Harvest day has arrived for my Cannabis plants
I had to wait a little longer than expected, around 3 weeks longer than I thought it would take. 24 days ago I wrote in a Hive post how its any day now. Well shows you how varied it can truly be. For the last few weeks, with every watering and feeding I would check on the crystals on the buds. We have gone from clear, to milky to now an amber color. It is always hard to say when they will be ready, and I feel like I told my friends and family.. (just a few more days, maybe a week.) over a dozen times since my last post.. haha... But finally now they are truly ready and we will harvest the buds.
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These plants really went through an amazing transformation, from seed to finally harvesting. They look completely different from when I started flowering them 61 days ago.
Under the microscope:
The trichromes were right where they needed to be. Hints of purple can be seen in the microscope shots. Caused by cold temperatures it changes the color from green to purple to a dark red sometimes.
There were more amber crystals on the plant that was slightly further along. But both had amber at this point so it was a good time to harvest.
It was nice both plants finished at the same time, but I could tell they are different strains by their smell.
Using the wires to train the plants helped out a lot and really helped me form a bowl shape to get the most light and airflow possible to the buds and leaves.
Since these plants were mainlined, the manifold is the main stem that everything grows from, and looking quite strong.
It looks like the buds rained crystals down onto the leaves, love it.
With buds caked on this much, I have high hopes for them.. hehe.
All those hairs are orange and ready to go, but they looked that way for the last week or so. Using the microscope is a much better way of telling.
Mainlining these plants has given me so many big colas.. for a plant only 24 or so inches tall it really packed them in.
It was hard getting pictures of them without them shimmering, making the tops look all white. But indeed there are that many crystals.
Some colas were taller than others.
Even the undersides of the leaves got some, I love the neon green color of the stems. They look so lively.
In the last few weeks I feel like the amount of trichomes increased.. Even though it was already impressive around week 5.
The most impressive change to these when I started flowering was the color of the leaves and buds. They have gone from a normal green leaf color to purple and now nearly to black.
The colas are still a little green but large sections appear to be purple. When it comes to trimming I will be able to see them better with the leaves removed.
My other plant did not need as much support so I went for just two thicker ties and left them there during flower. It may have not even needed it. Next time I will try without supports and see what happens.
The two plants next to each other, getting their final photos before its time to chop. Both mainlined twice before going to flower.
Amazing going from a black leaf to a nearly white bud.
Loving those little spots of neon green.
It was also good to see the leaves held up well through flower, just near the end did the tips start discoloring.
The leaves below the sugar leaves can also have a little bit of crystals on them.
Looking closer at that tip of the cola it looks so good.
A close up of the sugar leaves, they are just packed in crystals as well. Not good to be smoked but can be processed into edibles.
So many great pictures of the plants, I cannot pick my favorite.
We set up a box next to the plants and cut off sections to hang up on string.
The buds will stay in these boxes and depending on the humidity inside I open or close them partially to slowly dry them.
One of the buds I miscut and need to find a wire to tie around it to hang it. Usually we cut right below some popcorn nugs and hang them by that.
Giving my loved ones an opportunity to give chopping a plant a try. Its quite the sticky job. We wear lab coats, to try to minimize the dust being around the sticky buds.
We trim off the large leaves but for now the small ones stay. We just want them to fit into the boxes and then come back and trim them the rest after they dry for a few days.
It can be really exciting for people that have never had the chance to work with a cannabis plant. I feel a little jaded to me as this is not my first harvest in my life but for others it is.. and its truly magical.
And all that is left is a husk of a former plant. I treat these as annuals so once it buds its done. I will grow new plants by seed or clone.
So whats next?
Now we dry the buds, I placed them in boxes but later on after taking pictures I spread them out more in two additional boxes.
It is important to dry slowly, but not too slow where mold can show up. Now I have cut the buds it does not have the plants immune system to protect itself from molds. So I must keep them well under the humidity level where that tends to occur.
Here are all the leaves we cut off before putting them in the box, there are many more still on the buds but we must wait a few days to let them dry a little before cutting those.
With these two plants chopped up it has given me more space to grow. Soon I will post the next two plants I am going to flower with.
These turned out really good. Plant two has some fat bugs on it. Can’t wait to hear how the high is once you start curing. Any idea how long you are going to cure before trying them out?
Yeah they sure did, looking forward to weighing them. I will need to do a smoke report on it for sure.
Hmm I think maybe 2-3 days to dry, then another 3-4 days to cure. So about a week overall to wait.
You may want to look into ways of increasing the drying time. 2-3 days is a very short drying time and can cause issues with taste and quality of your buds. You don’t want to ruin all that hard work at the finish line.
It was more like a week overall if you include both the drying, trimming an then curing. But I see what you mean, many people wait a few weeks. Well I may just take little bits of them once we are a week in and try them out, and let the rest cure for another week or two.
How long do you wait to trim after chopping them from the plant?
When I harvest, I chop the plant at the stem and then hang dry the entire plant for 8-12 days. The longer the better. Then I trim once it is dry and then I start the curing process. I like to let them cure for at least two weeks before trying them out. Then I let the buds continue to cure for months. The first week of curing, I burp the jars every 8 hours, and then I do it once a day for another week and then after that, I burp them once a week. After a couple months, I probably burp them every few weeks or so.
Ah okay, well I have already cut the plant into smaller pieces. But with my next harvests coming up I will try the whole plant drying method.
Okay I can wait 12 days to dry the leaves and then trim them. And then cure them from there.
Thanks for the tips
That is some serious fire! HPS is such a serious light, and even though they make some great LEDS now a days, you have to spend a grip to get one that compares to a 1000 Watt HID.
Yeah man, the old school lights seem to work well still. I am glad LEDs came out as it caused the price of HIDs to drop.
Its great to be using them again, but with even more wattage this time around.. haha
After a long wait... I can see some Good results clearly... Colour has changed and it looks more beautiful like this way.... Really this is Work full of patience and I'm Sure final results will be Great! Looking forward to see how it will turn out then.
It will be worth the wait, once dried though.
Yeah that color change from green to purple to black was quite the experience seeing.
Cool, will do another post when I can try it out.
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Awesome grow, the trained look reminds me of bonsai. Awesome purple tones, that'll be some great smoke :)
Thanks man, yeah the training of them was quite unique to me. The first time I have done that. Mainlining is considered heavy pruning so I can see that it is like a bonsai in how you can shape it completely.
So happy they turned out to be purple and then black.. Yeah I think they will be.
Wow! Plants have grown up healthy 💕. Your effort is fruitful. Congrats man.
Sure was, thanks man.
The plants are beautiful, they look like they came out of a fairy tale, those photos are so beautiful, hahaha.
I really know that you are very dedicated to what you do with your plants, I have been following many of your publications about your plants and it is great what you do, I admire your dedication.
Yeah I know what you mean, they just look so amazing.
Thank you, it takes a lot of time but consistency with plants is worth it in the end.
Look great man, nice work!
Thanks bud, I think so too.
Wow! Those turned out EXCELLENT! I love black weed. Idk what it is about the strain, but I find that it makes me very giggly. Everything is funny. Including the time I almost drove off a cliff.
Thank you, this is the first time I have grown black weed. Honestly I had no idea it was a thing. I knew about green and purple but did not know it would go that dark.
Hah okay cool, looking forward to seeing how it smokes. Oh man, well glad yall are okay.
Some nice looking buds. love their color! they will probably smell good
Much appreciated, they indeed smell amazing. Very skunky.
You really did a great work. First, you had to exercise patient for the plant to grow to harvest. You also did the needed things to help the plant grow well; like putting something to help it stand well.
Weldon friend, and please don't forget to share with me some of the harvest 😀.
Thank you, so true it requires much patience to get through it. And adding supports along the way indeed helps it stand strong.
Hah okay bud
Yes my dear. Garden on.
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Wow 😮. They look amazing. I like the set up too. Well-done
Ah thank you, much appreciated...
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You have such a nice workshop to work this with complete passion and best of it all its legal. hehehehe~ Hope this can be like this for the rest of the world one day.
I indeed do have a nice little setup for the plants. A work bench with a few lights and shelves for everything.
So glad I can now grow and not worry about getting locked up for it.
Me too, its pretty silly its not legal by now around the world.
It is very good to see the plants growing as we see our child. And we feel in our hearts when will it become big. The plant looks very beautiful after it has grown.
Thanks bud, it sure has all come together quite nicely.
hoohoho those bubs looks really nasty, i would like have the same trico in my near harvest the next month
Hah yeah man so sticky and dank smelling.
Yeah well the magic of indoors has its benefits.
I plan on growing outdoors this year though, will be my first time growing them outside.
The best part of our grow and your bud looks fire!
Hah sure is, the fruits of labor.
This is some of the dankest looking bud I have ever seen.
Not only is the color really cool with all the purple, but the trichome coverage is extremely frosty.
You did a fantastic job bro! 👏
I must say so myself as well, these are the most frosty looking buds I have ever seen. Too bad we may never know what strain they are :-/ but its okay at least I'll be able to enjoy them,
oh my god