Would you like a surefire way for increased cannabis yields? Harvesting at the right time can result in increased potency and even a 20% yield increase. So how do you know when to harvest?
Harvesting For Increased Cannabis Yields – Here’s The Worst Way!
The absolute worst way to harvest your weed is going by the breeders days to harvest! Remember breeders want to sell seeds so they tend to give earliest days to harvest possible. Now the weed may be OK to harvest but that doesn’t mean it will provide the best yield.
Even if they are not trying to mislead anyone every grow is different because every grow room is different. Lighting is different and temperatures and humidity vary. This has a profound effect on when a crop is actually ready to harvest.
When To Harvest For Maximum Yield
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When Should You Harvest Your Weed?
Everyone looks forward to harvest. But we often take our plants too early because of the anticipation and excitement. In doing so yield and potency are often sacrificed. So how do we avoid this? The three most common ways we measure maturity are by brown hairs, trichomes and fading.
Harvesting when the hairs turn brown is most likely to cause a loss in yield. It is not a reliable way to determine maturity because buds continue to grow and swell even after the hairs are brown.
Checking trichomes is a better way to gauge maturity but it’s not perfect either. You are only looking at the outer layer of trichomes and not the ones in the bud itself. You will notice top buds matured and bottom ones needing more time with this method. Also some strains do not make amber trichomes and they can be harder to see and % amber is really just a guess.
Waiting For The Fade
Fading is one of the best ways to determine maturity. Hairs should be brown and trichomes turning at this point so really no need to check them. You want a complete fade. If the top leaves are turning and the lowers are still green they are not ready. Sorry.
Some people will tell you that all plants will not fade. These are usually the impatient ones. All plants will fade when they are done. If you over fed them it will obviously take longer to get everything out.
The importance of a good flush that removes all nutrients from the pot can not be overstated. But there are still 2 to 3 weeks of nutrients inside the plant that the growing buds will use up.
So you really should start to flush while the plants still have some white hairs and are actively growing. With nothing for the roots to take up the plants will draw on the stored reserves in the leaves. This is how to get a complete fade and know your plants are done.
The Easy Way To Increased Cannabis Yields
If all this seems to complicated here is the simplest and easiest way to increase your yield: Wait until you think your plants are done. Then wait another week before you harvest them! Trust me, you will get more bud and higher potency.