Autoflowering plants are known for their fast-growing cycles and can typically be harvested sooner than photoperiod plants. The typical timeline from seed to harvest for an autoflower is generally around 10 weeks but can sometimes go up to 16 weeks depending on the strain. On the other hand, Indica-dominant cannabis plants usually take 8-9 weeks and Sativa-dominant strains usually take up to 12 weeks.
Knowing when to harvest marijuana can be tricky since it depends on a few factors such as what you desire out of the finished product, the strain, the environment, and its conditions. If you want more of an Indica effect, then early harvesting is recommended while if you prefer a more Sativa-like effect, it might take a bit longer before harvesting.
Cannabis leaves will also begin losing their color so they become paler with rusty orange hairs on both female and male flowers; however, this can be different depending on the strain as some hybrids may have different colored tails or provide different signals that tell us when to harvest our crop.
Harvesting Based On The Seasons
Harvesting based on the seasons is an important step in achieving higher yields. The main thing to consider is how much sunlight you are getting from day to day and when to harvest. By planning ahead, you can adjust your grow calendar accordingly and get more out of your autoflower plants when it comes time to harvest.
When harvesting, it’s best to do so early in the morning before the sun rises and, for best practice, leave your plants in complete darkness for about 48 hours prior. This increases the trichomes on a plant as it enters its final stage of growth, allowing them to reach their full potential.
When growing indoors, there’s no need to wait until sunrise as you can simply turn off the lights in your tent without waiting for natural light. Doing this makes sure that your plants know that death is coming and causes them to put forth their maximum effort when producing trichomes.
It’s worth taking the extra time and effort into consideration when harvesting based on the seasons. With proper planning and following these steps, you can maximize yields and have a great harvest season!
Flushing your autoflowering cannabis plants before harvesting is an important step that should not be skipped. It involves washing away the excess nutrients from the medium and roots, giving the plants time to use all the remaining sugars and other nutrients they’ve stored.
This will help ensure that your buds are smooth and delicious, with a great smell and taste. Flushing also helps remove any potential harshness caused by mineral burn as a result of too many nutritional elements present in your buds.
The Harvest Window
The harvest window is an important part of the life cycle of any auto plant. This is the time when the plant is ready to be harvested and enjoy the fruits of its labor. It’s not only a time when you can reap your rewards, but it’s also a time to make sure that your auto has been properly cared for throughout the entire autoflower growing process and that it will yield the highest quality product possible.
The harvesting window starts after one bud matures and then more follow it in rapid succession. The leaves turn yellowish as they age, indicating that your auto won’t be absorbing nutrients anymore as flushing has begun.
At this point, you need to measure trichomes with a microscope, monitor stem flexibility and stalk thickness, inspect bud maturity, and take other variables into consideration such as smell, flavor, and overall condition of the flower cluster.
Taking all these elements into account will help you determine when is just the perfect moment to harvest ensuring a perfect resin profile with richly colored flowers full of essential oils and terpenes for optimal flavor profiles results.
Approximate Breeder’s Schedule
A breeder’s approximate schedule for the growth of cannabis plants can be a helpful guide when it comes to harvesting. As breeders have typically been growing professional-level weed in advanced facilities, the timeframes stated by breeders aren’t always foolproof. In many cases, home growers could end up with shorter or longer maturation times than specified in the breeder’s schedule.
The amount of light, temperature, and ventilation all contribute to how quickly your crop matures. Some growers may find that their gardens are faster and need to harvest earlier than expected while others may realize they are slower and should delay their harvest.
It is important to remember that this information cannot replace proper monitoring and timing decisions based upon observation of your crops development since there is so much variation depending on each grower’s setup and conditions.
When You Notice Less Water Usage
When growing cannabis, it is important to keep an eye on water usage. Since the plant is nearing the end of its life cycle and about to be harvested, it will naturally need less water than when it was younger. This means that the soil should dry out faster after watering than usual. If you find that your plant is maturing typically but not using too much water, this could be a sign that it’s almost time for harvest.
Notably, you should take this into consideration when making your decision to harvest but not rely solely on this as the sole parameter for deciding when to do so. Instead, other factors like looking at the pistils and trichomes and assessing their ripeness should also be used in conjunction with noticing a decrease in water uptake.
Yellowing And Dying Fan Leaves
When your cannabis plants reach the end of their life cycle, it’s normal to start noticing yellowing and dying fan leaves. This is actually a sign that your flush is working properly and that your plant is no longer able to absorb the nutrients within the soil.
During this time, nitrogen levels drop in the plant tissue, resulting in yellowed and dropped leaves. This ultimately creates less harsh smoke post-harvest after drying and curing buds for consumption. It’s important to note that cannabis does still receive low levels of nitrogen from beneficial bacteria in the soil when there are no nutrients present from bottled fertilizers or NPKs.
This process helps create proteins, amino acids, and other necessary components for photosynthesis in the active fan leaves during its flowering period. Although these leaves will eventually begin to yellow and die as flushing occurs, this decrease in nutrient availability allows for an optimum quality product after harvest.
Calyxes Become Plum
The calyx is one of the most important components of a cannabis plant. It protects the reproductive organs and covers the buds; this is what gives marijuana its distinctive appearance. As the plant matures during its growth cycle, the calyxes swell and expand into a full flower formation.
During this process, the once small and green leaves become plump in shape and size. This occurs due to an increase in moisture and sap flow; both of these are integral components of pollination when plants reproduce sexually.
At harvest time, it’s clear to see which buds have developed completely – they should be plump and round with light brown coloration unique to cannabis strains. While inspecting your plant you can verify it’s at maturity by examining the calyxes, as they should be big enough now to cover any cannabis seeds within them.
Color Of The Stigmas
The color of the stigmas on cannabis plants is an essential indicator of when they are ready to be harvested. The long, hairlike organs that protrude from the bud typically begin as whitish green and will darken to brown and then red as maturation goes on.
Although some autos can have brown pistils even if they need a couple more weeks before harvest, it can be difficult to know exactly when to harvest and this method requires no specialist equipment but is not very accurate or reliable.
As new pistils can appear overnight, which can then set back the time of harvest by several days, it is important to keep track of how many brown and wilted stigmas there are in order to gauge the true maturity of the plant.
States Of The Trichomes
Trichomes are the resin glands of a cannabis plant that produce a variety of compounds such as terpenes and cannabinoids. They are tiny, sparkly-looking bubbles on the bud of the cannabis plant and look like small clusters of white or light trichomes.
As they ripen, they may change color from white to amber or even black, depending on the strain. Through these glands, plants are able to create essential oils and other aromatic compounds that give off pleasing aromas when smoked and impart a wide variety of flavors and effects when consumed.
Early Harvest vs Late Harvest
If you’re forced to move your harvest date, it is important to keep in mind the trichome maturity at the time of harvest. While early harvesting can help to enhance certain terpenes and cannabinoids, you will sacrifice trichome development which can significantly reduce cannabinoid content.
Similarly, late harvesting may cause a decrease in overall terpene and cannabinoid potency as the trichomes degrade over time with extended exposure to air. As such, it is important to assess how much time has passed since the plant first began the flowering phase as well as study any changes in trichome development before making a decision about when to harvest for optimum yields.
When it comes to harvesting, timing is everything. If something forces an early harvest or a late harvest, you could be missing out on the full potency of your plants. If you have to harvest earlier than the optimal time, the trichomes won’t be fully developed yet and will lack power.
Also, certain terpenes that provide flavor and aroma may not fully develop if taken too soon. Consequently, without mature trichomes and full terpene development, you won’t be getting the most out of your buds when using them.
Late harvest refers to the process of delaying the cutting of marijuana plants beyond their normal peak maturity in order to maximize reproductive success. This typically includes a reduction in available THC, as trichomes start to age and turn amber, changing the effects one would experience when consuming the cannabis.
Despite this, a late harvest can still yield beneficial results depending on the desired effect. For instance, if an Indica-type high is being sought after, then allowing for trichomes to transition from clouds to amber can actually promote deeper relaxation by transforming THC into other cannabinoid compounds such as CBN.
That being said, it’s important that marijuana is harvested at the correct time if a sativa-type high is desired due to THC conversions otherwise changing the effects experienced upon smoking or vaporizing.
How to Harvest, Dry, Trim, and Cure Your Cannabis Crop Perfectly
Harvesting your cannabis crop perfectly is critical to getting the most out of your autoflower yield. Whether you are an experienced grower or a novice, harvesting at the right time can make a huge difference in the quality and potency of your product.
First, it’s important to monitor trichomes for signs of ripeness – glass-like clear trichomes indicate that buds are not quite ready yet and amber-colored trichomes indicate almost perfect ripeness for harvest. Once buds reach prime ripeness, you’ll need to carefully cut down each flowering bud on its own stem separately at the base of each branch.
After harvesting, it’s important to give plants some “downtime” by hanging them upside down in a cool dark place with good airflow so they can begin their drying process. During this stage, you’ll want to monitor them closely as they start to develop their aroma and color changes which indicates that they are almost ready for trimming.
Harvesting Your Crop
Harvesting your cannabis crop is an important part of the process when cultivating marijuana plants. There are various methods for cutting down your cannabis crop depending on whether you are growing indoors or outdoors.
If you have space to hang the entire plant, then it may be best to cut it all down in one go, as this is less time-consuming, and indoor cannabis plants rarely grow taller than 1.5 meters. When growing outdoors, however, space can be more limited and therefore it may be better to buck down individual branches of your crop instead.
This will allow you to fit more into any drying rooms that you may have and also minimize any potential mess that could occur if trying to hang up larger branches or whole plants at once. Taking care when harvesting your crop will ensure that the maximum amount of quality buds can be obtained from each plant so always make sure that you are taking the right steps when cutting down your harvest.