Growing weed is truly a unique process. It doesn’t matter if you have grown several crops in the past or if this is your very first, each and every experience will be entirely different likely with different results. This is just one of the unique things about growing cannabis, but there are many. That being said, this does not mean that the process isn’t confusing, complex, and even disheartening at times because it can be that as well. This is especially true when you are going in blind or there are clear indications that something is wrong. Luckily, weed is a pretty hardy plant and can withstand a lot of punishment.
If you catch the problem early enough, you won’t have a problem rectifying it and getting it cleared up. If you have made it all the way to the last two weeks of flowering then you are well on your way. However, this will be a crucial time and it will be crucial to know what to expect. At least by getting here, you know that you have made the step in the right direction. You know that you need advice and that is exactly what you are going to get.
Varying Harvest Times
If you have made it all the way to the last two weeks of flowering then you should give yourself a big pat on the back because you have done something right. That being said, the last two weeks can vary from strain to strain. The last two weeks for some strains might mean weeks 7 and 8, whereas it could mean weeks 8 and 9 for others. Whatever the situation is, processes are practically going to be the same. That being said, it should be noted that there aren’t many strains that will be ready to harvest before week eight.
Flushing Your Cannabis Plants
Cannabis nutrition is a fickle beast. If you have made it this far then this is something that you already well know. You have likely had to adjust the nutrition of your plants during the vegetation and flowering stages. Well, you are going to have to adjust them one more time. However, this time it will be much easier, as you are simply going to cut the nutrients off. That’s right, during the last two weeks of flowering, you will no longer need to feed your plants. In fact, doing so could compromise the overall taste of the final product. While this will have you covered for nutrition, there is another extra step that you will have to undertake. And, that extra step is flushing the plants. This means that you will only give the plant plain pH-based water during these final weeks.
The reason for this is to flush out the sales and minerals in the soil. Not doing so will cause you to end up with an end product that is harsh and unpleasant. It will probably taste almost chemical-like. You have come too far and put too much hard work into this entire process to have your end product taste like something that came out of a chemical factory. Luckily, the flushing the plants is pretty easy, as all you are doing is cutting off the nutrients and solely feeding them pH-based water.
Making Sure It Is Time To Harvest
Given all the different strains out there it can be hard to put a time limit on a grow. As mentioned above, some strains might be ready to harvest in as little as 7 weeks, whereas it could take some strains 9 weeks. Luckily, you won’t have to go off time and you can use a more precise method. This method is accomplished with a jewelers loupe or a small microscope. All you need to do is closely examine the buds and look for trichomes. The trichomes on the plant should now be milky white. If they are clear and transparent then it means that it is still too early. When most of the trichomes have turned amber and opaque, it will be time to harvest. This simply means that the THC has reached its maximum point and the plant won’t get any more potent. In fact, waiting too long could result in damaging the THC.
Crucial Tips For Harvesting
If you have made it to the last two weeks of flowering then you have been on the right track. It is crucial to stay on this track because these last few weeks could make or break your end result. Harvesting is also going to be crucial, and you want to make sure that you are doing everything within your power to stay on the right path. That being said, the first place you are going to want to start is the drying room. Where do you plan on letting your plants dry? This is something that you should be thinking about when you are getting ready to trim the bugs for harvesting.
Speaking of harvesting, this is something that you want to do before harvesting the plants. Doing so will not only give you a better overall end presentation, but it will, in fact, help the buds dry more efficiently. When you are trimming the buds think about the room where you will be drying. You are not only good to need quality air circulation, but you are going to need the right temperature, humidity, and moisture. You want to make sure that the room is at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping your room 70 degrees F will ensure that you avoid any unwanted moisture issues.
It is also important to remember not to rush the process. Even though you have just cut and removed the buds from the plant, they are still technically alive. Water and other nutrients still might be flowing through the supple buds. Trimming, cutting, and hanging the buds upside down in a room with a temperature of 70 degrees will speed along the process, although it will still take anywhere from five to seven days with the right air circulation.