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  posted on 4/2/2006 at 07:11 PM
Well, since I had my crappy digital camera out trying to corner the cats for pictures, I thought I'd post a picture of a couple of "cucumbers" I picked this morning. These babies oughta be about right for the HTW Family band blowout!

 

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  posted on 4/2/2006 at 07:45 PM
Picked too soon, without a doubt.

 

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  posted on 4/2/2006 at 07:46 PM
Well, here in NW Indiana, there is a grown man cryin' right now, I can barely see my keyboard through the tears.You're killin' Brother, KILLIN' ME !!!............Peace....joe
 

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  posted on 4/2/2006 at 07:51 PM
Derek, I don't know how much you know about growing, but it can't be much, if you can decide something like that from blurry digital photos.

These buds were harvested at 58 days. I've been watching the trichomes closely. They are about half clear and half cloudy, and I saw just a few ambers this morning. The perfect time to harvest for a nice, "up" high.

If you make it to the HTW Family band gathering, I'll be happy to smoke a fattie with you Derek, and then you can tell me if you think I picked it too soon.

This is a killer strain called "Snow Cap." The "hairs" never turn as red on this strain as it does on some others I have. That's why it looks as white as it does.

BTW, Derek feel free to post pictures of your harvests here. Anyone else, too.


[Edited on 4/3/2006 by SantaCruzBluz]

 

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  posted on 4/2/2006 at 08:07 PM
lmao.......just lookin' at it

 

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  posted on 4/2/2006 at 08:11 PM
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Derek, I don't know how much you know about growing, but it can't be much, if you can decide something like that from blurry digital photos.



I was in the biz at the higher end of the scale for about ten years long ago. Seeds smuggled in from Nepal, a 3,000 square foot building built just for growing in the Indiana countryside, a passel of clippers paid by the hour, and more. The buds look good and fat, and the red hair explanation does ring true. Still, another week. I was never fond of the day count. Make her beg for loving a little more.

 

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  posted on 4/2/2006 at 08:15 PM
Here's a picture I found of the "trichomes," or the resin glands. These are pretty clear. They get cloudy, and then turn amber. If you let the plant go longer, the amber trichomes ensure the "couch lock" buzz some people like. If you harvest when they are mostly still clear, like these, you'll get more of an "up" high. I don't know how much this photo is magnified, but I use a 30X glass to see mine.

 

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  posted on 4/2/2006 at 08:19 PM
Derek, as usual, you've done it all. But as usual, you show how little you know. This isn't the first time I've grown this exact same plant. I know how many days it takes to harvest.

And the days, nor the red hairs, are the best indicators. The trichomes are. I bet y'all didn't even look at them ten years ago.

 

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  posted on 4/2/2006 at 08:37 PM



Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.......AAAAAGGGGGHhhhhh !


 

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  posted on 4/2/2006 at 08:44 PM
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Derek, as usual, you've done it all. But as usual, you show how little you know. This isn't the first time I've grown this exact same plant. I know how many days it takes to harvest.

And the days, nor the red hairs, are the best indicators. The trichomes are. I bet y'all didn't even look at them ten years ago.





We looked at everything. It was a science to us, from genealogical maps and lineages to Mother Earth adding her own spontaneous opinion on things. Nonetheless, I am nitpicking a bit, as the buds do look good and better than most folks would come up with.

 

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  posted on 4/3/2006 at 01:41 AM
Thanks, Derek. They look good, but no better than anyone else around here grows. This is Northern California. I'm an amateur at best.

The old books of the day all say to look at the hairs, and pick them when about 75% of them turn red. That has been the rule of thumb. Everybody looks at the factors you mentioned, but none of those things tell you when to harvest a plant. It is only in recent that growers started watching the trichomes closely.

But you have a point, Derek, even though your diagnosis resembles the one Bill Frist did on Terry Schaivo. If I'd let these two colas go another week, the trichomes would be mostly amber, and the high would be much more "stoney," which some people would say is "better." There is a little window in which you can harvest, and watching the trichomes lets you pick anywhere within that window you want. I have another plant just like this one, a cutting from the same mother, that I'm going to let go a little longer, for those times when you want to really get fried.

I have one strain that I can typically harvest at about 42 days, and another mostly-sativa that goes a full 70 days or more. This one seems to be usually right around 60 days.

 

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  posted on 4/3/2006 at 01:22 PM
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Thanks, Derek. They look good, but no better than anyone else around here grows. This is Northern California. I'm an amateur at best.



I know, as few of the others would broadcast what they are doing online.

 

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  posted on 4/3/2006 at 02:03 PM
I have a medical marijuana card issued by the Santa Cruz County Health Department. I can have a canopy up to 100 sq. ft., and 3 lbs. of dried buds. I'm not a dealer, and grow for my own use. My garden is legal in the state of California, and if the Feds decided to bust me for my little patch, there would be a line of attorneys outside my door wanting to take my case for free.

Some might say it is dumb to post things like this, but marijuana will never be legalized if we live in fear of the government finding out what millions of Americans do every day. I like growing it, and when it becomes legalized, I'd like to own a litle cafe, where all my friends can try some of my flowers.

 

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  posted on 4/3/2006 at 02:04 PM
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I have a medical marijuana card issued by the Santa Cruz County Health Department. I can have a canopy up to 100 sq. ft., and 3 lbs. of dried buds. I'm not a dealer, and grow for my own use. My garden is legal in the state of California, and if the Feds decided to bust me for my little patch, there would be a line of attorneys outside my door wanting to take my case for free.

Some might say it is dumb to post things like this, but marijuana will never be legalized if we live in fear of the government finding out what millions of Americans do every day. I like growing it, and when it becomes legalized, I'd like to own a litle cafe, where all my friends can try some of my flowers.




Three POUNDS?????

 

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  posted on 4/3/2006 at 02:12 PM
Santa Cruz is a very compassionate place, piacere.


But seriously, the local law enforcement authorities asked the local government to spell out how much people can have. So they thoughtfully decided that a sick person needs enough medicine to last a certain length of time, and since the reality of the situation means that the supply line of medical cannibis is shaky at best, they allow a liberal amount to be stored.

I don't ever have nearly that much on hand, though. Just a few plants.



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  posted on 4/3/2006 at 02:27 PM
It'll be years before the Bible Belt, Red State I live in allows that kind of open-mindedness.

 

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  posted on 4/3/2006 at 02:40 PM
Allen, I want my 10% for getting you to Santa Cruz.
 

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  posted on 4/3/2006 at 02:49 PM
I owe you dearly, no doubt, sheep!

 

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  posted on 4/3/2006 at 02:57 PM
Holy smokes! Well done!

Very impressive Allen. I admire your horticulture skills as well as your stance. Good for you.

Can we hang out? I will bring the beer.

Please...?

 

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  posted on 4/3/2006 at 02:58 PM
A friend with weed is a friend indeed...

I like Pacifica!

 

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  posted on 4/3/2006 at 03:32 PM
They're gorgeous, Allen! Were these the plants the spider mites invaded?

 

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  posted on 4/3/2006 at 03:57 PM
Thanks, Libby. For some reason, the spider mites hit one strain hard, and barely touched the others. This is one of the others. I saw a few on the leaves, but when I got the other plants out of the room, it was easy to control the few mites on the other plants.

BTW, I wound up using Safer's Plant Soap on them. I'm dousing my babies with it once a week now, to make sure no more mites go in the flowering room.

 

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  posted on 4/4/2006 at 06:43 AM


Hey,Brother!
Are you going to WANEE?!!
If so,we MUST say HIGH!!



**P/s. Can I get a cutting of that 42 day?

[Edited on 4/4/2006 by Krishna]

 

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  posted on 4/4/2006 at 08:35 AM
Jeez Allen, don't you think those Christmas trees might dry out before December?

 

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  posted on 4/7/2006 at 06:53 AM
BUMP

Just for the BEAUTY of it all!!

 

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