Determining when your cannabis plant is ready for harvest is the most important part of harvesting marijuana buds. As a medical marijuana grower, whether indoors or outdoors, you need to know how to check the weed plants trichomes and the pistils to make sure you harvest at the perfect time, preserving the plants thc and potency levels. The easiest way to understand how to harvest your medical marijuana crop is to watch the video “harvesting cannabis plants for buds”. In this video I show you how check your plants and and buds for maximum size, potency and quality.
Trimming & Manicuring while Harvesting Marijuana Plants.
Now that you have checked your marijuana plants trichomes and pistils for harvest, I am going to show you how to trim your plants buds and branches. Harvesting your marijuana buds takes a lot of time to do. Having patience is very important when you choose to trim each plant by hand and not by using an automatic trimmer, which some people say damages thc trichomes and results in lower potency. Knowing how to cut the branches and trim the leaves properly will make drying and curing much easier. In this video “trimming and manicuring marijuana buds“, I show you how to cut branches and trim each flower to perfection. After watching this short video, you will be ready to hang your marijuana buds to dry.
If you are growing MMJ in a large warehouse, you need to take into consideration how many plants need to be trimmed and calculate that by the time it takes to trim each plant or how long it takes to trim a pound of bud. With this in mind, you will need to either hire some people to help trim and manicure or you will need to invest in an automatic trimmer which runs between $8000-$15,000 to buy or some companies have rental options that include an operator, saving you time which results in more profit for your grow business.
Hanging & Drying after Harvesting Marijuana Buds
Once the buds of the marijuana plant have been trimmed and harvested, they now need to be hung to dry and cure. This is the last step in harvesting marijuana buds and is also the most important part of drying marijuana buds. Every cannabis plant is different in size and density, therefore drying times will vary. The average bud takes 5 days to dry. You can feel the buds to see if they are dry. Keep in mind that even though they feel dry, they will regain moisture once they are put into the cure stage. During drying, you always want to make sure the temperature and air flow are perfect as this will help eliminate mold and nasty odors. Keeping light away from the buds while drying will preserve the THC trichomes, keeping potency at a maximum. The pictures below are just one simple way I use to hang and dry my plants. Due to limited space in this specific growroom, I use a dark, dry and cool area that has plenty of air flow, using some electrical cables that are already there to hang the plant branches from. In my large warehouse grow rooms I use drying racks that I custom made.
After Harvesting Marijuana Buds, you can smoke, sell or turn the dried weed into edibles.