Yo, what’s good? It’s your boy Dan, and I’m here to talk about one of the most important moments in any cannabis cultivator’s life – harvest time! Whether you got an indoor grow op or an outdoor weed plot, it’s time to get ready to chop those buds like a pro. And if you want to do it right, there are some steps you gotta follow.
Now I know some of y’all might be thinking, “what’s the big deal? Harvesting weed can’t be that hard.” But let me tell you, if you don’t do it right, you could ruin your entire crop. No one wants overripe buds that lose their flavor and potency or moldy buds that are straight-up unusable. So listen up and learn how to harvest like a boss.
First things first – you gotta know when it’s time to harvest. Cannabis plants germinate and flower in the same season, so when the time comes, they’ll let you know. Look for yellowing leaves, orange pistils, and cloudy trichomes. Trichomes are the key here – make sure they’re milky or cloudy before you chop those plants down. You don’t want them to be underripe or overripe.
And sometimes you might have to harvest early because of bad weather, pests or disease, or even theft. When that happens, don’t wait around – just do it ASAP.
Once you’ve determined that it’s harvest time, it’s time to prep your tools. You’ll need trimming scissors and large plastic buckets to get the job done. And when you start chopping those plants down, make sure you label each bin so you don’t mix up your strains.
But before you start cutting away, remember this pro tip – use the lights-out technique. If you’re growing indoors, turn off those lights for 24-48 hours. If you’re growing outdoors in pots, bring them into the garage and keep them in the dark for the same amount of time. This will help remove excess chlorophyll and pre-dry your buds for the next steps.
Once your buds are prepped and ready to go, it’s time to chop those plants down! If they’re small, just cut at the base of the plant while holding it with your other hand. If they’re big, cut each main branch until the plant is stripped bare. And always make sure to place the harvested material directly into your labeled plastic bins.
And that’s it – you’ve officially harvested your cannabis crop! But wait – there’s still more work to do. You gotta dry, trim, and cure those nugs to perfection. But don’t worry – we got you covered with our guides on how to do all that stuff.
Growing weed is a process, but if you follow these steps, you’ll be harvesting like a pro in no time. Peace out!