Here we are with the first article of a new series with official Royal Queen Seeds photographer Kike L. Over the next few issues, we will continue this series of detailed photographs looking at other varieties.

To carry out the tests, we organised an area as similar as possible to a modest-sized self-grow, with a view to ending up with a result that could be obtained by any inexperienced grower buying all the basics necessary for a standard crop, with a packet of feminized seeds.

The plants grew under a Philips Son T Pia light bulb, with an Adjust-A-Wing type reflector. This light can open or close its flaps, allowing the light area to be adapted to plant development and needs. The all-important ventilation was obtained using a tubular-type extractor and intake fan, equipped with the relevant filters. We also used a fan to distribute air throughout the room.

The plants germinated in cotton wool, and after sprouting, grew for a few days on a sunny balcony. When germinating, and during initial growth, take care, if using natural light, to ensure that the plant receives quality light. Failure to do so will mean that the plants grow towards the sun, weakly, in single file. However, you must not overdo it either, as this may burn small plantlets.

The choice of soil and fertilisers fell to Atami, a Dutch brand with an established record. And Atami's bio range is perfect for growers looking to guarantee flavour and aroma. In this case, we wanted to end up with really good-looking plants, with the right bearing for photographs, so we went with Bloombastic. For those who don't know it, the Bloombastic Box is a kit consisting of the Bloombastic, a litre of Terra Leaves and a litre of Terra Max, as well as a small box of Root-C root stimulator and another of Atazyme, Atami's enzymatic compound. Given that the plants were to be intensely nourished, plenty of enzymes were going to be needed, so we bought an additional bottle. The rest of the products were supplied in sufficient quantities, which just goes to show that the Bloombastic Box really is very well designed. Substrate took the form of the Bio Grow Mix, again by Atami. This light mix contains little foodstuff but stands out for its excellent drainage, allowing for watering at will.

The plants were moved to their final pot at the same time as making the move from outdoors to indoors. The first week, they only received the root stimulator Root-C. However, they then spent another two weeks growing, with 18 hours of light and six of darkness. During this time they were nourished with the growth fertiliser Terra Leaves. As we changed light time to 12 hours light and 12 hours darkness, we also replaced this product with the flowering fertiliser Terra Max. Flowering began in the fourth week and we started adding the Bloombastic. This additive is a super-compound for flowering, destined to nourish flowers, allowing the palate to improve. Throughout the whole process, enzymes were used generously. For the last two weeks, watering was with water only.