Ready to Harvest Guide

Example of a beautiful colorful cannabis nug that was harvested at the right time then dried and cured like a professional!

by Nebula Haze

Cannabis buds can come¬†in all shapes and sizes! Although variety is the spice of life, it can make it a little confusing to know when to harvest your buds based on how your plants look. But if you harvest when buds are ready you’ll get the best yields and potency, so it’s a good idea to try to harvest as the right time if you can!

We have a full harvest tutorial, but this article is mostly just a picture gallery ūüôā

When buds first appear on your plant they look like little round puffs of hair.¬†Each bud is made up of many white hairs (“pistils”) that stick straight out.

Not Ready

Baby buds (budlets) look like a ball of white hairs. These buds have many weeks to go!

Example of a marijuana plant that has just started the flowering stage and is making wispy white pistils in preparation for making buds!

Still Not Ready

As the plant buds get closer to harvest, they thicken and those white pistils start to darken and curl in. You’ll notice your buds are slowly getting thicker and more dense. However if you still have a lot of straight white pistils, like this bud, you know you still have a few weeks to go.

This cannabis bud is not ready, even though some of the pistils have started to darken and curl in

Ready to Harvest

You’re in the harvest window when¬†most of¬†the pistils have darkened and curled in.¬†This bud is now ready to harvest!

This cannabis cola is ready to harvest

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The Union

 

BC’s illegal marijuana trade industry has evolved into a business giant, dubbed by some involved as ‘The Union’, Commanding upwards of $7 billion Canadian annually. With up to 85% of ‘BC Bud’ being exported to the United States, the trade has become an international issue. Follow filmmaker Adam Scorgie as he demystifies the underground market and brings to light how an industry can function while remaining illegal. Through growers, police officers, criminologists, economists, doctors, politicians and pop culture icons, Scorgie examines the cause and effect nature of the business – an industry that may be profiting more by being illegal.

Written by Brett Harvey

7 Tips to Improve Cannabis Bud Quality

Introduction

  1. Start with Top-Shelf Genetics¬†– get the effects and appearance you want!¬†Your grow skill makes a huge difference, but a plant can’t overcome its genes!¬†If you want buds that are potent, dense, sparkly or purple/pink, you need the right genetics.
  2. Give Your Cannabis Lots of Light! Рthis increases yields, density and potency
  3. Nutrients & Supplements Рlearn about smell enhancers, bloom boosters and bulk builders!
  4. Better Taste, Better Smell Рlearn other techniques to increase terpene content so buds taste and smell better
  5. Manipulate Temperature & Humidity¬†in the flowering stage to increase resin production (“glitter” and stickiness), bring out colors like pink or purple¬†&¬†prevent smells from burning away
  6. Great Air Flow Around Every Cola Рyou can gain surprising increases in the size and density of your buds by making sure that every cola gets lots of direct light and good air flow from the beginning to the end of the flowering stage. Cannabis is wind-pollinated in the wild and so more energy is put into buds that have been exposed to a breeze from when they first started forming.
  7. Master the Basics of Growing¬†– especially¬†harvesting,¬†trimming¬†and¬†drying/curing! Although a lot of growers don’t pay as much attention to what happens to plants after harvest as during the grow itself, these 3 post-harvest factors determine¬†almost 50% of your final bud appearance. Properly drying/curing¬†also intensifies¬†smell and increases bud¬†potency!

Bonus: Is CO2 Worth the Trouble?


Picture of beautiful top-shelf cannabis buds in both green and purple. You can grow marijuana buds that are better than what you get at the dispensary! This bud quality tutorial will show you how!

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Drying and Curing Cannabis

Why Do Growers Dry and “Cure” Cannabis Buds?

Beautiful White Widow nug is taken out of her curing jar for a picture

Harvest time!

Your buds are ready for harvest, yet your job as a grower is not quite over yet. You still need to put your newly harvested buds through the cannabis curing process.

(When do I harvest?)

In order to ensure the best quality for your freshly harvested buds, you must prepare your buds with a process known as curing, which involves drying your buds slowly in a controlled environment, then keeping buds in glass jars over the course of a few weeks to let certain natural plant processes occur.

Full Drying & Curing Tutorial РStep-By-Step

Growers cure marijuana buds because they will not achieve their peak potency and quality if they’re uncured. If you started with¬†great genetics¬†and you‚Äôve taken care of your marijuana plants properly during their life, then curing is what makes the difference between “just okay” and trophy-worthy buds.

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Simple Grow Guide

by Nebula Haze

This is a super condensed version of¬†this tutorial! You may also enjoy our¬†marijuana life timeline¬†or¬†complete beginner’s guide. The following tutorial is very basic, but if you follow just¬†these steps you will get to harvest!
Step 1: Choose Your Place to Grow

Indoors or outdoors? A spare room? A closet? Learn more about different places to grow indoors. One simple way to get started is to put your plant inside a cheap grow tent.

I personally think grow tents are a cheap (under $100) and easy way to set up the perfect grow environment, but there are lots of great places to grow!

Example of a cannabis tent with an HPS, and another with an LED grow light

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The Perpetual Harvest

by Sirius Fourside

Many growing methods seem like common sense once you’re actually aware of them. For example,¬†low stress training¬†seems like an obvious thing to do once you understand that exposing more of the plant to light makes for more buds.

This week, we’re revisiting a topic that many newer growers may be unaware of: The Perpetual Harvest. The idea of the Perpetual Harvest is very simple in nature, so it might not seem like much. But it’s one of the best methods of ensuring a steady supply of cannabis when you need it.

The Perpetual Harvest!What is The Perpetual Harvest?

The Perpetual Harvest is a technique in which growers utilize multiple grow tents/areas to ensure that there are always plants in both the flowering stage and in the vegetative stage.

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How To Get To Harvest Faster

“I need to harvest as soon as possible. What’s the fastest growth method? What can I do to speed up the time to harvest?”

Learn More: Why are my cannabis buds taking so long to mature?

This marijuana plant was flowered directly from seedHow to Speed Up Harvest Time

Many of our readers write in to ask about speeding up the time to harvest.

So, how long does it actually take to grow marijuana?

Short Answer:¬†From Day 1 of your marijuana plant’s life to a smokable harvest, you are looking at a window ranging between 3 and 7+ months!

Many factors will affect the total time, but the average grow takes 3-4 months. Learn more about the marijuana growth timeline.

Long Answer: These factors have the greatest impact on total time to harvest:

  • Plant strain –¬†strain has the largest impact on growing time.
  • Desired yields –¬†do you want to grow a few grams, a few ounces, or a few pounds?
  • Growing method –¬†differing grow methods/setups can add or subtract a few weeks or even months!

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Flushing Cannabis before Harvest

What is the Point of Flushing Before Harvest? (Leaching Extra Nutrients Out of Buds)

Flushing cannabis just means watering your marijuana plant with plain water for a period of time before harvest. This helps make smoother buds.Flushing is free and easy technique that may improve the quality and smoothness of your cannabis buds beforeharvest. Sounds good, right? Of course it does! But growers must also be careful with flushing before harvest because if you do it too early you can actually hurt your quality (and reduce your yields)!

The process of flushing involves giving your plants just plain water with¬†no nutrients¬†for a period of time before harvest. For growers who normally give water to their plants with nutrients in it, you would¬†water your plants as normal with the same type of water you normally use, but you don’t add any¬†nutrients.¬†Depending on the¬†setup, growers¬†usually flush their plants this way for¬†a few days up to about 2 weeks.

Note: You still need to pH the water during the flush, because too high or too low pH can cause your plant to absorb extra aluminum and salt out of the water!

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