Zativo caters to private customers only, and does not supply commercial or industrial growers with large amounts of cannabis seeds. If we have reason to suspect that the ordered seeds are destined for growing cannabis on a larger-than-private scale, we reserve the right to dismiss that specific order.
This is what you have been waiting for! The time to harvest your cannabis plants! Not only is it the most anticipated and beautiful moment, it is also one of the most important; timing is everything here and if you get it wrong you can drastically effect the overall quality of your yield.
There are two main ways to determine whether your cannabis plants are ready for harvest; these are by naked eye or with a microscope.
On top of the buds of your plants are large hairs called pistils. As your plant nears harvest these will begin to change color. They usually change from a white color to orange/gold, or red to brown depending on the strain. All strains are slightly different, but the most common is from white to orangey/gold. If you decide to use this method then it is recommended to follow the harvesting guidelines of the seed bank you got the seeds from. Usually when 80% or higher pistils have changed color the cannabis is ready for harvest.
This is our highly preferred and recommended method of assessing if your cannabis crop is ripe for harvest – it is highly accurate, professional and reliable.
By using a microscope it is possible to view the tiny THC crystals on the buds of your plant. If you look at a young plant these crystals will be small and translucent. As a cannabis plant grows and flowers these crystals will get bigger, and turn from translucent to a milky white, followed by an amber like color.
Depending on the strain you are growing you will want to harvest at different times - determined by the THC crystal color. The timing of your harvest will have an implication and impact on the final effect and taste of your marijuana.
If you are ever in doubt about what is right for you, take the safe middle ground and go for option 2.
When you harvest your weed too late, then you are highly likely to run into an effect called “couch-lock” when you use it. Most smokers have experienced this at least once in their time. It is when you cannot move at all, you effectively become locked down on the couch and the only way to move is if someone else physically picks you up and carries you. This can have its advantages sometimes and is favorable by some people in some situations; but you will find on the whole that it is an undesirable and impractical effect.
We really cannot recommend using a microscope enough. There is nothing worse than harvesting your cannabis, only to realize you have done it too early or too late – devaluing the amount of time and effort you put into your marijuana's growth. It is almost seen as a sin by the more professional cannabis community members not to use one – you don’t want end up with a crop that does not taste right or does not have the desired effects. You do not need to get a really advanced, high-tech microscope; a 15-25 euro scope will suffice – you want one that has a 60-100x magnification. If you do this, then with time, experience and mastery, you will know exactly what to look for, putting you on the right track to becoming an accomplished cannabis cultivator.