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Organijuana started grow question 4 years ago
How do I know I have two weeks left I know when to pick by looking at trichomes but how do I know I have 1-2 weeks left so I start flushing now kinda thing!?
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Mrs_Larimar answered grow question 4 years ago
Hi, in such a short growing period and growing organic it will be enough giving her a nice shower before you harvest. You can also feed the microoranisms in the soil with some added blackstrap-molasses. Happy growing until then
Green_Friends_Inc answered grow question 4 years ago
:wave:hello from New England

Good question and nice plants!

I believe we let our plants yellow out to smooth out the smoke. I read that Nitrogen supply's chlorophyll production. Chlorophyll in plant matter that is being smoked results in harsh taste and less enjoyable burning experience. So any processes to help alleviate that (flushing and curing especially) will be rewarding to the end user/ consumer. :+1:

Now that being said the good news is the more you grow a strain the more you can tell when the right time is.

As mentioned above Cannabis plants have a few ways of showing maturity/ripesness. The leaves, trichomes, pistils all physically express a plants maturity. Usually a Keen eye and an attention for detail you should be able to utilize these color-changing properties of your plants as a solid good indicator for timing.

Lastly and personally I have found tapering off earlier, rather than later, ends up being a more enjoyable smoke :grin:
the_autoflorist answered grow question 4 years ago
First of all, if you're growing 100% organic, there's no need to flush. You just keep watering until you think it's ready then you chop it once the soil is dried out. If you're using bottled nutes and require a flush, sure get a scope to check trichs, but since you're at your first grow rule of thumb is when you think it's ready, leave it another two weeks. We all get eager to chop down our first plant and most of us chopped it too early out of excitement. Keep feeding it until you see the symptoms that it's nearing the end, orange pistils, yellowing leaves, etc. Check the trichomes, if they're still clear, keep going until you see them get cloudy, and then when they begin to amber, start the flush. Don't stress too much about it, you'll get the hang of it in no time.
The_Projexx answered grow question 4 years ago
You can guess by looking at the plant , or if you are willing to invest a little bit of money you can get a portable microscope 60 - 100x and you will be able to see all the tryk's and how they are coloured . Once the reach to be about 8-9 % milky and amber its a good indication that you have 2 weeks left ! A lot of it depends on the strain that you are growing as well but most common the strains now and days provided it isn't an auto flower is 9 week flowering periods sometimes its shorter when you buy seeds usually they will tell you the length in the strains info . I hope this info serves you well on your journey to become a grow master !
MaryJaneUSA answered grow question 4 years ago
You can visually guesstimate on the color of the pistils and get some objective data to help achieve in determining when you should take it down, which is the older the plants get the more orange-ish color pistils get. HOWEVER, you can’t 100% determine the age by looking only the pistils. You need to look at TRICHOMES. if you have a jewelers loupe or a portable microscope, you can observe 3 different colors of trichomes. 1) clear, transparent (which is still premature), 2) milky, shady (harvest time, THC potency is at its highest), 3) amber (getting old and older, THC degrading; more CBD). Many will recommend to get harvest when you have about 20-30% milky trichomes. If your trichomes are all milky, perfect. Some people like the body effect from CBD, Which in this case, you will have to wait until milky trichomes become amber). It really is personal preference.
CRiSPrGrow answered grow question 4 years ago
hey kinda depends on strains but basically trychomes take around 2 weeks to ripen, so when you have few clear trychomes left, it's a good time to start the 1-2 week flush. Only way to tell is to check with a 70x microscope to see if they're clear or cloudy , you can't see them even with 30x , but you can get really cheap ones for less than a few dollars. Hope this helps you lock in that timing and max out your potency ! :rocket:
Removed answered grow question 4 years ago
It comes with experience. When the buds fatten up, you have 2 weeks left (sometimes a bit less), at this point all that's left is for the calyxes to swell (the little balls where seeds would form if the plant were to be pollinated) and the thricomes mature.