I just read a useful article in Big Buds e-zine: Maximum Yield Medical marijuana Harvest Timing Tips
One thing it says is that if the calyxes aren't shriveled or red, then it probably isn't ready to harvest. All of my plant's calyxes are still white, so I won't chop it down anytime soon.
pH:... 6.03 good, this is up from 5.84 yesterday
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I trimmed off some of the lower leaves and some small buds that were on skinny branches. Saved the buds for making canna butter.
Last night I picked off a couple of small nugs and let them dry a bit inside my cabinet. I'll see if I can smoke them later tonight. While picking off the buds I noticed that some of the big ones are a lot denser than the buds on my LSD plant were. When I was trimming I also noticed a kind of lemony fragrance that kind of smelled like pineapple.