- 1 Harvesting Guide For Marijuana (With and Without a Microscope)
- 1.1 The Pistil and Cannabis Trichome Method For Harvesting Weed
- 1.2 Get A Trichome Microscope of Magnifting Glass
- 1.3 Timing Is Everything
- 1.4 Signals That Your Weed Crop Is Ready For Harvest
- 1.5 Recommended Grower’s Schedule
- 1.6 Trichome Method (With Microscope)
- 1.7 When Should You Harvest?
- 1.8 Final Thoughts
Harvesting Guide For Marijuana (With and Without a Microscope)
You could have done everything perfectly. (Applied the correct nutrients, set up the perfect growing environment, no pest infestation, etc.) But, if you harvest either too soon or late, all of your hard work may result in sub-standard buds. On the other hand, if you learn to harvest weed, at the correct time, you could have perfect, dank, buds that you’d be proud to share with your friends.
The Pistil and
Cannabis Trichome Method For Harvesting Weed
The Trichome and the Pistil Method, (Also what I call the Microscope or Non-Microscope method) are the two most common ways for you to tell when the marijuana bud is ready to be processed. Of these two methods, the Trichome Method is the most accurate. The downside of this method is that requires a microscope.
A microscope or magnifying glass is not needed for the Pistil Method. The Pistil Method though is not the most accurate way to find out if your marijuana plant is ready for harvest. Each of these methods will be explained below.
Get A Trichome Microscope of Magnifting Glass
A microscope or some type of magnifying glass is all that is necessary for you to view the trichome development. And, you don’t even necessarily have to purchase a microscope as a jewelers loupe will work just fine. As a result, I would recommend that you purchase a microscope/jeweler loupe, like the one listed below.
However, if your microscope broke, check out the Pistil Method for knowing when to harvest
Timing Is Everything
What Happens If You Harvest Too Early?
Harvesting too soon is bad for several reasons, which the major reasons are listed below:
• Quality-Buds harvested too early will, more than likely, have a harsh and unpleasant flavor.
• Potency-Buds harvested before their time is almost always less potent than if you were to wait till they are at their peak.
What Happen If You Harvest Too Late?
Marijuana plants harvested, too late, will be past their peak potency, which results, THC will start degrading, and the flavor and smell of the bud will go bad. Also, with some strains, if you wait too long, your female plant may also begin to self pollinate.
Signals That Your Weed Crop Is Ready For Harvest
How To Known When To Harvest
Cannabis Without Microscope
The Pistil Method
Most growers will be satisfied if they examine the pistils and look into other signs, which indicate when you can start harvesting
The pistil is the reproductive organ of the female
A marijuana plant has reached its peak maturity when all of the plant’s pistils are brown. Peak maturity though is likely too late. Instead, the best time, to start harvesting is when half of the pistils are shaded brown.
Recommended Grower’s Schedule
As a general rule of thumb, a typical Indica strain should be ready at eight weeks, Sativas at ten weeks, and autoflower strains will range between seven to ten weeks.
A better indicator though for when your babies should be ready to go is your
Do not take the Provider’s suggested growth timeline as gospel, as there are just too many variables when it comes to growing weed., I.E. Weather, Pest Infestation, Growing Mistakes, etc. for you to blindly accept the provider’s recommendations. Therefore, use your Providers growth timeline only as a rough guideline on when you should check to see if you are ready to start processing your crops. As an example, thoroughly check your plants for harvest, if you are at week ten and the Provider’s timeline says that “X” strain should be done on week ten.
A firm and tight-looking bud is a potential indicator that your plants are ready for processing.
Nitrogen gives the leaf its green color. However, when the flowering stage is ending, nitrogen will decrease, which in turn will turn the leaves yellow. The leaves will also start to curl and eventually fall off. So, your plants may be ready for harvest when the leaves are yellow and curly.
The leaf color and curling is an example of how relying on one indicator could result in trouble. If your fan and sugar leaves have turned yellow and are curling, your plants may be in fact ready for processing. However, yellow and curly leaves also can indicate pest infestation, nutrient deficiencies, plant diseases, etc. So, use the leaf test in conjunction with the pistil color, bud shape, and the seed grower’s recommendations.
Each of these above signs should be used to help you find out the best time for harvesting
cannabis. However, be sure to use common sense when you are using each of the above factors. For example, if your pistils are half brown, but if the flower buds are not tight, you should possibly wait for a week or so before harvesting.
Trichome Method (With Microscope)
All Of The Above
First, you should take into account all of the above signs that I included in the Pistil or Non-Microscope method. For example, you should ask the following questions:
- Are the pistils brown?
- What does X
cannabisseeds supplier say when X strain should be ready for harvesting?
- Is the bud, tight and firm?
- Are the leaves turning yellow, curling, and falling off?
The three kinds of cannabis trichomes are bulbous trichomes, capitate sessile trichomes, and capitate stalked trichomes. For this article, all you need to know is that trichomes are glandular resin glands that are shiny and resemble crystals. The trichome is responsible for the cannabinoid, terpene, and other good stuff that makes for a great high. Additionally,
Using a microscope to examine the trichomes is the most accurate indicator for when a
- Clear Trichome– When the trichomes are clear the buds will be less potent and your yield will also be decreased. So, wait for a while before you start processing.
- Cloudy or Milky Trichome-If you smoke bud that has only a milky or cloudy trichome you. H will only likely feel an energetic high. However, the body high will be minimal.
- Amber Trichome-When the trichomes are solely amber your
cannabisbud will be essentially a sleep aid, as the couch lock effect of weed will dominate. This will happen even when you are growing high-energy, creative, Sativa cannabisstrains.
When Should You Harvest?
The best time to harvest is when the trichomes have a 50/50 mixture of milky white and amber trichomes, which will result in the sought-after combined head and body high.