Inexperienced cannabis growers will encounter numerous issues along the way. The whole growing process can be really hard if you don’t know how cannabis looks like during different stages of development.
Harvesting marijuana is especially tricky. You would want your plants to grow as big as possible. At the same time, you probably don’t want to take any unnecessary risks or wait too long. It is one of the most exciting stages for young growers as this is when they finally see results of their labor.
Because of all of this, you really need to know when to harvest marijuana. To do it properly, you will have to know more about cannabis’s chemical levels.
How to determine when to harvest marijuana?
Well, you will have to pay attention to the following factors:
- The color of trichomes as well as the stigma
- The marijuana flowering time that breeder recommended
Breeder’s schedule is just an outlier that you should use scarcely. In the end, cannabis can be grown in various conditions, and there are numerous factors to take into account.
It can work well for gardening schedule, but that’s about that. Instead, it is much better to focus on the color of the stigma as well as the color of the trichomes.
The stigma, in particular, can be really great for monitoring the progress of your plants. What you need to do is pay attention to its colors; as it slowly goes from white to orange, you will be closer to marijuana harvesting time.
Checking the trichomes is the best way to go about things. It is the most accurate way of telling whether cannabis is read or not.
How to perform this task?
First, you need to start by getting a microscope. This will allow you to check trichomes, and as we previously mentioned, this is the best way of determining whether marijuana plants are ready for harvest.
It should be at least a 30x microscope, but if you want more precision, you can go with 100x. Luckily, you can get a microscope in any specialized cannabis shop so you won’t have to waste too much time.
The color of trichomes will slowly turn from clear to opaque, and ultimately, to amber. When they get amber color, they will have maximum THC. After that, they will slowly start to break down due to prolonged exposure to oxygen. You don’t need that! Instead, make sure to harvest marijuana when it reaches its peak. As a result, CBN or cannabinol will start appearing.
While marijuana growers prefer having higher levels of THC instead of CBN, cannabinol has a unique set of beneficial properties. For example, it helps with pain, insomnia, various inflammations, etc. So, if you’re growing cannabis for its medical properties, you will want to harvest it a bit later.
Keep in mind that that cannabinol doesn’t have a psychoactive effect and cannot be used for any other purpose except for medical. CBN is actually a downer and fatiguing, but still useful in its way.
Getting the right THC levels before harvesting marijuana
In order to find just the right moment for harvesting marijuana, you will have to pay attention to the stigma. Like trichomes, it will change its color over time. You will do good to observe both of their progress. You can monitor their progress daily. Most new growers will do just that because they will be excited.
However, in time, you will be able to assess the progress without having such a hands-on approach. This will allow you to do some other things and relax. You should also check different bud places. Keep in mind that top colas might mature quicker than the bottom ones.
As we mentioned before, there will be a transition from clear to opaque and amber. Some of the trichomes will progress quicker, so don’t be surprised if you notice some opaque and some amber parts. Nevertheless, once you see the first amber trichomes, you should start harvesting your marijuana plants.
Experienced growers can perform 2 different cannabis harvests. In other words, they will be able to harvest the upper ones first (as they develop first) and give some time for the lower sections to mature and then harvest marijuana when it’s ready. This provides a higher quality of a product as well as a higher yield.
Different opinions on when to harvest cannabis
Generally speaking, cannabis can be split into 3 different groups based on their harvesting time. It often comes down to the strain you’re using, but it can also be dependent on your marijuana harvesting strategy. Growers usually have different views when it comes to optimal weed harvesting time.
Ideally, you should learn more about botany and chemical processes if you want to make the best decision possible. You always learn something new with each passing harvest. If you want to produce constant results, it is best to use the same strain over and over and to secure the same growing conditions. This is the best way to ensure similar results, which can be crucial for people who are growing marijuana commercially.
It is also possible to experiment a little with your plants. For example, you can harvest different marijuana plants at different times. You can also get several strains, and harvest them at the same time. As long as you’re learning something new, it can help you in the long run.
Now you know all the important aspects of when to harvest marijuana.
Hopefully, this article will serve as a good starting point on your cannabis growing and harvesting journey!