Wife and I were just talking about this and we decided I am going to experiment on my 4 plants. I am going to start flush on one plant a week (starting this week), harvest 1 week apart so I can experience the different effects of trich progression. Might as well, it’s my first grow and growing experience intrigues me.
@raustin, how long should I dry and age for? They don’t look like more than 1 oz maybe at most per plant.
*edit- and how do I go about flushing? Is it done on normal watering day? I am aware that I flush 3 times size of container so for me that’s 15 gals twice a week then chop?
Great idea, harvest one plant a week, then you’ll know for sure next time which one you like.
Normally, you dry from 5 to 7 days, once the stem snaps instead of bending.
You should do two flushes over two weeks time. Its probably best to flush on her watering day when she’s dry.
As far as the trics turning amber on the leaves, they will progress faster than the trics on the buds. So my advice there is to just focus on the buds.
As for a flush, even the word imply’s to dump a lot of water thru your plant. But this is the end of the run so I don’t do that. I just water for the last 2 (projected) weeks. My thinking is that by not flushing then the plant has the vital nutes it needs to bulk up the last two weeks when all the magic happens.
So my advice is just that, don’t “flush” but rather give a water only diet and let her be all that she can be!!!
The harvesting experiment has begun
Cut the top but left new growth to see if/anything happens. This main cola is only about .5 oz wet.
How do I use the trimmed leaves full of trichs?
How do I infuse butter, anyone have a recipe?
Thursday, I culled my smallest plant for experimental purposes. No flushing, straight up cut her off but left some decent blooms at bottom (those have grown exponentially).
Since my crop was small, it dried hanging from my window sill. Several days later it was very dry feeling but not "stem snapping) dry but the buds were.
Result- very smooth and clean smoke. 3 good hits from small bowl resulted in a nice gray ash remaining. There is about a 10-15 minute delay before feeling effects. I can sit on recliner and rock back and forth rhythmically and let the mind go free or I can get up and work my horses. Either way, I get major relief from my chronic back pain.
I can’t wait until I do my main harvest in about 2 weeks. After this, I will have a hard time smoking the harsh crap I am restricted to.
3/5 WW popped this morning, my Lowryder girls still growing strong.
2 more weeks before I harvest these girls.
After reading awesome advice, I decided to do the drill bit method 1 week out from harvest. I had to use tiny drill bits (girls have tiny stems), worth the risk really, I was gonna harvest them anyway . I keep finding tiny green caterpillars on one of my girls but don’t want to spray Spinosad Soap this close to harvest.
I drilled the stems on Friday, today is Monday but I don’t think my girl will wait until Wednesday when I planned on harvesting.
Went to check trichs and found these .
Oh, my guestimation of Wednesday/Thursday harvest was spot on! I am sitting at about 30% amber, yummy yummy yummy!!
Harvested one this evening, not bad considering she was only about 11" tall. Very tiny root structure, stunted from poor drainage during the crucial growth periods.
@GetbackJoJo, they are very tiny airy buds. Completely dried in 3 days, I dont think it will cure well…they were almost too dry but it does smoke quite nicely without the curing. Still going to attempt it though.
The time has come to end this journal, my final entry:
It has been almost 3 months, start to finish for my Lowryder Autoflowering girls. Many mistakes made, many lessons learned.
These big ones are the remaining girls, the tiny thing on the side is growth that continued after I cut my first girl down about 3 weeks ago.
Overall, the total yield was small but it smokes nice and smooth. If you are reading this for the first time, jump on over to my WW grow if you like, everyone is welcomed.
I have decided to only let them hang and dry for 2 days before I trim to cure. 3 days has my buds very dry due to small size, we shall see how they cure.
*pictures won’t load, file too big so I have to take new ones when I get home.
This is what remains of the one next to the Solo cup. Again, the small size dried too fast, being over an AC vent might not have helped. I honestly don’t think it will have time to cure the way I am smoking it but damn it, this is my grow. I know what went into it and what didn’t.
Ok, so I lied about final entry .
This is what remains of my grow, weight unknown but I do know it’s not much.
This dried for 2 days, now to cool dry place for curing. I have promised not to test this batch until it has cured a min of 3 weeks. Wish me luck!!