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Harvest without killing plants??? Perpetually grow and harvest

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Posted 05 October 2006 - 09:09 PM

Why does harvesting have to involve killing the plant? I had a plant one time that I harvested and then put back into vegetative growth.

Couldn't one trim the harvest, put the plant back into vegetative growth for a couple weeks, and harvest again? This seems easier to me than dealing with cloning and having another room.
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Posted 05 October 2006 - 09:57 PM

bump , good question.

ive read about regeneration aswell but havent tried it and was looking for opinions of people that did . i only have 1 hps light and 1 grow area so cloning isnt really possible and i hate to have to go back to square one (seed) after harvest and wait all that time again

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Posted 05 October 2006 - 10:26 PM

yes you can I have one I just started to re-veg last week

I transplanted into larger pot and replaced as much soil as I could, water well and kick lites back to 18/6

1 week later give it a GOOD dose of nitrogen to force new growth
3 weeks take clones

less yield each time 3-5 times

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Posted 05 October 2006 - 10:28 PM


I am not in favour of it, but it is possible to harvest plants and then rejuvenate them vegetative for a 2nd and even 3rd harvest. When harvesting, take off the top 1/3rd of the plant. Leave most healthy fan leaves in the middle of the plant, cutting buds off branches carefully. On the lower 1/3rd of the plant, take off end flowers, but leave several small flowers on each branch. These will be the part of the plant that is regenerated. The more buds you leave on the plant, the faster it will regenerate. Feed the plant high nitrogen plant food immediately after harvest.
Harvested plants can come inside for rejuvenation under continuous light or are left outside in Summer to rejuvenate in the natural long days. It will take 7-14 days to see signs of new growth when regenerating a plant. Allow the plant to grow a little vegetative, then take outside again to re-flower.
In my opinion regenerated plants are very much stressed and go very often from 7 or 5 fingered leaves to 1 finger leaves. It will just take a lot of time to make the plant grow again in a normal way and furthermore, you will lose a part of the first harvest because you cannot cut the whole plant. It is just a lot of work on an old grandfather of a plant, better put your energy into a new plant.


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Posted 22 April 2011 - 03:12 PM

I can merely relay hearsay but this is my 2 cents and in some cases it came from immediate family.

If kept alive long enough, you can end up with what is in truth a plant the size of an apple tree if grown outdoors. I've seen photos of a family member with some he found in the mountains while camping.

Many have told me when keeping the plant alive, you can actually increase potency as generations pass. Basically grow, harvest, vegetate then for your next bloom, pollinate. Skip the next generation or two of harvests then pollinate again. Eventually you end up with a massive and incredibly healthy female that produces amazing clones and should be kept alive at all costs. Again, this came direct from family as well as several friends over the years. In one case this female reached a good 7-8 feet and was cloned to death after having survived several years of harvesting.

Meanwhile, probably 90% of growers today are using some form of ponics, always clone or seed start and kill upon harvest so the opinions you will find on keeping plants alive will tend to claim it's pointless and the quality weakens with each yield.
I stand by my claim though, as long as you pollinate every other yield, you will get a bigger plant, bigger yields and stronger potency as generations pass.
Why was it cloned to death?
Because everyone and their mother was willing to pay big bucks based on the yield and potency from the last batch of clones it had produced.

Ever see a momma pig, momma raccoon etc?
The more litters they have, the bigger they get and the bigger their offspring gets as they come closer to their life expectancy.

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 06:52 PM

You dont need to kill the plant just dont cut off the smaller lower buds and leave some fan leaves. Put the plant back on veg lighting and it will reveg and once big enough you can flower again. :bongin:

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Posted 24 September 2011 - 01:26 AM

thx!! im stuck indoors now with one small light,i've been wanting to hear this,always maid sence to me,8 -10 till i harvest,i'll post how my re-veg gos.got plans all ready to make seed( i prefer to start with seed)im an out door guy.im stuck in KS now....but i got Humboldt seed!!!!! talk at ya soon.....iron matt

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Posted 24 September 2011 - 05:46 AM

I've seen the opposite, re-veg = bigger yield, more growth time, bigger more developed root mass & stalk.

Some strains love reveg & will take 7 days till new growth, some will take 21 & have a lack of vigor. Test the strain see how it does

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