Because of its environmental control and ventilation, Bloom makes an awesome curing cabinet. In past grows I've used the trellis to hang the cut plant. Then setting Bloom to 0 hours light, 68 degree temps, and the 60% humidity target, it slowly (but with plenty of circulation -- so no mold) cures the harvest to "just right" in about a week. I've built this "curing" stage into cannabis recipes I've developed. As to "how to trim your plant" we can probably have some folks post videos or step by step guides here on the forum eventually (maybe you?), but in the meantime there are lots of online guides for that.
Some info about why we add CO2 and what to expect.
Bringing CO2 Into Your Indoor Garden
Adding More CO2 to Plants -
How Much CO2 do Plants Need?
Fresh air contains carbon dioxide at about 370 ppm, so providing adequate ventilation and air movement is a good first step. Unfortunately, in a tightly enclosed greenhouse or growroom, ambient CO2 can get used up quickly. For example, in a plastic greenhouse, CO2 levels can be reduced to less than 200 ppm just 1-2 hours after sunrise. At levels below 200 ppm, plant growth will be greatly limited, and at levels below 100 ppm, plants will stop growing altogether.
Carbon dioxide levels above ambient levels can have a dramatically positive effect on plant growth. By increasing carbon dioxide levels to 750-1,500 ppm, growers can expect a 30-50% increase in yields over ambient CO2 levels and time to fruiting and flowering can be reduced by 7-10 days.
The pistols of the bud are a great indication of maturity but the true indicator will be seen in the trichomes.
Depending on the strain being grown is can be beneficial to harvest sooner or later depending on the trichome color and % of trichome's changing color. The longer you let the plant go the darker the trichomes will get which creates a more sedative high even in sativa strains. As the plant goes longer the more cannabinoids will be produced as well (cbd, cbn, cbg etc).
The trichome's exposed to the most light will be the first ones to go, the interior of the bud will take longer as well as lower more shaded ones. It can be hard to see the exact color which is why I use a little hand held magnifier that allows me to get a closer look at 10x 20x 30x
This link is very informative and should provide the answers your looking for!
Hello. The cucumber plants are thriving. I planted a Burpee variety that is resistant to disease. I would like to know if I should prune at all as the plant is dense. Also, the seeds used are of a bush variety. Should I use the trellis anyway? Thanks
@pdxbloom We're so sorry that we somehow missed this post. Did you happen to snap a photo of this alert? Removing the Reservoir cap should not make a difference so this advice may need to be adjusted. Has your pH been steady since this issue?
I tend to use mine on the lawn, but diluted at about 4 to 1 it should be good for houseplants. Since houseplants grow so much more slowly, you do not need the high concentrations of nutrients present in Bloom.
Hi, @DJ. We had a chance to look at your system data and see that you are in the "Drying" stage.
First, a couple questions:
Is your plant cut and hanging and are your lights off?
We can see that your heater is working (we've observed an increase in temperature to 61 at certain points), but we believe that the heater is essentially battling the radiator which works constantly to help maintain target humidity levels. The heater will only kick on for 2 minutes at a time to avoid overheating and frying the plants.
We appreciate the data and are looking into how we can make both systems work in conjunction with each other more consistently. For now, having a temperature of 60 vs. 65 is totally OK and it is more important to have the system work to control the humidity levels than to constantly heat during this stage.
Please let us know if you notice anything else and reach out if you need additional help.
@lotzofzotz 50 day flowering refers to the number of days once you flip into bloom or flower mode. If you add 7 days germination and 28 days or so in veg you will start pushing toward that 99 days. But mostly, your plant will tell you when it is time to be finished.