Trichomes & Harvesting

MIKE GROEZ

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If your trichomes look like this then your no where near harvest time, I would imagine this particular plants going to need another 3 weeks of food.
The photo is what the trichomes look like deep down into the bud.
This is HSO - The New - at day 46 flower and is a lower airy bud. 65-70 days is what the breeder says is harvest time but from what a group of us that where running test seeds found was 73-80 days.

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Good research bro
 

CraigMk

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** super orange glue** day 54 flower . Swelled up nicely, I have seen ambers at tops and on buds bellow .I have burnt it a little with nutrients and I think lights. How does this look to any pros out there.
 

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Puff_Dragon

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Here is some more anecdotal evidence ;-)

imho, each strain is different and needs to be tested with a first grow to get the harvest time really dialled in (after this, you use clones).
With that in mind, Sativa dominant should be run for 12 weeks first grow (longer for a 'pure' Sativa). And 10 weeks for an Indica.
Staggering the first harvest (over a week or more) will also help you to taste/feel any changes in the expression of the high, flavour and smell in the time (helping you gauge things for later harvests, using clones).

btw, I came to those harvest numbers after learning (first hand) the old growers adage:
If you think they are ready to harvest ..wait, at least one more week :)

Pistil hairs (colour/stages)
For me, all have basically turned red, shrunk back and matted to the bud (with only a few new hairs poking out over the whole bud). If I see lots of white hairs still (irrespective of the number of reds) I wait longer. I want to see pistil production dropping heavily, before I harvest.

Tricone colours
I grow more Sativa dominant (but this may be true of Indica dominant too), I learnt to never view the resin glands as simply clear, milky and amber (just three stages).
At least for the strains I grow, there are: Clear, Clear/Milky, Milky, Milky/small dot of amber inside, Amber red, Amber brown, Amber black.
Amber brown and Amber black are the real 'sleepy sleepy' part of the high (for my strains anyway), so I avoid them as much as possible.

For a balanced high and good flavour, I harvest when there are: Milky, Milky/small dot of amber inside, Amber red, some Amber brown (there will be a few Clears too)
This 'usually' corispodes with the flower times I mentioned originally.

Peace.

*Edit*
I should have added: I start counting flower days from the first day I see white pistils. Thats normally, about 7 days after the flip to 12/12
 
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abf89

Member
hey,

these girl is my first :) i feel harwest time is coming.. but when is the right time? can u check the pics and advice me?


 

TMoney69

Active Member
Seems to be a combination of cloudy and clear trichomes as far as I can see from the images.
You should let your plant(s) flower a bit more, hard to be specific without more info (length of flowering so far, strain etc.) but I would say at least 2 weeks as I see no amber trichomes and still quite a few clear.
 

Agraves

New Member
I’m new to growing and received a young plant as a gift back in June. I’m not sure of the strain but she’s been a slower grower and has been flowering for roughly 6 weeks now. The problem is, I can’t tell if she’s ready for harvest. I have a 30x jewelers loup and the trichromes all look white to me, however, I’ve actually never seen them look translucent. I can’t tell if that’s just light reflecting or if I need a stronger loup, but I’m hoping some seasoned growers might be able to determine whether or not she’s ready. Despite the inconsistencies with how “ripe” some the pistols look, these pics are all from the same plant.
 

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MajorCoco

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I’m new to growing and received a young plant as a gift back in June. I’m not sure of the strain but she’s been a slower grower and has been flowering for roughly 6 weeks now. The problem is, I can’t tell if she’s ready for harvest. I have a 30x jewelers loup and the trichromes all look white to me, however, I’ve actually never seen them look translucent. I can’t tell if that’s just light reflecting or if I need a stronger loup, but I’m hoping some seasoned growers might be able to determine whether or not she’s ready. Despite the inconsistencies with how “ripe” some the pistols look, these pics are all from the same plant.
Not ready. Too many new pistils for it to be even close to finished. 3 weeks at least...

Just to clarify, those white hairs are each attached to a calyx (sometimes two hairs per calyx). Calyxes provide the bulk of the weight and surface area of a bud. When the hair is white it means that the calyx it is attached to is immature, meaning it is small. The calyx is only at full size once the pistil hair has turned orange or orangey-brown.

If you harvest a plant when it still has white pistils you are losing YIELD. Potentially a significant amount, since a lot of strains don't bulk up properly until the very last 2 weeks.
 
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MajorCoco

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I recently read some stuff from Cannoli about this topic, and he suggest leaving plants until there are 60% amber trichs. "Dimensions of Ripeness 3" it was called.

An interesting read, but I wondered if anyone on here had personal experience leaving harvests that long?
 
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