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BijoyBhatia started grow question 3 years ago
3 days from completing 12 weeks. The Top Cola looks ready with all pistils Amber & curled. However, lot of Popcorn buds still blooming.
Should I wait for the harvest and let the Popcorn buds bloom longer. Will that affect the Top Bud ?
Any pro tips for harvesting in a closet?
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12 weeks
First Grow : Super Lemon Haze BijoyBhatia
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6 comments · 3 years ago
Week 11
Techniques. Defoliation
DissNoof answered grow question 3 years ago
hey man you can always harvest in stages, so you wait until the top bud is ready, chop that down then you wait until the bottom and harvest the rest. you can get 100% perfect weed that way. Your plant will look wierd with its head chopped off, but high stress events like that actually promote trychome and terpene production - what's better than a small nug ? a strong nug ! For the harvest, and the drying what happens is it starts to REALLY smell like someone is drying weed. so you want to keep the drying rack in the closet where the filter and exhaust is. Problem is from the moment you harvest your bud starts to cure, and light is really bad for the cure - damages the terpenes and the taste. So what you want to do is find a box small enough to keep in there with the rest of the plant. Make a hole on the side , put a small exhaust there, and hang the bud inside the box. i never do this but check this video out hope this helps my indian brother :rocket:
OutForReal answered grow question 3 years ago
Hello! You can make a 2 part harvest with the top nugs 1st and the lower buds after when they will be ready : however this method does work well in outdoor with bigger plants than indoor because you will remove at least half of the plant the she'll get only the other half to use the light energy so even after 2 more weeks your pop corn will not get much bigger. If you keep the whole plant longer in bloom the top bud will not be affected , they will get bigger but the trichomes will still maturate and the effect of you weed could change but from what I understood you are using the pistils method to harvest and not the trichomes one ( if you have a magnifier or a loupe try to watch the trichomes ratio : mostly white/cloudy trichomes is all good) so you want to harvest when 80% of the pistils turn brown.
Now about harvesting in a closet the only thing that mater during drying is to have a light proof dark place to hang them , a good air flow to avoid but rot or mold and a humidity level close from 50% or a bit less bit no more. I hope it will help you :grin::v::skin-tone-3:
Stick answered grow question 3 years ago
Hi @BijoyBhatia! Well you can always harvest the main cola and let the bottom nugs mature for a few more days. But be warned that pistils are not the most accurate indicator about bud maturation. You should use a magnifier or microscope and have a look at the trichomes onto the buds (avoid sugar leaves). Clear and skinny trichomes --> too soon, milky and fat trichomes --> best time to harvest, amber trichomes --> too late, THC peak has already been reached, trichomes (resin/terpenes) are degrading. Now regarding drying in a closet, just hang your stems upside down on a rope/string and make sure they don't touch each other and have enough air circulating around the buds. You need an average RH of ~50% and a moderated temp (~21°C), the longer the better, don't rush your drying process or you will ruin your final product. Hope this will help, keep us up-to-date and enjoy your harvest! :facepunch:
HighTV answered grow question 3 years ago
Hey there @bijoyBhatia! I wouldn't worry about the colors of the Pistils as that is something that's very specific to each strain and phenotype of that strain. For a more accurate reading on when to harvest I HIGHLY suggest getting a 12$ handheld microscope from amazon (linked below) and looking at the Trichomes! You want the vast majority of them to be cloudy and as little as possible to be clear! -- In term of harvesting now in regards to the popcorn buds. IF you are finding the difference in maturity of buds on your plant to be to great you can always to a staggered harvest and this works well in a closet by giving the lower buds more light as well! Essentially you will want to harvest the top buds first while letting the popcorn buds go another few weeks to develop more and becomes more mature. I hope that helps answer your questions! Essentially don't worry about the pistils they don't tell you much and they like to lie so check out the trichomes and look at a staggered harvest! :sunglasses: