One of the things you should know when thinking about growing your own cannabis is when and how to harvest weeds so that the buds are ready and of high quality. Harvesting a plant is just as important as growing it. You probably know that any fruits and vegetables harvested before their time will be sour and small. Unfortunately, cannabis is no exception.
Harvesting too early will result in a lack of potency, but collecting too late will only make your buds a light sleep aid as they will lose all of their properties. Additionally, you must follow a due process to ensure that your weeds are of the highest quality. Read on to find out when is the best time to harvest cannabis, how to properly collect it – and make sure your pot meets all of your needs.
When is the best time to harvest cannabis?
The answer to this question depends on your goals. If you want weeds that are more likely to increase your appetite but not very strong, harvest them when they have not yet reached the end of their flowering period. To determine readiness, use a magnifying glass (such as your phone’s camera) to look at the trichomes – small white crystals that cover the buds and are filled with THC. Clear trichomes are low in THC and create a light effect.
On the other hand, if you want to get weeds that are great for pain relief and are very strong, wait for the plant to mature and reach the end of the flowering stage. Trichomes should be cloudy and completely white, which means they are filled with THC and very strong. However, wait for the trichomes to turn amber or gold for a high, relaxing effect.
There are also a few other factors that can signal when your cannabis is ready:
- Yellow, curling leaves that fall off;
- Plump and developed buds;
- Heavy branches that hang more than before.
How to properly harvest cannabis
When you think it’s time to harvest your weeds, follow the next steps to make sure your buds are of the highest quality:
1. Wait for the right time and weather
Many weed growers recommend harvesting your cannabis early in the morning because it tastes better and dries faster. However, you will also have to wait for the right weather, as extreme temperatures can significantly affect the quality of the buds or even ruin them completely. If you don’t want your weeds to stay strong, avoid harvesting them when it’s very cold or hot outside, or make sure the temperature inside is comfortable.
2. Cut the branches
When the timing and weather are good, it’s time to start harvesting. Cut off the branches at the base of the plant – this will make it easier for you to hang up. It also provides better air circulation and helps your weeds dry faster and better. Be careful not to cut leaves or buds – they cannot get damp.
3. Hang the branches and cut them off
After you’ve cut all the branches, hang them up. Make sure they don’t touch. Otherwise, it will be difficult for them to dry completely and mold may appear.
When the branches are semi-dry (or if you have some free time), cut the leaves. This can be a time consuming and tedious process. So try to remove at least the largest, protruding leaves that can keep the branches moist. The smaller leaves allow you to wait until the branches are completely dry – it’s easier to prune them.
4. Slowly dry the buds
It is very important that you dry your weeds slowly as this will break down the THC easily. Make sure there isn’t a lot of light, however, which will make your cannabis much less effective. If your weeds are drying in a room, cover the windows with boxes or blankets to prevent air circulation and direct sunlight. Also, don’t let your cannabis dry out in a place where the temperature can change quickly – this can ruin it.
Harvesting is probably one of the most fun parts of growing weeds. However, it’s not as simple as it seems: you can’t just cut the buds, cure them, and use them right away. It takes a lot more: wait for the right weather conditions, cut the branches properly, hang them, cut them off, dry them and see if they are ready.
But the first step is always to learn when is exactly the right time to harvest your weeds. You can’t do this too early or too late, depending on your needs. Otherwise, you may end up with buds that are either too strong or not that strong.
We hope this article has been helpful – and that you always get high quality weeds. Good luck.