Need some advice from the expert auto growers. This is my second grow, but the first grow with autos. I have one Blue Dream and one Chocolate Thai growing. The grow times for both (germination to harvest) were listed as 56-70 days. Today is day 53 from when they broke ground. The girls are doing great (pics below) but as you can see, the pistils are still all white and based on my first grow I believe I have some weeks to go before they’re ready to harvest. We are leaving for a couple weeks in mid-November so I’m worried about running out of time. I don’t have anyone that can take care of the girls while we’re gone, but if I can get them cut, dried and into jars I can take them to someone that will do the curing while I’m gone.
Question#1: Is there anything I can do to speed up the maturing of the buds?? (e.g ., shorten the daylight period- currently at 20 hrs??)
Question#2: If I wait until the last possible moment to cut and hang them in the tent for drying, is 14 days of drying going to make them way too dry and if so, will the Boveda packs rehydrate the buds? The tent is in the basement (so cool temps) and I have a dehumidifier there so I can control the RH.
Any advice would be appreciated.
You can’t. The best you can do is ensure a good environment (PPM, pH, lighting,…) so that she can thrive.
Drying generally takes 7 to 10 days at ~60% RH and ~68F.
Cited times are flowering times and the clock begins when pistils first appear at the tips of the plant. It isn’t really possible to cite seed to harvest times because autos can begin flowering at any time between 2.5 weeks and 12 weeks. Most autos will flower at some point between 4 and 7 weeks. There can be a wide variance in seed to harvest times.
Yours looks to have been in flower for 3 to 4 weeks, so you probably have 4, 5, or 6 weeks to harvest depending on how much amber/cloudy you want in your trichomes.
Thanks all for the info.
I guess my only option is to let them go to the last possible moment before we leave, and then chop
and let them dry until we return. I think the basement will be cool and I can control the RH with the dehumidifier. Was listening to a podcast, Autoflower Podcast, and heard a guest on the show discuss he had grown autos from seed to harvest in 70 days, so maybe I’ll get lucky
@coonass Well I’ve been thinking and wonder, what do you think would be the best option for me to do on the day before we leave for 2 weeks:
Chop and hang the girls to dry. OR
Water the hell out of them (they’re in coco/perlite) and turn off the lights and let them dry in the ground? I was thinking this might keep more moisture in them for a few days so by the time we get back they’re not excessively dry. I just don’t know if there’s a downside to doing it this way.
I really couldn’t tell you except weighing out your options… it you cut and hang you will come home to basically dust… i thought you were only going to be gone for a week so my bad… so water the hell out of them before you leave sounds way better to me it will prolong the drying process and will still be alive when you get back home so i agree with your over watering idea
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You thought about setting up some kind of automatic watering system? Ofc you can buy one premade or make something yourself. In extremely dry times I’ve filled milk jugs with water, poked a small hole in them and hung or sat them by plants so they’d at least provide a little water. Not gonna last you two weeks, but a little ingenuity can get you a long way.