Hi, everybody! Welcome to Grow Your Own with Kyle Kushman.
This episode is all about ripening those lovely buds that you spend so much time growing. How do you know when it’s ripe? Well, just like a piece of fruit, there’s a peak time for ripening. Collecting a little bit too soon or too late will produce a less than ideal harvest. So how do you tell? Here are things you should do:
Mark it on your calendar. Because timing is crucial, it is important thing that we take note of the date when your plant switches to flowering. That day is going to be the best indicator of when your particular strain of marijuana is going to be ripe and ready for harvest.
Be equipped. When it starts getting close, you will see the pistils turn red. That’s when you will need a lighted loupe, a handy magnifier that provides a better, closer view of the buds.
Know where best to look. The last few inspections are the most important of all. Make sure to always check the buds that grow on the interior, so the coat of trichomes has not been touched. When walking through the garden, any contact like rubbing or brushing against the flowers could turn the bulbs brown, potentially leading to misjudgment.
Know what the colors mean. When you first look at the trichomes, those tiny mushroom-looking stalks will be clear. As ripening gets close, maybe a week or two out, they will begin to turn opaque. The cloudy or milky heads will then turn amber or brown, just like a ripe piece of fruit. Once 5 to 10% of the spread of trichomes have achieved the amber the color, perfect ripening has been reached and that’s when it’s time to harvest.
The next video is all about how to hang and cure properly. We’ll see you soon.