Leaving the right amount of time to water your plants, whilst knowing when your buds are as fat and swollen as can be is a skill that will develop over time. From my experience it is far better to have a plant that’s smooth, deep, and tastes properly that’s had an extra week of flush as the plants were maturing; instead of a plant that was cut short on the flush period just to purposely fit in with a set number of weeks according to a feeding chart or seed catalogue.
Harvesting plants too early will cause the flower to seem underdeveloped in size, the trichomes will be a shadow of what they would have been and the psychoactive experience can be edgy, racy, and uncomfortable for those who use cannabis to relax. Pistils will turn brown (even if white) when harvested early. But a well-versed smoker will know from the undeveloped calyx and minimal trichome production.
Often referred to as seasonal colors, this represents the end of the season for outdoor farmers. Of course not every plant will display uniform seasonal colors and some may flourish with a dark, velvet purple and black. Other strains may stay completely lush green if growing with a strict true life organics program.
When it comes to flowering cannabis plants, the best part of being a grower is during this stage. The anticipation of watching your babies grow into mature ladies, packed with dense buds, oozing resin, and stinking up your grow room. Knowing when to harvest your plants can be the difference in the amount of resin, trichome ripeness, calyx development, and overall psychoactive experience. Below better explains the harvest window and knowing when’s the perfect time to pull down your plants.
It’s down to the grower’s preference. It should be known, however, that the later flower is picked, the heavier in trichomes it will be. Trichomes go through various stages of color and development, ranging from a clear transparent glass to a darker white, and then shifting to a darker amber. For those seeking a more psychoactive experience, pick your flowers when the resin glands are clear and lightly white.
There’s a balancing act that must be performed to not only harvest plants at their peak, but also to flush them to ensure a smoking experience that teleports you back to puffing luscious Amsterdam bud. It can seem convenient to apply as much feed as possible during the final stages and to pack those carbs on like no tomorrow. There is not really much point in growing top shelf flower that has a harsh taste and leads to an ashtray full of black ash.
For smokers who prefer a couch lock night nurse, allow your plant to develop to the latest possible stage and wait for trichomes to become a dark yellowish amber with hints of red in some varieties of cannabis. Different varieties also produce different sized neck and heads, which is why trying to identify every strain with a set color, size and stage is difficult.
Imagine what the insides of the pots were like with the leftover salts and toxins that the roots naturally excreted. This is why supplying enough water over a certain time frame towards the end of the plant’s life cycle is important. It not only pushes the plants to their limit, it also guarantees a smooth flavor and white ash.
The trichome is a fascinating part of the cannabis flower. Within the walls of the resin glands are where the essential terpenes and cannabinoids are found—what an extractor is looking to remove from the head of the terpene. A good way to think about trichomes is comparing them to eggs: Inside the shell is a maturing and developing nucleus that contains all the essential vitamins and minerals for life to begin. A trichome is very similar, especially when the resin gland is shattered and a sticky resinous sap is released.
When it comes to flowering cannabis plants, the best part of being a grower is during this stage. The anticipation of watching your babies grow into mature ladies, packed with dense buds, oozing resin, and stinking up your grow room. Knowing when to harvest your plants can be the difference in the amount of resin, trichome ripeness, calyx development, and overall psychoactive