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What To Look Out For When Harvesting Your Cannabis in South Africa

If you’ve grown your plant from one of our amazing seeds, it is time to harvest. And we all know harvesting time is important to you!

There are a number of signs you need to look out for. As you might know, there are two methods of identification.

The first technique is called the Pistil Method.

Pistil Identification

Cannabis plant close to harvest using the pistol identification method

Your pistils are white in colour during the early stages of the flowering period. When the pistils start to darken, this means that the bud is creating some juicy tetrahydrocannabinolic acids (THCA).

You’re waiting for 60-70% of your pistils to have darkened. This means making an informed guess at some point. If you wait too long, like when 70-90% of the pistils have darkened, you’ll have a more mellow effect from your harvest.

As you can tell, this is more of a shoot-from-the-hip approach. But you’re a cannabis connoisseur. You know that you’d prefer to harvest this bud at the perfect time.

So, for the next method, go out and buy a jeweller’s loupe , and let’s look at the trichomes.

Trichome Identification

Milk cannabis trichomes ready for harvest

So the trichome structure, when viewed with a jeweller’s loupe, will resemble a mushroom. You’ll be concentrating on the bulbous, translucent head.

For Indica strains, if most of these blobs look milky then you’re ready to harvest.

For Sativa hybrids, when 70% of the trichome heads are milky and 30% amber, this is the best time to harvest.

The major issue is harvesting too early, because your bud will have fewer oils and terpenes and you won’t get that juicy taste. This cannot be fixed, even with the correct drying and curing process.

Remember every strain ages differently, and the top of the bud ages faster than the bottom.

Whatever you do, keep watching your crop closely. And most importantly, don’t rush it. After all, next is the drying and curing process.

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