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when to harvest cannabis without a microscope

I’m a first-time cannabis grower and my first plants are starting to flower, but I’m not sure exactly sure when I’m supposed to harvest them. How do I know my buds are ready? Also, is there anything I can do with the fan leaves after harvest, or do I just throw them out?

Having a magnifying glass or microscope allows the grower to determine when to harvest more accurately depending on his or her personal preferences. All in all, a magnifying glass or microscope is a valuable tool for harvesting and an investment worth making.
As the cannabis flowers start to ripen, the trichomes will turn from translucent to milky, and then, eventually, to an amber color.

For most hybrid plants, the peak THC percentages will be when the trichomes are mostly milky in color. In other words, most growers wait until most of the trichomes have become milky to harvest.
Due to the low percentage of cannabinoids they contain, many growers dispose of the fan leaves. Personally, I like to make a coconut oil extract with my fan leaves. I do this by heating water and coconut oil in a large pot (I use one of my water bath canning pots).
As the cannabis flower reaches maturity, more of the pistols will become red or brown. A good rule of thumb is to harvest when just over 50 per cent of the pistols have become red or brown in color. The naked eye method is good for beginners who do not have access to a magnifying glass or microscope.
The amount of water and coconut oil will vary depending on the amount of fan leaves you have. After the coconut oil has melted completely in the water, add the fan leaves, and cook over low heat for three to five hours.
With the naked eye, the grower should closely watch his or her flowers until the pistols (little white hair protruding from the flowers) start turning red or brown.

You do not want to heavily boil the leaves; a light simmer is sufficient. After cooking, strain the water/coconut oil mixture through cheese cloth to remove the leaf material. The remaining mixture can be placed in the refrigerator for separation.

There are two common methods to determine when a cannabis flower is ready for harvest: with the naked eye or with a magnifying glass or microscope.With…

When to harvest cannabis without a microscope

Example of a description of SuperJuani:

SuperJuani
Moment of harvest, outdoors

To know the state of ripeness of the plant, we will cut a small piece of a bud of the middle part of the plant and will analyze it with a microscope or a magnifying glass. The trichomes goes through a process of color change according to their development.
When to cut the plants is simple if you know how… The first thing is to know the grown marijuana strain, and if possible, the recommendations of the bank where the seeds come from. These feature descriptions are of indicative guidance. They are a help, but you must keep in mind that many banks indicate the time that plants take for harvest based on cuttings that comes from a parental plant with sexual maturity. The plants from seeds usually needs between 5-7 days more, so, we will be aware. In Philosopher Seeds, the first time we indicate is what cuttings take until harvest and secondly, we indicate the longest time that can take some phenotypes.
Observing with a microscope resin glands is a fascinating world. It looks like a forest full of psychedelic bubbles.
Philosopher Seeds does not recommend to harvest or before these first 70 % / 30% nor after the 30 % / 70 %. We have said that if we harvest too early, the grass does not have any effect, but if we harvest too late, we will lose in quality. Once a trichome is of amber colour, it starts to degrade and loses potency. For this reason, we always seek the balance that will best suit us.
As we said above, we will observe the colour of the trichomes, and based on this, we will know the exact state of ripeness of the plant. Another factor would be the preference of each grower, seen that according to this colour, the grass will have an effect or other.

In principle, they are all of clear colour, then they become cloudy and end up by being of amber colour.

When to harvest cannabis plants Harvest both outdoors and indoors always tends to be a time of joy. For outdoor growers, it’s the moment in which they stop suffering for an eventual theft that