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Outdoor cannabis harvest: tips and tricks
As many of you know, cannabis legalization in numerous countries has led to an increasing interest in home growing from many users who, in other circumstances, would have been forced to resort to the black market. Thanks to this, marijuana cultivation has gained numerous followers in recent years, as currently many people grow a few plants in their balconies, patios or gardens, in order to stock up on marijuana.
However, the effort made during half a year (or longer in some cases) can be ruined if you don’t take into account a series of parameters when harvesting your cannabis plants. Today we are showing you a few tricks to bear in mind to ensure you’ll get high-quality buds. Nobody likes to see how the flowers they have been taking care of for months get covered in fungi due to an error!
When growing cannabis outdoors the climate should be closely monitored
When to harvest outdoor cannabis plants
The first thing you need to know is when to harvest your plants. Logically, the first step is reading through the traits of the strain you are cultivating, as they usually include an approximated harvest date (for example, mid-October) that normally coincides with the first weeks of autumn.
Nevertheless, this information is merely a guideline and can vary from plant to plant (even from the same strain). In addition, harvest time is also determined by the climate and growing conditions (temperature, number of hours of direct sunlight, etc). Let’s see in more detail what you can do to correctly establish when to harvest your plants.
How to know it’s harvest time by looking at the plant’s trichomes
This is, without doubt, the most commonly employed and effective method to know when your plants are at their peak in terms of cannabinoid and terpene production, which is the perfect time to harvest them. To do this, and as you will see in much more detail in the link below, you should pay attention to the colours displayed by the stalked glandular trichomes (those small “lollipops” that cover the buds and the leaves surrounding them), which we often call resin.
A simple 40-60x magnifying glass will be enough to observe their colours, which will change throughout the flowering phase. Indeed, these trichome heads will go from transparent (immature) to a milky/amber tone (mature) during this stage. As the plant continues storing more cannabinoids and terpenes, the trichomes will change further, giving you a clue about the best time to harvest. We recommend gathering your crop when all the trichomes are milky, opaque, or whitish in color.
When to harvest marijuana plants according to trichome ripeness
Here you have a translation of an article from TGA Subcool about the harvest of cannabis plants. Both the effect and taste of marijuana are directly related to its harvesting time. How to know which is the perfect time for harvest? What are trichomes and how to harvest plants depending on their colour? How to maximize your crops according to the desired effect? Here you have the answers to all these questions, with examples and personal experiences. Subcool
Climatic or safety factors
At any rate, and although you’ve already established you are harvesting in, let’s say, within 10 days, there may be some factors that could force you to change the harvest date. these are the drawbacks of outdoor cultivation!
It is best to know the local climate and adapt the strain to it. This is an example from one of our collaborators who lives in an area with lots of rain from mid-August to mid-September. What happens in this case? When growing fast-flowering varieties, the harvest time will coincide with this rainy period, something that nobody wants. But if he uses long flowering strains, he’ll be able to harvest them in October without too many problems.
As you can see, the local climate can have a significant influence when choosing which variety to grow, as this choice could make the difference between a failed and a successful grow. You also need to bear in mind the theft of cannabis plants, which happens more often than we think, and tend to prompt some growers to cut their plants early in order to secure their harvest before somebody else does it for them.
It’s important to use preventive measures against pests and fungi
How to harvest outdoor cannabis plants
Once you are more or less certain of when to harvest, it’s time to carry out a series of actions that will improve the success rate of your mission of harvesting the largest possible amount of high-quality flowers without problems. Let’s see a few of the most important actions:
During the plant development (vegetative phase) and right before the flowering stage, you can do some topping in order to obtain a greater number of smaller flowers. If you live in an especially humid area subject to fungi proliferation during flowering, having more small buds and fewer large colas can help to avoid a fungal attack such as botrytis. Pruning the lower part of the plant will also improve air circulation and lower the risk of future fungal infections.
As you probably know, growers usually stop feeding their plants one or two weeks before harvest in order to force them to use up all their nutrient reserves, so they can obtain “clean” plants, something that greatly improves their aromas and flavours. It’s therefore advisable to stop using fertilizers – whether solid nutrients or (especially) liquid – about 15 days before the estimated harvest date. Don’t worry if the leaves turn yellow, that’s exactly what you want!
Whether organic or mineral, using silicon-rich nutrients throughout the cultivation will help the plant to better withstand pathogenic pests and fungi attack. Silica Blast by Botanicare and The Hype Company’s Samax are excellent silicon sources. Similarly, many growers use a root stimulator during the last 2-3 weeks of flowering to boost the plant’s immune system, and make it more resistant to fungi and other sources of stress.
Plant suffering from fungal infection
In a similar way to nutrients, it is advisable to avoid overwatering your plants towards the end of the growing season (especially outdoors). The objective of this is to slightly reduce the water intake in order to harvest plants with a lower degree of humidity in their tissues, something that, on one hand, will promote the drying process, and on the other will help lower the chances of a fungal infection, which could ruin the harvest in a matter of days (or even hours).
In some cases, it’s possible that certain parts of the plant mature faster than others. Should this happens, you’ll have to harvest the ones that are ready and wait a few more days for the rest to ripen properly. This way, you won’t only gather all the parts at their peak of ripeness, but you’ll also secure part of the harvest as you get to dry the weed. This is a cultivation technique that can save you some problems, both in terms of the rain and the dreaded thieves.
Rains and foliar treatments
Ideally, your plants shouldn’t get wet (for any reason) during the last weeks of cultivation, whether as a consequence of the rain or any foliar treatment with phytosanitary products. The drier the buds, the less chance of a fungal attack occurring; and you’ll also improve the drying process. For this reason, many people cover their plants with some type of clear plastic during the last weeks of cultivation, greatly reducing the risk of fungal infections. Using stakes or support nets is also a good idea, as late summer storms usually come with strong winds that can split entire branches.
Preventing your plants from getting wet increases the chances of a fungi-free harvest
Pests (fungi, caterpillars)
You’ve seen some tricks to prevent some dreaded fungi, such as powdery mildew, mildew, or botrytis, from attacking your plants. Besides the above-mentioned remedies, you can also use preventive products throughout the cultivation, and especially right before the flowering phase. This will be the perfect moment to apply some type of broad-spectrum fungicide, as well as Bacillus Thuringiensis (to fight caterpillars), Bacillus subtilis (powdery mildew), and Trichoderma (botrytis).
How to dry your outdoor cannabis crop
Once you have successfully reached the end of the growing season and harvested your outdoor plants, it’s time to dry your buds, a vital process in which you can’t afford to make mistakes. Basically, you need to find a cool, dry, dark, and well-ventilated place to leave your plants to dry for two weeks. You can hang the whole plant (or its branches) or use a circular drying net, or even a clothesline. The temperature and humidity should be around 20ºC and 50%, but you can find more information in our post about drying marijuana buds.
These tips will ensure an outdoor harvest of maximum yield. We hope they will help you achieve the perfect harvest! Of course, and as always, we encourage you to share your tricks or doubts with us and the rest of our readers. together we learn more!
The articles published by Alchimiaweb, S.L. are reserved for adult clients only. We would like to remind our customers that cannabis seeds are not listed in the European Community catalogue. They are products intended for genetic conservation and collecting, in no case for cultivation. In some countries it is strictly forbidden to germinate cannabis seeds, other than those authorised by the European Union. We recommend our customers not to infringe the law in any way, we are not responsible for their use.
10 Great Youtube Videos On Growing Weed
Many of you have written in to tell us how much you love growing videos and that you want us to make more videos. We hear you loud and clear!
But in the meantime, we’ve researched 10 great videos about growing marijuana and they’re available for instant access on YouTube.
We specifically chose these videos because they answer some of the most common questions we receive at GrowWeedEasy.com, and we found the content to be exceptional!
If there’s cannabis growing video we need to see, make sure to send us a link!
1.) How to Grow Marijuana Indoors – Beginning to End
“Growing Weed Start to Finish Beginners Guide” by From Seed to Stoned
This video is high-quality stuff. It goes through a lot of useful information quickly, the narration is great, and the production value is fantastic. You won’t watch this video and suddenly be a master grower, but you’ll get the basics (and more) in only 14 minutes!
Bonus “Beginning to End” Video (old school)
“I Grow Chronic” by Mr. Green
We found this video series many years ago, but the series is probably old enough to drive a car by now! And the guy who does the videos is…quirky to say the least. He’s painted green from head to toe, the video resolution is at least 1/3 of what’s normal these days, and he talks in a near-whisper for the videos.
But still, when I rewatch these videos in 2019 I’m surprised at how well the series holds up. The information is useful and to the point, the tone is fun but knowledgeable, and it’s a bit goofy, so you aren’t likely to feel even a little intimidated. Plus, it’s refreshing to see someone teach in a way that isn’t specifically aimed at Youtube.
Note: This tutorial doesn’t use grow tents; it shows you how to construct a grow room from scratch.
Here are links to all 9 parts in the series: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
2.) How To Make Dry Ice Hash
“How to Make Dry Ice Hash” by GrowWeedEasy.com
I’m sure you’ve realized this video isn’t on Youtube. Youtube banned this video (which hurt the videos feelings), so we moved it to Vimeo where it’s safely playing without fear of deletion.
If you want a rewarding way to use your trim that only takes minutes to do, making dry-ice hash is the way to go! Also, someone tell Youtube to stop deleting weed-related videos!
3.) Learn about how humidity affects cannabis growth
“Humidity” by MrGrowingMarijuana
When it comes to humidity, you might be surprised at how much of an effect it can have on growing cannabis plants! If the humidity is too high, your plants tend to grow slower and are more susceptible to mold. But if the humidity is too low, your plants can’t make energy as well as they normally could. They also tend to run into weird problems like unexplainable nutrient deficiencies. Despite the topic, this video is really interesting and shows you simple things you can do that will make a difference!
For even more info about how humidity affects growing marijuana, check out our tutorial on humidity, too!
4.) How to Germinate Seeds
“How To Germinate Seeds Fast | 3 Simple Steps” by Greengenes Garden
This video is a little on the longer side considering the topic of its content. But it explains everything well, and if you watch till the end, you’ll definitely walk away being able to germinate cannabis seeds. Plus, these folks peppered this video with some jaw-dropping pics of sprouting seeds. The quality and seedling pics alone make this video worth the watch.
Bonus Germination Video (less than 3 minutes!)
“Germinating seeds in paper towels” by Rodrigo0DC
This method works great for marijuana. Remember, marijuana seeds should NOT get light during the germination process. If you don’t want to use plastic sandwich bags, you can use the exact same method, but place the paper towels between 2 plates.
5.) How to Control the pH of Your Water When Growing Marijuana
“How to check and adjust the pH of your water” by Nebula Haze
Do you seem to keep getting nutrient problems and have no idea why?
It might be your pH! This video explains how to check and adjust the pH of your water before watering your marijuana garden.
Want to learn more about why this is important? Learn everything you need to know about marijuana nutrients and root pH here: https://www.growweedeasy.com/how-do-i-check-the-pH-of-my-water
6.) Grow Short and Bushy Plants: How to FIM and Top Marijuana Plants
“How to F.I.M and Top Your Marijuana Plant” by Grow420Guide
This video describes and shows two methods growers use to get additional colas (so you have a wide bushy plant instead of a tall plant with a single cola).
The two techniques are known as topping and FIMing. At GWE, we’ve covered both methods extensively and they both work exceptionally well to get your plants to grow multiple colas.
This grower likes to top then FIM his plants. We believe both methods work great, though we generally recommend topping since it tends to be more reliable when it comes to changing a plants shape. However, FIMing has a built-in safety feature in that it’s hard to make a catastrophic error while attempting to FIM. Topping in the wrong spot can mean a dead plant (though that’s very rare), but a bad FIM doesn’t really do anything.
You can FIM multiples times, and it doesn’t slow down the plant’s growth as much as topping does.
7.) Jorge Cervantes Takes You On 10 Minute Video Tour of Some of The Coolest Outdoor Marijuana Growing Spots
“Medical Marijuana Outdoor Gardens Tour – 10lb.+ MEGA Plants!!” by the legendary Jorge Cervantes
This beautiful 10-minute tour of incredible fields of outdoor marijuana plants around the world with commentary by world-renowned grower Jorge Cervantes will take your breath away.
I especially loved this comment:
“Find it funny how a beautifully filmed and put together a video showcasing FLOWERS is age-restricted based on community guidelines.”
8.) How to Make Canna-Butter – Medical Marijuana Butter Recipe
HOW TO MAKE CANNABUTTER~Medical Marijuana Butter Recipe by MonaLisaLuvsMaryJane
Link to both Parts: Part 1, Part 2
We already have a popular page on how to make cannabutter, but if you want to see how to do it in video format, this is a great tutorial.
9.) How to Tell If Your Cannabis is Ready For Harvest
How to tell if your cannabis is mature by GrowerMD
Being able to harvest your cannabis plants at the right time will result in high potency and yields. This video will give you tips on how to beat impatience and wait for the right time to “pull down” your plants.
10.) Building a Hydroponics/Aeroponic Setup
Building an Inexpensive Hydroponics/Aeroponics System by Family Plot
Learn how you can turn a bunch of cheap parts into a working hydroponic system in a spare afternoon. If you’re a DIY (Do It Yourself) person for fun or frugality and you’re interested in DWC, this video was made for you!
How to Grow Cannabis Outdoors
This article was co-authored by Jamie Corroon, ND, MPH. Dr. Jamie Corroon, ND, MPH is the founder and Medical Director of the Center for Medical Cannabis Education. Dr. Corroon is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and clinical researcher. In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Corroon advises dietary supplement and cannabis companies regarding science, regulation, and product development. He is well published in the peer-review literature, with recent publications that investigate the clinical and public health implications of the broadening acceptance of cannabis in society. He earned a Masters in Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology from San Diego State University. He also earned a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Bastyr University, subsequently completed two years of residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, and is a former adjunct professor at Bastyr University California.
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Growing marijuana outdoors produces a higher yield, gives your buds a unique flavor, and it’s far less energy-intensive than using indoor grow lights. Outdoor cannabis plants can grow up to 14 feet (4.3 m) tall and produce 4–8 pounds (1.8–3.6 kg) of quality weed per plant–and it’s not rocket science to grow cannabis outdoors. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to tell you everything you need to know about picking a location, germinating marijuana seeds, and maintaining your crop to get the highest possible cannabis yield.