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Requesting Advice on Harvest Time Solved

by TheLobster120 about December 18, 2018 - report

Greetings everyone.

 

This is my first ever grow, and so I have no experience of when the buds on the AK-48 Auto I'm growing will be ripe for the harvesting. I also have no magnifyer to study the trichomes' colors. This coming Friday will mark the end of the 7th week of flowering, but I am noticing some clues that other experienced growers have taught to look out for to decide when to harvest, such as:

 

Smell starting to become pronounced

Plant has most of its fan leaves yellowing (few of my sugar leaves are starting to yellow at the tips)

General loss of vigor in stem/branches (2 flacid branches)

Very few white pistils developing and most pistils already red brown and receding

Plant starting to take in less water from the medium

 

What troubles me though, is that my plant started flowering later than usual - 8th week from seed. Isn't it too early to be showing harvest signs? The plant did experience stress, some of which was out of my control, but I am okay with the part caused by my short-sightedness. I just do not want to harvest early and end up with diminished yields, less than I could have if I wait some time.

 

I have attached some pics that show the condition of the plant. She's not in the best shape as you can see. Have I mentioned she's seen much stress under my watch? My plan is to harvest this weekend unless you good folks advise otherwise.

 

Many thanks, as always.

 

 

***Next day edit***

 

Hey there everyone. I just finished cleaning the plant up. I removed a lot of dead leaves, and she definetly looks better now. It was a good idea - I can see more of the colas now. I've uploaded some pictures in case anyone is interested in giving some thoughts on the harvest time. Thanks to all of your inputs, I've decided to hold on just a little bit (maybe one more week) before harvesting. I will continue to water her with plain water and give one more flush just before harvest.

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    18.788

    harley24 0 points - December 18, 2018

    I would remove the dead leaves where you can see everything better. Get yourself a scope from amazon or eBay so you can view the trichomes. Looking at the trics is the only way you know the plant is ready for harvest. Imo this plant is not ready for harvest and has a way to go yet. I would feed it flowering nutrients, keep an eye on the trichomes and flush it when the trichomes are mostly cloudy. If you are going to grow weed you need to get the equipment you need to do so or you can miss the harvest window and harvest too early or too late. Good luck. Peace

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    • TheLobster120
      TheLobster120
      63 points -
      December 19, 2018

      I already ordered a 30x, but my shortsightedness made me order it late; it will arrive in a few weeks. Hopefully next time will be better. Thanks for the advice!

    • harley24
      harley24
      18.788 points -
      December 21, 2018

      You will get adjusted, sometimes i just takes a little time and asking a few questions. Good luck. Peace

  • 8.168

    hipoldman 8.168 points - December 18, 2018

    From what I can see, from your pictures, I say stop all feeding, Flush the plant 3 times! (if you can) and then cut her down for harvest!

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    • TheLobster120
      TheLobster120
      63 points -
      December 19, 2018

      I've stopped feeding since my last flush, which was also my first, 1 week ago. I've been using organic nutes, so I'm comfortable with the fact that there wasn't much toxic salt buildup.

      How many days should I give it between when I flush and when I make ...  more

  • 11.578

    stick 11.578 points - December 18, 2018

    I agree with hip.

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    • stick
      stick
      11.578 points -
      December 19, 2018

      I missed that its an Autoflower.I'm not sure what happened but she should have flowered week 3 to 4. She should have finished in 8 weeks total.

    • TheLobster120
      TheLobster120
      63 points -
      December 19, 2018

      Hey stick. It's weird - I posted an answer, but the site didn't take it yesterday. No matter.

      I wanted to say that Nirvana states their AK Auto finishes in 11-13 weeks. I'm actually worried I'm thinking about harvesting too early. Heh. Are you sure about...  more

  • 19.675

    airplane 19.675 points - December 18, 2018

    Start the flush NOW - AK is resady in 8 weeks --  TAKE-OFF all the dead leaves !!

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    • airplane
      airplane
      19.675 points -
      December 18, 2018

      3 days before harvest pull all the fan leaves off

    • TheLobster120
      TheLobster120
      63 points -
      December 19, 2018

      Hey there airplane. I did post an answer yesterday, but I guess something didn't work and it didn't post.

      Anyway, just wanted to mention that Nirvana states that the AK Auto finishes in 11-13 weeks, against what stick and yourself mentioned. In that case...  more

    • airplane
      airplane
      19.675 points -
      December 19, 2018

      one's growing condition's play an important part of flower time it can raise, lower, it along with small, larger yields ? (by a week or two)

  • 2.098

    king 2.098 points - December 18, 2018

    what light do u use? if u want 2 walk the walk and talk the talk u need a few tools my friend. like harly said u need a way 2 look at the trichs u will b good to go good luck b safe

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    • TheLobster120
      TheLobster120
      63 points -
      December 19, 2018

      I am using a 1000 W LED light. And yes, I think the scope was the only thing I missed to get. I have one ordered and on the way.

    • king
      king
      2.098 points -
      December 19, 2018

      good move brother i have a 30x60 the 60 is better u can c better good luck my friend good luck b safe

  • 364

    chubby441 364 points - December 18, 2018

    Lob, do you keep a grow journal? I'd love to see it if you do.We're here to help.  Happy growin

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    • TheLobster120
      TheLobster120
      63 points -
      December 19, 2018

      Hey chubby, absolutely do. I'll send you a copy if you PM me a way. Cheers.

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    marlboro 4.972 points - December 18, 2018

    Brown or yellow leaves near harvest is a result of flushing and you haven’t started flush. I would clean everything up by removing all the dead leaves and most of the other fan leaves so you can see what’s going on. And hope you have some salvageable smoke once you clean it up
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    • GrogFrog
      GrogFrog
      533 points -
      December 19, 2018

      I have been having problems with my auto AK48 . Tomorrow will be day 49 from seed pop. I is just starting to maybe flower. End of 7th week. Another is like a 2 week old at the most , one seed died at 1/4”. 2 Northern Lights autos. One is flying along gre...  more

    • marlboro
      marlboro
      4.972 points -
      December 19, 2018

      Hey frogman imo you want your autos to take 6 to 8 weeks to flower. Bigger yields bro!

    • GrogFrog
      GrogFrog
      533 points -
      December 19, 2018

      Thanks Marlboro ! I really am not bothered by the extra time but it had me wondering. Like you said Bigger yeilds. Autos are alright ! Makes it easier to deal with light at odd times.

    • TheLobster120
      TheLobster120
      63 points -
      December 19, 2018

      Will look into it. I have learned much this grow, and have a lot of adjustments for my next ones. Thanks for the help. I might post pics once it's cleaned up.

      And good luck Grog!

  • 2.912

    justme 2.912 points - December 18, 2018

    It is impossible for me to tell you when your plant is ready to harvest. Harvesting at different times causes the effects to be different. I always go by the trics! I suggest you invest a few bucks in a handheld mycroscope or jewlers loop! Only you will be able to tell when to harvest acordding to what effects you want. In my past experiance, harvesting to early is a short lived racy buzz, just right and you get a long lasting mind and body buzz, and too late and it will put you to sleep. There is a couple week harvest window when your flowers are ripe. I say just don't harvest too early or you will loose weight if it is not completely mature. It can have all cloudy trics and still be putting on weight! Good luck and happy growing my friend!

    • Score: 0
    • TheLobster120
      TheLobster120
      63 points -
      December 19, 2018

      A magnifyer is most certainly a useful tool. I wish I'd gotten mine a while ago to test this. Anyway, I'm okay with the point I'm in now. Still learning and that's good for me. Thanks justme!

  • 232

    Screwstick 232 points - December 18, 2018

    Harley has your answer, its like trying to see what color eyes are on the guys in the Romones. 

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  • 1.392

    GrowGuRu 1.392 points - December 19, 2018

    There's a guy who once got 14 Oz off one auto I would ask that guy peace bro
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