First post on this forum, although I have had a couple in the ‘grow room’. Background: first grow, ILGM WW auto, planted on Apr 1st, plant went like gangbusters, now 47" high and heavy with colas.
Now: Not bad for 1st grow I guess, but now I am 12 wks into it and although my trichs are cloudy to milky, little or no amber is present. hairs are brown/red, though with significant white as well. I am using a small grow space w HPS. Rain water, FF Ocean Forest, the ‘big three’ from FF as well. Fan leaves are turning, but no amber trichs…
Going by the ILGM guides, this should be a few days or a week max from harvest, but I want to maximize benefits so I am reticent to pull it arbitrarily without the telltale signs of amberness.
Last night, I accidently broke a bottom stem/branch w two small nugs. Both immature looking, both white hairs. Baked it up at 180F, slowly, then chopped and tried it out. Very mild smoke but good potency, esp for immature buds. (been flushing for 7 days). Hmmmm. Leads me to think maybe I won’t get amber for this one? Total time in ground is 82 days, total flowering is about 50-55 days (I guess… to be honest, I am not sure when ‘flowering’ actually starts…).
Question: What to do? Go strictly by trich color and risk over-growing the plant? Do another 2 weeks hoping for amber? Buy a UV light? There’s all kinds of info on the web - much of it dubious - so, since this has been a reliable source so far, any thoughts?