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Old 02-22-2016, 05:41 PM
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Default What are signs of end of stretch and ripening stage?

Feeding charts are very general and they don't always follow 8 week schedule.

I have read when calyxes start showing,stretch is over.Seems to be fairly accurate.

Ripening stage I'm not sure.
Is hairs started to turn a sign of ripening or maybe cloudy trichomes?

If there is more stages you can see by reading plant,please post them.
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Old 02-22-2016, 06:40 PM
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Ripening is simple, when the plant is stacking calyxs and swelling the buds its ripening. Pistils turning and then trichs getting cloudy are more a check for ripeness for harvest.

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Old 02-22-2016, 08:31 PM
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Stretch is over when the plants stop stretching lol. You will see them noticeably slow vertically. When you have to stop raising the light 2-3x's a week, stretch is over.

A good way to think of stretch/budset/ripen is in thirds. So a 57day plant will stretch for appx 19 days, set flowers for appx 19 days & ripen for appx 19 days, IME. Of course each plant is different, some transition faster from stretch to budset, but take longer to ripen (blue dream indoors). I just chopped a Mango haze that was slllooooowww to get going, but ripened up very quickly at the end. The 1/3 rule has served me well with new genetics or with new fertilizer/soil.

What are you running that is really done in 8 weeks? just wonderin, because thats super fast. CO2 & cold/dry atmosphere & inert medium (hydro) can speed things up, though.
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Old 02-23-2016, 02:40 AM
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I worded it backwards,charts are 8 weeks but most strains aren't.
This is a medicineman cutting,but it's got a lot of Afgan in it,very sweet floral.
I'm trying a Lucas version,6/9 all the way through stretch,then a week of 6/12,then 0/9 until flush or 3 weeks of flushing.
1/2 teaspoon of Epsom as needed but I'm using calmag+ with LEDs.
H3ads Lucas for pure coco.The micro is dropped early so a 10% loss is expected,but taste and burn is supposed to be great.

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Old 02-23-2016, 05:31 AM
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Ok, got it. Many charts I've seen are 8 week feed charts & want water only the last week, so 9 weeks total flower. I thought Lucas was 2:1 bloom:micro, & H3ad's was 6/9 & 1gram (1/5 teaspoon) epsom? Either way, they are simple formulas that will feed well & neither requires cal-mag.

With the schedule you outlined, I'd figgure on feeding 6/9 until ~20-25 days if your goal is to go to 6/12 after stretch.
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Old 02-24-2016, 11:30 AM
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Stretch is over when the plants stop stretching lol...
...A good way to think of stretch/budset/ripen is in thirds...
I agree with this thinking. Some variation like you say but generally this works. It makes it simple to adjust feeding schedules within this construct.


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