Caligurl, (and everyone else who takes their time to respond to help us newbies), thank you for that feedback. another day, another new word. gonna go look up foxtailing now. since i get to see foxes on my animal cam out in the woods every day, i am assuming that it might have something to do with the buds being fluffy as opposed to growing longer (will check it out).
As for the light, you are correct, these three have kinda outgrown this grow tent. not nec for a good reason. the two in back were planted a LOT later than the shorter, bushier one in the front. since they were in a sepearate area of the tent with a blurple light that was no where up to the task, they got very leggy and strectched very early. while i had tried to keep the light 12-18" above, they were going 3 inches a day not filling out, just getitng tall. lesson learned for next grow). since they went so fast i ended up with 4 plants in a 3x3 tent. again, a little too crowded and a LOT less light than needed for that much plant. (150 “wall watt” LED). the tops seem to do ok, but not a lot of penetration through the canopy. once they moved into flower and started to lose the big fan leaves i helped them along and trimmed out a lot of the non bud growth. while this seems to have helped, i am still maxed from a height perspective so the tops are under a foot from the light while the poor bottoms, not so much.
since this is only my second grow (and the first with more than ONE plant, lots of lessons learned).
I definately am pushing another week (still waiting for my USB microscope so i can post some trichrome pics), but i may handle this batch with selctive harvesting. harvest the tops, move the light to the height for the next level, and play it by ear.
The first plant of the 4, i harvested in full 2 weeks ago (just finished first week of curing). the yeild was light and further comprimised by mold in some of the buds (lots of quality time with the big scope reviewing each bud. not something i want to go through again). but more lessoned learned. i have a nice dehimdifier in the tent now that is keeping the humidity actually in the low 40’s and i stopped spraying now once they start to bud.
thanks again all.