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Get More Trichome Production With Shock Ripening

Blueberry Cross

Have you ever seen buds that are so sticky, so heavily coated with trichomes you wonder how that could be possible (Kinda like my Blueberry buds in those pictures to the right)? Well along with picking really good genetics and strains capable of producing that much, there is a technique I use which is my version of shock ripening. 

Shock ripening originated from a article in High Times. The writer wrote about a technique a Canadian grower used that he called shock ripening. What the grower did was turn off the lights keeping the plants in the darkness and watering with cold water for last 2-3 days. I have even heard of some people putting ice on the top of there soil.
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What the grower claims this does is add weight, density, resin, flavor, and aroma to your crop. The technique I use is similar and what I can see it does is ad resin, which comes in the form of trichome production. I am not sure on weight, density, flavor, and aroma but I do know it can make your buds a little more potent, and a lot more frostier. 

No, I wont leave you hanging. I am going to let you know what I do for my version of shock ripening. What I do is about a week before harvest I lower my temps, especially at night. I will lower it more and more each day until my night temp is below 50. On the last 2-3 days I get it really cold at night. I store my water at room temp so when I water or flush them the water will be pretty cold at that time because its stored in the growroom. I will talk more about the leaving them in dark part later. I will explain what this does.

The shocking of the plant with the cold temps and darkness makes the plant think its time is about up. It thinks its going to die soon so as a last ditch effort to get pollinated it will start producing a lot of trichomes. The trichome is what catches the pollen, and this is why it starts to develop a lot of them when you shock them in that manner. 

Also when you do this you sometimes bring out color. Some strains are more prone to turn a purple or blue than others when subjected to cold temps. Normally I would say making it really cold to get your plant to go purple isn't the best idea but since this method is during the last week of flowering it doesn't really do any harm. No, Shock ripening is not to turn your plant color, if it happens that is a good thing for bag appeal. If you want purple or blue buds I suggest you get a strain that turns colors. I recommend TGA Genetics, Subcool Seeds if your looking for some potent strains that turn beautiful colors. 

I don't leave my plants in the darkness much but when I have it would be for only 3 days. There are some breeders that recommend you keep the lights off the last few days, sometimes weeks for certain strains. So unless its recommended by the breeder I wouldn't leave it in darkness for weeks. However if you can leave it in darkness the last 2-3 days it will help. I don't do it mainly because of my set up. Not all of my girls will be finishing at the same time. So if you are able to do it I would recommend doing it the last 2-3 days. Only go longer if you have a strain to where the breeder recommends it. 

Since shock ripening is at the end of flowering and does produce positive results I would say give it a shot. See if you notice any difference. I surely did. For example in the summer its near impossible for me to get temps like that so I am unable to do it then. When winter comes and I can get my temps as low as I want I notice a huge change in resin production. You can visually see more trichomes on the buds, almost like its completely covered.

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