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When Do I Harvest Pot?

When do I harvest cannabis?

It’s an art and it’s a science. You need to know what to look for — the devil is in the details. You don’t want to harvest cannabis too soon but you definitely don’t want to harvest too late.  The buds have very specific appearances depending on the amount of development time you allow them, and those appearances correlate with cannabinoid content. Some varieties are easier to harvest than others. Most importantly, you need the right tools to look closely at the trichrome and the pistils and check for color.  We have a  full explanation here.

Do I need special tools to know when to harvest?

Some people use a high-powered microscope to look at the trichromes and pistils, but for most people a good magnifying glass will do.

Here are some popular microscopes that will do the trick. 

Low Price
Jiusion 40 to 1000x Magnification Endoscope, 8 LED USB 2.0 Digital Microscope, Mini Camera with OTG Adapter and Metal Stand, Compatible with Mac Window 7 8 10 Android Linux
Binocular, EZ to use
AmScope B120C Siedentopf Binocular Compound Microscope, 40X-2500X Magnification, Brightfield, LED Illumination, Abbe Condenser, Double-Layer Mechanical Stage
2018 Best compound
Awarded 2018 Best Compound Microscope - OMAX 40X-2000X Lab LED Binocular Microscope with Double Layer Mechanical Stage w Blank Slides Covers and Lens Cleaning Paper
Basic Digital LCD
LCD Digital Microscope, SKYBASIC 4.3 inch 50X-1000X Magnification Zoom HD 1080P 2 Megapixels Compound 2600 mAh Battery USB Microscope 8 Adjustable LED Light Video Camera Microscope with 8G TF Card
Jiusion 40 to 1000x Magnification Endoscope, 8 LED USB 2.0 Digital Microscope, Mini Camera with OTG Adapter and Metal Stand, Compatible with Mac Window 7 8 10 Android Linux
AmScope B120C Siedentopf Binocular Compound Microscope, 40X-2500X Magnification, Brightfield, LED Illumination, Abbe Condenser, Double-Layer Mechanical Stage
Awarded 2018 Best Compound Microscope - OMAX 40X-2000X Lab LED Binocular Microscope with Double Layer Mechanical Stage w Blank Slides Covers and Lens Cleaning Paper
LCD Digital Microscope, SKYBASIC 4.3 inch 50X-1000X Magnification Zoom HD 1080P 2 Megapixels Compound 2600 mAh Battery USB Microscope 8 Adjustable LED Light Video Camera Microscope with 8G TF Card
$21.99
$214.95
$209.99
$85.99
1,458 Reviews
58 Reviews
479 Reviews
139 Reviews
Low Price
Jiusion 40 to 1000x Magnification Endoscope, 8 LED USB 2.0 Digital Microscope, Mini Camera with OTG Adapter and Metal Stand, Compatible with Mac Window 7 8 10 Android Linux
Jiusion 40 to 1000x Magnification Endoscope, 8 LED USB 2.0 Digital Microscope, Mini Camera with OTG Adapter and Metal Stand, Compatible with Mac Window 7 8 10 Android Linux
$21.99
1,458 Reviews
Binocular, EZ to use
AmScope B120C Siedentopf Binocular Compound Microscope, 40X-2500X Magnification, Brightfield, LED Illumination, Abbe Condenser, Double-Layer Mechanical Stage
AmScope B120C Siedentopf Binocular Compound Microscope, 40X-2500X Magnification, Brightfield, LED Illumination, Abbe Condenser, Double-Layer Mechanical Stage
$214.95
58 Reviews
2018 Best compound
Awarded 2018 Best Compound Microscope - OMAX 40X-2000X Lab LED Binocular Microscope with Double Layer Mechanical Stage w Blank Slides Covers and Lens Cleaning Paper
Awarded 2018 Best Compound Microscope - OMAX 40X-2000X Lab LED Binocular Microscope with Double Layer Mechanical Stage w Blank Slides Covers and Lens Cleaning Paper
$209.99
479 Reviews
Basic Digital LCD
LCD Digital Microscope, SKYBASIC 4.3 inch 50X-1000X Magnification Zoom HD 1080P 2 Megapixels Compound 2600 mAh Battery USB Microscope 8 Adjustable LED Light Video Camera Microscope with 8G TF Card
LCD Digital Microscope, SKYBASIC 4.3 inch 50X-1000X Magnification Zoom HD 1080P 2 Megapixels Compound 2600 mAh Battery USB Microscope 8 Adjustable LED Light Video Camera Microscope with 8G TF Card
$85.99
139 Reviews

What is a pistil?

The pistils are the small hairs on the bud.  When they start to turn red, it is time to start considering your harvest. The longer you wait, the more likely you are to have concentrations of cannabinoids, including THC.  Up to a point.  You don’t want to let the buds turn brown.

What is a trichrome?

Trichomes are tiny protrusions (millions of them) that secrete the resin with the different cannabinoid compounds.  The picture at the top is a microscopic image of trichromes.

Last update on 2019-11-13 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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