I have one Lowryder 2 which is now 11 weeks old. I pollinated it at 4 weeks with a lowryder male and seeds abound, but they still look pretty green. The buds are ripe with predominantly amber trichs. How can I tell when the seeds are ripe enough to harvest. Lowryders are usually ready to smoke after 8-9 weeks, but the seeds don't look ready yet. I know the plant is at its end as there is no new growth for at least 10 days. When do I know the seeds are ready to harvest?
did the seeds mature after harvest, and were they viable?
I have found with Lowryder sometimes the seeds are predominately tan in color. Anything less than tan is immature. If the seed is hard it is probably mature enough. At 11 weeks the seed brachs on most of the clusters should of cracked open.
As mentioned take a seed and try to crush it with your thumb and forefinger. If the seed is very hard to crush it is probably viable.
At 11 weeks the plant should be looking pale. If you want give them another week and they should be done.
Dry the seeds for a month in a open container.
Do a test run on germination and see what you get.
I think most of the seed companies run there seeds through polishers to thin the outer wall to ease germination.
Just as with most variations the color of a viable seed will differ and will darken and harden after harvesting. Some seeds are lighter in color while others are darker..in most cases the pods will split allowing the seeds to fall to the ground. As with any polination attempt not all seeds will be viable in cases where the polinator is a female plant you may end up with 50% of the seeds being sterile as the germinator (in this case a female plant) will not have male genectics to create a male plant...so thus the term "femanized" seeds..keep in mind it takes 2 to tango and if ya only have one dancing then half those at the party won't have a partner
6 weeks is the rule