I have grown plants many times over the years and it was mostly vegetative when I was a teenager. I used to start and finish outdoors then in later years I switched to starting indoors and moving them outdoors during veg. I am just not setup to flower indoors, and this makes it difficult living in New England our season is just too short. I very rarely make it to flowering outdoors, there is always a reason; weather, I screw up, theft, etc. This year is my first legal season so I am am able to be more secure and spend more time with my plants, and I made it to flowering. I am at the end of flowering and my buds never got dense, I figured I would just let them go longer since it is still the middle of summer but I am now getting bananas and very fast! I am tempted to harvest them right now. Here are all the details of what my plants have been through starting from the beginning. They were started from seeds I got in batches of dank buds, I grew them indoors under great 6500k LED flood lights for 18 hours a day. After several weeks once they started looking healthy in veg I decided to fertilize them with just liquid fertilizers I use in my planted nature aquariums by the brand Seachem. This provides tons of micro traces and NPK, I did not pay too much attention to the analysis although I should have. This threw my plants into a vicious flowering cycle in very early vegetative I mean they were only 1.5ft tall at the time, and this was under 18 hours of light. I was spooked and went to 24 hour lighting to revert them but it never stopped the flowering every new node set had a bud on it so I decided I had to just roll with it and that it was time to move them outdoors much earlier than intended. The flowering was a very slow process outdoors but it never stopped, they were getting taller at the same time as producing buds for at least a month before they stopped getting taller. I transplanted them into 5 gallon buckets at this point and used soil meant for "roses" because it had a higher P & K composition. This went well no shock at all, so then I topped the plants and super cropped all the branches. I drilled holes in the sides of the buckets so that I could anchor the super cropped branches down with zip ties, this worked wonderfully to spread the plant out for maximum light. I did a little lollipopping to maximize the larger colas, and they grew this way for several weeks as the buds got larger. I never fed them anything specific for fertilizers besides what was in the soil and a single second round of aquarium fertilizer. I started getting concerned about the buds not densening up so I learned about a technique called "bud swelling" and I gave it a shot early on. I tried just one half of each plant and after 2 weeks I saw a small difference in the girth of the colas compared to the minimal loss in tip height. So I snipped the very tip of all the colas including a second time on the first branches I tried. I also started watering using cold tap water because I heard that helps trick them into getting denser. Everything seemed fine up until this point, besides the fact my smaller of the 3 plants was getting lighter in color and the bucket weighed much more than the other two. The weight difference told me it was not consuming water at nearly the rate the other two were so I stopped watering it but it never lost its soil weight then today it rained hard. I assume this explains the lighter color the foliage has, over watering. Since I have not done any heavy fertilizing I figured it was time to help those buds out, completely lost count of weeks I have been in flowering at this point. My brother started growing as well at his house, with all high tech equipment and special fertilizers for different stages of growth. His plants suck though, he just doesn't have the green thumb in him, I am the one who has been playing with plants of all kinds my whole life. Anyway, so I asked him for some of his bloom fertilizer yesterday and he mixed me up a gallon on the very low end of the recommendation, using RO water with calmag and I put maybe 1/3 of the gallon into the 3 plants yesterday. Today I find tiny bananas all over the upper buds, too many to pull with tweezers if I continue flowering these plants out. I swear that bloom booster kicked these over the edge, it contains some nitrogen and I should have asked him for his stage 3 "ripen" solution which has 0 nitrogen. This rainstorm today helped flush them out but I think it is too late to add the stage 3 at the rate I am seeing the bananas. What do you think about flushing them again tomorrow then adding a little ripen solution? Aside from the bananas I did check the buds with a 100x microscope and the trichomes are not ambur that I can tell, they are just becoming milky I see no contrast in head color...the only ambur I can see is the possible shade coming from the incandescent DC powered light on my microscope but no difference between the heads. I have had the opportunity to look at trichomes with my scope before and I always find that the trichomes on Sativa are smaller and closer together than those found on Indica plants, while being taller with larger heads on Indica but more distanced apart. I also find Sativa to typically have a more milky white trichome and less likely to be ambur. I am curious about the maximum flowering cycle time now, I know some strains "take longer" than others but once the clock starts at week 1 of flowering it kind of seems like a race. The clock starts ticking at week 1 of flowering and you can not compensate weak lighting or nutrients with extended time. I thought I was ahead of the game this year being early and I would just let them flower extra long, and the signs tell me I am not over-ripe so that can not be the reason for bananas...so it must be stress? I move them every day, they start off in the same place every morning to catch direct morning sunlight from 10am-noon. Then I have to move them at noon to another spot which gets direct sunlight until 6pm for a total of 8 hours a day of direct sunlight including random rotation between the movements. This leaves me with ambient/non-direct daylight outside this 10am-6pm, so that would be 6am-10am and 6pm-9pm for a total of 7 hours....7+8=15 hours of total light per day give or take an hour. This may be the problem? Here are some close ups of the colas, I basically only have 1 Sativa and the rest are hybrids but the more dominant Sativa has seemed to naturally grow more dense buds...can you tell which picture is of the Sativa? It has also started to bananna out on me so it has nothing to do with strain. Here are some close ups of the bananas in red circles, some actually seem to be seeds developing with purple tips...I did try opening one and found a seed. I live in an area that is completely legal at the state level to grow and consume marijuana for recreational use even though this is for medical reasons, so some idiot could have pollinated me in the neighborhood but the bananas instantly pollinate the plant themself. No amber trichomes say pound through this phase and see what happens, I am already on the fence of hash plants so I can only produce more THC from here on out and if I don't get too many seeds or bananas it may be smokable buds. I just have to stop messing with the plants, because super cropping was stress and so was bud swelling the tips...and the zip ties may be constant stress for all I know since it is always held against them and I do not mean pressure points of contact I mean just in general the scrog method.