New white hairs with only a week left into flowering?!?

Discussion in 'Harvesting And Curing' started by FutureTron, Mar 23, 2009.

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    FutureTron

    FutureTron Active Member

    This is my first time growing, so bear with me. I'm 7 weeks into flowering and the buds were looking very nice. I was just about to start harvesting one plant (i have 4 total in flowering) when I noticed that all but one of them started growing new white hair tufts on the sides of some of the buds. I was just wondering what this means, should I just harvest now anyway? Did my friend who also grows contaminate them with pollen? Or should i just wait a little longer for these new hairs to also color up? I tried the best to include some pictures, but they're from my camera phone, so i hope you can still see what I'm talking about.
     

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    theelite85

    theelite85 Well-Known Member

    dude you have a while to go! Thats waht happens its called a second growth spurt and this is the growth spurt that puts tons of thc on the bud as welll. they will glisten more and more. I would say that you have 3 weeks left.. But if you wait you will get so much more yield and better bud good luck
     
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    FutureTron

    FutureTron Active Member

    Whew! That is good news indeed! Thanks a lot!
     
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    9inch bigbud

    9inch bigbud Well-Known Member

    its the plants last gasp at trying to produce seeds its a sort of safty massage tying to prolong life so that another genoration can be born some times if you leave them to long they will grow balls to reproduce with them self it's the way nature works trying to keep the speasices alive, it sounds to me that you are past the best time to crop if you start to get new bud. have a look under a loop to see what color the trichomes are will give you a better idea. the new bud growth will not yeild much more bud than you have now infact it will be less potant and the longer you leave the plant the less potant the older trichomes will become by the THC braking down to less psychoactive chemicals such a CBD's CBN's ect..
     
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    UserFriendly

    UserFriendly New Member

    The calyxes look pretty swollen to me; it's time to harvest. I would expect any new growth to be caused by nitrogen.
     
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    9inch bigbud

    9inch bigbud Well-Known Member

    ?? when most people flush soil the last 10-14 days? and cut down on N when going in to flower?obviously you have never read cannabis botany by Robert Connell Clarke.
     
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    UserFriendly

    UserFriendly New Member

    WTF does "most people" have to do with FutureTron's plants?
     
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    jsgrwn

    jsgrwn Well-Known Member

    i agree with everything except the "tons of thc" part. this will increase your weight by several g's per plant, well worth the wait.
     
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    9inch bigbud

    9inch bigbud Well-Known Member

    its what happens when you over grow your plants they start to grow new buds in almost everyones plants that grow if you leave them to long they will grow new buds, even when the plant looks like it about to die, its fuck all to do with N as most people do not add N in flower and infact they cut down on using it and flush the pots with plain ph'ed warter 10-14 days before harvest so how the hell do you say the new growth is to do with N??
     
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    9inch bigbud

    9inch bigbud Well-Known Member

    Peak Floral Stage
    Elongation growth of the main floral stem ceases at this stage, and floral clusters gain most of their size through the addition of more calyxes along the secondary stems until they cover the primary stem tips in an overlapping spiral. Small reduced mono-leaflet and tri-leaflet leaves subtend each pair of calyxes emerging from secondary stems within the floral clusters. These subtending leaves are correctly referred to as bracts. Outer leaves begin to wilt and turn yellow as the pistillate plant reaches its reproductive peak. In the primordial calyxes the pistils have turned brown; however, all but the oldest of the flowers are fertile and the floral clusters are white with many pairs of ripe pistils. Resin secretion is quite advanced in some of the older infertile calyxes, and the young pistillate calyxes are rapidly producing capitate-stalked glandular trichomes to protect the precious unfertilized ovule. Under wild conditions the pistillate plant would be starting to form seeds and the cycle would be drawing to a close. When Cannabis is grown for sinsemilla floral production, the cycle is interrupted. Pistillate plants remain unfertilized and begin to produce capitate -stalked trichomes and accumulate resins in a last effort to remain viable. Since capitate-stalked trichomes now predominate, resin and THC production increase. The elevated resin heads appear clear, since fresh resin is still being secreted, often being produced in the cellular head of the trichome. At this time THC acid production is at a peak and CBD acid levels remain stable as the molecules are rapidly converted to THC acids, THC acid synthesis has not been active long enough for a high level of CBN acid to build up from the degradation of THC acid by light and heat. Terpene production is also nearing a peak and the floral clusters are beautifully aromatic. Many cultivators prefer to pick some of their strains during this stage in order to produce cannabis with a clear, cerebral, psychoactive effect. It is believed that, in peak floral clusters, the low levels of CBD and CBN allow the high level of THC to act without their sedative effects. Also, little polymerization of resins has occurred, so aromas and tastes are often less resinous and tar like than at later stages. Many strains, if they are harvested in the peak floral stage, lack the completely developed aroma, taste and psychoactive level that appear after curing. Cultivators wait longer for the resins to mature if a different taste and psychoactive effect is desired.
    This is the point of optimum harvest for some strains, since most additional calyx growth has ceased. However, a subsequent flush of new calyx growth may occur and the plant continue ripening into the late floral stage.
     
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    FutureTron

    FutureTron Active Member

    Ok, lots of conflicting stuff here, lol. I checked the buds 2 days ago under magnification (60x) and the trichomes looked like they were still pretty clear to me. But again, I may not have any idea what I'm actually looking at. I have been flushing the soil for about 8 days and not adding any nutrients, so it shouldn't be a N issue. I can't imagine that I missed prime crop time, since this is only week 7 and I've been watching them every day. They hit about 55-65% hair color change before the new growth.
     
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    9inch bigbud

    9inch bigbud Well-Known Member

    let them go a bit longer just watch you dont over doit otherwise the solid buds will elongate. it will not hurt to let them go a bit longer by the sound of it. you know your very close:mrgreen:
     
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    FutureTron

    FutureTron Active Member

    Sooo, you're saying wait til I get back home tonight and start chopping? Or to wait? That was a lot of VERY good info, but it seems to say that people should just do whatever they want and it'll work out ok. :mrgreen:


    EDIT: hahahah, I seem to be just 2 seconds behind you in posting. Thanks so much! I know the ladies appreciate it!
     
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    9inch bigbud

    9inch bigbud Well-Known Member

    at the end its up to you if you want to wait a few days to get a bit more then fine my self i would cut them down with in the next 7 days and get a new batch going in to take their place as soon as they are cut.
     
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    UserFriendly

    UserFriendly New Member

    Are you pH-adjusting the water?
     
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    FutureTron

    FutureTron Active Member

    9inch bigbud -> I think I'm going to chop them on friday, so they still have a few days to finish growing and that will put them at the 8 week mark anyway. And the clones still have a few more weeks of vegging (making moms) but this should be more than enough to get my by til those are ready. I'm a medical marijuana patient, so its all just for me anyway.
    UserFriendly -> I'm using bottled water so pH shouldn't be an issue.
     
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    UserFriendly

    UserFriendly New Member

    Who said it was an issue? Just asking a straight-forward question bro. BTW, you'd be surprised at the quality of some bottled water. ;-) Congrats on the harvest.
     
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    joker152

    joker152 Well-Known Member

    you have at least a few more weeks to go and there will be a fair amount of new growth in that time, if you have the cash invest in some additional lighting and you wont be sorry, the colas are lookin a little skinny
     
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    moonshield

    moonshield Well-Known Member

    I agree with joker dude! LET THEM LIVE!! let em live for another couple of weeks dude and I bet you itll be a much better harvest.
     
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    9inch bigbud

    9inch bigbud Well-Known Member

    its an 8 week strain and not a sativa hes coming up to 8 weeks the plants is almost ripe going another 3 weeks is crazy waste of time you will yeild a few more grams and the potancy will deminish and the smell will almost be gone and smoke like shit and taste like swag. save the extra 3 weeks and get the new crop in.

    anyway your call m8 i know what i would do:hump:
     

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