Personally, I just love the flowering stage. You can watch the buds develop, rewarding your hard work so far. Still, the flowering stage comes with its own particular risks. As your budding colas flower, the lovely aroma of fresh weed spreads. Of course, we don’t want to share that with neighbours and passers-by. That stresses the need to use proper filtering with exhaust fans and carbon filters. Here’s a helpful tip in case you can’t control the stink, or if your power blacks out: always have a bottle of vinegar handy! In case of emergence, put a pan of vinegar on the cooker. Yes, it smells awful, but the vinegar stench will also neutralize the odour of your weed!
LST, or low-stress training, simply amounts to bending and fixating your plants. This ensures maximum grow surface spread and enough light for optimal flowering across all branches.
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Harvesting And Trimming
I continue the growth stage until I’m happy about plant size. It usually takes about three weeks, but my perfect size will differ from your ideal dimensions. It’s all up to you, and when you’re done, it’s time to start growing flower buds. Let’s start the flowering stage!
As the flowering stage draws to a close, keep watching your trichomes. Trichomes are the little ‘crystals’ glittering on the buds and the small sugar leaves around them. In fact, they’re not crystals, but resin glands. They hold all the active compounds we’re after. Trichomes clearly indicate when it’s harvest time.
I hope I helped you make the best start at managing a first ever cannabis home grow! I wish growers all the best and lots of fun, as well as heaps of homegrown weed of course. Should anything go wrong along the way, then don’t despair. I’ve run into some minor setbacks myself – and major ones too.
After drying, I carefully remove all the buds from the nets and place them in glass mason jars to cure. The buds cure gradually, improving their taste and ‘maturing’ them until they are perfect for smoking. Curing buds is a straightforward affair: simply stick them in a jar and wait. Give them time to ‘burp’, though: open them for a few minutes to refresh the air inside and return them to their dark storage location. How long you cure is matter of personal taste. I personally cure my weed for one month before that sweet day arrives: time to smoke those fabulous Amsterdam Genetics! Let’s not kid ourselves here: this is what we’ve been working so hard for, isn’t it?
Cannabis seeds can also show slight changes at morphological level. It’s perfectly normal to find minor differences in the oval shape of seeds from the same batch.
This could be compared to a newborn whose physical appearance quickly evolves during their first few days of life in order to adapt to the completely new outside environment.
The shape of cannabis seeds
Although it is true that ripe cannabis seeds tend to have a dark shell that can go from brown to black, with lines that look like tiger stripes, this cannot be regarded as a quality indicator by itself.
Yet again, this is a misleading physical attribute that does not guarantee the germination potential or overall characteristics of a seed. A high-quality strain can also be light or dark grey in colour.
So in this case, an increase in size could be a direct indicator of this addition of calcium and magnesium, which is carried out in order to alleviate that macronutrient deficiency during growth. This has no impact on the plant’s potential for germination, growth, flowering, or yield, nor on the development of the organoleptic properties of the buds (aroma, flavour and effect).
Specialized mechanisms of some weed species to bury themselves: wild oat hygroscopic awns that twist themselves into the soil (self-seeding)
Specialized seed structures affect whether, and how, animals spread seed:
-burrs: cocklebur, sandbur seed
-appendages: beggarticks seed
Wind dispersal of weed seed is a function of:
-how fast seed falls: weight, density, ability to float in air
-height of release: may be most important factor in distance spread; mullein seed
-speed, direction and turbulence of wind between release point and ground
-very light, dust-like seed (poppies; fungal spores)
-species with specialized wind dispersal mechanisms generally don’t colonize as a horizon but as isolated individuals over a greater distance
-example: mistletoe seed propelled by parent plant
-sticky seed surface to adhere to tree host, bird foot vector
"Tumble Weeds: movement of parent plant (with seeds) on ground after dispersal, -blow with wind;
-seeds dispersed in rolling action;
-examples: kochia on mother plant, forms rolling ball;
Wind-blown seed, or seeds on the soil surface moved by water:
-accumulate near obstacles (fences, furrows, etc.), or fall in soil crevices, dried soil cracks
-Composite family weeds with pappus (or other similar attached seed structure) on the seed are held at a constant distance in the crack (soil) by the pappus and do not enter the crack.