One of the most anticipated times for every grower is the Cannabis harvest. After all, it is the time that almost precedes the long dreamed tasting of flowers. Once the grower has harvested, all that remains is to properly dry and cure before finally getting the full flavor and aroma of the buds themselves, and finding out how much the plants yielded.
This is why harvesting often generates a great deal of anxiety in the grower, this is normal as long as the grower does not let it take over to the point of harvesting cannabis early. How to tell if it’s time to harvest?
Well, there are different characteristics and changes that can be observed that will help determine the right time for harvesting. In addition, the grower can schedule in BudBuds.us own application not to forget and also to save the necessary information, including the yield of each of the plants.
What to Note Before Cannabis Harvest
First-time farmers often have many questions about whether or not the plants are at the right time to harvest. Some growers end up relying only on flowering time without observing other important factors that will determine not only if it is harvest time, but also its effects when consumed.
To do this the grower only needs a magnifying glass so that he can closely analyze each piece of the flowers, as this is where it will reveal whether it is ready or not.
To make sure it is time to harvest the cannabis we need to observe the Trichomes. The other features may help, but it is the Trichomes and their colors that will really determine if the plant is ready. After all, it is in the Trichomes that is a good part of THC that will make the flower potent, and that alone shows its importance.
Trichomes are the resin glands that form on flowers and leaves. These glands tend to appear and the more they appear, the more potent your plant should be. In addition, the Trichomes change color and thus show signs of maturation from transparent to white, amber or even gray.
When they are transparent they are certainly not ready. When looking through the magnifying glass at a whiter milky or amber color it may be the right time for the Cannabis harvest. In these two cases it will be possible to observe different effects.
Every female Cannabis plant has Pistils that when they appear are white. It is these “hairy” Pistils that differentiate the sex of the plants, and it is also by observing them that one can get an idea if they are ready for harvest. Just like the Trichomes, these Pistils change color.
If the Pistils are still light in color, they are not mature enough. Already when they have a color pulled to orange, brown, or even yellow, is because it is almost time. They also stop growing when flowering is reaching its maximum.
- Strain flowering time
It is hardly possible to determine the right time of harvest only knowing the flowering time predicted by the strain producer being cultivated, although virtually all genetics have a prediction. But it serves to get at least one idea.
How harvest time influences the effects
More than determining the right time for cannabis harvesting, Trichomes and their color changes also influence the effects. And no wonder, as it is in the Trichomes that are found several terpenes and cannabinoids important to the taste, aroma and, of course, the breeze that each plant has.
However, as you can see, this is not an easy task and often setting the exact time to achieve a certain result is not possible, although not impossible. The grower just need to be aware about the changes that occur daily in these Trichomes.
The most mental effects can be found with them still milky white, while when they become amber they have more physical effects. Many growers try to strike a balance between these two moments of plant development to harvest.
Other Harvest Time Tips
● The more spiky and whiter the Pistils are, the younger they are, therefore, farther from the crop.
● Some Trichomes may turn purple or even red depending on the strain.
● Trichomes wilt and turn gray when the time is right for the Cannabis harvest.
Author: Guilherme Brasil