Today had been the 5th day of flushing the girls… You might have read about my shock yesterday on the worms that attacked the Green Poison. Panicking about the damage it might have cost on the buds, I cut the top where I found the worms! You can read that post here.
I decided to trim the Green Poison yesterday leaving the 2 weeds still inside the pot so I could still do the fifth flushing this morning… and then I finally cut the stems and the branches this afternoon and hang them on the dryer above. You can see below how the strain looked like before the trimming. This was the smaller plant where I found the worms.
As you can see, the whole plant looked so bare after the trimming. And I also inspected each of the bud to see if worms are still lurking in between the nugs… I found a few but it was not that bad.
The whole process of trimming was tedious since the buds and the leaves were so sticky because of the trichomes that developed on them. Trichomes are very important to the buds …
They are actually the very factories that produce the hundreds of known cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that make our favorite cannabis strains potent, unique, and effective. Trichomes serve as a deterrent for animals because their bitter taste and strong aromas render cannabis flowers unpalatable. At the same time, they also serve a dual function in protecting their plants from damaging winds and even some varieties of fungal growth. Source
But I am still wondering with the above description of trichomes serving as deterrent for animals , there must have been a substance being so delish that the small caterpillars are fond of. They did not eat the leaves but the only the flowers and the pistils, somehow sipping the nectars or eating the pistils and left the buds drying-out. I noticed this because I found black particles in and around the buds they have attacked, must have been their pooh, Lol!