Marijuana plants typically reach maturity and are ready for harvest between 4 and 6 months after they are planted. However, the specific time when a marijuana plant is ready for harvest will depend on a variety of factors, including the strain of the plant, the growing conditions, and the desired effects of the finished product.
The best time to harvest marijuana depends on the specific strain and the desired effects. In general, marijuana plants are ready for harvest when the trichomes, the tiny crystals on the surface of the buds, are at their peak potency. This typically occurs when the trichomes have turned from clear to cloudy, or when a small percentage have turned amber. However, the only way to know for sure when your plants are ready is to closely monitor the trichomes and use your best judgement. It’s always a good idea to consult with a knowledgeable grower or Crop King Seeds if you have any questions.
When to harvest outdoor marijuana
Outdoor marijuana plants should be harvested when the buds are fully mature and the trichomes on the buds have turned milky or amber in color. This typically occurs in the late summer or early fall. It is important to monitor the plants closely and carefully inspect the buds to determine the right time to harvest.
When to harvest male marijuana plants
Male marijuana plants should be harvested when the pollen sacs are fully mature and ready to burst open, typically around 3-4 weeks into the flowering stage. This is typically indicated by the sacs turning a yellowish color and becoming more visible on the plant. Harvesting at this point will allow the pollen to be collected and used for breeding or fertilizing female plants.
Ways to harvest marijuana plant
- Hand-picking individual buds or branches
- Using pruning shears or scissors to cut the plant down
- Using a trimmer to carefully remove buds and leaves
- Using a machine called a bud trimmer to quickly and efficiently trim the plant
- Using a marijuana harvester, which is a specialized machine designed to quickly and efficiently harvest the entire plant at once.