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Harvesting Your Buds
Welcome to the funniest part of growing marijuana, Harvesting! Harvesting is
the exciting part of the process when you get to reap your hard-earned
rewards. First and foremost, if being discreet is a problem and you have any
smell concerns I would like to warn you that Harvesting really really smells.
Harvesting will spread that potent marijuana odour into the air very quickly, so
be warned if smell is a major concern for you.
There is way more to harvesting marijuana plants than simply cutting them
down. Plants are cut down at the stems below the base(below the lower
leaves) with a sharp clean knife or hack saw.
With a small indoor or outdoor garden (less than 15 plants) it can take a few
hours to harvest, manicure, and hang the buds to dry. There’s really no way
around it as the plants must be manicured and hung to dry immediately after
they are cut down. This can be time consuming for sure.
Note: Make sure you set aside a steady 6 hours of time to work undisturbed
the first time you harvest a small garden. If it’s a large garden (more than 50
plants), make sure you leave yourself a full day to work.
Right before harvesting, the plants should be fed plain water only with
absolutely no nutrients (or fertilizer if you’re using soil). This is to remove any
fertilizer that has built up in the actual plants themselves, and the hydroponic
media or soil they were grown in. After the plants are harvested they must be
manicured and dried.
It’s important to know when the plants will be ready to harvest because prior
to harvesting you will need to remove the fertilizer (nutrients) contained in the
plants. The plants themselves and the hydroponic media or soil the plants
were grown in will store some of the nutrients that have been fed to them.
Marijuana plants need fertilizer so they can grow and mature to produce THC.
In order to remove the fertilizer from plants, you feed them plain water (with
no nutrients) for one or more feedings just before they are harvested. This is
Note: Tap water tends to have lots of chemicals (recent studies found traces
of antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones in
drinking water in the Southern California region), it is best to use
distilled/purified water or water treated with reverse osmosis for this purpose.
Don’t be concerned where the plants are getting their food as they will use up
the fertilizer they have stored in them (growth does not slow down). That is if
you do it correctly. If you do not flush the nutrients from the plants, the
resulting marijuana will taste bad and may be very hard to ignite.
If you have been growing the plant on organic nutrients then there is seldom
a need to clear the plant since it has not taken up any foul tasting chemical
nutrients. The extra N stored in the foliage will have been used up
(translocated for budding fuel) as part of the natural process of final budding.
When growing hydroponic marijuana, start clearing about 7 days before
harvest. This can by done easily by changing the solution and using only
distilled water or water treated with reverse osmosis (NO NUTRIENTS!).
Some growers even change the water two or more times before harvest
because there’s a chance the media may still hold nutrients after the first
With soil, same pure water rules apply above but instead of 7 days you need
to change the water 14 days before harvest. Avoid slow-release fertilizers
because they are hard to remove. If you have your heart set on using slow-
release fertilizer, not to worry just replace it with regular nutrients for the last
Oh and if you’re growing in soil here’s a trick to speed the drying process: you
can stop watering the plants 2 days prior to harvest.
WARNING: DO NOT stop the flow of water to hydroponic plants. If you
do they will WILT ad begin to DIE within a few minutes to a few
hours!!!!! Not cool dude.
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