This is really weird! My "late in the season" babies were started outside mid-August and getting only about 7 hours of direct sun/day. They did very well and began flowering about 8 or 9 weeks later. Then I went to an expo at the local accessory store, and ended up buying a carbon metal halide lamp with reflector and ballast for my 2'x4'x5' space, and promptly mounted the light about 20" about the plants that were tall and reaching for more sun, so i had bent them over to get side buds also. I set the timer for 13 hours/day but whenever the sun was good I put them in the sun, supplementing it with the light, so overall they got 13 hours of sun/day. Within about a week I noticed new leaf growth on my buds, and realized I had confused the plants into a new vegetative state. So, for the last 6 weeks the buds have tripled in size due to new leaves but the flowers are also very large and full. Being that this is trial and error, I started cutting the total daily sun back slowly, and now see that the new sugar leaves on the buds are starting to yellow and die, which I take as a good sign. I stopped nutrients 2 weeks ago and have been flushing the plants after they dry out. The pistils on one plant are mainly brown, and on the other still half & half. My main determinant of maturity is checking the trichomes, and they are beginning to go from clear to milky on the more mature plant, still clear on the other. I think Im on the right track here to recovery and could have a great harvest, but manicuring all these new sugar leaves is going to be interesting!

So, I am asking and hoping to hear from some of you experts out there as to whether I should make any drastic changes at this point, or ride it out and see how the results are. And if you have any general comments or suggestions on my next crop, I greatly appreciate them!

Thank all of you!

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Bud Durden
Bud Durden

Those last pics look doneish but its hard to tell without seeing the trichomes. Are they mostly milky or amber? If so they are ready. Also make sure you have started your flush by this point to get all those nasty tasting nutrients out of your bud.

billyb
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billyb

what is the trick to uploading photos here???

billyb
billyb

Continuing on with my crazy double veg cycle plants, I check them daily with a loupe to try to figure out when they are ready. Today I see that the stalks and many of the second phase sugar leaves are turning a reddish maroon, and leaves are dying off. The trichomes are whitish for the most part but I still have that glistening effect as though many are still clear. The buds are very big and heavy, and Im concerned with waiting too long to harvest. To reiterate, I started these plants mid
August outside getting about 7 hours of direct sun daily. Late October I bought a Metal Halide setup with a timer producing 13 hours of light which caused the already flowering plants to go into a second vege cycle. What resulted was the buds filling up with new leaves and becoming big and thick. So now two months later, and cutting back to about 11 hours of light, I think the buds are okay but just concerned that it's taking a long time for trichomes to turn milky then with spots of amber. I think im getting close. I am open to any and all comments.

billyb
billyb

Thanks, Bud! All of that new veg is now dying off, so Im hoping Im not waiting too long to harvest. I do have a loupe, and trichomes still look more clear than milky. Not having 'louped' previously, I dont know if they should look solid white, or just a somewhat whitish cast to them? The preview I did was very promising, so I think this could be a good crop. I appreciate your comments

Bud Durden
Bud Durden

Looks like you ended up with a lot of extra leaf material from going back into the Veg stage but things look good now. I would highly recommend getting a loupe or a magnifier so you can get really up close and personal with the trichomes to make sure they are all cloudy and starting to amber before you pick them.

billyb
billyb

sorry, not the best photo. these are better

billyb
billyb

Thanks!! The sugar leaves are continuing to yellow and die off, and trichomes still are not very milky.

Also, I built out of 1/2" pvc a 2'x4'x5' growing enclosure and covered it with a very fine bug netting I got on Amazon. With the exception of only a few white flies that may have come from my planting soil, this is my first crop with zero bugs or worms!! it's great not having to look for worms, or see them dangling out of your buds when drying.

budsgrowguide
budsgrowguide

A picture or pictures would help make a call on your situation. You don't want to do anything drastic to your plants. It sounds like you've gone the right route correcting.