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choices are: Genetics, UVB rays, Stress, or feel free to add your own insight.:48:
 
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I don't think that you can really pinpoint a "biggest influence". While good genetics are crucial (you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear), if you do not have good light, nutrients, growing medium, etc, the best genetics in the world will not make much difference. Ditto everything else. I can say that I personally do not believe that stress contributes to trich production.
 

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IMO, if you keep your requirements for growing the plants constant between experiments, using clones off of one mother of, say 3 or 4 strains known for their trichome production, with varying experiments that test each of those factors, you would be able to come to a reasonable although nonexclusive conclusion.


I, personally, feel that it's up to the genetics of the plant. If your growing environment is perfect, the only things you could test are different lights, different stress methods, and adding UVB-only bulbs to specific experimentation sites.

You would have 3 or so experiments going at one time, with one strain. After your results are recorded with that strain, move on to the next. Over the course of 3 or 4 years, you should be able to come to an accurate conclusion.


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getnasty said:
IMO, if you keep your requirements for growing the plants constant between experiments, using clones off of one mother of, say 3 or 4 strains known for their trichome production, with varying experiments that test each of those factors, you would be able to come to a reasonable although nonexclusive conclusion.


I, personally, feel that it's up to the genetics of the plant. If your growing environment is perfect, the only things you could test are different lights, different stress methods, and adding UVB-only bulbs to specific experimentation sites.

You would have 3 or so experiments going at one time, with one strain. After your results are recorded with that strain, move on to the next. Over the course of 3 or 4 years, you should be able to come to an accurate conclusion.


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and you'd need a mass spectrometer as well...
 

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Went through a ton of experimentations on this. All clones from same mommy and all.

The absolute best I found (and really made a differance) way way over lighting with CFL droppers in tight with reflective material as close to plant as possible.
I used a Hoola Hoop type thing with a Space Blanket attatched like a lamp shade. Open top & bottom and kept above the pot. Drew excess heat up and out like a silo.

Here's an example of what I can get with this method;

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The answer to yur question is quite simple "YOU" its you be the biggest influence cause ifin yual dont pop seed and tend garden yual aint havin no trichs ;)

BWD
 

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Holy smokes that's a awesome plant. What strain is this.
 

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Thanks.

If I remember right,, that was a Dinafem Road Runner Autoflower.

Confirmed... Yup, was. Seems to work pretty good on most strains,, PIA though.
That particular one was not clone though. Part of a comp. on another channel. :hubba:
 

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genetics+proper ph+sugars/carbs= mass trichomes production imo..

Aloha
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I say,,, the more I smoke,, the better my plant looks.:D
 
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Found this online...here is the link. hXXp://www.cannabisculture.com/content/2009/06/11/Inside-Trichome

CANNABIS CULTURE - An up-close look at the THC-producing resin glands of the cannabis plant through pot-ographer Bubbleman's macro lens.
If you’ve seen pictures of mature cannabis plants taken with a macroscopic lens that’s zoomed-in very close, then you’ve undoubtedly noticed the many glistening translucent resin glands protruding from the buds, leaves, and just about everywhere else on the plant (see “Stalking Trichomes”, CC #72). Most marijuana growers and readers of pot magazines are quite familiar – and some downright obsessed – with these resinous outgrowths known as trichomes. You may have also read that the sticky coating of trichomes is home to the active ingredients in cannabis – the stuff that gets you high and has all the medical benefits – tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and other cannabinoids. But have you ever wondered exactly what the trichomes do for the cannabis plant, or what biological purpose they serve?

Sticky resinous growths knows as trichomes are home to the active ingredients in cannabis.IMG_0218.jpg (Click picture to enlarge)
Evolution of Trichomes
In nature, only the strong survive, and it is hypothesized by biologists that trichomes evolved as a defense mechanism of the cannabis plant against a range of potential enemies (1). Trichomes, from the Greek meaning ‘growth of hair,’ act as an evolutionary shield, protecting the plant and its seeds from the dangers of its environment, allowing it to reproduce. These adhesive sprouts form a protective layer against offensive insects, preventing them from reaching the surface of the plant. The chemicals in the trichomes make cannabis less palatable to hungry animals and can inhibit the growth of some types of fungus. The resin also helps to insulate the plant from high wind and low humidity, and acts as a natural ‘sun-screen’ in protecting against UV-B light rays. But since trichomes contain euphoric properties attractive to humans, it may be man who has had the most influence on the plants’ development through many years of favoring strains that consistently produce more of these gooey resin heads.
Trichome Types
Trichomes grow in numerous shapes and sizes on many types of plants. The cannabis plant has developed three main types (from NationMaster Encyclopedia):
Bulbous: This type is the smallest (15 to 30 micrometers). From one to four cells make up the ‘foot’ and ‘stalk’, and one to four cells make up the ‘head’ of the gland. Head cells secrete a resin, presumably cannabinoids, and related compounds that accumulate between the head cells and the cuticle. When the gland matures, a nipple-like protrusion may form on the membrane from the pressure of accumulating resin. The bulbous glands are found scattered about the surfaces of the aboveground plant parts. [Pictured below.]
bubblearrow.jpg
Capitate-Sessile: The second type of gland is larger (25 to 100 micrometers) and more numerous than the bulbous glands. They are called capitate, which means having a globular-shaped head. On immature plants, the heads lie flush, appearing not to have a stalk and are called capitate sessile. They have a stalk that is one cell high, although it may not be visible beneath the globular head. The head is composed of usually eight, but up to 16 cells, that form a convex rosette. These cells secrete cannabinoids and related compounds that accumulate between the rosette and its outer membrane. This gives it a spherical shape.
Capitate-Stalked: Cannabinoids are most abundant in the capitate-stalked glands, which consists of a tier of secretory disc cells subtending a large non-cellular secretory cavity. During flowering, the capitate glands that appear on the newly formed plant parts take on a third form. Some of the glands are raised to a height of 150 to 500 micrometres when their stalks elongate. These capitate-stalked glands appear during flowering and form their densest cover on the female flower bracts [specialized leaves that cover the seeds]. They are also highly concentrated on the small leaves that accompany the flowers. The male flowers have some stalked glands, but they are smaller and less concentrated than on the female. (2)
Cannabinoids
Cannabinoids are a group of chemical compounds that occur naturally in the cannabis plant, first discovered in the 1940s. When consumed by humans, the chemicals bind to CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors in the brain and body, causing euphoria and other effects. The broader definition includes three general types: phytocannabinoids, which occur uniquely in the cannabis plant; endogenous cannabinoids, produced by the bodies of humans and other mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles; and synthetic cannabinoids, which are related compounds produced in laboratories. Cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant include THC, CBD, cannabinol (CBN), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabigerol (CBG), and tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV).
Inside the TrichomePicture%2013_1.png
THC and other cannabinoids are produced in only one place on the cannabis plant: inside the heads of the trichomes. How it happens: Organelles produced by the plant called Vacuoles – which contain phenols, a chemical compound similar to alcohol [pictured at right in blue], and another type of organelle called plastids – containing hydrocarbons called terpenes [red], make their way up the trichome stalk [green] and combine inside the secretory cavity into a fibrous mat [yellow]. This concentrated mat is hit by UV-B light waves, causing the creation of cannabinoids. Since all of the psychoactive ingredients are produced inside the trichome, these tiny resin hairs have long been sought after by hash and oil makers and can be separated from the plant and harvested in a variety of ways (3).
Potency and Tricomes
Many media outlets and politicians say the ‘potency’ of today’s pot has increased dramatically in the last 30 years, claiming it contains anywhere from 10%-40% THC. Most are dubious claims, as it is quite obvious that a sample of herbal plant material does not consist of nearly half THC, but there is still much debate on the issue of potency classification. One thing is for sure; heavy trichome production does not necessarily mean higher potency, because the resins inside the trichome may or may not contain high levels of THC and other active ingredients. Some speculate that the percentage levels refer to the amount of THC in the oils produced inside the resin glands, but new studies show that cannabinoids other than THC also have distinctive effects on brain functions and cause correspondingly different effects on human cognition and psychiatric symptoms (4). This makes gauging the ‘potency’ or ‘strength’ of cannabis plants very difficult, as different cannabinoid level combinations may induce different types of highs. (For more information, see “Pot Potency” CC #34.)




Dry Sift
There are many ways to separate the trichomes from the plant to make hash, oil and butters, or to smoke directly as dry-sifted kief (see “How To Make Hash”, CC #69). Fine mesh screens and products like BubbleBags assist in the extraction process. When it comes to dry-sifted trichomes, it is very difficult to completely separate the resin heads from the stalk and other waste product of the plant. (See “Bubbleman’s Trichome Meltdown”, CC #73) The dry sift shown here is nearly 100% glandular heads and was extracted using the Sam the Skunkman method that even our CC hash experts have yet to figure out.



Sources:
(1.) “Trichomes and Insects” by Thomas Shanower,
Encyclopedia of Entomology.
hXXp://www.ars.usda.gov/research/publications/
publications.htm?seq_no_115=165979
(2.) “Trichomes”, NationMaster Encyclopedia.
hXXp://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Trichome
(3.) “THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) Accumulation in Glands of Cannabis (Cannabaceae)” by Paul G. Mahlberg and Eun Soo Kim, Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington,
IN USA; and Department of Biology, Konkuk University,
Seoul, Korea
hXXp://www.hempreport.com/issues/17/malbody17.html]
(4.) “Cannabis and the misleading concept of potency”,
Canna Zine News.
hXXp://pr.cannazine.co.uk/20090130846/cannabis-news/cannabis-and-the-lisleading-concept-of-potency.html
 

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The Hemp Goddess said:
I don't think that you can really pinpoint a "biggest influence". While good genetics are crucial (you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear), if you do not have good light, nutrients, growing medium, etc, the best genetics in the world will not make much difference. Ditto everything else. I can say that I personally do not believe that stress contributes to trich production.
And neither do I as there have been side by side grows where one crop got a lot less water than the other and at the trich level both were the same although the well watered crop was larger.
 

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IMO Letting the plant grow to full maturity is the biggest influence. If you harvest too soon you do not get the plants full potential
 

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Two biggest influences...Genetics and grower. You can dump any magic juice you want on it, if those two ain't "on" it won't make much difference.
 

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Is it the light on the bud itself (or the trichomes on the leaves) that make for more production or the light the plant is getting being sufficient during the flowering period (more than 5000 lumens)
I wonder how the buds grow on the bottom of my plant since they don't seem to get as much light.
 

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tastyness said:
Is it the light on the bud itself (or the trichomes on the leaves) that make for more production or the light the plant is getting being sufficient during the flowering period (more than 5000 lumens)
I wonder how the buds grow on the bottom of my plant since they don't seem to get as much light.
they draw energy from the rest of the plant, thats why you see a lot of indoor growers trim their plants before flipped 12/12

unlike outdoors where its about 7k lumens per sq ft everywhere there is direct light. indoors has a small area where the light if efficient.
 

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