I have seen many pictures of plants that were trained or bent to stay at a uniform low height so all the buds get an equal amount. This is my first grow and I didn’t do that. I also see many pictures of plants that are extremely tall and covered in buds. How do you get the lower buds to receive enough light?
My plant is currently 24" tall and growing like crazy. Only in week 2 of flowering. Girl Scout Cookies Extreme auto.
That plant is a beautiful thing! For the people who don’t train and just let the plant grow tall I wonder how they manage to get decent buds at the bottom of the plant. Do you think some are using lights mounted sideways down low?
If you do leave lower buds on, or if you have buds around the edges of the canopy that don’t get a whole lot of light, then you can also do a staged harvest. I am doing this with 2 of my plants right now. I took a partial harvest off the top of the plant on Friday and I’ve left those flowers that weren’t ripened yet on the plant to harvest in another week to 10 days after they’ve fully ripened.
Do you find that the buds receiving less light take longer for the pistils to change to the right color indicating harvest time? The instructions on when to harvest are pretty specific according to the download I received from this website.
If I did a staged harvest would I remove the upper leaves once those buds were taken? Thanks.
The pistils tend to darken at the same time over most of the plant, but those not getting much light at all may not change until later. You will see a visible difference in the ripeness of your flowers when you get to that point and it will be fairly obvious which are ready and which are not.
When I take a flower then all of it comes off as well as a few inches of stem below it. If you zoom in you can see the stubs of the branches where I cut flower off.
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You can try but I don’t know that it is going to make a whole lot of difference with an auto. Autos kind of do their own thing and they aren’t all that receptive to training. You can grow a compact photo, but I haven’t seen many photos that were all that dense among autos. An HLG 260 is plenty of light for one plant.
Your plant is doing great. Let it do its thing and she will reward you.