All right, the flowers have been sitting in the jar for a little over two weeks now. Of course I've tried some before they've cured to this point cause even I couldn't wait till they were done!
Initially the smell of the plant was very weird, I was telling Ghandi's Flip Flop that while it was growing it smelled like a normal vegging skunky cannabis plant.
During flowering the smell changed again, it was a kind of chemically bug spray / kerosene / artificial candy blueberry smell.
Ghandi nailed it, when it was growing it had an artificial flavor of blueberry, sort of like if Willy Wonka made a blueberry aroma artificially. Of course mixed with the bug spray / fusel oils hah!
As they were curing I got that sweet tea leaf smell. Now the smell is overwhelmingly sweet and it smells like natural blueberries! I would have thought you were pulling my leg if you told me it smelled like blueberries. In the background you can still smell a hint of that piny bug spray/fusel oil but the main note is sweet blueberries!
I initially went a bit too dry when I jarred them, when drying they take quite a while to get crispy to where the stem snaps, but when they get to that critical stage, if you're not keeping a close eye, they can quickly get TOO dry and I think that's what I did in terms of drying.
I stuck them in the jar and stuck a damp paper towel in there with them till they absorbed a bit more moisture, I removed the towel when they got to around 62% RH.
I sprung for some Bodeva 62s but I don't really need them, once you have a little gauge in the jar it's just a matter of burping to get them to the sweet spot.
Bodevas might be useful to jar straight from harvest to keep it at that humidity, but once you get your process locked in, they're just one more thing that you have to worry about and spend money on in my opinion. I would have loved them back in my cigar days.
The buds are kinda leafy, I notice a lot of other buds from around the net are tight and compact, almost like coco puffs, I get the impression that these dense buds are a product of superior light and nutrients. In the tiny little computer case with only 3200 lumens the buds that I've grown just don't get enough energy to create those dense packed buds. Some of the buds from the main cola look this way, but the popcorn buds are leafy.
That being said I can't seem to notice any drop in potency, it smokes just like the other flower I've been able to get my hands on.
I vape these with a Magic Flight, and the taste is kind of a spicy sensation on the back of the throat. I wish my pallet was a bit more sophisticated so I could give a better description, but I can't really detect a blueberry taste when vaping. It's mainly a piny/citrusy aftertaste in the back of the throat.
It's a great relaxing smoke, if you don't overdo it you can easily function in a nice happy way, if you keep going though, you'll definitely want to stay still for a while. It's not racy nor does it give rise to rumination like some of the other types I've had. I couldn't have asked for a nicer variety to grow. Blue Mystic is such a fun easy plant, and it stays small with a low odor so in my very limited experience is the perfect micro grow variety!
Here is a shot of one of the main colas, you can see how it's not too dense:
Oh and back in December, when I was tending the first plant, I managed to rip off a tiny little stem which was not a fan leave. I saw that Reiko cloned his cuttings in a shot glass filled with perlite. I filled a yogurt cup with some perlite, cut the shoots stem at 45 degrees and dunked it in some powdery rooting compound.
I filled the yougurt cup a little way with water, and kept the cutting under a counter light for a long time. It took the little cutting a while to root, but it stayed alive with that weak counter light. It started to even grow a little bit. By the time I harvested it's parent, it was very well established in it's yogurt cup with a decent root system.
I transplanted it, and loaded it back into the PC to see how this one would do:
I would say one of the biggest takeaways from this experience is to let the plant do the driving. At times I wanted to micro manage everything and over-correct constantly.
I noticed that if I started chasing every little sign the plant displayed I was just making it angry. It really started doing great when I just left it alone. Look at me giving advice with one whole grow under my belt lol! If it didn't take so long, or if I lived in a legal state, I'd just grow another one and abuse it to see how much better of a grow it was than the one I'd baby.
I think I also owe a lot to the variety itself since this variety seems almost designed exactly for a constrained PC grow, it's short, squat, and forgiving.
And finally I wouldn't have been successful if it wasn't for the amazingly helpful folks here at Overgrow. You've are so welcoming and kind to newcomers who have so many questions. I've been privy to many online communities in the past and I've got to say Overgrow is one of the most forgiving and helpful places I've posted on in quite some time. The seasoned regulars here are a credit to the scene indeed.