@BobbyDigital Good to know. At least this gives me options. And you’re right, maybe I should try both. After drying and properly curing I’ve been trying to figure out how that last bit of circulation would really make that much difference. Especially after flushing or simply having stopped nutes for a week or two.
I have never been able to use a tent for dark period. If I can’t put it in a separate room I will wrap it with a large roll of brown paper. I figure it is better than not trying.
Can’t figure out how to find the specific post from @Nicky but would love to read up on the topic. Sounds like it’s important enough to figure out a strategy. Closet space is at a premium around here but I think I’ll empty one out for the next few days. In the meantime, I’ll at least keep an eye out for a tall box that I can place over the next ones. If I start wrapping a plant it’s going to look like a huge mummy fail
depending upon plant size, you may be able to get a box from your local appliance or big box store.
try this one If not I’ll tag nicky for you. @Nicky
You can get a tall cardboard box for dark period they work well for drying too. As Merlin mentioned probably your local appliance store has one for free. If not you can order a wardrobe box off Amazon they even have a bar across the middle to hang from
Thank you to everyone for the information and all the suggestions. Great community of problem solvers!
I did what Nicky told me on my original post. I left it for 24 hours (more I believe as I was busy) in the dark then I just got a good sharp pair scissors and went in the tent pitch black and cut the bottom part of both my plants, that way when I turn the light on the nutes do not rush back up to the buds (nutes are mostly stored in the roots if I understood what nicky told me)
Thank you @Laqwanies. Hope your harvest came out as hoped. Did you visually notice a difference on the buds from when you put it in the dark to when you harvested?
Not really sure 100% BUT I felt the bud before and after turning the lights off ax they where in my opinion stiffer after the 24hr dark, I liked the idea of dark the last few hours so I will continue doing it, I mean it should make sense as when the light go off and they don’t turn on after the time the plant is used to it coming on it goes in “survival” mode and extract as much energy as it can from the leaves (this is just my thought no hard evidence )
Noots arent stored in the roots… carbohydrates are stored in the roots. Noots are in the soil or carried in solution. The solution is drawn up through the plant via transpiration. Transpiration is highest when the lights are on. The difference in nutrient loading between lights on and lights off is barely noticeable. The plant does not take all the nutrients in the solution. They only take whats needed or accessible. If you make a solution you will notice that it becomes imbalanced over time as the water gets used by the plant, salts will tend to build up and some will fall out of solution. Yhis is because some are either not accessible or not needed or in the wrong ratio for uptake. This is more obvious in ff soils… if you water the plant will access somenof the noots in the soil as the water is drawn up… over time the noots become depleted or out of balance… the plant only takes what it needs or what is accessible. What darkness excels at is lowering water content in the plant prior to harvest. That may not be desirable if you want a slower dry time?
If you are doing a soiless grow or liquid hydro and you want less noots in your plant either simply remove the noot filled solution and replace with water or in soiless, stop watering or water with straight waterfor a few days. Does darkness increase resin production? Doubtful, the trichomes that were there in the dark, will still be there in the light.
That’s some really helpful info right there. I actually grow in hydro always was and always will. What I do the last 7 days I change the water completely and put only GH Ripen. Then after 7 days I change the water once again and this time plain ro water and leave it for 2 days. I never had problems with this but always keen to see what others think or what they do to get the best result possible
Thank you! Excellent useful information
Any time, I am an arborist by trade and do horticultural sub contracting also. So plant function is part of the study curriculum to keep current.
Have been for over 30 years
Very interesting regarding your education and being an arborist.