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Ready for Harvest Pictures

Ready for Harvest Pictures
Blog about when to harvest your buds

Harvest when 60-70% of hairs have darkened for highest levels of THC.
Harvest when 70-90% of hairs have darkened for a more calming,
anti-anxiety effect as some THC turns to the more relaxing CBN.

With some strains, you may see a bunch of new pistils appear right when you think you’re getting close. This is normal, but it happens more than 3 times you’ve eventually got to just make the decision and chop. Learn how to speed up the time to harvest.
A few weeks left... these buds are not quite ready to harvest

This Auto Sour Diesel is still working on darkening some pistils. More time would benefit it greatly!This bud could be harvested now, but it wouldn't reach its maximum size or potency.

Purple buds ready for harvest

Ready to Harvest Cannabis buds; the dog in the background is not harvestable.Ready To Harvest Marijuana plant

More buds ready for Harvest

More buds ready for Harvest

This marijuana cola is ready for harvest - all the pistils have darkened and curled in

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Cloudy vs Amber Trichomes

I still can’t tell the difference between clear and cloudy trichomes!!!

It can be hard to tell the difference between clear and cloudy trichomes, especially if you don’t see both types of trichomes at the same time! This is completely normal, and it takes a little experience before this part becomes totally easy.

However, when in doubt, consult with the pictures of buds above. If you combine both methods you’ll get the best results! Although looking at your buds isn’t the most precise way to know when to harvest, it does give you a really good idea. Try to take everything together. If your buds just have white pistils sticking out, you know for sure that it’s no where close to ready, so you also know that the trichomes on the buds aren’t all cloudy yet. It’s only when your buds are getting close to looking harvest-ready that trichomes are going to have something to tell you!

The trichomes in this picture are still mostly clear, but that may be difficult to know immediately if you haven’t really looked at trichomes before! However, I don’t even really need to look at the trichomes in this picture to know these buds aren’t ready yet. There are other signs it’s not ready. I can clearly see several white pistils sticking straight out in the photo. The only two pistils that have darkened haven’t even curled in yet.

Trichomes are mostly clear so this bud is not ready for harvest

The trichomes on this cannabis bud are mostly clear, so we know it's not close to harvest. But even if you're not sure from looking at the trichomes you can see that the pistils are all still white and sticking straight out. That lets you know that your buds aren't ready so you don't even have to worry about the color of the trichomes!

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Trichome Method of Harvest

2nd Method to Identify Harvest Time:
Trichome Method

(how to harvest cannabis using the accurate method)

Look at the trichomes under a microscope to learn when to harvest marijuana for the highest THC levels

This harvest method tends to be more precise than looking at the pistils of your cannabis plant.

Look at trichomes under a magnifier to harvest cannabis buds with the right THC levels

With this method, you look at the glandular stalked trichomes on the buds under a magnifying glass. Trichomes are the the mushroom-looking growths on cannabis that are responsible for it being so popular!
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When to harvest

When should I harvest the buds from my cannabis plant? That is the eternal question…

I’m sure the answer we’re all thinking is “Not soon enough!”

Unfortunately for us impatient growers, harvesting at the right time is just as important as how you grow the plant. Harvest too soon and you lose potency and cannabis yields; too late and you can end up making a batch of sleep medicine.

You only need 3 things to determine the best marijuana harvest time:

  1. The knowledge of when to harvest – You get that today!
  2. Eyes for visual inspection – You’ve probably had these for a while!
  3. A magnifying tool – Makes the glittery, resin-filled trichomes on your buds easier to see; although not 100% necessary, this lets you time your harvest perfectly to get the exact effects you’re looking for

When it comes to magnifying tools for growing, there are a few options:

  • Jewelers Loupe – This is the cheapest and most low tech way to get the job done. Unfortunately, it will also give you the least insight into how your buds are doing.
  • Handheld Magnifier – These can create a much larger picture because they can magnify more than a jewelers loupe. However, this power makes them a bit harder to focus.
  • Digital Microscope – A digital microscope is the final word in determining harvest time. It costs a bit more and needs a connecting laptop, but it’ll get you face-to-face with your trichomes. You’ll be almost uncomfortably close to your trichomes! Check out the videosin the article for a demonstration!

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