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In order to be more accurate than the pistil method, we’re going to have to look at the trichomes, the sticky balls of resin you see on well-grown bud. These specks contain most of the THC and other cannabinoids your planning to smoke.
This method is easy to do and requires no specialized equipment, but it’s not the most accurate or reliable. New pistils can appear overnight, setting your time to harvest back days. Some strains are more prone to producing dark colored pistils, regardless of how ready to harvest they are. However, if you want to be more accurate, you’re going to need the right equipment.
A simple magnifying glass should be enough for most people to get a good view of their plant’s trichromes. Serious growers, however, will probably want to go the extra step of investing in a high-quality jewelers loupe to get a better view. Professional growers take that even further and often use digital microscopes to get the best view of their buds. Depending on the laws where you live, you might have seen these microscopes at your local dispensary or cannabis club. Customers can use these to confirm their weed is properly grown and harvested before purchasing.
When to start your flush is up to you, but one sure sign an autoflower plant is ready to go on a terminal diet is yellowing leaves. If your fan leaves have been lush and green throughout, the first signs of yellowing let you know its time to begin the harvest process and start flushing.
A Stardawg Autoflower with curling pistils
Knowing when to harvest isn’t an exact science, but these rules of thumb should steer you in the right direction. For best results, you should combine the two methods described above. That means if you’re shooting for high-THC buds your should harvest when 50%-70% of your pistils have changed color, and most of the trichomes have turned cloudy but not amber.
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Tricomes from Fast Buds’ Autflower Blackberry Kush on the bud and close-up
When most of your trichomes are cloudy, your plant is ready to harvest. If they’ve gone from cloudy to amber, you’re still OK, but some of the THC will have converted to other cannabinoids like CBN, which will change the effects you receive when smoking. Again, this isn’t usually a problem if you’re aiming for a strong indica feel, but if you were hoping for an active strain, it’s best to error on the side of harvesting early.
It’s been ten weeks since you dropped your germinated autoflower seed into its pot. The plant is in bloom and smells heavenly. Time to cut it down, and harvest
Autoflower harvest
The term “12-12” stands for 12 hours of light and 12 hours of dark each day, and it “tells” photoperiod plants to enter the flowering stage and make buds. During their daily dark period, photoperiod plants need to receive complete darkness without interruption. This light schedule initiates flowering, and must be maintained throughout the entire flowering stage until harvest.
Auto plants are suitable for growing outdoors in almost any climate that has at least 2-3 months of warm, sunny weather every year.
It’s only until a few weeks before harvest that most auto-flowering plants stop growing “up and out.” At this point, auto-flowering plants put all their energy into fattening buds, and buds can gain substantial weight during the last few weeks.
This makes auto-flowering buds an attractive choice for some medical marijuana patients who are looking for higher CBD cannabis strains. There are also auto-flowering strains that are bred principally to be high in CBD. It’s difficult for many growers get clones of one of the famous high-CBD photoperiod strains, and auto-flowering strains can make it easier for some patients to get access to CBD.
The pics show the plant just before harvest on Day 62. (it probably could of went 2 more days but too late now). It was untrained. I wanted to see how she grew naturally in the bucket to see how I would need to adjust for the next grow. I was going to dry the bud in the spacebucket about there was just way too much to fit all the bud in the bucket with good ventilation and space.
But in general, a modern “Blue Cheese” auto has been bred to have similar bud characteristics as a “Blue Cheese” photoperiod plant.
On the flip side, if your grow doesn’t go as well as planned, at least it will be harvest time in just 2-3 months, you’ll learn a lot, and you’ll have the opportunity to try again. That being said, autos are essentially very simple and a first-time grower can easily get a great harvest on their very first grow. Plus, auto-flowering plants (and cannabis plants in general) are hardy! As long as you give them basic care, they will reward you!
CBD is a cannabinoid that is known for having medical and anti-anxiety properties. Most photoperiod strains these days are high THC, low CBD, and it can be hard to find high-CBD photoperiod strains. Learn more about THC vs CBD.
What are auto-flowering strains and what should you expect when you grow one? Learn what you need to know and get the pros and cons of auto-flowering vs photoperiod strains, and get grow tips and secrets to getting better yields/potency!