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    my plants have been in flowering for 10 weeks now and they still dont look like they are ready to be cut. the buds at the bottom of the plant are still not developed but at the top look nice. this is my first grow and im stuck. im growing two brainstorm plants under one 125w bulb, which i think maybe where the problem lies. Can i cut the top of the plant now and the bottom when they're ready or does it all have to be done at the same time? Thanks for any help you can offer. peace

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    If you have a microscope or good magnifying glass then check out the trichromes(crystal bits on bud) and see what colour they are. If you don't have magnification then there's not much point in that, as they'll just look white, but if you do then they'll either be clear, cloudy, or amber and most people reckon you want to chop them when most(80%) of your trichs are going amber. If you don't have magnification then just judge by the hairs on the buds, are they all amber/orange?

    And you can harvest the top buds and leave the bottom ones under your light. They'll flourish with not having so much shade over them all the time

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    Just harvest the parts that are ready and leave those that need more time =D
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    Give it one more week, 10 weeks is not that long especially so for cfl lights they typically take a week extra, also the flowering times the seed pack says is usually a good week or two out. Also lower buds do not get much light with cfl as the light penetration is poor, this is why its handy to add another cfl and use it as a lowered light to give the lower buds some light.

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    yeah man, if your waiting for the lowers to be ready, then your tops are going to degrade or get rot...

    You sure can cut the tops off and continue flowering the bottoms, but it could add alot of stress to your plant... I would just cut, and use the popcorn for butter or oil.

    125w CFL isn't going to be able to penetrate deep enough usually only like 8-12 inches tops... Same with 250 HPS your looking at 18 inches of development tops...or so I have found
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    thanks for the advise boys

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    is it because i'm using a 125w light that the crop isn't that big and has taken so long, for the next grow i'm going to use a 600w hps to four plants, will this be enough?

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    hiya wr you right pal thats why your crop isny large but you will get good bud fi the top of the plants,cfl light disny penetrate very far down,hps does.if your gonna buy a light for 4plants get a 400hps you can get 6under a 400 with a bit of squeeze.all the best and enjoy your crop.weed heed

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    cheers dude, think i'll make some trimmings tomorrow, roll on next crop

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    if you´re just growing 4 plants I think 400w with a good reflector is good.

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    i've been using nutrients, do i need to flush them out with a weeks feed of just water if i am cutting the top first, or can i just cut them now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by womb_raider View Post
    i've been using nutrients, do i need to flush them out with a weeks feed of just water if i am cutting the top first, or can i just cut them now?
    Its better to have them on plain water for a bit, but it does not really matter if you don't, just the bud tastes that bit better if you go with water only for the last two weeks. Up to you really won't make much difference it's more for perfection other than anything else.

    Just give the buds a good week to dry and a good week to cure, that's if you can resist toking it that long, lol..

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    thanks bv, i wanted to get it perfect but as it's first grow made a few mistakes down the line, mite be tempted to have a small sample thow. bong on lol

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    another problem i have are flies in with my plants, they're not big, just little midges, how can i get rid of them and why are they there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by womb_raider View Post
    thanks bv, i wanted to get it perfect but as it's first grow made a few mistakes down the line, mite be tempted to have a small sample thow. bong on lol
    haha, true it's hard not to have a sneaky sample !!

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    well if your on the flushing stage I would just say suck it up and let flies be flies... They won't make that much of a difference, if you don't mind smoking the occasional fly or egg.... LOL,

    If you have some time left then spray with some neem oil, spray minutes before lights out, turn your fan on high, and then just before lights on spray a clean water mist over the plants, and repeat for 2-3 days then again in 1 7-10 days to get the next generation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X_John-Smith_X View Post
    well if your on the flushing stage I would just say suck it up and let flies be flies... They won't make that much of a difference, if you don't mind smoking the occasional fly or egg.... LOL,

    If you have some time left then spray with some neem oil, spray minutes before lights out, turn your fan on high, and then just before lights on spray a clean water mist over the plants, and repeat for 2-3 days then again in 1 7-10 days to get the next generation.
    thanks js, i'm not using a fan, it's my first grow. is it essential to have one and should i invest in one for round two?

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    Quote Originally Posted by womb_raider View Post
    thanks js, i'm not using a fan, it's my first grow. is it essential to have one and should i invest in one for round two?
    Yeah man you want good air circulation within your grow space, helps prevent bud rot and makes the stems stronger in the early days..

    Any desk fan does the job only about a tenner mate..

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    A friend of mine had problems with the flies, he just used that yellow sticky tape to catch normal flies and he says it worked great!

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    cany any1 tell me how im gettin on with my plants

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