Trimming the plants can take a while. Choose the stems one after another and if you’re interrupted for some reason while trimming, you can leave the plants in the soil. But, uprooting the plant straightaway will force you to cut all the stems.
You’ve got a catch here though.
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The first way is to cut the leaves before drying the buds, known as wet trimming. And the second way is to cut the leaves after they harvested and dried, known as dry trimming. Most growers follow the wet trimming process because it’s very difficult to cut the leaves after they dry.
There are people that actually wait for the THC to degrade. But that’s because they want to get more benefits from CBD. Like THC, CBD is also a cannabinoid, but it doesn’t produce any psychoactive effects.
CBD has more therapeutic effects and has shown promise to relieve some illnesses including schizophrenia. So, if you want to increase the CBD, wait a bit longer after the trichomes turn milky. Just don’t wait too long, though – about 80 to 90% of milky trichomes should give you enough CBD.
Here’s a quick lesson to harvest autoflowering cannabis buds.
Wait, what? Fastbuds clearly mentions the time required to harvest, so why do I need to figure out when to harvest, you ask?
So, if you wait until the plant develops the trichomes, the THC content will simultaneously increase, thereby resulting in some super potent bud. However, if you wait too long, the THC will degrade and you might experience unpleasant sedative effects.
After months of waiting, your big day has finally arrived. A cannabis seed that was so tiny has now grown into a big bush. It’s time to bid adieu, but not
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 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.
Tricomes on a Fast Buds’ Green Crack Autoflower
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 your buds, right? Not so fast. Harvesting too early will hurt the potency of your final product, but so will harvesting too late. What’s a stoner to do? Follow this guide from Fast Buds, and you’ll get the best buds possible every time.
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.
Tricomes from Fast Buds’ Autflower Blackberry Kush on the bud and close-up
A Stardawg Autoflower with curling pistils
Under magnification, trichomes take on the appearance of mushrooms made from crystal clear blown glass. As the plant nears harvest time, their transparent appearance will grow cloudy. The difference between a clear trichome and a cloudy one is subtle. If this is your first grow, it will take your time to learn to tell the two apart.
The first things you’ll want to keep an eye out for are your flower’s pistils. These long, hair-like organs on the surface of the bud usually start out whitish-green and darken to brown and red as time goes on. For maximum THC you’ll want to harvest when around 60%-70% of your plant’s pistils have darkened and started to curl in on themselves. If you wait a touch longer, until 70%-90% of the pistils have begun to curl, your buds will be lower in THC, but more abundant in other cannabinoids, which makes the bud more likely to give you the munchies and lock you onto the couch for hours. If you’re growing a sativa, you’ll want to harvest at the 60%-70% mark, but if you’re hoping to collect an strong Indica, waiting a bit can enhance what we traditionally think of as ‘Indica’ effects.
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