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  1. I'm a new grower and I'm currently looking at my first ever live, growing buds. I've spent the past week squinting through a 30x loupe trying to figure out how to actually see what's going on with my trichomes. I know people on this forum must be fed up to the back teeth of having to say " get a loupe, clear, milky, amber etc" so I struggled on and tried to sort it out myself. My eyes are not that great but I'm far from blind. I wear varifocals for astigmatisms and long-sightedness. I really didn't know where I should be looking on the plant, so I started off looking at the smaller sugar leaves and then seeing under magnification that I could see the surface of buds, pistils and all sorts of crevasses and niches and everything was covered in trichomes and other small, hair-like structures. I read that many of these structures are not trichomes and do not get swollen heads. On looking with the LEDs dimmed down low and my head in the grow room I really couldn't tell if the trichomes were clear or milky and strangely enough I was sure there were amber trichomes too... lots of them! I realised that I was actually trying to look while using far too much light. Redness from brown pistils and leaf edges in the background of my view through the loupe was illuminating the trichomes and making them look amber. Now this is where I had to get my head down and do some long observations in different situations to try and make the job easier. I've found that having the plant with good daylight behind it - (I had my plant up near the net curtains with slightly overcast weather outside) was just the right light. I then made sure that I was looking at the trichomes on the buds side-on with the diffused daylight behind them. I then found that trichomes that I could have sworn were milky, were in fact still clear. Looking all over my plant I soon found the same result on all the buds but my plant is trained as a table-top and nearly all the buds are at the same height. I should mention that I still could see nothing without my glasses. When I wore them I had the lowest part of the varifocals (for close up) looking through the loupe. It still takes some practice to get the trichomes into sharp focus but if you keep at it you will definately get there in the end. This is not an easy skill to just pick up (my eyes feel strained from learning) but when I started I thought it was impossible and now I feel far happier - so don't give up. In retrospect I should have started looking far earlier so that I could see the stages of trichome growth. Perhaps my 30x loupe is not the perfect tool for this, there are small microscopes and higher magnification loupes available but a 30x does seem to suffice. I hope this is some help to other struggling newbies out there as I was beginning to get worried that I was unable to see properly and that my plant had gone over. Now that I have figured it out the last part of my first grow is going far less stressfully.
  2. Macro trichs - CPK

    From the album CPK & BS

    DING! Cooked
  3. NoName - Dark Heat-Melted look

    From the album Vegetal Life

    Dated 2015-Apr (11, 21 & 29).
  4. NoName - Tumbled Weed

    From the album Vegetal Life

    Dated 2018-Aug-9.
  5. NoName - Dark-Red Amber

    From the album Vegetal Life

    Dated 2018-Aug-17.
  6. NoName - Dark Ambers of 2015

    From the album Vegetal Life

    Dated 2015, Jan-10 (up) vs Nov-28 (down).
  7. AfricanTom

    From the album Vegetal Life

    Dated 2015-Dec-16.
  8. CPK macro

    From the album CPK & BS

    a sea of mushrooms :)
  9. Macro trichomes - CPK

    From the album CPK & BS

    Ready for flush?
  10. Critical Purple Kush - close up

    From the album CPK & BS

    A closer look at the icky Approx weeks 7 of 12/12
  11. From the album General shots

    Spent 2 hours typing up the story behind this cross. Was obviously too long for this uploader so when I hit finish, I got taken back to step 1 and my work was lost. So now you'll never know!
  12. GG4 x Leeroy OG

    From the album Random Uploads

    This is a special pheno of a breeder tester pack Mother GG4 (from clone) Father Leeroy OG Rare Dankness from Seed. Think it's the favorite thing I've grown and smoked in 5 years, the dry sift yields have been massive.
  13. Dinafem: Critical Kush - Trichomes.jpg

    From the album The White House

    Day 25 flower Dinafem: Critical Kush - Trichomes. Mobile Phone + 30x Loupe Image. Quantum Board Led 400watts
  14. Amber Trichomes! This Amber Trichs malarkey, its an Urban Myth IMHO. Fact is, some strains never go milky let alone amber. And in other strains, amber only happens when the plant is almost dead and well past its sell by date. So how can one tell when a plant is "ready"? Let's talk about "Ripeness" instead. When is a plant "Ripe"? 56 days? 63? 77? When the pack says? When your mate down the pub who has been growing for a hundred years says it is? Nope, none of the above! Its ripe, when it meets the demands of the end user. What I like in my smoke, may not be what you like. The point being, you should "take" your plant down when she is ready to give you what you want. Maybe you like an "Up" High? take early. Maybe you prefer couch~lock? take late. When I'm growing a strain or a donated cut for the first time, this is how I determine the harvest time: I take a branch off at day 56 and dry it as usual. Then another is taken on day 63, and another on day 70, and then (if I thinks its needed) day 77, and so on. Slow dry and cure as usual, making sure that each sample is carefully labelled. Smoke testing soon discovers which Branch I like best. Once I have isolated which branch is best for me, then I have my harvest time for future crops. And I haven't examined a single trich! Not done so for ten years or more now. Unless I do it just to see what's going on, or to decide if the plant is a decent hash source (not all plants are). The thing is, we grow for personal consumption. So the one and only person who can tell you when your weed is ripe, is .... You! Forget the packet, forget your mates (down the pub or grow shop or wherever), and forget that book you read about growing cannabis last year. Read the plant, and read yourself. These two alone are your authoritative guides! Everyone else can go and do their own thing. You aren't growing for them, you are growing for yourself!
  15. Big Nugs FAST

    From the album Multi Strains Seedsman

  16. Jack Herer Fast

    From the album Multi Strains Seedsman

  17. Original Skunk FAST

    From the album Multi Strains Seedsman

  18. Big Nugs FAST

    From the album Multi Strains Seedsman

  19. C99 x Blueberry FAST

    From the album Multi Strains Seedsman

  20. Jack Herer FAST version

    From the album Multi Strains Seedsman

  21. Original Skunk FAST

    From the album Multi Strains Seedsman