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Planting to Harvest For Marijuana

Harvesting Cannabis Plants

Written by Neal Brown . Updated: July 19, 2022

When To Harvest Marijuana Plants

How Long Does It Take From Planting to Harvest For Marijuana

The duration of time that passes between when you press your seeds into the earth and when the plant’s hefty curable buds are ready for collection can vary quite a bit depending on the genetics of the strain that you are planning to plant in your home grow operation. Autoflowering strains that flower without their grower creating specific conditions can take as little as twelve weeks, while some of the photoperiod strains can take upwards of thirty-two weeks before they are at optimal collection time. You can generally expect a plant to take roughly twelve to twenty weeks to develop their height and breadth, produce their buds, and be at harvest time. As you browse the Weed Seeds selection of premium pot seeds, you will see a rough estimate of what you can expect from each cultivar. Although the average time will be listed for your convenience, the exact time to start harvesting will be determined by certain visual cues evident in your mature plant. Collecting at the right time can determine the potency and type of high you will experience, so knowing how to identify, collect and cure your buds will make all the difference in getting the most from your growing efforts. Below we will go into details about how to determine the precise moment you should collect your buds, how to go about it and what kind of equipment will assist you in doing the deed.

When Should You Harvest Marijuana Plants?

When you select your seeds and begin to grow, the first step in determining the harvesting time is marking on your calendar the day your plants start to flower. This will set you up with a rough estimate of when it will be time to harvest, based on the listed timeframe in which your plants are expected to hit maturity. The first clue that your buds are almost ready for collection is the small hairs, called pistils, will start to change color to brown or red. Having a magnifying glass to get a better look at these fine particles will assist you in determining this moment. Another indicator is in the color of the glassy layer of trichomes that develop on the exterior of your buds. Rubbing or brushing the flowers, whether against your hands as you trim, or against the walls of the grow space, can alter the surface and lead to misjudgment in harvest time. The color of the trichomes is the deciding factor, so when the glistening mushroom shaped stalks are altered by external sources, they can send you mixed messages. Have a look at the buds that are forming in the center of the plant, as they will have less surface exposure to elements that can alter their appearance. In the early stages, they will be clear, but closer to maturity, they will turn opaque and then start to brown. Once about ten percent have taken on an amber hue, your time to collect has come!

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