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Power outage during flowering!
Posted 11 December 2007 - 08:07 PM
Well this Sunday there was a major ice storm and my town now looks like a war zone with huge old trees snapped in half and all over the streets/houses/cars. Anyways our power went out Sunday night and has been out since (besides some sparatic power on Monday) It looks like we won't be getting power for a week or maybe more.
What should I do, am I fucked? Should I just harvest now? The plants are just sitting in the dark and looking sad without their HPS.
Posted 11 December 2007 - 08:25 PM
I know nothing about growing, but cant you get a generator? I dont know your power requirements but i have a small one that easily powers an A/C unit in a motorhome, and there very useful for other things too.
From what I have heard all the generators are sold out, and I can't afford one in the first place =(
Posted 11 December 2007 - 08:39 PM
Posted 11 December 2007 - 08:49 PM
it's a long time
The good thing is it won't make them go back to vegetative growth. The plants are monitoring the length of the dark period, not the length of the light period. A long dark period makes them "think" it's fall, so they flower. In your case the length of the dark period is exceptionally long but that's ok, the plant can't go back to veg.
Actually, don't go in there frequently with flashlights, if you do they'll think the short dark period between your visits was a short night, and short nights = vegetative growth.
The main problem is the plants aren't making any sugar, but as they've finished their veg growth, they have all that stored sugar to use. I don't know if it'll get them through a week of darkness though.
Use a green light to check on your plants, they'll go yellow for sure but that's reversible. If they're obviously dying, like beyond hope then harvest the buds.
Good luck, what a bummer
Posted 11 December 2007 - 09:08 PM
Posted 11 December 2007 - 11:38 PM
Oh, and I'm in Oklahoma to answer whomever asked where I was
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Posted 12 December 2007 - 01:01 AM
Kind of elaborate, but I would recommend it to anyone with unreliable power, grow or no grow.
Posted 12 December 2007 - 02:25 PM
I think you have the right idea to chop either tomorrow or Friday.
I think I'll wait until Friday to see if the electricity will go back on, if not then I may just harvest them (but like ya'll suggested, depending on their health) Oh and it's like 40 degrees in the grow room
Some growers purposely give the plants an extended dark period just before harvest, on the idea that this makes the plants think that it is the end of viable sunlight season, which causes them to plump and put on extra resin in a last-ditch desparate effort to be pollinated before dying. But that is a 24-72 hour dark, not 5+ days -- after that much time their energy will have been spent and and they will start to wither. So even if the power comes back on Friday, I think you would be better off harvesting than trying to continue flowering after 5 straight days of dark.
And those cold temps work against you as well, shortening your time window, thus my suggestion to possibly chop tomorrow rather than Friday.
Don't know how much smokable bud you'll get, but it will be better than just tossing the whole grow.
Sorry to hear about this, I'm sure there are many other growers in similar situations. Good lesson to buy a generator before you need it. Not just for your grow op but heat, fridge/freezer, cooking, survival basics.
Posted 14 December 2007 - 08:57 PM
They still look very healthy, the only difference is the leaves are more brittle, slightly more yellow and the fan leaves are starting to turn inwards.
Would there be any adverse effects for me to continue waiting, should I really just chop them down? And btw, I still don't have power and living with my parents is driving me insane!!!!
Posted 14 December 2007 - 09:11 PM
I would keep waiting, the way you describe them they'll still be fine if the lights came back on now.
I'd be a sad thing if you cut them down today and the lights came back on tomorrow!
Yea that would definitely make me cry.
The only thing is that the power lines are downed in my back yard and I have no idea how long it'll take my electric company to get around to it. The only people without power on our block is our house and then our neighbors to our right/left, so I doubt three houses are a big enough priority for them to do anything about it for awhile...
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