So did not see a post directly addressing this question:
At mid flower 6-8 weeks in, have lots of terpene’s “Stalks”, with a nice clear ball at the tips. Over time we watch the tiny balls, start to cloud (Like we want). When 1/3 +/- or so of the little balls are at cloudy stage, it’s time to harvest the buds…
But we still see a considerable amount of the tiny balls, from the time they are all clear, to when 1/3 are milky. just disappear (?), leaving the terpen “Stalks.” The longer the buds are in flower. The more loss/disappearance of the tiny ball we see.
Is there a grow issue? Or just nature growth progression. Just. “Terpene Loss” …
Conditions: Tent 12/12 light. 50% RH. 80F Day Max. 65F. night min. Light fan breeze 24/7
A grow issues? Or just nature growth progression? Or this there no issue at all with the loss of the tiny balls??
Trichomes (terpine stalks) will tend to lose their heads with age, and wear. If youre aggressive with your plants or touch the buds while its growing this can happen more often than not. Wind plays a factor as well. If fans are blowing heavy all the time or not oscilating it dries them out and/or blows them off. Its nearly impossible to be totally hands free when theyre in flower especially when its time to defoliate. I wouldnt get overly concerned.
Those are called Trichomes, terpines are something completely different and they dont have stalks.
Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in many plants, though many people commonly associate them with cannabis because cannabis plants contain high concentrations of them. These aromatic compounds create the characteristic scent of many plants, such as cannabis, pine, and lavender, as well as fresh orange.
If you want potent bud you harvest when most all of the trichomes are cloudy and some turning amber.
If you harvest with just ⅓ of trichomes cloudy, you will have a very mild “racey” high…
Thanks for the feedback and correcting my terminology. Looks like loss of the tiny balls is just typical with time….
The tent conditions should be as close to ideal as possible. Have two oscillating fans on opposite sides of the tent, on speed control that provides a very gentle “breeze”. Just enough to have the leaves move a bit…. A preventive measure to prevent mold.
The room controlled keeps the humidity well controlled during both the day and night lite/temp cycles.
Will add … Grew with CO2 @ 700 PPM thru veg and flower… Started 12/12 light on 2/1 +/- Now 5/1 +/-. Basically 90 days of flower…. Never did see, but a very few little balls go amber… (?). Guesses need to push flower longer with the next grow…
PostScript: Tents all cleaned up…. Prepped and set up for a fall grow… Summertime, grows move outside… The grow room tends to run warm in the summer vs the ease of adding a bit heat in the fall /winter months. Bye. Bye. For now….
By the way…. Got FOUR - 5 GALLON PAILS !! of dried bud from 4 plants!!! And so, it goes…
Side note. 700ppm for co2 is about average co2 levels. With 500ppm being what you would expect outdoors. Just opening my tent and breathing into it for 10 minutes can raise my co2 to 1400ppm which will dip back down the second i close her back up.
So unless your pushing over 1k ppm consistently, with higher than average heat 80°f+, a ppfd of more than 1k than the co2 isnt really doing much in the way of boosting the plants photosynthesis.
Thanks for the feedback on bumping up CO2 levels past 700ppm…
Agreed, typ fresh air CO2 levels register at 500ppm +/-
When I’m in the tent the CO2 level climbs quickly…. To 1K+.
Added the C02 tank because the levels would bottom out in the 300’s with heavy veg grow and very limited air turnover in the cooler months. (Guess I could just cycle the intake/exhaust to keep CO2 in the 500ppm range)
Will bump the levels up with the next cool weather grow to the 1.5K range.
Again, the cooler weather grow cycles leads to less air turnover so will be able to keep the CO2 levels at 1.5K ppm, without excessive wasting of CO2.
FYI around here 25lb CO2 = $30. Need just about $50 worth for a full grow cycle. I won’t bump up the CO2 levels till 3-4 weeks after germination… When they really get growing!
I just keep learning. Having Fun… & better yields with each grow!!
Very nice setup, that Grows choice e720 is a good light. I got one in a 4x6.
But say 4-5gal buckets of dry bud about what’s that come out to it weight?
Wondering if i need to do whatever you’re doing, I get between 3-4 pound a cycle with mine, plant count and veg time can vary but thats a solid average for a full tent.
I’ve never measured my co2 but we spead alot of time in my lung room so imagine it’s higher then 500 if 500 is normal for outside