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not compact buds. did i harvest wrong?

boulderman
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I recently harvested my first grow. Two plants: one AK-47 and one Chronic. Dried them upside-down for two weeks and now they are curing in mason jars. However, the buds are not very compact – very light and fluffy. They look very crystally and are sticky, and they are almost too strong to smoke (couldn’t help trying it)! But I’m wondering – did I harvest too early or dry them wrong?

I didn’t do a good job at writing down when I moved them to flowering. I also didn’t have a good magnifying glass at the time. so I just waited until

80% of the hairs went brown.

Fortunately, I’ve got 6 more plants flowering now from cuttings. so I’m hoping a little hint from the community might make the next harvest even better.

Thanks much for any insight!

smokeylee
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boulderman
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hmmm. i’m using a 400w HPS, and it is just inches away from the top of the plants. 12-12 hours. if this is the case, do you suggest a larger light?

other info: this is an indoor, hydroponic grow. i’m using General Hydroponics “Flora” series for nutrients. Using the little chart for the “simple recirculating program” as a guide to the amount of FloraGro, FloraMicro and FloraBloom. Not using any other nutrients. Perhaps there is something better?

Snookster
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boulderman
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you might be right. there might not be a problem cause the shite is strong! (actually, seem stronger than anything i’ve ever bought). and i have a ton of it now. but it’s just not looking normal (compact). i don’t particularly have a problem with the way it looks, just wondering, since i’m new, if there is an obvious answer out there.

my drying/curing is:
1. clipped all the big fan leaves at harvest time, plus any of the smaller leaves i could easily cut.
2. hung them upside-down in a dark room for 12 days. they are nice and dry and break easily off the branches.
3. cut them all off the branches and put them in air-tight, glass mason jars.

they are only one day into the jars at this point. but i read somewhere that it is during the drying that they will become compact. they did somewhat, but not much.

Snookster
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Twistyman
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Grow4tho187
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Snookster
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boulderman
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Supposedly the strains are AK-47 and Chronic. I don’t have a way of verifying this, as it was from an acquaintance.

I just continued the watering/nutrient schedule right up until harvest. (Never heard of stopping the watering before harvest.) I have heard of using a water-only (no nutrients) for a week or so before harvest, but I didn’t do that.

The drying was for about 10 days. I’m in a very dry climate (colorado). It’s a good question. the main stems of the plant were not breaking when i started curing them – just the little tiny stems that connect the buds to the main stems. The buds are not “wet” so much as sticky.

I recently harvested my first grow. Two plants: one AK-47 and one Chronic. Dried them upside-down for two weeks and now they are curing in mason jars…