Today, we offer you a guide on how to get the most out of your cannabis trichomes.
The trichomes will transition from a milky white to a cloudy white tonality. Harvesting during this stage will give the most psychedelic/mental effects, but it will yield less hash than if you wait. It all depends on the grower’s preference. When trichomes finally start to turn amber, there’s no more time to waste. Harvesting during this stage will create more of a body high associated with indica strains.
Every grower is looking to get the most out of her/his cannabis plant. Whether this involves feeding it the proper nutrients or giving the right amount of light, it all comes down to trichomes. These tiny “hairs” seem to be the most common indication of a healthy and potent plant. While trichomes do not always signal a successful crop, they are essential in developing top-shelf marijuana.
Routine checks are necessary for growers of all experience levels. Always monitor your plants for any nutrient deficiencies. Nutrient uptake will seriously contribute to your frosty buds and the overall health of the plant. Even factors like airflow and proper watering practices are essential concerns for proper trichome development.
Sometimes, your level of growing experience isn’t enough. The best nutrients and watering cycles will only get you so far. Make sure you know what to do when looking to grow a trichome-covered plant.
When it comes to finding reliable genetics with great trichome production, you can always try Lemon Shining Silver Haze or White Widow. Both strains get their names from the white coating of trichomes that appears during flowering. These are also great options when seeking a killer high. Try them out and assess for yourself. Just remember that, although hugely important, genetics are only part of the equation; they’re the first step. With that said, once you’ve chosen the proper strain, you can focus all your attention on following the best growing practices.
Since trichomes cannot be seen by the naked eye, they must be looked at with a magnifying glass or jewelers loupe. If the trichomes are still translucent, they are not ready. At this point, they’re still producing cannabinoids, something you don’t want to interrupt. Buds will grow exponentially in the last 2 weeks, so be patient. When trichomes start turning milky white, it’s an indication they’re close. The buds still won’t be ready, but this is the time to be most attentive. Around half of the pistils should’ve darkened to an amber-brown colour by now.
This will be the most important environmental factor to consider regarding trichome development. Light exposure has a heavy influence on a plant’s trichome yield. Cannabis tends to develop more resin when grown in equatorial regions. These are areas with high exposure to UV rays. As mentioned above, cannabis uses trichomes to protect the buds from too much light. By exposing the plant to UV-B light for 2-3 weeks, you’ll be able to observe a difference in trichome yield.
LEDs might also be an option for upping trichome production. These lamps don’t produce any UV-B light, but some growers believe that with just enough stress, trichome proliferation will still increase. This might be a risky option, but it could work. When exposing your plant to low-impact forms of stress, you should constantly check for signs that they are still healthy. While some stress can be beneficial for boosting trichomes, too much will bring your plants past the point of no return.
Getting your buds to produce loads of trichomes on your next harvest might not be as hard as you think! With a few techniques, you’ll be on the right track.
Another indication of a plant’s ripeness is the colour of the pistils, the small hairs that grow from inside the calyxes. Their job is to collect up the male pollen for fertilizing the female ovum inside the calyx, creating a seed. When no male pollen is present the calyxes grow shut without a seed in them, resulting in sinsemilla (“seedless”) cannabis. Right at the end of the flowering phase the pistils change colour, signalling the ripeness of the plants. The change in the pistil is from clear white in to a rusty orange or brown colour, announcing the end of the lifecycle of the plants.
In cannabis the trichomes excrete a resin that on the one hand serve to protect the plant against pests, but which also protects the plant against drying out, excessive UV-b rays, moulds and heat. The chemical substances we enjoy are produced within these trichomes, along the upper surface of the flowers (calyxes), leaf shoots, leaves and stems, beginning in or around the fourth week of the flowering cycle. More and more of these trichomes develop as the plant ripens. At the same time more and more flowers (also known as calyxes) develop and arrange themselves into tightly packed flower clusters.
As the plant ripens its chemistry changes. Towards the end of the bloom desirable compounds will increasingly break down into less desirable ones. For a start there is a break down of THC in to CBNs and CBDs. The window of peak ripeness is when the trichome development and the level of THC production in your plant have reached their maximum point, this is the time frame in which we want to harvest. By being patient, you can harves fantastic buds that will give you exactly the kind of high you’re after. Which specific combination of chemical substances is most desirable to you is a matter of taste and choice, developed over time with experience.
Cannabis produces THC and CBN in its roots, stems, leaves, and in the vegetation that surround the buds. They are manufactured in the trichomes, which are found on the surface of most areas of the plant. In the stems and the earlier fan leaves, trichomes are small and stay close to the surface. As the flowering phase continues, the glands develop on the riper parts of the plant, including the small leaves and the first calyxes (which exist for the development of seeds and to nurture them once the male pollen has fertilized the female plant). These can be observed, looking like long stemmed mushrooms with ball-shaped caps on their tips.
The pistils of the young flowers are clear white and turn red-brown with age. The pistils and flowers develop from the underneath to the upper side of the buds. The older, lower pistils are the first to turn red-brown. For the most basic indicas this usually happens around the sixth week of the bloom cycle. It’s around this time that the calyxes begin to swell.
They produce all of the constituents that make cannabis so valuable—including THC. Trichomes are one of the most important parts of the cannabis plant’s anatomy. Learning about these structures will help you know exactly when to harvest your crop. Get to know them in more detail below.
At first glance, cannabis flowers appear as green nuggets coated in resin. However, upon closer inspection, you’ll notice a landscape of intricate details. If you’ve ever handled cannabis flowers, you probably noticed what look like tiny crystals on the surface. These minute structures are known as trichomes.
Towards the end of the eighth week the majority of the calyxes have swollen and a strong increase in trichome development coats most of the buds. Patience is a virtue – and often a discipline. Again, time and experience are the most important elements in this regard.
Everything You Need To Know About Trichomes At first glance, cannabis flowers appear as green nuggets coated in resin. However, upon closer inspection, you’ll notice a landscape of intricate