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 Post subject: Help a new boy
PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:03 pm 
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Hi to whoever.I am a first timer in growing and I have a pretty healthy crop of about 80 plants.I do not smoke but love growing new things.Mine are just showing flower heads(how long before flowers open)?? do I just let nature do its thing.I have picked and hung up the bottom leaves and they are looking a nice golden colour after a couple of weeks.In New Zealand we get our first first in about 2months.Do I just pull the plants just before and hang to mature?Or strip the leaves and hang them up.My son will score all of it but I want to play with the crop.I intend to flavour it with either a very good Port or my best Rum.(any ideas how much Port/Rum per 100grams of dry product)Looking forward to any ideas.Cheers


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 Post subject: Re: Help a new boy
PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:42 pm 
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I prefer to prime the leaf, as they mature, going up the plant.
Seems to bring the best quality and yield from each plant.

Some strains have the largest majority of leaf mature all at once and they may be cut off at ground level and hung in the shade for air curing, if you wish. Not my preferred method, though.
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 Post subject: Re: Help a new boy
PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:09 am 
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By "prime"do you mean taking the yellowing leaves from the bottom??? I read a lot of your comments and you seem to have it sorted.
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 Post subject: Re: Help a new boy
PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:18 pm 
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Yes, as the leaf ripens, beginning at the lower part of the plant, moving upward in the named zones, take the best ones when they are ready.
It's a nice thing for a hobby grower to do, and will occupy many hours tending the plants to their best !
I enjoy fishing, too. lol
rc

Gopher trapping is a fulfilling past time, also. :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Help a new boy
PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:15 am 
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thanks for that>I have some plants that have leaves 2 feet long and 1 foot wide that I have picked no leaves off as they are green as,I will have to pick before the first frost so they could be picked very green,will they be OK??
The first pick are looking good and smell great nearly all yellow/brown
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