Hello, super greenhorn here…!
Ive been lurking here for a bit and learning tons, lots of experience from a great group! That being said…i gave it my first try with a small outside grow of 2 plants. GG4 autos in 7 gallon fiber pots. Im not the most scientific guy, I ended up just going with Coast of Main Stonington mix soil and literally just followed their recommended nutes/schedule. It’s been a challenging grow this season here with tons of rain ang hot humid conditions. Either I’m lucky or I actually did something right…
Between weeks 9 & 10 at this point, and I have good trichome growth, they look mostly cloudy to me, but based on what I am reading and seeing in these posts I think I have a ways to go? Still a lot of white pistols and i think the buds will get fatter? I would appreciate your thoughts!
Looks like a ways to go yet. This plant is not an auto (I don’t care for autos), but it’s been flowering for 32 days. It has several weeks to go if this gives you any idea.
I am at 10 weeks in (6 weeks of flowering). I’m thinking another 2 weeks based on GG4 specs and what i have read here. Everything seems going well, hoping the buds fatten a bit more by then. Then 2 weeks of terror while I attempt my first dry & cure…!
I’m feeling you on that. It can be tricky to get it right the first and on time. If you put them in a curing container while they’re still too moist it will ruin the whole thing. It will taste homegrown. Blaaaaaaaa
Im experimenting with catnip buds i grow for my cat. I put one yield in grove bags too soon and they’re gassing off big time. I have to burp the bag several times a day. Its that gas while curing will destroy the flavors and scent. If put in to early, its not much moisture with alot of gassing off. So i put in another grove bag a yield that dried very well. You can tell when you feel it. It needs to be just about crispy dry on the outer bud, but still with a little moisture towards the center. While they’re in the curing container the moisture from the middle rehydrates the outer leaves that felt crispy. As long as they weren’t dried too long. Its important to catch them before but no later than this happening to cure properly. I just check them every day. This way i can catch them where i want them.
Hope this helps you rest easy…
You have longer than two weeks to go. Flowering times are just basic guides. Ive found that most plants take longer than advertised to reach maturity.
Search the forum and there is plenty of info that will help you with drying and curing. I just posted my method today, but i don’t remember what thread it was in. My bad.
Just did another inspection today. Still looking cloudy overall not one amber trich to be found. Now thinking she’ll go the full 12 weeks. Really getting pungent with heavy pine sap smell. I will track down your drying/curing thread.
Marty, excellent idea regarding the catnip!
Sound advice for sure.
I have 2 plants that I will be chopping end of next week. I think I’ll do the grove bag route for one and hang dry/mason jar for the other. I did invest in a moisture meter, and hydrometer. During an inspection yesterday I spotted a very small spot of bud rot on just one bud on one plant. I was careful to surgically remove it. Fingers crossed I get over the finish line…
I have been largely successful so far thank to people like you. Thanks for the tips.
So you dont air dry them before putting them in Grove bags? Can you just cut them off and put them straight into the bags? Are they that good?
I recommend you by a moisture meter. They’re cheap at like harbor freight. Dry until your thickest bud reads around 12 or 13%, then jar up, and start burping. Get one of those cheap hygrometers and put in one of the jars. When it holds around 63% overnight, then you’re pretty much there. Temu sells those little hygrometers cheap.
I have a Wedryer for the grove bag attempt…
Thank you. I looked those up on Amazon and i am planning on getting a set of 12. Thankbyou for the finishing numbers.
Those look like they would work pretty good.
@MartyMarajuanaseed When I checked Grove Bag prices a while ago, they were priced more reasonably at the Grove Bag website than on Amazon. If you haven’t already ordered, maybe do some comparison shopping first.
Thank you… i would’ve went straight to Amazon when i was ready for them.
Welcome to the community.
@Mosca Thanks. At first, I didn’t realize you meant me. I’ve been lurking and researching here for over a year, finally signed up in May and haven’t posted here much since then. If ILGM gave out degrees for research done here though, I’d be near the top of the MS range and close to a PhD. I’m hoping to start an indoor grow next year and get it right the first time, so I’ll likely be going through the obligatory “First Ever Grow Attempt” initiation in another 6-8 months.
Our first seeds dropped last sept. Biggest regret, not wanting to grow sooner. We are covert state. Good luck, cant wait to see yout ladies growing up
I hear you. My state is legal but home-growing isn’t green-lighted until next July. The bureaucrats have to decide on and issue regs about home growing and they have until then to do it. Needless to say, they won’t finish their job until the last hour of the last day. They need the next 9 months to figure out how they can screw it up most horrendously. I’m sure they’ll succeed.
At any rate, I’m looking forward to giving it a try. It’ll be interesting to see if a year of research will enable me to get it right the first time.