Time to harvest. Cut down the plant and hang the stems upside down for five to seven days. Once you can easily snap the flowers off the stems, they’re ready to be trimmed. Stash dried flowers in a glass or plastic container for about 10 days, opening and closing it every couple of days to allow an exchange of air.
Don’t overwater. Giving the plant too much water and too much fertilizer are common mistakes. The soil should be pretty dry before you water. Expect to water more frequently as the plant grows.
Will it smell? Yes. The plant will have that unmistakable odor as it approaches harvest.
If it’s an especially damp September, harvesting early is a possibility. The flowers won’t be as potent, which may appeal to new cannabis consumers.
A couple of caveats: You’ve got to be 21 or older to possess and grow cannabis in Oregon and your yard should be a private place where neighbors and passersby can’t easily see your plants.
“People who don’t like marijuana are going to have to accept that the city will only smell for a month if you are growing outdoors,” Bernstein said. “It’s going to stink. But at this point everyone is going to be doing it.”
While growing is legal starting this week, buying plants is not. Only medical marijuana patients and caregivers can purchase starter plants from dispensaries. For now, people who want to grow backyard pot will have to rely on the generosity of friends who grow.
What about rain? Whether you grow healthy plants with a decent crop depends largely on weather, said Bernstein. A couple of rainy days in early fall can lead to moldy flowers.
“It will be the lowest cost way to experience the plant’s life cycle for the first time,” he said. “No one starts out as an expert grower. Like anything in life, it takes practice.”
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Take meticulous notes on when and how you perform each step, as well as what the weather is like. Other notes can include how much water you give plants, at what intervals, and how much nutrients you give them. Pictures will also give you a better sense of how your plants look along the way.
Growers can clean up their plants anywhere from 1-4 times during the season, depending on how big the crop is and how much labor is needed.
Washington state, on the other hand, will have a shorter time frame, as plants can’t be put outside until later in the season because there’s not enough sunlight yet. Harvest needs to be completed earlier, before cold weather descends on buds and makes them wet and moldy.
Some old school gardeners will tell you to wait until after Mother’s Day to take them outside, and generally speaking, you want them in the ground by the Summer Solstice at the latest.
Most growers top their plants a few times (two or three) throughout the season to encourage outward development and make plants bush out. It’s a good idea to give them an initial top after the plant develops five or so nodes.
What kind of strain you have and what climate you live in will determine when to harvest your strains. Indicas typically grow stouter and bushier and there is more of a concern that their dense buds will get moldy, so they’re usually harvested on the early side of the season. Sativas are generally taller and less dense, so they usually get harvested later.
The Spring Equinox is a good reminder that it’s time to kick off the outdoor growing process and start germinating your seeds.
As the sun reaches up high in the sky, your cannabis will want to as well. Make sure all of your plants are outside by the Summer Solstice.
Once your plants start flowering and producing buds—generally, sometime in August—you want to stop topping your plants.
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