Knowing when to harvest your cannabis is just one of those double-edged sword things.
If you harvest too soon then your buds will not be as potent as they can, whilst if you take them off too late you’re gonna end up with an altered cannabinoid profile which may give you different effects than what you were initially going after.here are top 4 telltale signs of when to harvest your cannabis:
- When the hairs turn dark and begin to recede
Just make sure not to harvest while the hairs on your buds are still white. At this stage, the plant is still flowering and the majority of the pistils will appear straight.
Once the hairs get darker and start curling up, you should be good to go. But be sure to check out the other signs as well, just to be safe.
- When the soil becomes extremely dense
Once the plant is ready for harvesting, it will simply not consume as much water like in the stages before. The plant simply did its biological purpose: it produced ripe flowers that are ready for male seeds.
This is best when combined with other signs, but as a general rule of thumb, when the plant starts taking in less water, it’s getting close to its harvesting window.
- When there are 60-70% milky trichomes, 15% amber trichomes and 15% clear trichomes
Here you’re looking for the color of the trichomes: you want the majority of the trichomes to be milky with an equal distribution of both amber and clear trichomes.
The big question here is what’s the difference between milky and clear trichomes?
It’s easy — clear trichomes look like polished glass and milky trichomes look like frosted glass.
Avoid: there are a lot of growers who tell you to go for majority amber, but in my opinion this is too late. For maximum THC levels go for 70% milky and you’ll be fine.
- When the leaves begin to turn yellow and crisp
Another indicator of your plant’s ripeness can be seen in the leaves surrounding the calyxes and even the bigger fan leaves. When the plant is ripe, the leaves will turn yellowish and start curling up and becoming dark and brittle.
It kind of looks like this:
Now, at this point you’re probably familiar with the fact that cannabis strains differ, especially when it comes to their growing stages.