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Plant is a beauty! How long until chop?
here is a 3 day difrence, trimed fan leafs up and watered lol big change, last week has given me alot o wieght !
Do you notice by doing a almost total defoliation before harvest a flushing type effect on the final dried product? I read somewhere by doing that the plant will pull more of the nutes out of the flowers since there is no leaves. I ask because I need to flush more and I am, this round which will be done in say 10-15 days is getting a two week flush instaed of one. I had a complaint that the dried cured meds were popping like a road flare. So thanks to the persons honesty I ought to end up with better, smoother meds soon.
Thanks bro and the plants look great
Here is a simplified overview of nutrient functions:
Nitrogen is needed to build chlorophyll, amino acids, and proteins. Phosphorus is necessary for photosynthesis and other growth processes. Potassium is utilized to form sugar and starch and to activate enzymes. Magnesium also plays a role in activating enzymes and is part of chlorophyll. Calcium is used during cell growth and division and is part of the cell wall. Sulfur is part of amino acids and proteins.
Plants also require trace elements, which include boron, chlorine, copper, iron, manganese, sodium, zinc, molybdenum, nickel, cobalt, and silicon.
Copper, iron, and manganese are used in photosynthesis. Molybdenum, nickel, and cobalt are necessary for the movement of nitrogen in the plant. Boron is important for reproduction, while chlorine stimulates root growth and development. Sodium benefits the movement of water within the plant and zinc is neeeded for enzymes and used in auxins (organic plant hormones). Finally, silicon helps to build tough cell walls for better heat and drought tolerance.
You can get an idea from this how closely all the essential elements are involved in the many metabolic processes within the plant, often relying on each other.
Nutrient movement and mobility inside the plant:
Besides endocytosis, there are two major pathways inside the plant, the xylem and the phloem. When water and minerals are absorbed by plant roots, these substances must be transported up to the plant's stems and leaves for photosynthesis and further metabolic processes. This upward transport happens in the xylem. While the xylem is able to transport organic compounds, the phloem is much more adapted to do so.
The organic compounds thus originating in the leaves have to be moved throughout the plant, upwards and downwards, to where they are needed. This transport happens in the phloem. Compounds that are moving through the phloem are mostly:
Sugars as sugary saps, organic nitrogen compounds (amino acids and amides, ureides and legumes), hormones and proteins.
Not all nutrient compounds are moveable within the plant.
1) N, P, K, Mg and S are considered mobile: they can move up and down the plant in both xylem and phloem.
Deficiency appears on old leaves first.
2) Ca, Fe, Zn, Mo, B, Cu, Mn are considered immobile: they only move up the plant in the xylem.
Nice post on nutrient usage/movement within the plant jlt...
i can tell you plants that have not been flushed long enough will pop and crackle and taste like leaf and nutrients.
Biggest way to avoid cracking, popping and poor taste is a proper dry and cure. Flushing has less to do with this than you might think, and is a bit over-rated IMO. I'm not saying "don't flush", but the secret sauce is drying and curing. If they are dried too quickly, chlorophyll gets locked in, etc. I've had to pull plants unexpectedly with little to no flush, but still had smooth, great taste due to proper dry and cure. Best to do both (flush, and proper dry/cure), but that's been my experience personally.
Are you sure? I've never been a flusher :16:
I've had lots of great smoke. Sometimes it is harsher than others, but I don't think it was the flush since I never really did one.
That makes sense. It explains my experience although I never made the connection with the cure. I always attributed it somewhat to strain or environmental variation. I guess I was right about the environmental part, but the curing environment more than the growing enviro. :2:
Come to think of it, I think it was my early harvests that were the worst. I think I got better at curing as I got better at growing too. I know I didn't start out harvesting the same way I do now. I guess I improved that technique along the way too.
Funny I was just talking about flushing on another thread. I'm planning to give it a try on this round. I used to just taper off the nute strength to about 1/4. This time I'll try running just phed water for ~10 days.
I think it's different for hydro and soil/soiless. I did stop feeding my soiless plants a couple weeks before I harvested, but when I switched to hydro, I basically fed to the end. It seems like the plants react faster to nute changes in hydro. Maybe it doesn't take as long to flush in hydro? I'm not sure that true though. I suspect the plant still maintains similar amounts of stored resources whether grown hydro or soil.
I'll be watching for the results of your test, and I'll be sure to share my results as well.
Took up some lower, less yeilding branches off the deadhead yesterday, got a lil taste of how long it will take to trim thos girls lol!
Had some deadhead that i took a week ago and had been dryin, it smells great, smokes allright, (im picky and a huge critic of weed lol probly bustin my own balls ; P) curing should smooth it out a bit for sure so it can only get better..
Thing that blows my mind is the stuff that i dried has no were near the amount of trichs that they do now, so i can only image that the people i got my plants from are cutting them weeks short just to get a quick yeild lol, stuff im going to have is going to blow it up where im at!~
turn the plant over and cut the stem from the stalk so the entire leaf comes off. this way youll have to cut less single blades.