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Offlineragtimewilly
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Letting buds mature?
    #346855 - 01/13/10 12:57 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

So I'm starting to think that my plant is later in the flowering cycle than I had originally thought and now I'm worried that the size of the buds are going to be disappointing by the time the trichomes are the color I'm looking for, so I think I may end up just letting it flower for longer, what would be the drawbacks of allowing your plant to flower for a longer period?


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Re: Letting buds mature? [Re: ragtimewilly]
    #346858 - 01/13/10 01:06 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

Harvest when about 50% of the trichomes (crystals) are a milky white (as opposed to clear).  You might want the assistance of a 30x magnifying utensil.  How long have you been flowering what strain under what set up?  And pics would help too.


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Re: Letting buds mature? [Re: ragtimewilly]
    #346862 - 01/13/10 01:20 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

Your buds should not be grown beyond maturity.  THC is actually degrading when the trichomes have started turning amber, and is actually the cause of the couchlocking feeling.  I myself like to aim right in the middle of the suggested range.  I love Indica, yet don't like to be put to sleep from smoking so that is why I choose my level of maturity.

It all depends on what YOU prefer.  That is the beauty of growing your own head stash.  The earliest you should harvest is somewhere around 50-75% Milky with no Amber for a more cerebral/up type of high, where as the longest you should go would be 25-50% Amber with the remaining Milky white.  That would give you the more down, sedative couchlock feeling most people associate with Indica dominance, although trichome maturity plays nearly an equal role in determining the type of stone in your finished product.

Honestly I wouldn't try to squeeze 5% more weight out of the plant when you will most likely let it go past it's peak. 

How many days have you been in 12/12 and total days, what lighting are you using, and what type do you believe it to be (Indica or Sativa)?


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Re: Letting buds mature? [Re: Inverted]
    #346874 - 01/13/10 01:37 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

:congrats: Great response Inverted.  Couldn't have said it better myself.


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Re: Letting buds mature? [Re: 81renaissance]
    #346928 - 01/13/10 03:26 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

Thank you brother!  :heart:

I'm always here to help!

I've been doing this for a long time and still manage to make 1 mistake every run...  I'm finally feeling like I have it down.  I just try to help others so they don't have to learn the mistakes first hand.


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Re: Letting buds mature? [Re: Inverted]
    #347123 - 01/13/10 06:31 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

one final note, letting a plant sit in flower long past the time you chopped will eventually end up in hermies popping up.


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Re: Letting buds mature? [Re: coda]
    #347130 - 01/13/10 06:49 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

Dont harvest sativas late or indicas early.


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