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Sinktip started grow question 3 years ago
How do you tell when the flowers are ready to harvest? Is there some sign like does the plant lose vigor or start to die?
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Week 11
Techniques. Defoliation
Wicked_Stix answered grow question 3 years ago
The only reliable way to tell when to harvest is to look at your trichomes through a magnifying glass. Clear= not ready. cloudy= reaching maximum thc levels. Amber= the thc is starting to convert to CBD and other less desirable chemicals. The plant will slow down growth and you will notice the little buds swelling up. The hairs will start to die off. It is a good idea to start monitoring your trichomes when you have about 50% brown pistils(hairs) she will be close then. Good luck
heavybreeder answered grow question 3 years ago
When you see your plant fade from green to yellow that is a sign that it is done. I wait until most of the leaves of gone yellow. But it is really a personal preference. You could try and cut some buds while they are still green and compare them with the faded buds with a smoke test.
DILLIGAF answered grow question 3 years ago
@Sinktip In the wild the plants will die off gradually leading up to maturity but with home growing the best and easiest method to ensure you are harvesting at the best possible time most of us use a small jewellers type loupe which is a small handheld mini microscope with about 30x magnification. You simply look at one or more of the top buds on your plant for trichome development. Basically what you are looking for is the trichomes to have turned from clear to milky in appearence and when aprox 20-30% of the milky ones progress to an amber colour you
are good to go mate .
GreenHouseLab answered grow question 3 years ago
The buds are at peak when the trichomes are cloudy. Only effective way to determinate that is by using a jeweller loupe, magnifier or other tools to zoom in on the trichomes and verify. For simplicity you can let your pistils turn orange/brown and harvest then but start flushing when you see your pistil 70% orange.