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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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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:
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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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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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