The Complete Guide on How To Harvest Your Marijuana Buds: Harvesting at the right time is one of the most important aspects of growing indoor marijuana. The flavor and the overall quality of the end product more or less depend on the timing of the harvest. As we have covered in a previous chapter, the time of harvest decides the type and the quality of weed that you will get after harvesting. Let us now take a look at how to harvest it.
The Complete Guide on How To Harvest Your Marijuana Buds
Before you get into how to harvest marijuana, here’s how to know that your crops are ready for harvest.
How to know if your Marijuana is ready for harvesting?
One of the major signs that indicate that your indoor marijuana plant is ready for harvest is when the pistils start to turn red and the resins on the buds begin to turn darker and eventually turn brown.
At this time you need to confirm that your marijuana plant is ready for harvesting and you can make sure of this by using a magnifying tool in order to check for glittery trichomes which are filled with resin in your bud.
Once you see the glitter in your plants, it is time to harvest.
However, you can wait till the shade of pistils is what you desire, some growers harvest it early and some leave it til the pistils are almost red. The time of harvest will decide whether your plant is ready for harvest or not. Now that you are sure that the marijuana plant is ready for harvest, you need to make sure that you harvest it in the right way in order to get the best possible end product.
Let us now take a look into how you should harvest your marijuana plant:
How to harvest marijuana
Now that you know how important it is to harvest your marijuana plants at the right time, you will be ready when the time comes. As the time comes for the harvest, you would want to slow down and think before directly cutting the plants and flushing them before cutting them.
Flushing the Weed
It does not matter whether your marijuana plant has grown in a hydroponic medium or soil, the plants are bound to suffer from some residue of nutrients and salt. Some growers wash their plants every 10 days while growing.
The residue is caused because the marijuana plant does not consume all the nutrients and food that you provide, they tend to stash it for consumption later. However, if you are feeding your marijuana plant on a regular basis then that stash is not used by the plant and becomes a build-up of a mixture of nutrients and salt.
If you decide to keep flushing your plants throughout the grow process, it will help avoid any sort of nutrient-assimilation problems. Moreover, flushing your marijuana plants before the harvest will significantly improve the quality of your buds.
All you need to do is run clean water through the system and you will witness the difference. After the flush before the harvest, the leaves might seems to turn yellow, this is normal and there is nothing to worry about!
Now that you have successfully taken out the residue of nutrients and salt, you are ready to cut your plant and begin the harvest.
Cutting the Weed
The first and foremost thing you need to do to begin the cutting process is to get rid of the big fan leaves. Some growers also get rid of the smaller leaves before cutting but if you leave them on, they will protect the glittery trichomes and forces the bud to dry slowly than usual which will in return add more potency, flavor and weight.
Even though it seems tempting to cut and hang entire plant as a whole, it is way better to do it in sections as it will allow the buds to dry properly. Make sure to treat each kola and branch separately so they do not touch each other at all.
Last but not the least, you need to handle the branches after cutting extremely carefully as if handled roughly, the trichomes could fall out of the buds and this is something nobody wants to happen.
In order to get the most out of your harvest, make sure to flush the weed and make sure you handle the plant with care as you do not want to lose any flavor after making so much efforts in growing them.