please do not post in this thread until you see the happy plumber. thanks. i've been trimming for 12 hours non stop so please bear with me. we will start with ripeness. most people say to check your trichromes with 30X magnification. i have other ways. when buds are done they look "done". the appearance of the bud changes. the leaves start to hook upwards and become hard and crispy. the calyxes will swell and the hairs will turn brown. you can see a golden tinge to the bud leaves. this is the amber crystals. they start to turn amber on the leaves first. not ready.......... ready....... View attachment 29325 notice the difference? it's pretty easy to see once it occurs.