@Myfriendis410 @Watt-Sun @Royc @MrPeat @BobbyDigital @beardless I am at the end of the 5th week of flowering. I can’t upload a picture but the pistils on the main cola and the higher up branches are definitely looking mostly brown and curled in. The lower sites are still all white pistils. I have looked at samples under my microscope and am having a hard time distinguishing between clear and cloudy trichomes especially on a white paper background.
Is it reasonable to say that I am nearing the cloudy stage or is it possible to have mostly brown pistils and still have multiple weeks of flowering? I am afraid I am going to have to harvest in stages as the top is definitely way ahead of the lower buds.
I also have many leaves that are starting to yellow and even curl up as seen in other posts when harvest time is near. @Royc you had 9 weeks of flowering with your GSC auto. I would imagine some plants flower longer than others for various reasons.
I am afraid I may not be able to distinguish the cloudy trichomes in time to use plain water for a few weeks before harvest. I have no doubt I will be able to pick out the amber trichomes when they appear. How important is it to use plain water for those last few weeks. Should I just start with plain water now. I really don’t feel my calmag and tiger bloom are doing much good since I can’t get my runoff PH above 6.0. If any is being taken in by the plant it is probably the minimum. My buds aren’t getting any fatter at this point either.
The picture of the whole plant makes all the pistils look white but they are not on the top bud sites.
Opinions on the pic of the trichomes? The ones at the top right edge of the picture look clear as glass. I can’t tell if the others are out of focus or cloudy? The microscope has a sweet spot where it will focus but not on trichomes of different heights. Supposed to be 40x to 1000x but definitely not. More like 40x to 100x.