were regular nutrient mix. At all times feeding strength roughly corresponded to 1/4 to 1/2 strength of the GH recommendations, and I adjusted the strength by monitoring the ppm readings daily and finding the strength that would keep them constant from day to day. Veg period was maximized by delaying the introduction of bloom nutes until plants were done stretching. Suspended feeding and flushed with plain pH'd well water for 2 weeks before harvest.
Light (kind and schedule): single 400 watt HPS overhead and (3) 26 watt household CFL's in the darker spots. Lights ran 24 hours a day start to finish.
From seed to harvest date: 120 days- harvested tops of plants 140 days- harvested remaining lower buds. Clear and cloudy mix of trichomes with just a few ambers.
Dry Yield: Best plant was about 4.5 oz. dry, 2 other plants about 2.5 oz. each.
High/Effect Duration: Nice head high and stone without making you useless, fairly long lasting, 2 to 3 hours
BAG APPEAL: **** 4 out of 5 stars
Nicely frosted buds with a good ratio of calyxes to leaves. Not super-dense grown under 24 hour light, but they break up beautifully without a grinder. Buds cure to a medium dull green with orange/ light brown pistils.
THE GROWTH: ***** 5 out of 5 stars
All 3 plants were problem free during the grow and they all grew much larger than predicted by the breeder since they were in DWC and had 24 hour lighting. Actual heights were around 1 meter vs the .5 meter predicted. Growth pattern was typical indica throughout with plenty of side branching right from the beginning. Didn't stretch nearly as much as the dinafem white widow auto growing in the same conditions. The extended veg and 24 hour lights allowed the plants to develop 16 to 18 side colas each rather than the 4 to 5 in the breeder's description.
THE SMELL: **** 4 out of 5 stars
I had 3 plants and there were 2 distinct phenotypes with completely different smell and taste. (both very good). The first pheno was the largest and most productive plant and smelled and tasted like fresh blonde hash to me.....the other 2 plants were smaller and produced a smell and taste which to me was like a blend of spicy dried fruits, hints of raisins/ dates etc. and was richer and deeper smelling than the first pheno. The nice smell and taste didn't develop until cured in jars for several weeks, at first both were very grassy.
THE SMOKE: **** 4 out of 5 stars
Very smooth and easy smoke, not harsh at all, with each pheno having its own distinct taste. Hard to pick a favorite but I lean towards the hashy-flavored one, it has that nice hash flavor on exhale! Friends notice right away that they're not smoking commercial weed and comment on the nice flavors.
THE HIGH: *** 3 out of 5 stars
Really Good! Nice head high and mellowing effect without inducing a coma! But with some of the super strains out there now and taking into account the photo strains, I'd have to give it a 3. Still, better than any commercial I've seen lately and much better tasting and smelling. Friends have been passing on hits after the first half a doob but I suspect they're lightweights!!! I suspect that potency might have been increased at the expense of some yield if I had switched to a light and dark cycle at about halfway through heavy flowering and continued that way until finished. That's what I'll do next time and see what happens.
Comments: Easy to grow problem-free strain with decent production of very nice smoke. Odor control during the grow will need to be considered if you want to keep it stealthy! Of 3 feminised seeds purchased, all germinated and were females.
I really think that the 24 hour lighting caused the 120 day thing.....next time I'll cycle the lights after initial veg....I think times would be close to the 60 to 70 days Barney's Farm claims although plant size and yield would be way down. I believe it all comes out about the same relatively speaking, time vs yield....
Enjoying a bit of the "Rapido" as I write this, LOL Wish I could share!
Although autos don't need a dark period to induce flowering, they still respond to the day/night cycle just like photoperiod plants. That's why folks will use a longer dark cycle to induce flowering in an auto that's taking too long to flower.
Monster plants, some stash to stay active.
oh, About the lights. I've noticed the same; 18/6 before and now more dark and they've buffed up faster.
ive grow under 24/0---20/4--18/6 and 12/12-----bigger buds and larger plants under 20/4 or 24/0
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Interesting Vertical Grow From 0 to Hero/Pineapple Express+Critical Rapido
... This is my second grow, and I decided to jump into vertical growing...
Im going to use 18h of light, no light cycle changes, just straight 18hours grow full-time.
Im Growing Barneys Pineapple Express and Critical Rapido. I will try to keep it short and sweet (just like the pineapple express ;)
In this journey im experimenting with some fun stuff, such as the C02 buckets and the EcoGrowWall vertical system.
Started 01/04: Week 1/Week 2/Week 3 (vegging stage)
I used a small home made cloner to grow the seedlings on rockwool cubes, with a 400MHS light for 2.5 weeks (17 days). I lost a few of them,:sad: I found this to be the hardest stage of growing, this little miracles are too fragile when seedlings. I also learned that all my losts were due to an improper root bounding to the cubes.
The left 20 are Pineapple express while the right one are Critical Rapido and Auto Critic.
Here is after 1.5 weeks, with a view on the vertical system.
NOWWW. After 17 days.
Time to get the 600HPS light running. The plants go to the vertical rockwool slabs on similar carved squares I made, notice.. the stem is still too weak, so Im using straws (drinkin straws) to support the fragile stem verticall.
Pineapple Express are all on the right Panel, Criticals are on the front panel.
Im trying to get 3 plants per slab aproximatelly, this is going to turnout being a vertical Sea Of Green :) Does that even exist ?...It should right ?
Now.. you can see that by that time they were tremendously small, but dont fear... in just 4/5 more days this happened. I also started to use C02 bucket attatched to the entrance of the fan... I have the feeling that this C02 buckets do work.
It sort of, went on a crazy rampage of growing... ALL of them. They started to bend up, I had a fan going on 24h/7 which strengthened the stem. Check it out
The growing continues, I just leave the straws there... No problems at all, the steam thickens so much that they arent an issue, in fact.. it keeps the stem from getting wet, avoiding any type of stem root.
Im using this.. barbacue sticks so separate branches, I simply stick them inside the rockwool slabs, I can direct how I want brances to use the space around, although plants started to grow vertically, I noticed soon enough that there are branches growing towards the light, they are getting more bushy and you can of course smell the glory and see the white hairs,pistills going on.
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLEE, WE HAVE WEED AND GAMES.
Still 3 week to go, colas are already frosty in some plants, its getting even more bushier and I think the bud production is about to really kickoff.
Well... Until now this is all I got, please if you have any questions just let me know :) I hope this is of interest to you guys.
Hi there guys
Just a small update, today is 6 weeks in, and arond 2-3 weeks to go hopefully. I tried to zoom one of the small colas of a Pineapple Express, its getting bushier.
Hello Guys, Time for the latest and final update... I have got a few questions on my messagebox, you are welcomed to comment or msg me.
:Final weight (Wet/Dry):
:Tips for Vertical Systems:
:final conclution about this Strains and system:
Well, I continued the same way... and it grew, and it grew and it grew. To the point where I couldnt enter inside the room anymore without causing major damage. This might be one of the few disadvantages I can see when it comes to vertical hydroponic systems (the last 2 weeks you cant enter hence its impossible to sort out the plants for even growth.
I finished at week 8.5, although I belive even 1 more week couldnt hurt (some of the white pistills hairs were present in a few buds, but at least 75% were orangy sexy hairs.).
This is at week 8 with lights off to appreciate the nice canopy and colour.
The system is beautifull, plants grew 2 inches (4cm) away from the cooltube, there was incredibly low heat burn to the leaves.
So as you all know, it all ended with 32 hours of darkness, from which I then started the cutting down process for drying/curing.
Here is a friendly Critical Rapido bud.
This are autoflowering plants!!! giving out 30-40grams colas (wet)... Pretty amazing in my humble opinion. Autoflowering might just be the future, considering how practical, productive and fast they are getting. It might not be the best right now but I see a great future on them.
60% done.. 40% to go, 2 trays of Pineapple Express 1 of Critical Rapido.
I like to cut and trim the buds beforeee the drying process, for several practical reasons... You might end up loosing more bud weight but I have a feeling you get better taste and less lost of Thc since humid fresh leaves adhere thc crystals better than dehydratated leaves.
The Total weight of WET buds.
1164 grams. About 5 trays of 200grams each.
744grams Pineapple Express
420grams Critical Rapido.
The Total weight of DRY buds
361 grams. 2 Trays
260 grams Pineapple Express
101 grams Critical Rapido.
Thoughts about the system/Strains
Think about this... Im still a "young" grower, I was able to get 361grams using 600watts. At 50% of the potential of this system, as I recorded 2 panels, but you are supposed to be working with 4 or at least 3 since vertical light irriadiates light at 360? you should be using 4 panels.
My bet is that with the full system (panels) and a decent strain, even a first time grower can match the watts with the grams. Without using any bloom booster, simple nutrients (just like the ones im using from GreenHouseSeeds). An experienced grower will go to 1.5x-2x+ the amount of watts. I dont think this can be done with any horizontal system in the same space... If it can be done I would be incredibly impressed.
The Stains themselves...
Beautifull, Pineapple Express more fruit than herbal smell.... This is the most pleasant smell Ive ever sniffed on buds... Im not saying its the best WEED smell, aspersay. But its the nicest...Pineapple express do carry the pineapple smell. The taste its sweet... How the hell can smoke taste sweet ?
The critical rapido had an agressive mean smell, in the good sense of course... that was real power plant smell. Exactly the same as the Critical mass, good pine smell and appearance. Taste is pretty average. But it does give you mad munchies and coachlock, its quite clearly an indica lady.
Overall, I recommend growing Pineapple Express.... Its quite a beauty, its one of the best plants you can get for active days.
The high is pretty nice, very energetic... the word is euphoric. It lasts for a good while 2h, the munchies arent too bad. It doesnt gives you couchlock, this is an excellent friend for days you must remain active or need to socialize).
Tips for vertical systems
-Clean your system once every 2 weeks, algae can be present easier than with normal system, but it can be easilly solved.
-Wind man.... you have to put some heavy air circulation, while verticallity gives you more surface area to work with, you need constant movement to make sure that not just a 50% of the area is getting hit by light.
-Trim leaves that get too close to the air circulation or which cover the buds of plants below, light trimming on last stages wont damage the production of the buds.
-Have a long stick or something to work with to sort the plants you cant reach with your hands.
- Do something I didnt do... use nets, that will definitely help with evening the growth.
TRY vertical systems. Clean/Space and light friendly/Productive/Easy to home-made-it
try leaving them longer and you'll be amazed at the increase in quality/yield, id say they have maybe 3 weeks of growth before their ready in future...
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