One of the most important things you need to know is when is it time to harvest your flowering plants. Figuring this out is easier than you think.
The first thing we need to be aware of is that all the sugar looking stuff on the leaves and buds are called trichomes. It is these trichomes that can give you the best shot at the most potent and flavorful harvest. To break it down some, trichomes will start as clear then shift to a milky coloration, finally finishing in a darker amber color. To achieve the “peak” product, you want to look for half of the trichomes to be milky white and half to be amber color. This is the best ripeness for most smokers. We personally prefer having some CBD (amber color) in our weed!
To check the trichomes you will need a small jewelers loupe or magnifying glass. This will help you zoom in far enough to see the trichomes easier. You can look at the trichomes directly on the plant, or do what some growers choose to do, and that is to clip a few trichome covered leaves from different spots on the plant then look at the trichomes on those. This way you can place the leaves on a flat surface to allow you to have a more stable area to check everything. When the trichomes have hit the desired level of ripeness it is time to harvest!
Another thing you can also look at are the pistols (hairs) of the plant. When the hairs have darkened and start to curl inwards revealing the buds below, it can mean the plant is ready to harvest. Looking at the hairs in conjunction with the trichomes can help you pick at the perfect time for whatever level of flower you are looking for.
You can harvest when the trichomes are milky for a more energetic high or you can wait until the trichomes have become more amber to get a more couch-lock type of high. Whichever you choose, it is important to have patience as the buds will fatten up over the last couple of weeks. At least now you know when the best times to harvest are, so feel free to experiment to find the best strength for you. You can always harvest a new strain at different levels of ripeness so you can see when you want to harvest it next round.
We hope this helps you determine the best time to harvest so you can have the best experience. If you have any troubles or have any questions, please feel free to reach out and we will be happy to help.