Exceptions to the “No Supplements” rule:
Although it’s normal to see some amount of yellowing before harvest, it’s important to harvest before the sugar leaves on the buds have turned yellow.
Although buds can be harvested at this point, they will continue to develop and increase THC levels over the next few weeks as more trichomes turn cloudy. Your yields will also increase significantly! If you’re looking for a more relaxed effect, I recommend starting the flush when just about all the trichomes have already turned cloudy.
Why avoid flushing buds early? You can read the full explanation here, but basically buds harvested on the early side tend to be more “racing” or possibly have a paranoia-inducing effect, while waiting longer to harvest increases THC levels and intensifies the psychoactive properties of your buds. Waiting even longer makes buds that are still potent and psychoactive, but the extra time in the flowering stage also starts to add a more relaxed,”couchlock” effect as some of the THC degrades to CBN.
These products are formulated to help remove extra minerals or salts when flushing the plant, which may reduce the chance that these leftover minerals or salts end up altering the smell or flavor of your buds.
Soil Growers Flush 1-2+ Weeks – Soil growers should flush the longest, from 1-2 weeks. This is because there is still some amount of nutrients left in the soil. For super soil growers who haven’t used any nutrients from seed to harvest, you don’t have to worry about flushing because you’ve been giving plain water from the beginning. Your microorganisms in the soil have fed nutrients directly to your plants as needed, and it’s very unlikely you have any type of nutrient build-up.
Woo hoo! You’ve been working so hard, and now you are almost at the end of your journey!
During the flush before harvest, it’s important to keep a close eye on your plants. Your plant can turn yellow almost over night in certain situations.
How long should each type of grower flush their plants before harvest?
Flushing before harvest can increase the quality of your buds, but it can also hurt your yields and even REDUCE the quality of your buds if you do it too early! Learn how to flush properly!