The NHS were given 2 weeks to "root out" their new pots and then flipped at around 8 weeks. At this time, there were some signs of bug invasion, but nothing that seemed to be "badly" effecting the plants... that was to come later with the heat and population explosions (spidermites and fungus gnats). Despite the bugs and heat issues, they continued to grow at a good steady rate. Thier heights at flip time were between 12 and 20 inches, I would later find that this was too tall for the "Haze" phenos
time for an update, this time from just a few days ago...
I did have some pics from mid flowering but I dont seem to be able to find them (typical). Here's what happened in that time. Initially everything went very well, the male plants started to show signs of flowering at around 2 weeks and by the end of week 3 everything was sexed. Overall I had an even split of 5 males and 5 females.
As time progressed the summer heat kicked in and with it came population explosions from the spider mites and fungus gnats. Over the next few weeks I tried SMC, Pyrethrum, and "Masai" from beyer but all to no avail. I did manage to control the populations a little (using yellow glue traps for the gnats) but ultimately the little buggers wreaked havoc (I had some PP in the same conditions that only put out about 15 per, not the 75 plus I'm used to).
Despite all this, the NHS grew and grew like proverbial beanstalks, somehow resisting the ravages of the bugs and heat that at times was in the mid 30s celcius. They grew so fast in fact that all but one (the skunk pheno) required super cropping in several places, even now they're still taller than me, but would otherwise be 7ft plus.
Of the 5 girls I have there are 3 phenotypes, a skunky (old meat smelling) pheno which I pulled this week at 10 weeks and 6 days and which is currently drying and 2 haze phenos.
One of the haze phenos is going to go for maybe as long as 14-15 weeks and was very slow to develop. At week 8 of flowering, this one looked like the others did at week 3. This plant however smells unbelievable and whilst it might not turn out to be the biggest yielder, I think there may well be something very special a foot with her. The structure I can best describe as being "amnesia" like - that kind of golfball buds dotted everywhere structure, while the other 3 remaining haze pheno are a more typical "dick" shape. These "dick" phenos are incredably "lemoney" and one of them is covered with fat fluffy white hairs and packed with crystal. This one would probably by my "keeper" of them, she looks to have maybe another week to go, running to around 12 weeks (as do the other 2) although sadly I dont have the capacity to keep mums at the moment.
In the run up to finishing these off, I use GHEs' ripen for 10 days, flush for 4 days and left the pots go dry for a few days until I'm happy they're done. This makes for great tasting bud, although they do look well ravaged by the time I pull em
ok heres a few pics first up the Skunky lady I pulled on Tuesday (macro is from last week - wk 9-10)
Glad to hear you're enjoying them DeskJet Did you get the "lemoney" one?
ok quick update re: mine...had a look at some trichs yesterday and it seems I might've been too hasty to say that they would all finish seperately. It now looks like 2 will finish together this week, although they're 2 completely different plants to look at them. One is the pheno I've been jokingly calling the "dick" pheno and the other is a very hazy smelling lady with the "amnesia" structure (golf ball buds)... all being well, these will come out weds/thurs..
well the updates have come to a bit of a halt as it seems my 3 remaining NHS dont seem to want to finish off. Where as I'd thought I'd be taking 2 of them last week at 13 weeks and one this week or next week at 14-15 weeks, it turns out that we are here at 14 weeks and all 3 are still in thier pots with little sign of any amber trichs.
I guess that's a question for you haze growers, do you ever take these long flowering phenos with little to no amber? will they go amber eventually if I wait long enough? do I actually WANT them to go amber? I'm aiming for 5%-10% amber, same as I do with most strains...
Growing Sativas can really be a patience tester, heh?
Your plants should eventually mature.
Remember that harvesting sativas slightly less mature than indicas is probably preferable as you should get a higher THC and lower CBD content this way.
Sometimes that extra week just adds a bit of eye droop to the high (Kali Mist is a perfect example of this) and not much more - not what a sativa grower is after, really. Of course, for indica lovers, this is reversed - leaving the indica that extra week produces a stronger 'stone' and richer aromas.
That isn't to say that you should harvest it immature, of course... and there is some indica in this cross so you want to get a full flavour going on.
You'll know when the time is right...
I wouldn't keep the mums from 15/16 weekers, though - it's just too much when you can find an 8/9 week Mango Haze pheno (or even a 10/11/12 week phenos of so many other Haze types, too)