So I planted this gal back in April on 4/20/20 i was really excited since this is my first grow and i thought why the hell not. Any way this plant went through the 7 gates of hell and is still here some how. I started this bean in plan topsoil with no perlite. I didnt have any at the time and i have grown here and there before but never to harvest. so in may while she was outdoors still it rained excessively for a week , I was out of town and my fiance couldnt life the pots with all that wet soil ip the stairs so i had to just wait and see what i came home to. I got home and almost all of the 8 were dead but 2 we will call them Qbert 1 and Qbert2 so after a week of being on my porch to dry out i finally decided to move them in.
june was a tough month for these too because they were so sick from overwatering it somehow stunted them. finally by June 3rd they snapped back and were growing fine again so i mainlined both of them by the time I got to the second set of topping to create the 4 mains one of my plants sprouted balls. I didnt induce any flowering yet because i thought it way too early these still looked like early veg pics i saw online and were over 2 months old now. I killed off the male and was lucky enough to get it before it pollinated. so after doing so I spent all my attention on my remaining plant Q #1 I was so scared that this one would herm that i just left it be at 4 mains and didnt top for a very long time again. Not until 7/10/20 did I top it one last time but only on 2 of the mains. which on one turned to 2 and the other turned to 4 so now there are 4 main tops 2 with single colas and then there is one with 2 colas divided on the very top and the final main has 4 little tops coming off of the main stem. After I checked on these a week or 2 ago I finally saw a few little pistils and was so excited to finally have a female especially after all i had been through with this girl (over watering, under watering, topping too early, crazy bad fungus gnats) but what im concerned about is if this could possibly be an auto that I over stunted and is just now mature enough to flower or does that not happen?
Here is Q-Bert #1 today 8/24/20 it almost looks as if there are buds forming all up and down the stem of the cola and on top of the bud sites. what i don't understand is I didn't change the lighting at all still 18/6 on a timer. I was going to wait another week or two and let her get some more foliage and bigger bud sites before i flipped her. should i just flip it now or should I ride it out and see what happens.