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Good day Opengrow community. I hope I have placed this topic in the correct subforum for discussion. I would like to seek clarification from members about the nature of BAC's Silica Power. I have recently had the luxury of testing this silica and am enjoying the great results it brings along with the very user friendly "neutral ph" (Though now I have had to purchase a new bottle of PH up in case needed) Im using primarily in coco, BAC recommends 0.1ml/L in vegetative growth and then to 0.2ml/L in flowering. Prior to using BAC's silica, I would generally only run silica in vegetative stage and not through flower as I can usually taste a tinge of silica on my lips post cure on flowers that have run silica through into flower. I find this somewhat undesirable. As it comes in a black bottle alike BAC's Organic range, Im unsure of it's chemical makeup and if it is simply a well developed Potassium Silcate or something of a more organic nature? I will speak with a BAC technical support member within the month in person, but would appreciate any light that members here may shed as to the makeup and usage of this product. Thank you. Rose.
Hello everyone, I have created a couple of posts over the last couple of days but I finally reached the end of my 1st successful harvest and I'm already eager to begin the next round. Before I do however, I would like to share some of my experimentation findings with others and hopefully get a few responses. Everyone states you should hang your plants up until the stems snap but I have found this really depends on how moist your soil was prior to harvest. If you did like me and flushed for 2 weeks, and on the last week (or couple of days) deny your plant water, you can jump-start the drying process. I ended up doing this because my last 2 strains out of 6 were not ripe yet and I had came across a thread about this on another forum and I decided to experiment. It makes sense if you think about it, your plant begins draining all of it's stored life out of the remaining fan leaves causing them to yellow, add in denying water and it will begin utilizing it's stored moisture as well. I found after denying 2 strains water for 7 days, on the day of harvest I squeezed a bud from each prior to cutting and it was of course hard and dense but once cut and hung for a few hours you could feel it and it become a *little* soft and you could feel a LITTLE moisture in the buds, after 4 days of hang drying with a CFM blowing not directly on the plants but beneath them pushing the air up into the atmosphere I came back to check them and the stems are still bendy but now brown, not the light dry brown that is usually seen when the "snap" is present but brown never the less. I have tore open the stem branch and the main stem (hung entire plant) and felt it and it's dry as a rock on the inside and I know when I chopped them I could rub the main stem and feel a little moisture in it the day I had chopped. As far as the buds they are crisp on the outside and dry on the inside I have since smoked some from each and both burn great and does not go out like wet bud does. It seems like if you deny your plant water for at least one week (I did it for 7 days) after all flushing is done and let them hang dry for 4 days w/ some type of ventilation, your buds will be not only smokeable and not harsh but also ready to be jarred for the cure. I don't have a hygrometer but I do have a thermometer so I can at least let you all be aware my drying temps in the closet was at 74 degrees during the day and fell between 70-72 at night. I used a 6inch CFM inline fan for ventilation. I live in the south so the humidity levels have been around 54%-65% outside lately. I also want to add that the other plants were harvested prior to the last 2, I had to give them some extra time because the trichs were not where I wanted them to be but the others that were harvested normally I did have one that I jarred from that batch that it's stems was not snapping either but was dry like the 2 mentioned here, it has been in the jar for 9 days and I burp them everyday for about 30 minutes I just want to throw in that the stem can begin snapping AFTER a few days of it being jarred because mine are now, I discovered them snapping about 3 days ago, and that is a kush plant, I removed the stems from the others though so the kush one is really the only one that has stems attached to some of the buds but never the less my findings have concluded that they don't have to snap prior to jarring as they can also gain the "snap" after a few days of being jarred, they just have to be picked at the right time. No green or chlorophyll taste in any of them, kush is getting where it needs to be on inhale it tastes like regular but when you exhale you get a light kush undertaste. I have some regular bagseed jarred too so i know what to expect from it from what is suppose to have come from "Lambspread" batch and that is what is mainly a mix of hay/spicy I mentioned. This I actually decided to let hang dry the longest since I knew it being regular I wouldn't risk much thc and it hung up until the 72nd day I gave it 9 days hanging it was the 1st to be chopped and the stems never snapped but was feeling too crispy inner and outer for even my taste, so I understand drying is an art but from what I can tell I have everything correct my house already feels like a morgue when I let the AC run on 70 all day the rooms are cold, I also tried different parts of this specific plant in the best parts of the house that met permissible drying conditions and all had the same end result. It of course feels somewhat better after being jarred but this plant was more airy and I of course had low expectations for it to begin with but feels nowhere as good as the others mentioned and has the less bag appeal, I checked up on it throughout the 9 days and despite it feeling worse to me I wanted to wait as long as I could take it for the snapping to come about. The 2 that this thread about never lost their smell at all. (the 2 are NBD and Ana) I also want to note those 2 strains that were denied water & were hungry hungry hippos, NBD was a little over 3 ft tall and even during it's regular feeding schedule of every 3 days it was always the lightest pot out of the others and was the biggest one. So all of this could also depend on how much it takes up what your giving it too...I used MG Moisture control with 1/4 of FFOF, both feed plants for up to 3 months and I vegged for 2 and everything was harvested by 72 days of flower.