Darkness before harvest

I like 62 for cure and 58 for smoking

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I’ll be the first to acknowledge not understanding the metabolic processes of a plants life…but I have learned not to give them human attributes, personification or anthropomorphism…I’ve already upgraded our pet dog to replace the kids that have grown and moved out :wink:.

cellular, bacterial…as long as moisture is present, something is happening until the fuel runs out…in the light and in the dark.

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If my tents allow, I try to do a 2 day dark period, as well as harvesting in the dark, just to try to ensure there’s as little stuff as possible circulating through the plant at chop time. If my tents won’t allow for 2 days of dark, I still always harvest after the plant has been in the dark for at least 6 hours.

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I also do this. I actually chop them right before lights are due to come back on the next cycle.

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I am an outdoor grower so not feasible…lol… but splitting the stem etc and stressing the plant has not provided me with any concrete evidence that one thing or any stress is better than another…

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I swear by 62% bovedas…lol…

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Yep the non-scientific we grow and know explanation…

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Oh Man this is an interesting thread! I’m about 10 days in on the flush of my first grow, so finding this via the search is great. I’m pretty stoked for my first chop!

Since this is my next technique to try, I have to ask, is there a down and dirty way to confirm I’ve finished my flush? I don’t have a PPM meter and getting one is for a later date. I checked my drip trays which I cleaned before the very first flush and checked for dried salts the next day. I’ve done this for each flush and the trays are drying cleaner with each flush. Today’s flush was totally clean. It’s the fourth one and the stems are getting very weak. Should I keep flushing for a full two weeks, or should I put these ladies to bed (dark) for a couple of days and then give them the chop?

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What do the trichomes look like?

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They have started to amber up nicely, maybe around 15% on the main koalas.

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Please keep in mind that many people have different preferences @modshot but my preference is to minimize amber and clears and maximize the milky trichomes which is considered highest THC.

Many people like to decide harvest time based on trichome color. They push their plant to more and more amber if they want a “couch lock” and harvest cloudy/clear for creative and energetic highs.

I don’t do any of that. Whatever I’m growing I try to harvest at PEAK CLOUDINESS ONLY which again is your highest THC content. Couch lock highs or creative highs I let be determined by genetics, not trichome color.

If I want a “couch lock” high then I chose a strain geared towards couch lock and harvest at peak cloudiness.

There might be different opinions out there about harvesting but the point I’m trying to make is if my plant was at 15% amber them I’m ready to harvest @modshot

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THX @tdubwilly.

I’ve saved the Trichomes chart that @missiles shared which shows with pretty pictures what you so effectively wrote. I thought that I had time to flush before they got too amber, but I am surprised how fast these ladies move. It’s been crazy hot and humid here and my dehumidifier called it quits and I thought that may have sped up the ambering. I was also getting the tips of the leaves to start turning brown which I chalked up to a bit too much N or P. So I started the flush. I’ve started what I think should be about 36 hours of dark, and these ladies will be coming down on Friday. WooHoo first harvest!!!

I’ve got clones from these waiting in the wings that I’m going to start a grow journal on. I’ve upped my wattage for lighting, got a tent (I did this batch with just a couple of silver photo reflectors and white walls), which will be good for a comparison. I also want to try doing a scrog this next round.

I’ve done a lot of gardening (veg & flowers), but I’m really enjoying growing these “weeds” quite a bit. I did it once before in my college years, but this crop is better than anything from those days. This place is part of that, lot of great resources.

Just for fun, here’s a couple of pics from my other gardens.

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Boy your other flowers are gorgeous :star_struck: very nice! I haven’t seen flowers that pretty in a long time :grin: such vibrant colors!

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It’s so exciting! I’m happy for you :wink:

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THX @missiles! The callas are do very well this year. I think it’s because I started them with my current crop and they shared the light and TLC.

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Exactly! I let the genetics do the talking by harvesting at Cloudy/barely any amber.

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I heard that u don’t run them in darknes while the pot or medium is still wet let it dry out first before going to 48 hr period

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I’m very interested in the last tasks to do before harvest, which includes the darkness period, flushing, and whatever else I come up with. I’m growing outdoors in bags, so have no problem sticking them in a dark shed or a bedroom with no lights for 12-48 hours before chopping.

I know I’m reviving an old topic, but I’m always being told to do my own researching before asking the same old questions already answered in the past, so here I am. LOL

I’ve spent the morning watching videos on flushing and bud washing. So, I think I’m going to seriously think about starting a 7-10 day flush soon, let the soil dry out a bit, set them in the dark and then chop and then wash and hang.

Still so much to learn but it’s coming down to the wire with my girls.

Guess I’ll tag some current posters @bobette @boozer @CoyoteCody @ginger420 @happilyretired @LoCoRocK @mudman @OlyBoy @pptrsha1 @PreyBird1 @repins12 @TheMadFlascher @ravenchief @Slym3r @wayno and I’m so sorry for leaving some really great folks out but I went thru the @alphabet and these are the names I know from that LOL

Any advice on the last weeks of an outdoor grow would be SO much appreciated: flushing, darkness, chopping, washing, anything, anything! And, no, I have no idea how to identify when it’s time and don’t want to buy another device to read trichomes. LOL Thanks!!

EDIT: I was just given an older iPhone and I have a device I can attach to it to take closeup pics but can’t figure out how to view them just yet, so MAYBE I’ll be able to see those trichomes. Also, I’m feeding Jacks 321 and recently added on some Terp Tea Bloom to the Jacks 321. I grow in bags outside.

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For my outdoors I try to use the trichomes as much as possible because things can move pretty quickly when the weather starts turning colder (like now :slight_smile: ) with the bud rot and constant wet weather some girls got chopped a little earlier than I would have optimally liked but all good…
I just started washing this summer and I LOVE IT and recommend it -
I don’t have the means but if I did I would definitely put the girls in the dark for 24 hours before chopping.
I personally don’t flush for more than 2 days but I know many that flush for 2 weeks - If you are more on the organic side then less if you are more salt based synthetic then more would be my guidance…
I tend to load up in the last weeks on pk - I use banana water and other natural sources as boosters
If I think of anything more I will add :slight_smile: - its a very exciting and bitter/sweet time for me and I am sure will be for you - the girls get all dressed up in their Sunday bests and then get chopped haha - I placate myself with knowing that is what they are here for but I still get emotional

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I’m getting ready to wash some.bud here in about 30 minutes… I’ll show ya what I do. LoL remember this is Loco style so copy at your own risk… I’m just trimming em up a little right now, taking off big stuff and doing a real s***** wet trim fast like…

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