Noob here: Correct way to keep count of days?

Discussion in 'General Marijuana Growing' started by BowHunter666, Apr 15, 2018.


    BowHunter666 Active Member

    It is a very noob question but... whens the correct time to start counting how many days and weeks into the grow you are? Is it after the first nodes appear!? Is it when the seedling breaks the soil? Just curious to keep better track of my feeding and lighting

    blake9999 Well-Known Member

    When it breaks the soil it is officially a plant. Start counting. Now when it comes to flowering, most like to start counting when the first buds appear which is right after the stretch.

    thenotsoesoteric Well-Known Member

    ^ That

    But I just count flower as start of 12/12 for ease of rotation.

    Plants transition for about a week or two before they start to really "flower". If you count from the start of 12/12 you will always go over the seed's predicted flower time.

    So if the breeder's description is flower 8-9 weeks, they mean from the start of real flower, or 1-2 weeks into 12/12. If you count from the start of 12/12 that 8-9 weeks now becomes 10-11 weeks total.

    BowHunter666 Active Member

    Thank you for the replies
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    Dr. Who

    Dr. Who Well-Known Member

    I count nothing! Haven't for years and years! Decades really..

    They get flipped when at the right size to stretch in bloom to fit under my lights height limits. Sometimes they get too tall and I simply super crop them to fit....No Problems

    In bloom, I simply watch for them to be "done." You learn what that is , as you go along.... They are finished. When they are finished...

    MichiganMedGrower Well-Known Member

    All the breeders I have spoken with start flowering count at the switch to 12/12.

    They know their worked strains and pick the shortest flowering pheno to quote time.

    If they are honest anyway.

    And there are so many variables they can’t be sure it will be that long either.

    iPerculate Well-Known Member

    I agree seedlings are day 1 when they break soil.

    Clones, I have a hard time deciding when to call day 1
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    JSB99 Well-Known Member

    I count clones day 1 about a week after roots start developing. That's around the time I move them to the dwc.
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    tyke1973 Well-Known Member

    I don't even bother counting veg days, Just Flowering .I go with when the plant timer get put onto 12/12 off ,7 days later ,they will be 1 week into Flower.With My feed Sued, only days I write down ,are day 14 ,big bud for 14 days, then day 35,for pk 13/14,for 7 days.other than that, I go on how the plants look after the pk spike ,just canna a/b.looking at them I can see when they are near enough done, that's when I feed water for has long has they need it ,till there done.Round about 7/10 days.I know growers that count from when they see Flowers rather than the timer, but each to there own.

    charface Well-Known Member

    I do keep track but only so I can "roughly" schedule the flow of the room.

    For this purpose I count from the switch.

    Sir72 Well-Known Member

    Same here, I harvest when they’re done doesn’t matter the days. I feed when they’re hungry doesn’t matter the days. People make things to complicated
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    tyke1973 Well-Known Member

    I think that you need to keep track of time more so with Hydroponics growing ,I have friends that just make a soil up at the very start of flowering ,but during veg feed teas, and everything the plants need during flowering is in that soil, I'm starting to come round to that way of growing now too, now the soils there using don't stink. I use canna have done for years and its simple to use ,but I like to keep track on time during Flowering ,just so I know when to add the extras ,lets face it not many of the strains finish on time any how.
    Lucky Luke

    Lucky Luke Well-Known Member

    one after the other.....

    Flowering is counted at the switch to 12/12. It doesn't make sense otherwise. They are finished flowering when they have finished many days that is, is a distraction.
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    ttystikk Well-Known Member

    Count your bloom time starting at flip. There's no point to counting days in veg, just grow it until it's big enough.

    Beachwalker Well-Known Member

    I called clones day one when they go into their 6in Square pots, and I write their date with their name, I don't count time rooted in the bubbler
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2018
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    Haze the maze

    Haze the maze Well-Known Member

    I like to wait till the top throws stamen at the top. About a week after flip but could be longer.
    Plants that have not matured enough from seed will take longer as, they are forced to figure out there sex.
    This is rocket science and should only be discussed and debated by professionals and a paper published with the results.
    A simple explanation of their conclusion will be available soon somewhere online but, will not be linked to this page.

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    GroErr Well-Known Member

    No need to count at all if you're not using it for something. I count flowering days from the flip, it's the most consistent in that the first day of (showing) flowering can vary from strain to strain, environmental differences, etc. Only reason I count is for breeding (e.g. selecting the shortest running phenos when using a cross to reduce flowering time) and maintaining a perpetual schedule. Otherwise I wouldn't count and go like @Dr. Who, they're ready to flower or harvest when they're ready, that doesn't change just because I count the flowering days for reference ;)
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    Haze the maze

    Haze the maze Well-Known Member

    It could be a loop back to here. If I sign up with them I could link the unanswerable question here. :wall:
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    Lucky Luke

    Lucky Luke Well-Known Member

    If Breeder's use the flip then that's the answer.

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