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Seeking advice on exact time to harvest crop
    #723985 - 03/31/14 07:39 AM (2 years, 8 months ago)

Hi there. I have a couple of plants on the go at the moment so I want to use this thread to work out my optimum time to harvest them. I have done my research (new to growing) so know the nuts and bolts but I am looking more for any specifics the experts can help me out with.

At the moment I am concerned with this plant:



The strain is Early Girl. She is an outdoor grow (Australia, so end of summer in the southern hemisphere) in a pot. About a foot tall so quite small.

I am hoping to harvest for a more heady high so I believe this will be when the trichs go cloudy but before they are amber. Here is a look at the trichs:



Would I be right in assuming this girl probably has another week to go maybe? I'm not looking for hard and fast answers, just some guidance - I know this is all part of my learning experience, making the next grow better. The trichs to me do seem to look mainly clear with a few cloudy spots, although maybe this image is not clear enough.

If anyone can help me out that would be great :smile:


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Re: Seeking advice on exact time to harvest crop [Re: jimmy_james]
    #723993 - 03/31/14 09:14 AM (2 years, 8 months ago)

Id give it another week from what I can see in the pic.:shrug:


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Re: Seeking advice on exact time to harvest crop [Re: BluntguY 207]
    #723998 - 03/31/14 09:31 AM (2 years, 8 months ago)

if you want a real answer get a 30X jewelers loop or better.


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Re: Seeking advice on exact time to harvest crop [Re: grod31]
    #724065 - 03/31/14 02:44 PM (2 years, 8 months ago)

Quote:

grod31 said:
if you want a real answer get a 30X jewelers loop or better.




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Re: Seeking advice on exact time to harvest crop [Re: Hawksresurrection]
    #724148 - 04/01/14 02:04 AM (2 years, 8 months ago)

Thanks for the replies.

I actually used a 40x loupe to get that image, but I will have another go to try and get a better shot. It's hard because you lose some quality shrinking it to 512kb, unless I'm doing something wrong.

Also, one other bit of info - this strain says 8 weeks usually for flowering, and this has been flowering at least 7 weeks.

I will have another go at getting a better shot, if anyone has any advice on shooting pics with a loupe I'm all ears!

Fucking psyched for my first harvest  :bigblunt:


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Re: Seeking advice on exact time to harvest crop [Re: jimmy_james]
    #724150 - 04/01/14 02:28 AM (2 years, 8 months ago)

Quote:

Also, one other bit of info - this strain says 8 weeks usually for flowering, and this has been flowering at least 7 weeks.




never trust what it says for flower time.  ive heard of strains taking weeks longer than the seed bank said


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Re: Seeking advice on exact time to harvest crop [Re: P-O]
    #724535 - 04/04/14 08:01 AM (2 years, 7 months ago)

Ok, hoping this will shed a little more light.

This is a look at the plant, showing the leaves yellowing and dying (have flushed twice and given no nutes in last week or two - soil pot grow).



Here is the main cola. Still a couple of white hairs in there, but mainly red hairs, still sticking out a little - are they meant to curl in more than that? Also, I am confused because the buds/colas just look more like a collection of leaves than like the bud you get when you smoke cannabis. This is my first grow so maybe I'm missing something here?



And here's hopefully a better one of the trichomes.



Any help or advice much appreciated.


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Re: Seeking advice on exact time to harvest crop [Re: jimmy_james]
    #724558 - 04/04/14 02:46 PM (2 years, 7 months ago)

Are you checking for bugs?  Looks like you might be dealing with spider mites.


I see a couple of amber heads, but that's about it.


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Re: Seeking advice on exact time to harvest crop [Re: Hawksresurrection]
    #724582 - 04/04/14 05:43 PM (2 years, 7 months ago)

Dammit! I did see a couple of tiny spiders and one or two bugs on there but I thought maybe that was just par for the course with it being outdoors.

Ah crud, any recommendations on what to do? Will that slow down flowering?


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Re: Seeking advice on exact time to harvest crop [Re: jimmy_james]
    #724585 - 04/04/14 06:04 PM (2 years, 7 months ago)

nothing to do now that plant is way to close to finish to use anything. There is stuff that is said to be safe up to harvest but i wont recommend them.
sucks, but dont worry about it you dont even wanna know how many times you smoked buds that were attacked by mites.


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the wall stone dead in ten seconds and they'd make me explain.


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Re: Seeking advice on exact time to harvest crop [Re: grod31]
    #724589 - 04/04/14 06:27 PM (2 years, 7 months ago)

Yeah, there is nothing you can do about it now.  But I don't think they are super close to finishing either way.  I'd say a couple more weeks at least.  You will really only know by looking at those trichomes very day.


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Re: Seeking advice on exact time to harvest crop [Re: Hawksresurrection]
    #724616 - 04/04/14 09:43 PM (2 years, 7 months ago)

Thanks for the advice guys ... Disappointing, but just another thing to learn from to make next year better.

I found this page which recommends just giving the plant a good blast of water on the leaves and branches every day for three days to help knock out the bugs - might try that as I have nothing to lose I guess.

http://www.theweedblog.com/how-to-kill-spider-mites-on-your-marijuana-plants/

Any advice on preventing this from happening next year? I read something about keeping compost in your soil medium to increase the number of other bugs that might prey on spider mites ...


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Re: Seeking advice on exact time to harvest crop [Re: jimmy_james]
    #724658 - 04/05/14 09:26 AM (2 years, 7 months ago)

I use Azamax. Its a pesticide.  Supposidly safe right up to harvest. But I never use after 6 weeks ooint or so.  Works well as a foliar spray in veg and early flower. I spray mine once every 7 days at the beginning stages.  Seems to keep the bugs at bay.

only problem I have in my parts are slugs and snails getting up on plants eating leaves.


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Re: Seeking advice on exact time to harvest crop [Re: BluntguY 207]
    #724773 - 04/06/14 07:26 AM (2 years, 7 months ago)

OK, thanks for the help chaps. I've given her a bit of a blast with a dish soap and cayenne pepper spray which seemed to work at least initially (little spiders were bungee-ing right off her after I sprayed). Will do it again over next few days as even if I am close to harvest I don't wanna be lighting those little fuckers up when I smoke.

I also trimmed a lot of the badly-damaged fan leaves - here is how she's looking now.



Also, here is a photo of some weird things on the stem - are they where the spider mites lay their eggs? I managed to clean them off with some tissue and water, not too hard, but they deffo look suspicious. Would love an ID if anyone knows?



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Re: Seeking advice on exact time to harvest crop [Re: jimmy_james]
    #724785 - 04/06/14 09:13 AM (2 years, 7 months ago)

Nice plant, Sorry about the mites. I had them a few times. It sucks tring to fight them bithes.

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Re: Seeking advice on exact time to harvest crop [Re: budgrowerwannabe]
    #724928 - 04/07/14 07:09 AM (2 years, 7 months ago)

OK, well I've chopped her now. Trichs started turning amber so I figure she's good to go.

I did an initial trim and hung the branches up to dry. This is my first go at trimming - does this look right? Do I need to take off more?



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Re: Seeking advice on exact time to harvest crop [Re: jimmy_james]
    #725053 - 04/08/14 08:37 AM (2 years, 7 months ago)

Hey guys, two questions I need help with:

1 - Does this sucker look trimmed ok? Any tips?

2 - Any ideas on how to cut down the chance of developing spidermites on future grows?

Cheers  :cheers:


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Re: Seeking advice on exact time to harvest crop [Re: jimmy_james]
    #725059 - 04/08/14 09:17 AM (2 years, 7 months ago)

Trim job doeant look too bad.  Some people trim a little more some leave more leaf.  I like it trimmed a little tighter.  But all jy smoke is for personal use.  If it was a comercial grow or you sell a lot of your stash you might leave more in the bud. (Added weight)

As far as mites. I dont usually have a problem with outdoor but I would pick up a mild psticide and a spray bottle.  Mix up some juice and spray them babys down once a week when they are vegging and beginning stages of flower.


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