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There are some things that you must do before you actually harvest, however. This basically removing the nutrients from the soil and replaces them with pH balanced water. It’s done normally about two weeks before the big day.

This is not actually for the benefit of the plant but to get rid of nutrients that might well affect the taste/flavor of the final cannabis product once you harvest. The one major thing you need to do is to pick the right harvest time. This is where you can rely on your strain information or, with experience, do it yourself. Invest in a jewelers eye magnifier and use it to take a long hard look at the trichomes. If these are relatively clear and transparent, you’re not yet ready. Once they start to change to milky white you should really be on your marks. You’ll see them start to change to an amber color and this is when your THC levels are really at the maximum. This is generally the most nerve-wracking time for newbies but it’s not something you should be afraid of.

Our first big tip is to try not to touch the flowers more than you have to. You want to keep those delicate trichomes intact as much as possible and handling them can cause a lot of damage. The initial thing to do is get the large fan leaves out of the way so that you can see the rest of your plant clearly. These don’t have much value except for compost and can be discarded. The smaller bud leaves, however, have trichomes on them and are great for making edibles and hash oil. Carefully remove these and put them safe, working around the bud until you reach the sugary coating. Finally, cut the buds, leaving enough stem so that you can handle them without touching the valuable part of the plant. This is also a good time to check for issues like mold which can often be a big problem. If you spot it, make sure you separate the bud from the main crop and throw it away. Leaving can mean the mold spreads and contaminates everything else. The final stage is the drying and curing of your crop, something which needs to be done before it is ready to use. This can take anywhere from up to four to eight weeks and is just as important as any other step in the cultivation process. Get it right and you should have a cannabis crop that is smooth and flavorsome as well as potent. We hope that showing you the cannabis flowering week by week in pictures gives you a much better idea of what lies ahead and what to look out for. Understanding the various phases of cannabis plant development comes with practice and experience so don’t be too hard on yourself if you get it wrong first time. Steven is a full-time freelance writer based in Wales. He joined the Seedsman team in 2018, contributing articles on a number of topics including global news, cultivation and strain profiles. Timeline of the Cannabis Flowering Stage (12/12 to Harvest) Table of Contents. Week 6-8 – Buds Ripen, Pistils Darken – some strains spend longer in this stage. During the phase of life known as the vegetative stage (the first stage of life for marijuana), a cannabis plant grows about how you’d expect… like a weed! In the vegetative stage a cannabis plant only grows new stems and leaves, and can grow several inches a day with the added ability to recover from just about anything! Even if you run into major problems in the vegetative stage, you can bring your plant back from the brink of death simply by addressing the problem and giving your plant some TLC. In the vegetative stage, your cannabis plant only grows stems and leaves and is resistant to problems. However, things aren’t so rosy in cannabis flowering stage.

In the flowering stage your cannabis plant grows very differently, and is much more sensitive to problems. The tricky thing about the flowering stage is that you don’t have much room for error and big mistakes can lower your yields. In order to maximize your yields, it’s important to know what to focus on during each part of the flowering stage. It’s also really helpful to know what to expect so you know when something is going wrong! This flowering stage “walk through” will explain exactly what to expect week-by-week while your plant is making buds, and it’ll tell you what you need to do to ensure you get to harvest with the best bud quality and yields possible! When growing cannabis indoors, the flowering stage begins when you change your grow lights to a 12/12 light cycle (12 hours light, 12 hours darkness each day). Getting those 12 hours of uninterrupted darkness each day gives your plant the signal that it’s time to start flowering. In a way the plant “thinks” winter is coming because the days are getting short. Note: It’s common to think that a cannabis plant getting 12 or less hours of light is what initiates flowering, but it’s actually uninterrupted darkness that does the trick! If the plant gets any light during the dark period, even for just a minute, it won’t make buds!

In fact, a flowering plant may even revert back or express hermaphroditism if it gets any light at night! Outdoors, it’s also the days getting shorter that cause a cannabis plant to start making buds in late summer, but outdoor buds develop on different schedules depending on the local climate. This tutorial is meant to explain how a cannabis plant usually develops when grown indoors, since that is done under controlled conditions, and plants tend to grow the same way.

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