Congratulations! You’ve almost made it to the “happy ending” at the end of your journey. Since you’ve carefully managed to get this far, it’s even more imperative to not rush and proceed carefully so as to not ruin the fruits of all your labors.
Ideal harvesting times are going to vary widely amongst the widely different strains available out there. In general, expect 2 – 3 months from the time of germination to pass before you finally reach your happy harvesting grounds. Careful observation of your plants is going to be the best way to insure choosing the right moment for harvesting, and ultimately only the experience you gain from successful crops over time really allow you to have the keenest powers for observation of how ready your buds are.
WHAT SIGNS TO LOOK FOR INDICATING IDEAL HARVEST TIME:
- Female Flowers Ovaries swollen with tiny crystals formed around the flowers.
- Flowers are sticky upon touch with a heavy, pungent aroma.
- White pistils of the flowers have begun to swell are darkening from white to a red-brown color.
- Larger fan leaves – yellowing and wilted in appearance.
HARVESTING TIME AND ITS EFFECT ON SENSORY RESPONSE TO THE PRODUCT
Depending on whether you are looking for a lighter more energetic feeling after consuming or if you are shooting for a heavier effect across your whole body, you’re going to look for certain signs to help you judge when best to harvest:
- Identify where there are tiny hairs that have formed on your plants swelling buds. These are very small, and it may be best to have a magnifying glass handy in order to find them. These hairs are known as “trichomes.”
- If you are gunning for the lighter, more energetic effect, look for about half of the trichomes having turned from a clear to a milky color, then harvest.
- If you are hoping for the heavier, deep, full body effect, wait to harvest until when the trichomes are darkened to an amber/brown color.