Genesis li 2931

case they should be an inch or two from the growing tops..

Within two weeks, you'll begin to see the first delicate flowers emerge, those whispery pistils. It's at this time I recommend giving your plants a good once-over to make sure they're all truly female. Sometimes under stress, females can become hermaphrodites, meaning both sexes. In that case, you'll see both pistils and pollen pods.

If this occurs, you must destroy the plant. Don't replicate my mistake by trying to pick off the pods. They're too easy to miss. I once thought I'd nabbed all the little buggers but I didn't, resulting in the pollination of two or three neighboring females, practically ruining the harvest.

As the weeks go by, the flowers will swell with medicinal resin and give off a delightfully sweet, pungent fragrance. Watching them develop always gives me a sense of accomplishment and pride. Like kids, they grow up fast. Overnight, flower buds pop up at the ends of branches. All along the main tip, flowers gradually grow into one long cluster entwined with stubby green leaves. This is called the main cola.

In the latter times, some shall... speak lies in hypocrisy... commanding to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth."

St. Paul

1 Timothy 1-4

Examine the graceful fingerlike hairs of the pistils under a magnifying glass. You'll see hundreds of glistening crystal globules the size of a pinprick. These contain resins you most desire.

Your goal is to time your harvest to ensure optimum resin levels. The easiest way to track the aging of your plant is to observe the pistils and the resin. Pistils start off white and begin turning reddish brown or orange late into flowering. Resin goes from clear to amber.

I suggest you experiment. When some of the pistils begin turning a reddish or orange brown, cut down one of the plants for an early harvest. When half the pistils have turned, harvest another plant. And when all the pistols have died in the rest of the plants, harvest them. Label each harvest and compare their effects.

"The lord said... "Afore harvest, when the bud is perfect... he shall cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks and take away and cut down the branches."

Isaiah 18i4


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