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Bushy Old Grower's 48-72 Hour Dark Period!
I thought I would share with everyone the latest entry into Breedbay's "Ultimate Newbie's Guide". This is BOG's fabled 48-72 hour "Dark Period" that he developed into a pre-harvest practice.
Bushy Old Grower's (BOG) 48-72 Hour Dark Period!
A very knowledgable and seasoned breeder and grower started a preharvest practice that has almost become religion for many growers over the past four or five years. Being known for having some of the frostiest buds at harvest, BOG insisted that much of the trichome (resin glands) density on his buds came about as a result of the 48-72 hour "Dark Period" that he put his plants through jjust prior to harvest.
Essentially, BOG maintains that plants put out trichomes, at least in part, as a means of self-protection and as a reaction to environmental stress. Proof of this can be seen in how plants in equatorial regions of the world pump out trichomes prolifically because of the intensity of the UVA and UVB rays of the sun there.
BOG adds that when plants are put in TOTAL DARKNESS for 48-72 hours will sense that "the end" is near. The key to making this really work properly is to make sure that the soil ball of your plants are BONE DRY before you put them into the dark! In my experience, it's best to stop watering your plants 3-5 days prior to shutting off your light for the dark period. In the absence of light, water or food, this enviromental stress causes the plant to pump out more trichs as a means of self-preservation.
Myself, along with many very expericenced growers, have used this method with great results! If done correctly, you can visibly see the increase in trichomes with your own eyes and this also allows the resins to mature further as well.
Harvest your plants as quickly as possible once you've entered the dark growroom. Light degrades THC and the light will cause the growth hormones of the plant to start rising from the roots to the tops which is what we DON'T want. Give it a try! What have you got to lose but 48-72 hours? In my experience, the results are well-worth the time spent!
For those that don't know what Breedbay's "Ultimate Newbie's Guide" is, it's an amazing growing primer that was collaboratively assembled here at the Bay by some of the world's finest growers and breeders. It's filled with brief, fast hitting gardening tips that have been catagorized under every topic related to growing this wonderful plant. So, where can you find the "Ultimate Newbie's Guide"? You can either click on the FAQ button at the top of the main forum page or simply click the link at the bottom of this post.
Also, don't forget that we have a thread that has been "stickied" in the Cultivation forum called "Let's Hear Your "Newbie" Tips and Warnings!" for anyone who would like to post up your "newbie" tips and warning. The "Ultimate Newbie's Guide" is an on-going work in progress but has many, many great tips and pointers for the "newbs". Be sure to check it out!
"People would learn more from their mistakes if they weren't so busy making excuses for them"
Click here to find Breedbay's Overgrow GrowFAQ's AND Breedbay's "Ultimate Newbie's Guide!
Last edited by Rellikbuzz; 9th June 2007 at 04:13 AM.
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