I started a grow with 6 autoflowers this year from the autoflower pack- 2 each of Northern Lights, Amnesia Haze and Blueberry. I decided to harvest two of the plants (one Blueberry; one Northern Lights) about 94 days from germination; they could have gone longer for trichome color, but I like the speedier high they impart. I am about two weeks out on two plants and the other two either stayed in veg due to growing trauma (I have a couple of theories) or reverted to veg stage and will need longer time. I am willing to wait for trichomes to be mostly cloudy/ a touch of amber, but my concerns are two:
I have heard/read that on autoflowers that trichomes don’t get to the amber stage as readily as they do with photo-period plants; should they still be THE way to decide when to harvest autoflowers?
I have had the experience on my last (photo-period) grow of waiting for the right trichomes to appear…only to have two plants go hermie on me as they go through the last-ditch attempt to self-propagate. (I’m assuming that;s what happened as I got the very beginnings of seeds…little while specks…in the buds) Any tips/insights on when to abandon the quest for trichomes at the end of the grow to avoid the plant going to seed?
Thanks and I appreciate the insight and expertise as always!