You have done everything right, your cannabis plants/buds look great. Now what?
Well, this is the moment you have been waiting for….like a child waiting for Christmas, it is time to harvest what nature has provided.
The time to harvest your crop is when the trichomes have become cloudy, and the pistils have mostly turned darker. You will need a jewelers loop, or some kind of magnification in order to determine the proper timing. Be aware the longer you wait the ‘heavier’ the stone is likely to be.
The number of days to flower before harvesting will vary widely according to strain. Some auto-flowers are ready to harvest in only 60-70 days from planting. Some tropical Sativas can take twice as long to flower.
With out farther ado here are my 10 tips for producing high quality cannabis buds….
- To begin your harvest you will want to remove all the fan leaves from your cannabis plants. I usually do this while they are still in their planting pots. You can simple pluck them off, or use scissors.
- I also like to remove any larger leaves from the buds themselves. If there are no trichones on the leaves anyways.
- I like to tape the strain identifier that I have used so I know which strain is which.
- I like to cut the whole plant off and take it to the drying room. I live in a very dry climate and this can substantially slow down the drying process. If you live in a more humid environment you might want to cut all the individual branches off the main stem to speed up the drying, and alleviate mold concerns.
- I maintain the proper temperature, and humidity in the drying room. To accomplish this you may need to use a humidifier, de-humidifier, air conditioning, or heat….depending on your circumstances. Keep humidity around 50-55%, and the temp near 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit. Drying should take from 1 to 2 weeks, anything longer or shorter you will need to adjust the temp and/or the humidity.
- You then hang your plants/buds on suitable hangers, making sure there is plenty of air flow all around.
- Once your buds are dry enough it is time to cut them all off the main stems, and cure your harvest.
- Most cure their buds in an air-tight container…preferably glass. I like to cure for about 2 to 3 weeks. Many cure for much longer.
- Keep a close eye on your buds as you cure them, burp your jars of buds daily at the start. Drying more if need be. As the buds cure, and no moisture problems are present you can burp them less frequently.
- Now you are ready for a final cleaning up trim, then packaging your bud for use. The finished bud can be store nearly indefinitely in a glass jar as well. If I have a large harvest I like to put a Silica Gel Desiccant Bag in with the buds. You can find the on Amazon.