Harvest Time

in WeedCash Network23 days ago

Hello Everyone,

I decided to harvest the smallest female cannabis plant this morning at 2 a.m.

The lights will turn on at 8 a.m.

I'm a night/early morning harvester.


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The magnifying glass above is a Brightech LightView Pro Flex 2 in 1: 5 diopter 2.25x.

I paid $40.00 USD and it is unbelievably nice and comes in handy for multiple purposes. I would highly recommend it, and can assure it's good quality.

In order for me to take macro photos with a KODAK PIXPRO Astro Zoom AZ421-BK 16MP $199.00 USD, I must have the camera very far from the object being photographed, and macro settings must always be on even if I'm not taking macros or the camera will not focus at all. I highly DO NOT recommend this camera, despite the fact that it takes acceptable beginner photos. I'm not a professional photographer, but this camera for the price should be able to take acceptable macros (in my opinion) and it simply does not. At its furthest zoom in point, the images will distort and blur, so the max zoom settings do not even work.

I simply place this magnifying glass between the plant and camera, try to find that sweet spot where I can get the furthest zoom, and begin taking photos.

a lot of photos...

This is 3 posts worth of photos:


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...and obviously there are not even close to this many photos in a post!...

So let's check out my attempt at trichome inspection!


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I don't see much amber here. A slight hue, which I will point out in a different photo, but overall I think they are milky and at maximum potency.


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This photograph might be the best macro I was able to get. It's not super macro but we get a pretty good look at the condition of the trichomes displayed on that rear bud.

We also see the pistils are mostly brown with only a few wisps of white here and there.

I prefer a strong THC base, over CBD, for the psychological medicinal effects, which act both as a natural medication for me, and sometimes enhance my creative juices when the conditions are just right.

Cannabis which is higher in CBD seems to be more of a sleep aid for me, and perhaps I will harvest one of the tall plants with more amber in the trichomes. We'll just have to see how it all plays out. One of them is still mostly white pistils and I find that very shocking, plus it was a seed from the dankest bud I had, so it's probably going to be powerfully potent.


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You will either see the amber or you will not. It is not obvious and not easy to pick up on if inexperienced with cannabis cultivation, but it's there, (and not a lot of it) and I caught the turn at the very beginning :)


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We can see here the milky blanket of trichomes, making the bud appear almost hairy or fuzzy.

Although this is not the frostiest bud futuremind has ever grown, I am pleased with the result, and feel I am constantly learning and improving, especially because of all the professional cannabis cultivators in this amazing community and their willingness to share effective methods and techniques which they've adopted over the years.


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I just like this photo :)


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This is not important to me, but I took it so the viewers can get a better idea of the size of the plant.

We'll call it about 1 foot/12 inches tall :)


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I do not cut at the very bottom of the stalk, because this is more plant material to hold moisture and increase drying time, which in this case is so minimal it doesn't make a difference. How do I know? well... Let's weigh it freshly cut.


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I will lose at least 50% of the weight through drying, which should only take 4-7 days with a plant this small.

If I get 7 grams of dry cannabis, I will be pretty happy :)


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I always sample a little bud immediately and need to "quick dry."

In this case, I'm sampling for a medicinal dose, and not so much a "taste test" because I already have a really good idea of the taste to come, which will not be terrible, but certainly nothing like a well dried and cured nug.


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I chopped some flowers off at the bottom, and lowered that weight a little more.

Now I will share the futuremind express dry method.

I promise that anyone who tries it will be impressed with the result :D

It requires a heating source, like an oven.. and you might have to get creative depending on what you are working with.

In my case, I am fortunate to have an all metal toaster oven. It's a Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven with Double Infrared Heating, 6 Auto Cook Options and Precise Temperature Control, 4-Slice Small Toaster Oven, 1300 Watts - NB-G110P (Silver), $169.99 USD, highly recommended.

EXERCISE CAUTION, THIS IS DANGEROUS AND COULD POTENTIALLY CAUSE A FIRE. DO NOT LEAVE UNATTENDED!


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The process is simple.

I blast the infrared toaster to a medium heat, with a tray on top, and some paper towels.

For about 10 minutes I will flip the buds every couple of minutes, and then I sandwich the cannabis between the two paper towels and check every couple of minutes for about another 10 minutes, and this is about as long as it takes to get the job done completely.

Now the only thing left to do is hang this cannabis to dry, after drying is complete, I'll cure it in a glass jar for about 2 weeks, maybe a little longer depending on how well it cures up. This is an area that I am rather inexperienced with, but I am confident I can cure this bud up nicely.


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I wish you could all smell what I smell.

A pungent fruity aroma with a pine like undertone, a nostril flaring, eye closing experience that every grower is familiar with :)

This is higher on the fruity than the skunky.

I think this might end up being a good day time cannabis, and I can hardly wait to find out!

I decided to leave the sugar leaves on the plant. I got this idea from @drutter, with his recent post Jarring up some sticky Reclining Buddha


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I'm looking forward to the curing process, and overall I couldn't be happier with this harvest. Everything went perfect, and I was rewarded with a healthy cannabis plant, packing sugary flowers. Doesn't get much better than that!

That will do it for this harvest post. I have 3 more ladies to be harvested later, stay tuned!

Thanks everyone for stopping by and checking out the harvest!

I hope you all have a great day! -@futuremind

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These close-up shot made it looks like out of this universe. Super cool mang 😎

Thanks bro! The magnifying glass is great :) Working on another post right now actually, harvesting two plants tonight! 😃

Will probably be a few hours of work still.

Oh one more, when you hang it upside down, it reminds me of Bob Marley Extra Crispy at Toneys Pizza

Haha 😂 thanks bro, I like to hang them because I heard it makes the tips of the bud stronger, and verified it online that it actually does help the sap seep down and is a good way to dry.

sold work! :3

@tipu curate

Thank you so much friend! 😃

Hey bud! That's a cool quickdry method. I don't know if I'll ever need to know that, but hey, now I do!
The buds look great. I think you'll enjoy! Let us know.
Curing is all about drying as slowly as possible without getting mold. Like @jonyoudyer points out, don't blow right on your bud with a fan, but do have some gentle airflow in the area. Stagnant air can cause mold. But direct fans dry it out too quickly, killing the beneficial bacteria which are curing your bud. Move to jars as soon as possible without there being excess moisture (like fog inside the glass). And continue to dry slowly in the jars. The drying process and the curing process are kind of separate, but pretty much done at the same time. Because once the bud is dry (or down to like 10% moisture or so) it stops curing. It's an art form, but you're an artist, so you'll do great I'm sure.
So you quickdried a bud... did you test it out yet?

I recently stopped buying weed because I was smoking a half ounce every two days and it was cutting into my ability to eat.

They say people don't go through withdraws from cannabis but I sure do, severe withdraws where I won't sleep for 3 days straight... things like that.. Likely due to consuming it in an abusive manner... hey I don't sugar coat shit, I smoke weed like the ex crackhead that I am.
I have a goal to only smoke what I grow now, and I will succeed. Not only because it is expensive to buy, but I was getting bud that was rotted at times and a lot of cannabis dealers around here are fucking brain dead and will argue that it's not rotted.... typical shit that I am done dealing with, the world is filled with stupid people and it's ridiculous..

A quick dry was really needed for a dose, (yes tried it out) and damn it's some good stuff... reeeeally good actually :D
As expected by harvesting before the degradation of the trichomes.

Thank you for the drying tip! I'll take my smaller USB fan and put it in the closet providing indirect airflow ;)

How long you think that little bit of bud might need for cure time?

Yeah, if you want something done well you usually have to do it yourself. I find I can't count on many people either, just how it is nowadays. I try not to be that way to others, since I don't want to perpetuate the problem. I try to be helpful, reliable, conscientious.
I find smaller "fluffy" buds like I produce tend to be done drying in a couple weeks, even if I try to prolong it. 3 weeks would be even better for extra curing, so maybe closing the closet and letting the moisture level drop slower, or once they're in jars, use those gel packs that help regular moisture levels, allowing the bud to cure longer. Also, once in jars, and excess moisture isn't an issue, leaving sealed most of the time is a good idea. Just a quick sniff once a day or so.
Oh yeah, of course there are noticeable effects when going off cannabis! Whoever said there isn't is fooling themselves. I mean, there are major noticeable effects when going ON it, right? Better sleep, stabilized mood, mental energy and creativity, PTSD suppression, etc. So yeah if we stop suddenly, most of the benefits go away, and we're left with the sleep problems and so on. Luckily it tends to only last a few nights and then our regular sleep pattern returns. But for me, I sleep best when I've had enough cannabis in the preceding 24 hours. If I take a day off, that night will be a poor sleep, almost guaranteed. Not that I sleep all that well at the best of times anymore.
Have a great evening bro.

A quarter of homegrown isn't to shabby at all! Perfect for your setup! That thing you got for 40$ does take great photos, i recently got something I hook up to a computer, but still have not fucked with it yet.


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Thank you brother!
I wonder if that magnifier could even be added to the tent for a little light boost 😄 Can't hurt I suppose..

i recently got something I hook up to a computer, but still have not fucked with it yet.

yeah I gotta figure something out too for a better photography application. This works well enough but the zoom limitations are a pain in the ass.