Three quarters to 90% of the pistils will have turned reddish brown as well. For a basic Indica this takes well into the seventh week of the flowering cycle.
Another important point is that much can be done to further enhance the chemical process, especially in regard to bouquet, aroma and flavor, given the proper curing process.
Sativas and early window harvests tend to be more of a head high, whereas Indicas and late window harvests tend to be more of a body high. Given this rule of thumb you can pretty much come up with what you want. That is, if you prefer a very psychedelic head high, then an early harvested Sativa might do best.
Which particular combination of chemicals is the most desirable is purely a matter of taste and choice, developed over time and with experience. Set and setting also play an important role in determining which type of product is best appreciated.
There is the difference between early and late harvesting cannabis to encourage head to body high respectively. There is the issue of chemistry because what we are really considering in terms of the ripeness relates directly to the chemical nature and state of the plant at harvest. Last, but not least, is the concept of the window for harvesting marijuana, where I will begin.
The pistils of the young flowers are bright white and turn reddish brown with age. The pistils and flowers develop from the bottom of the bud to the top. The older, lower pistils are the first to turn reddish brown. For most basic indicas this usually happens by the sixth week in the flowering cycle. It is about this time that the calyxes begin to swell.
By the end of the eighth week most of the calyxes will have swollen and a surge of trichome development has coated most of the buds. It is now that the development of a very discerning palate comes into play to determine the finest harvest time. Remember – patience is a virtue and often a discipline.
An important consideration has to do with one’s preference for a head high or more of a body high. A good head high can positively influence one’s mental state much like a psychedelic; whereas a good body high is more similar to a narcotic effect. Generally, head highs tend to be more up and body highs tend to be more down. Suffice it to say that a good healthy mix of the two is a fine goal to achieve.
As to outdoors I can only speak from experience at the 45th parallel and the bloom times there. At the 45th parallel I’ve found most Indicas to be at peak harvest starting at the beginning of October, sometimes very late September, and running until the end of October, sometimes running into November during mild years or in a greenhouse. My favorite time to harvest a nice Blueberry Indica outdoors is in the second to third week of October.
Successful cultivation requires plenty of knowledge, patience and practice. In this article, written by the legendary DJ Short, we discuss harvesting cannabis and knowing when your plants are ready. There are several important points to consider when choosing the optimum time to harvest your mar …
If that seems counterproductive to you in terms of resources then just use the lowest buds for making hash or extracting oil. There are ways to train plants to make sure that you do not end up with lower schwag buds, as these are always the last to develop and the ones that take the most time to trim.
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 experience. Below better explains the harvest window and knowing when’s the perfect time to pull down your plants.
A cannabis plant that is drawing close to the end of its life cycle will be very noticeable. The characteristics you’ll see are a plant that’s slowly depleting itself of all leftover nutrients and trace elements. The first thing that is noticeable is how the chlorophyll of the leaves will change pigment and switch from green to a mixture of yellows, reds, purples, and orange.
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.
If you are unable to get your hands on some type of loop or magnifying glass that allows you to see up close, then you should follow a list of things to look out for to see how swollen your buds are and what density they have formed. How smelly your plants are will also indicate how close the terpenes are to ripeness, in the same way a flower has a point of maximum aroma. Be sure to check that the majority of the pistils have become dark red and maroon.
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.
There’s a way to revert your plant from a flowering plant back into the growing stage. By leaving enough growth on the plant after buds have been harvested, the plant will begin to focus its energy on growing new shoots and will respond back to the long days and short nights once again of the 18/6 cycle.
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.
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