Interesting, yeah, Lucy is amazing. I’ll be curious how your other LSD plants grow. Aren’t you also going to grow other strains? Sorry, I don’t recall what you wrote about that.
Lucy is so opposite of mine, haha! Whenever mine starts to do something, I think, “Oh great, here we finally go!” And then it’s back to her snail’s pace. When my current one is finally done, I’m going to do another White Widow that have been quicker grows, and I’ll practice torture techniques on it. After I’m comfortable with training, I’ll do another Afghan, plus I’ll allocate plenty of grow time, just in case slower growth is normal with ILGM Afghan Auto.
Well, you know to keep an eye on Lucy’s trichomes - check daily.
I have three more LSD auto seeds, I’m growing them next. I also got 5 Gold Leaf Fem seeds, kinda an oops in the ordering as I planned to stay with auto. They are next - thought no way am I growing 5 at once. I’m only doing the three because of how shrimpy Lucy is - though I know plenty of this type that grew a lot taller!
My actual next huge project is going to be figuring out what to do with the trim from Lucy’s harvest. So much frost on her sugar leaves… And hubby won’t smoke, so I need to make some edibles for him. He needs pain relief (long covid symptoms) and help sleeping.
For me, I just want some killer bud to smoke. From how Lucy looks and smells, I think she’s going to fill the bill.
Partly I think it’s just genetics. But the other part of that is stress. In my (limited) experience, plants tend to excrete more trichomes and consequently more odor when they’re either fed, fat and happy, or stressed out. His plant looks good, nice and healthy - so I’m assuming he hasn’t done anything to stress her out (extreme temp drops at night to simulate winter approaching, for example), not gone the “extra mile” to get her to the “fat and happy” stage.
Best suggestions are to 1: upgrade light (more/better light inherently leads to more/better trichomes) - especially to a light that includes deep reds/far reds, infrareds (IR) and ultraviolet (UV). And 2: remove excess fan leaves. In my world, all his leaves are excess right now. I like to give my girls at least one full strip, often two, in a flower cycle. That allows more airflow, better Light penetration, and also induces some stress.
I cannot suggest enough that you go to @Caligurl ’s concentrates blog and follow her steps to making QWET - it turns your trim and sad larfy buds into a beautiful sticky trichome sludge that’s ripe for edible infusions. Plus the math is easy. 1 gram of sludge = approx 750mg. So you can dose up hubbys edibles without accidentally killing anyone (I may or may not have made some overly powerful gummies myself).
Ok! Even a rank newbie like me can tell Lucy is rapidly getting herself toward harvest time. Her buds have changed color, 90% + of the pistils are orange or brown, she’s smelling the house down - I smelled her when I came in the front door today, and she’s upstairs in her own room with a gigantic filter.
So, when I look at a million other journals, it seems to be nearly universal that the leaves on the plants start to die (get used up) in the process of ripening. This has never happened to Lucy, the only leaves she had that yellowed where the first one fingered leaves she grew. I have trimmed a number of fan leaves over the course of her life, I believe the number is 8 or 10. (Don’t laugh! She’s little!)
So is this something I should expect as a further signal that she’s “ready”? Or is it some plants do and some don’t yellow out at the end?
My own personal guess here is that she will be done at the end of next week, week 10. Given as how she loves to do things instantly once she’s made up her mind, is it possible that waiting the extra 9 days will be too much?
SO many questions. Let’s see if I can load some of my microscope shots. I wish I could get really clear pictures but well… I’m a shaky old lady.
Make sure to really look on the buds themselves, not the sugar leaves. The first pic looks like a sugar leaf (so many amber on that one), as do a couple others.
Despite using amendments, my current autoflower has done a lot of yellowing within the past 7-10 days, albeit the last plants I had to yellow, it happened much sooner without using amendments. Good questions you ask about all of that.