16About time right! Now all your hard work pays off. After a few weeks of seedling, and putting fertilizers, singing to your pots and checking their leaves with infestations, you can finally take them to your room and smoke ‘em up! So how do we actually do that?
What Bud Should I Pluck?
Use a magnifying glass to clearly distinguish what could be plucked and those that may still take a while. When the resin or trichomes become white or amber in hue, and the small hairy turns from yellow to red-orange, then it is time to cut. You have a window of 5-7 days to perform the harvest as this will give the best potency of your weeds. When you already see the amber colors in the plant, dampen it by watering the plant with no added nutrients. This would cleanse the plant of the left over residues of the nutrients especially the insecticide that was applied before.
How to Properly Cut the Cannabis Buds?
Before anything else, when you start cutting your plant, a very strong odor will be released so make sure that the room that you’re in has a very good air circulation. Maintain the temperature to 70 F as heat would not be necessary at this stage. Over 86 F and you’re already losing the potency of the plant.
Start by cutting the branches off then put it in a plastic bag. You can already disregard the lower leaves as this would not be good for smoking.
How to Dry My Cannabis Buds?
After you cut the cannabis buds, put it in a container and let it stand there for a while. Check them at least once a day to see if there are growths of bacteria or fungus. However if something unwanted grows, take it outside the room, spread it and dry- or you can always use the microwave to kill the germs. After that, put away the plastic bag of weeds into a dark place as light degrades THC. After 2 weeks then, take out the buds and leaves except for those with many resins. You can put it sandwiched in a newspaper and let it dry there until it is brittle enough that you can already snap it with your fingers- if you can snap it already then it is ready to be smoked.