I would usually go by 60% red/brown pistils as a sign to harvest, but I can’t figure out when I should if the top cola pistils are still so white. I also note that it doesn’t seem to have as robust trichomes as other parts of the plant.
Is it okay to harvest bit by bit? Is the top cola likely to ripen better if other bud sites are gone?
Finally, is there a way to hasten drying or is 7 days still really the lower end for how fast the process should take? Just trying to figure out how late I can wait to harvest the top cola.
Your plant is weeks from harvest and harvesting now will severely impact THC content (by as much as 50% at this point.) I’m afraid that you might be disappointed with your harvest. I would ask your friend to stop by and water instead of worrying about curing.
Here’s a video that lays out THC content week-by-week of flowering:
Sadly this is the down-side of growing. My wife wanted to go traveling summer 2023, Sure screwed the outdoor grow (2023) and indoor (spring), being gone for seven weeks.
Water heavy, turn lights low and hope for best, if you can’t find a trusted person.