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Deluxestogie Grow Log 2022

GreenDragon

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In a natural setting (woodlands, hills, creeks, structures), tactics are more valuable than speed. [Clausewitz, Napoleon, Wellington, Zulu warriors]
When I was in high school, my older brother and his friends were heavily into paintball. One weekend they decided to let the poor little brother play with them. We went out into the woods and divided into teams. I was "gifted" with a single action little pistol while everyone else had the fancy semi-auto rifles. Realizing I was being set up for failure, I buried myself in a pile of leaves near our flag and waited.

I tagged my brother in both games we played.

I was never asked to play again :ROFLMAO:
 

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Today, I cut the seed heads of Machu Picchu Havana, Prilep 66-9/7, Ainaro and a couple of Corojo 99. They will hang indoors (in my enclosed back porch) until indoor humidity is consistently quite low (meaning about a month or two from now).

With a little bit of quick math, all of those varieties developed brown seed pods, ready to cut, between 6 to 8 weeks after maturity (50% of plants with at least 1 blossom). If we assume two months post transplant as an average maturity, then browned pods require about 3½ to 5½ months of non-freezing weather post transplant. It's certainly possible to cheat on that a little bit, by bringing in the seed pods when they first show signs of browning, but the subsequent germination rate of the seeds may suffer.

Bob
 

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The wire is a 10" section of 17 gauge aluminum fence wire. It wraps snugly around the stalk below the tie on the inverted bag.

Bob
 

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I stalk-cut my remaining Prilep 66-9/7 today. The hanging stalks from two weeks ago were moved to the back row. The back gets direct sunlight in the morning, and the front row gets direct sunlight all afternoon. The weather forecast guarantees sunny days (up to about 80°), cool and humid nights, and zero rain for the next week.

I still have Corojo 99 upper leaf and Ainaro upper leaf to prime over the next few days.

Bob
 

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Yesterday evening, the forecast predicted "15 mph" winds for the following day. I thought about all my sun-curing leaf, hanging out on the line, and the fact that the wind forecast is always the average wind velocity. Hmmm. Before it got dark, I hauled it all into the shed, and hung it.

This morning, when I awakened, the wind was strong and gusty. Leaves from the big maple were being blown 50 yards away, before they settled to the ground. Small branches were snapping, and dropping. I estimate the gusts were 35-40 mph. My sun-curing tobacco would have been ripped away, and blown into the next county, had it remained overnight on the line.

The day is bright and sunny, but my aching joints say that a weather front is passing, dropping the barometric pressure rapidly. The wooden wind chimes on my porch have been clinking and clunking non-stop. Tomorrow, I'll look at the sheltering tobacco, and decide which of the strings and stalks might actually benefit from a little more sun-curing. With the dropping humidity, I'm guessing that the first group of Prilep 66-9/7 will be ready to stay in the shed, and maybe even the string of Ainaro. I still have one string of Ainaro (top leaf) left to prime.

Bob
 
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