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I am very happy to have found a community of growers to bounce things around with. Back when I was last involved with cannabis as a user was when I was in high school late 1960's. At the time, growing was not nearly as sophisticated as it is today. We bought weed by the ounce (not gram) for $20 (a pound wholesaled for $160). We knew nothing about sativa vs. indica. Purchased strains were mostly of unknown origin. The only two strains with a pedigree from that time were Acapulco Gold and Jamaican Red. Good to see AG is still around. Definitely Old School.

I had my first grow experience back then, too. In a 1-ounce baggie, seeds were common. I plunked a few in the ground just to see what would happen. Knowing nothing about male vs female plants, at the end of the summer (1970) I had a few "regular" looking leafy plants and a few scrawny specimens with odd-looking fuzzy nubbins at the top. I dried the whole crop (maybe six plants). Something told me to keep the fuzzy nubbin things separate from the rest of the harvest. When I rolled joints from the regular green leafy stuff, it was horribly disappointing - hardly any effect at all. Then I rolled a joint with the fuzzy nubbin stuff. Wham! I was blasted into orbit! Then I went to college and gave up the whole cannabis thing altogether, never touching the stuff again.

Fast-forward to 2021. Recreational use was legalized in my state and cultivation of up to four plants per household was allowed. Before I got back into the growing thing, I did a lot of research, from which I learned about feminized seeds and autoflowering strains. I had a few false starts (failures), but finally got once decent plant - Afghan Kush - all the way from seed to harvest. Along the way, I learned a lot about those fuzzy nubbin things. And trichomes. Especially the trichomes! Also along the way, I discovered that my little buddy liked my crop almost as much as he does his catnip. I had to take extraordinary measures to prevent him from devouring the harvest. Enter: the grow tent.

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After drying, I was ready to trim the buds for curing. Again, I had to battle the little beastie who was intent on feasting on the crop.

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The crown bud turned out quite nicely:

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In all, I ended up with this much from the single plant, all fuzzy nubbin things along with a few sugar leaves. I haven't weighed it yet (I'll wait until the curing process is done), but I'm guessing it is around 300 grams.

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And now, it's on to the cure!

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And finally, here is a high-resolution view of one of the fuzzy nubbin thingies from the crown of the plant:

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All photography done with iPhone 12 Pro Max except for the last image: Sony A7 III with vintage Micro-Nikkor 55mm (macro lens).
 
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Moe.Red

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Welcome aboard!

On your fuzzy nubbins, you see those curly hairy dudes? Most of them are brown but some are still white? That means you probably could have let this grow a bit longer to ripen more.

Also on the scrawny leaf things that originally looked like fans (I'm tryin here) most people don't smoke that.

Always good to have pussy approval. You must be doing something right.
 
RCGraylyn

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Welcome aboard!

On your fuzzy nubbins, you see those curly hairy dudes? Most of them are brown but some are still white? That means you probably could have let this grow a bit longer to ripen more.

Also on the scrawny leaf things that originally looked like fans (I'm tryin here) most people don't smoke that.

Always good to have pussy approval. You must be doing something right.
Thanks for the info + heads up! I knew about the fuzzy little hairy trichomes, but even under a magnifying glass I couldn't tell whether they were cloudy or clear. Bad eyes - it's an age thing. Here's a closeup of a Critical Purple flower under construction:

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Moe.Red

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So, that plant is doing great. No signs of stress other than some very minor tip burn.

Just to help a bit - the trichomes are not fuzzy. They are like little glass water towers. The fuzzy things I referred to are the white and brown hairs (pistil). Your hairs should be past white and on the way to brown or red before you even start looking at trichomes.

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Since the plant is doing great, my advise is be patient and let her finish. You will be rewarded.
 

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