When to Harvest Marijuana

when to harvest marijuana

Harvest season is one of the most awaited time any cannabis cultivators hopes for. This is the period where all the hard work will eventually pay off. Though it is the most awaited time, this is also the season where cannabis growers should be very much knowledgeable as there are so many things to consider before harvesting. As the saying goes, there is time for everything. This means, harvesting too early or too late may result in impotent and lame effects.

In this article, we will be discussing when to harvest marijuana. Just like any other guides, there are determinants for consideration. Before we even go further, let us first talk about the essential factors.

What are the factors to consider?

There are various factors to put into consideration in order to determine if your cannabis plants are ready for harvest. Yet before even understanding the determination, it will be helpful if you have an idea of the strain origin and its growing information. This is for you to be able to understand its suggested flowering time, its breeders’ recommended harvest month, as well as its physical appearance when it is finally ready for harvest. In knowing its origin and growing information, it will be easier for you to settle if your buds are ready to harvest.

Knowing the strains’ information can get you to the right track. Though the breeders’ details may sometimes be inaccurate, knowing something about the marijuana plant you are developing can give you hints about is profile.

In learning more about the plant you are growing, let us talk about the signs.

When to harvest marijuana?

For the record, knowing if it is finally the time to harvest your marijuana is all base on its appearance. The most important thing to look at when to harvest marijuana will be the following:

  • Pistils (The tiny little hair)
  • Trichomes (The tiny white crystals)
  • Leaves

The parts of your cannabis plant are the sole responsible for letting you know if your most-awaited buds are ready for harvest.


Depending on your strains’ description, pistils play an important role in determining if your marijuana plant is ready for harvest. As a notable part of the cannabis plant, looking closely at
your shoot will obviously tell you where the pistils are.

Pistils are the hair-like parts of your plant that appears from the calyx. At an early age, these tiny little hairs resemble to be white in color. And eventually, it will turn brown up to dark brown when its time to harvest. Remember to not harvest when the pistils aren’t yet visibly brown. The main reason for this is to ensure its optimal potency.

When more than 50 percent of the pistils are still white, harvesting it can result in less potency. As long as the pistils turn dark brown from 50 to 90 percent, then the effects it can provide is surpassing. Just do not harvest for a hundred percent brown pistils as THC may turn to CBN.


Trichomes are the crystal-like part of the marijuana plant that is too tiny for the eyes to see. In determining if your cannabis plants are ready to harvest by looking at its trichomes, magnifying equipment can help you do it. One of the popular tools is the jeweler’s loupe. It is a little hand- held magnifying tool that can be utilized to get up near and intimate with the trichomes. For a more precise picture, using a digital microscope will give a more accurate image of the condition of your trichomes, but this comes at a higher price.

Under magnifying equipment, trichomes will look distinct and will present a crystal-like appearance during its early age of flowering. This means, its potency is still low. Further down its flowering phase, trichomes will begin to showcase an extra hazy look and white color. When these resin factories are partially cloudy, the buds are still not totally ready and will have a weak
aroma. There’s still some time to wait. Ultimately, trichomes will become significantly hazy. At this period, they carry the greatest levels of THC and will provide the most powerful psychoactive results.

This is the time when most farmers will want to reap their harvests. If left longer, trichomes will turn from a cloudy appearance into a golden one. Collecting at this stage will provide a more relaxing and bodily high.


You do not need any form of a master’s degree to recognize the leaves. Leaves are the broad fan-like parts of the marijuana plants that serve as energy-forming solar boards. Depending on the way it has been developed and its origin, during the vegetative stage, yellow leaves will not be an indication for a true harvest. In fact, when this happens, it just means a lack of nutrients.

However, this appears to be different in the flowering phase. If your marijuana plant is filled with flowers, fan blades will start to become yellow and die as much of the support is focused on the plants. This is simple to locate and a surefire indication that harvest time is near.

There are some strains that have purple in color, looking at the tip of the leaves can help you decide if the buds are ready to harvest or not.


It may be a difficult task to wait for the harvest to finally come, yet, knowing when to harvest marijuana is fulfilling as there are essential parts of your plant that can help you in determining when its time to reap, understanding more on the signs is very important.

Pistils, trichomes, and leaves, followed by a magnifying tool, will be your best friend at this point. With proper timing, not only that, you are preparing for quality buds, but you are also preparing for the most potent high that it can ever deliver. Buds alone cannot offer a great smoking experience. The most enticing thing is what kind of effects it can deliver at the end of the day.

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