Knowing when to harvest marijuana can be one of the trickiest aspects of marijuana growing. Too soon and your marijuana won’t be very potent. Too long and you end up with an overly narcotic effect and too strong of a taste.

It’s true, harvesting can be tricky! However, I’ll teach you some strategies for timing your harvest. This guide explains the various methods for determining when the harvest is ready as well as what to expect during the harvest process.

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The Basics Of Marijuana Harvesting

Harvesting marijuana is a bit like harvesting grapes (or other fruits). The longer you wait, the more potent the grape and the stronger the alcohol. With marijuana, the longer you wait, the more cannabinoids there will be.

That means a stronger product.

See, after the flowering phase, your plant starts to die…

But, guess what?

There are many signs that will alert you of this upcoming event. Such as:

  • The pistils turning red
  • The stem broadening
  • Resin on the buds browning and darkening
  • Leaves starting to yellow and die

If your plant has flowered and you notice any of these symptoms, the chances are good that you are ready to harvest!

Pistils are turning red and the leaves are turning yellow  Harvest time!
Pistils are turning red, and the leaves are turning yellow

There are some basic guidelines for when to harvest, but there is some contention on the exact ‘best’ time. Just like with fruits or vegetables, it partly depends on your personal tastes.

My free harvesting mini guide has a handy cheat sheet

Flowering time

  • Indica Strains – Harvest after 8 weeks of flowering
  • Sativa Strains – Harvest after 10 weeks of flowering
  • Autoflowers – 10 weeks from seedling to bud


  • 50-70% brown – young, light marijuana
  • 70-90% brown – ripe, heavy marijuana
  • 90-100% brown – sharp, heavy marijuana


  • Clear trichomes – wait a bit longer
  • Milky white/amber trichomes – ready for harvest
  • All Amber trichomes – overripe

Download my free Grow Bible for more tips

Looking At Pistils and Trichomes

A magnifying tool is the best way to see if your plants are ready for harvest.

How do you know it’s time?

Look for glistening, resin-filled trichomes on your buds, like the ones in the photo below.

Magnifying tools for harvesting
Magnifying tools for harvesting

With the right magnifying tools you can clearly see these details.

There are a few magnifying options to choose from:

Jewelers Loupe

Perfect for those on a budget, this low-tech tool is the least helpful. However, it’s still good enough to provide somewhat of a gauge.

Handheld Magnifier

This option steps it up, but it can be cumbersome to use. You’ll really need to get the focus right to view those trichomes.

Digital Microscope

Although expensive, this is the best option, as it will give you a clear answer as to rather your plants are ready to harvest. The main downside is that you’ll need a laptop to see the results. If you go this route, you’ll definitely need to read the instructions.

Bud under a digital microscope
Bud under a digital microscope

Keep in mind, all of these options will get the job done, but only if you know how to use them properly.

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Longer Is Not Necessarily Better

Although a longer flowering period may lead to a greater harvest, letting your plants flower longer doesn’t always lead to optimal results. You must time it correctly.

I can’t say this enough:

If you wait too long, you could experience an overpowering and unpleasant flavor. You may also experience decreased effectiveness of the active ingredients – and yes, I mean THC!

The easiest way to keep from reaching that point is to pay attention to the pistil color. In fact, it is the most common approach.

Some growers harvest as soon as the pistils begin to turn red. Others wait until they are almost entirely red, and the resin is dark.

The right color of the pistils
The right color of the pistils

As I said earlier, you can examine the resin on your flowering plants to see if they are ready to harvest. Under magnification, the glands will be enlarged and covered in resin when mature. They may also swell and look sort of deformed.

That’s exactly when you should harvest.

That resin will darken from transparent to opaque amber as it matures. Harvest when the resin is still sticky and transparent. Once that resin darkens and becomes more amber-hued, there’s not much time left before the plant’s active ingredients start to deteriorate.

Harvesting Based On Flowering Time

Looking at your flowers is just one way to know if it is time to harvest. You can also simply time it based on the plant’s typical flowering time. As a rule of thumb, all marijuana will be ready to harvest around the same time, with some variation based on the specific strain. You’ll need to know your strain to effectively use this method.

Browse our selection of feminized and autoflowering strains to find the perfect strain for you.

Successful marijuana growers do these two things before timing their harvest:

  • Read the strain descriptions
  • Read comments from other growers

If you purchased your seeds from a reputable source (like me) chances are someone else has already shared some ideas about when it is typically ready to harvest.

Now, of course, there are other variables that could impact when your harvest will be ready. The specific conditions in your grow room, or outdoor climate also plays a role in the development of your plant.

To summarize:

There is no accurate way of deciding when it’s time to harvest. However, there are some guidelines that give you an idea of when it is time.

Indica vs Sativa

Harvesting Indica Plants

If you are growing an indica plant, you can expect the flowering time to last about eight weeks before you can harvest. Outdoor growers can expect to harvest around the end of September.

Looking for inspiration? Girl Scout Cookies is a delicious Indica dominant strain. If you haven’t grown GSC yet, you really should!

Harvesting Sativa Plants

For sativa plants, the flowering period lasts for about a month longer than indicas, meaning it will take about 12 weeks. That being said, several haze strains will actually flower faster – more like 9 to 10 weeks long. Read the strain description before you order to be sure. Normally sativas will be ready for harvest the end of October.

Need a fast sativa? Super Silver Haze can be harvested a bit sooner than most Sativas and can usually be cut and dried mid-October.

Harvesting Autoflowers

Autoflowering marijuana strains don’t rely on lighting changes, so they are somewhat easier to predict based solely on time. Once you see the first seedlings, you can expect the harvest to be ready in 10 weeks.

Want to grow autoflowers? Gorilla Glue is one of the most popular strains on the market, and it’s available as an autoflower!

While harvesting based on flowering time is not an exact science, it can be a good jumping-off point for figuring out when exactly to harvest your marijuana plants. It also works well for planning ahead because you can see what your growing season will look like.

Look For Red Or Brown Pistils

Observing the pistils is the best and easiest method for deciding when to harvest. Check a bud’s pistils to see what their coloring looks like. If they’re mostly white, it is too early to harvest. If they’re all brown or red, you’ve missed the peak time – harvest right away before the quality of the marijuana lowers any further.

Almost ready for harvest
Almost ready for harvest

If using this method, be precise. Here is a picture guide:


0-49% of the pistils are brown, it is not ready yet.

if 50-75% of the pistils are brown, the harvest time has come but it is still early, making it best for a lighter taste and mellower high. Waiting might be your best option

50-75% of the pistils are brown. Harvest time has come, but it is still early. These will have a lighter taste and mellower high. Waiting might be your best option.


70-90% of the pistils are brown. You can harvest your marijuana plants because they are as strong and heavy as they ever will be.


When 90-100% of the pistils brown you’re almost too late for harvest. The taste will be heavy, and the effect will be narcotic. Harvest right away and don’t wait any longer

Are My Plants Ready Yet?

It can be hard to wait once those pistils start changing, but trust me, it’s for the best.

Here’s the deal:

Once those pistils are ⅔ brown or a bit more, you can safely harvest.

Not sure if you prefer 70% or 90%? Experiment and find out. Some new growers harvest their plants at different times so they can figure out exactly when is best for their personal preferences. Keep in mind, some people prefer earlier harvested marijuana as it has more uplifting and lighter effects; while others prefer theirs as potent as possible.

Red or brown pistils
Red or brown pistils


When you harvest affects the quality of the resulting buds. Now, what you consider to be high-quality comes down to personal taste. You’ll have to decide. One of the best things about growing marijuana is being able to control this incredibly powerful variable.

Watch The Trichomes

If the pistil method doesn’t work and you have one of the magnification tools mentioned above, you could look at the trichomes to determine if you are ready for harvest.  This method is actually considered the most accurate, so it’s a good idea to know what you are looking for.

Clear trichomes
Clear trichomes

The concept is simple: look at the trichomes on your plants’ buds. Trichomes grow on the buds and look like little mushrooms since they have a little ball on top. Some of those trichomes are resin glands. They will have a crystalline structure or appear frosty as they grow on the leaves and buds of your plants.

Why does this matter?

Trichones are responsible for the stickiness of weed. They are also where much of the THC and other fun chemicals are housed.

When we harvest based on trichomes, we are determining when those trichomes are at their highest THC level. This is difficult to see with the naked eye.

Status of trichomes

Harvesting based on trichomes

So, when do you know that the trichomes are ready? You need to compare them based on these guidelines:

Clear, White Hairs

This is definitely not the time to harvest. If the trichomes are clear, they won’t be potent enough for harvest, and your final yield will suffer. Wait until nearly half of the hairs are dark in color and not sticking out so straight.

Half Clear or Cloudy Trichomes

It is still too soon to harvest. The buds haven’t reached their full potential, although they will still produce a high if harvested now. This type of high will most likely be more energetic or “speedy.” You’ll get a stronger odor and flavor if you wait, however.

Mostly Cloudy Trichomes

Congratulations, you have reached the perfect time for harvesting your buds! This is when they have the highest levels of THC; so, if you want to maximize your yield, you must act fast. You’ll know your plants have reached this stage when 50 to 70 percent of the hairs are no longer white.

I can’t say this enough:

Harvesting now is ideal. This is when your plants are their most potent. As a result, the high that comes from buds harvested at this time will provide some serious euphoria and pain relief. It will be the most “intense” high you can get.

Amber and Cloudy Trichomes

If your plants have made it this far, it is a bit after the absolute peak time for the greatest amount of potency. However, this is only because the buds have slightly less THC and more CBN. If you are looking for a more relaxing, anxiety-reducing high, this could actually be the perfect time to harvest.

A high from marijuana harvested at this time will be more narcotic and often result in a “couchlock” effect. You’ve reached this stage when 70 to 90 percent of the hairs have darkened.

Learn more about trichomes in my free eBook, the Marijuana Grow Bible


In terms of the ideal time, try experimenting with harvesting slightly earlier or later to reach your desired results. Harvest a few buds during their peak harvesting time and save some to harvest once they’ve matured a bit more. That way, you have a variety of options.

One important reminder:

Remember to label everything! You don’t want to end up extremely relaxed when you were looking for a more energetic high.

How To Harvest

So, you’re ready to harvest?

Start by removing the lamps from your grow room. Then, hang some wire from the ceiling in its place. You’ll need it for your plants.

Carefully cut the plant at its base, then secure it (upside-down) from the wire you just hung. Turn on a fan and aim it right beneath the buds, keeping the humidity around 45% and the temperature around 64 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure the room is dark, and the extractor fan is running.

Expert growers have these supplies on hand:

  • heavy duty shears or scissors
  • a dish of isopropyl alcohol
  • gloves

You’ll need those shears for cutting through thick plant matter. The alcohol is for cleaning your tools and hands, as resin can be quite sticky. You’re best off wearing gloves for the cutting process, as it can get quite messy.

Harvesting: by pictures

Once you cut your plants and hang them, the next step is drying out all of the excess moisture. It needs to evaporate from the plant matter while the chlorophyll in the plant breaks down. You don’t want to dry the plants too quickly because it will cause some chlorophyll to remain, which negatively alters the taste of your weed. That is why you keep the room dark and the temperature moderate.

You can expect the drying process to last somewhere between 10 and 14 days. Keep a close eye on your plants while they dry. Make sure no mold is growing or developing. (That’s why you keep the humidity low). Maintain the temperature as well.

Outdoor harvesting

Harvesting outdoors is just like harvesting indoors, except that not planning it carefully would be a serious mistake.

In addition to understanding the basics of harvesting, you also need to understand the seasons, watch the sun, and think about your personal security. All those variables sure make outdoor harvest time rewarding.

If you grow cannabis outdoors, you will soon find that fall is your favorite time of year. For more on growing outdoors, read this Howtogrowmarijuana article.

The sun is your guide

As an outdoor grower, you’ve monitored the sun throughout your cannabis plants’ life. Watching the sun is key to measuring how much energy the plant receives and for how long.  The sun is the most consistent and important element of any kind of gardening.

The sun’s role is as important at the end of your plants’ life as it was in the beginning. Once summer comes to a close, start keeping track of the sun (if you haven’t already). You’ll need to pay attention to the amount of light it is providing to your cannabis plants.

Fundamental for your plant, the sun!
Fundamental for your plant, the sun!

The seasons will let you know

During the middle of the summer, your plants are probably receiving 14 hours or more of sunlight. In the northern hemisphere, there could be 15 hours of continuous sunshine around the 21st of June. When August becomes September, the amount of sunlight decreases dramatically.

For instance, in September you could lose as much as 90 minutes of sunlight per day. This rapid loss in daylight is exactly what causes your marijuana plants to change their energy focus to flowering instead of vegetation.

This strong reaction is no accident; all plants have the strong ability to distinguish day from night. So, when summer becomes fall, and there are only 12 or 13 hours of daylight per day, the flowering process initiates within days.

How do you know how much sunlight you’ll get?

The best way is with a grow calendar.

Once you know when your plants will flower based on the sun, it’s easy to plan for your harvest.

Light exposure can impact your harvest

Although the amount of sun that your plants receive is easy to measure, it’s not as easy to monitor the darkness.

That is because marijuana is sensitive to all types of light – even artificial lights. In some cases, it will react to light pollution in the same way it would natural sunlight.

In the case of indoor growing, this is a good thing, because you can manipulate your plants to produce buds exactly when you want them to. However, for outdoor growing, it means ensuring your plants do not receive uncontrolled artificial lights.

This is why you never plant marijuana near street lights or any other form of artificial light. Your plants need properly dark nights like they would experience in nature during the fall. If they do not receive enough darkness, flowering could be delayed.

Are you prepared to harvest?

Once flowering begins, it’s time to start planning your harvest.

Let’s be honest, you’ve probably been looking forward to this time for months. You have managed to keep your plants happy, healthy, and secure during the whole season, and now you can reward yourself with a high yield and a good harvest.

Just like with any other step in the process of growing marijuana, there are some tricks to harvesting outdoors successfully.

Prepare yourself to harvest
Prepare for the upcoming harvest

You do not want to ruin everything due to a silly mistake.

Keep an eye out for the signs, so that you can avoid potential mistakes. The last thing you want is a complete failure after getting through an entire growing season.

Time it right

I can’t stress this enough. You must time your harvest correctly.

If you are feeling eager and harvest too early, the potency, as well as the yield, could be greatly reduced. If you are too hesitant and wait until after the plants’ peak time, the potency decreases.

As soon as the flowering phase begins, start paying attention to the sun’s timing and strength as it correlates with the seasonal changes. Then, keep a close eye on the details to determine when your plants are at their perfect harvesting time. When in doubt, be more patient.

Flowering phase -  week 2
Flowering phase – week 2

“Do not water your plants for one or two days before harvest. The soil should be fairly dry, but not so dry that the plants wilt.”

~ Jorge Cervantes

Once you’re close to harvest time, start planning how you will approach it.  Be ready with answers to these questions:

  • Do you have enough time and security to cut the plants on-site?
  • Will you need to dig up and move the entire plant?
  • How will you transport your cuttings or plants?

These logistical questions will make a huge difference when it comes to harvest security.

Signs you are ready to harvest outdoors

Whether you are growing indoors or outdoors, your plant will provide some signs that it is ready for harvesting.

In addition to looking at trichomes and pistils, you should also consider the weather. Ideally, you’d want to harvest outdoors on a dry, calm day.  

No one really enjoys harvesting in the rain.

In terms of your plant, pay attention to the leaves and buds. The physical characteristics of the plant will change considerably, letting you know it’s time.

The larger leaves will turn a yellow-brown color signifying the slow death of your marijuana plant. The stigmas of mature plants will wither at the base of the buds while remaining a healthy white color on top.

The yellow-brown color leaves shows it's time to harvest
The yellow-brown color leaves show it’s time to harvest

Another sign; one with a bit of latitude; is the color of the marijuana buds themselves. It is a good idea to pick them at the first sign that they are losing their rich green color. If they turn brown, (a sign that they’ve withered a bit), the buds will smoke more harshly.

More waiting, more resin

The one benefit to waiting until you near the point of the leaves turning brown is that the resin glands will contain more resin. Some people don’t mind the harsher smoke since they bargain that they are receiving a stronger, more intense high. This is a personal decision that gets easier after you learn more each harvest.

I’ve said it before:

The decline in sunlight causes your marijuana plants to mature.  

Depending on where you grew your marijuana plants, and whether they were started indoors and then replanted, the sun will be the most important predictor. If you grow in an area with four distinct seasons, this change will be easier to see.

The Light vs Dark Factor

Marijuana plants will not typically flower unless they receive at least 12 hours of darkness a day. Indoor cannabis growers can harvest more often because they control the light.

12 hours darkness and 12 hours sun
12 hours darkness and 12 hours sun

The trade-off for the outdoor grower is receiving more in less frequent harvests.

That does not mean that outdoor growers cannot manipulate the light however…

If you only have a few marijuana plants, it is sometimes possible to cover them completely and induce harvesting, through a process called light-deprivation. However, this advanced technique isn’t used by every outdoor grower.

Bigger Plants Need More Light

The light and darkness factor works both ways. Some growers will actually shine very bright lights, like halogens, on their marijuana plants during the night to reset the internal clock. This is useful if you want your plants to grow in size and not begin flowering.

In Australia, some Sativa varieties can grow to 16 feet with internodes around 3 to 4 inches in variety. Obviously, a plant of that size will produce a huge harvest but getting it that size requires a year-round growing season.

Here’s the thing:

A marijuana plant will keep growing big if it has enough sunlight. All the grower needs to do is prevent the plant from flowering until it reaches the desired size.

Harvesting Twice Per Year

You can harvest twice in one growing season.

Some cannabis growers, like those in many parts of Australia, Hawaii, and the southern parts of North America, often do this. They can naturally harvest twice per year because the sun provides plenty of light all year long.

In these places, marijuana plants grow large, and flower as if to reproduce naturally and then begin again. But since they are already quite large, and have plenty of leaves to catch the sunlight, the second harvest occurs in much less time than did the first.

For everyone else, however, plan on removing your marijuana plants by the end of summer, before the onset of the first frost.

You can do two outdoor harvests with autoflowering plants

Multiple Harvests With Autoflowers

Living in an area with plenty of light isn’t the only way to have multiple harvests. You can also try buying autoflowering marijuana seeds.

These seeds will produce plants that are ready to harvest in only 10 weeks, when is plenty of time to harvest two times in most climates.

Outdoor autoflowers cannabis
Outdoor autoflowering cannabis

However, that’s only part of it:

Growing autoflowers doesn’t automatically mean you can harvest outdoors twice in one season. You’ll also need to follow some specific techniques and live in an area that can support two harvests. In other words, your success depends both on how well you perform these techniques, as well as where you live.

In northern climates, where cannabis plants are vulnerable to an early frost or other seasonal changes, a second harvest will not be easy.

But in more temperate zones where early fall is fairly mild, you might be able to successfully harvest more than once during the growing season. It all depends on your technique.

Planning Multiple Harvests

You can’t harvest plants normally once and then later decide you want to try a second harvest. You must plan this. The process of harvesting multiple times in one year starts before the first harvest.

To stimulate a second harvest, start by removing the mature buds, leaving the tiny ones and most of the leaves intact to continue growing. Then resume the growth cycle by adding lots of water and some fresh fertilizer.

Want a great strain to try? Blueberry is, with good reason, one of our bestselling autoflowers It’s purple color, and fruity taste are hard to resist. Get some Blueberry seeds for your next grow.

When you add water and nutrients, you are triggering your cannabis plants back into their flowering phase so that they produce more buds that you can harvest. If you leave most of the leaves, you will have a higher chance of activating the second flowering phase since they are what absorbs the sunlight that the plants need for growing energy.

Here’s the thing:

This only works in certain climates.

If the timing and intensity of the sunlight have already changed, the plants would already be in their flowering phase. If you are living in a place that has mild temperatures throughout the beginning of fall (such as in tropical climates), then you should be able to continue your plants’ vegetative phase even longer.

Harvesting Outdoors vs Sunlight

If you aren’t using autoflowers, multiple harvests can be triggered using light manipulation. It doesn’t take much either; simply shining a light on the entire plant a few hours at night with a flashlight will work.  

Light manipulation with LED
Light manipulation with LED

If you have successfully interrupted the period of darkness normally required for the flowering stage, you can start it back up again once you have more buds. When you want the plants to begin their second flowering phase, simply stop interrupting the darkness with your light.

Keep in mind that flowering takes a couple weeks, so don’t keep the plants in their vegetative phase for too long. For instance, if the first frost or colder weather will be there within two weeks, then you should have already started up the flowering process three weeks prior.

The Equinox And Weed Plants

Want a quick date to base your final harvest on?

How about the September Equinox?

It’s not a clear rule, however, so don’t blindly harvest on this day. You’ll still need to look for other signs. The equinox does provide a good date to stop watering, though.

Expert tip:

Start your regular watering schedule a few weeks before the September Equinox.

As the date gets closer, look for differences on your cannabis plants. It might mean they are ready for the harvest. Flowering should stop soon as well.  

Let The Flowering Period Do Its Thing

When growing outdoors, you should be most concerned about the flowering period. It is, in fact, the most important part of choosing the correct harvest time. Expect six to twelve buds per plant once their flowering phase begins due to decreased light. It will start slow but then increase rapidly (like when you make popcorn).

As more buds appear, existing buds will also continue to grow. Once you notice the rate of bud production decrease by a lot (like when the popping rate decreases in popcorn), the flowering phase is complete.

Flowering phase is complete
Flowering phase is complete

Expert outdoor growers look for these signs:

  • Bud formation
  • Followed by increasing bud formation
  • Finished off by a sudden drop in bud formation

Mark your calendar for one week after the last day of the flowering period. That is when the plants have reached their growth potential. Once again, the popcorn metaphor can be useful to explain what’s happening. If you leave the popper or microwave on for too long, the kernels will start to burn.

Even if some kernels remain unpopped, you turn off the microwave.

The same goes for marijuana plants. Although you might be missing out on a couple of new buds, letting it go for too long will have worse consequences in terms of the entire yield. You never want to jeopardize the first few buds to get a couple more.

Tip: Download my free Grow Bible for more on harvesting outdoor plants

Harvest security

Knowing when to harvest is one challenge, but you also need to think about security. Overlooking your personal security is as bad as timing your harvest incorrectly.  

You must remember this one fact:

The harvest period is the most dangerous time for a marijuana grower. Many things could go wrong such as:

  • Authorities discovering your grow before you harvest
  • Thieves stealing your plants once they mature
  • Authorities waiting to catch you in the act

In terms of the authorities, it’s very hard to deny the fact that you own the plants if you are caught in the act of removing them. Therefore, you need to be extra cautious the days before and on the day itself. Don’t inform a single person that you are about to harvest, and on the actual harvesting day you should be extra careful about telling people where you are.

Security is importent while you harvest
Security is important while you harvest

Before the harvest

Up until harvest time, security is mainly a matter of diverting unwanted attention away from your marijuana plants. All of this changes as the flowering period ebbs, because now you must concern yourself with your actual yield. In this situation, cannabis growers have been known to resort to some very elaborate and even over-the-top means to protect their buds from prying eyes.

Near the harvest

When it gets close to the harvest time, you must keep an eye on your plants.

Some growers sleep near their” babies” the days immediately leading up to the harvest. Others set up a trip wire that rings a bell if anyone approaches. If their site is close to a home, they might keep a dog that barks a lot outside all night.

Other growers take an even more proactive approach by watching known entrance routes like a hawk.

It should be no surprise that growers may be irritable, cranky, and extra paranoid at this time. However, with a year’s supply (or often, even more) of cannabis at stake, can you really blame them?

In addition to securing your route, you also want to think about how you will transport your harvested plants.

You could try putting the plants in sealed bags to help mask the smell. You should also consider having a friend go first, to ensure the route is clear.

The best piece of advice that I can offer outdoor growers is this:

Have your drying room ready to go before you harvest your plants so you can safely begin to dry them as soon as you get there.

Stay vigilant the entire grow

You want to be careful whenever you are growing outdoors, but it is especially important to do so during the harvest. Chances are your grow was discovered way earlier in the season and someone is merely waiting for them to finish flowering.

It is not unusual for marijuana plants to be staked out by potential thieves who are waiting for them to grow big buds so they can reap the benefits of your time and effort.

Police taking cannabis from grow site
Police taking cannabis from grow site

The police could have detected your grow weeks ago and are waiting for you to walk into a trap that you have unwittingly set. When you show up at your site with shears, bags, and a backpack, it is hard to claim ignorance.

Save yourself some serious trouble by:

  • Picking a secure site
  • Walking away if you sense anything unusual

If you suspect that something is wrong, don’t ignore that. Instead, relax and walk away.  After all, it’s just marijuana; it is not worth going to jail or getting into a fight about.

How to harvest outdoor marijuana

So, you’re ready to harvest outdoors?

Start by bringing sealable bags. If you bring something like ziploc bags, make sure to bring a darker bag too, because ziplocks are transparent. (These bags are not transparent and are odor free).

Cut your plants into lengths that are easily transported. For example, cut the stalks, so they fit into your bags. Make sure you are not spending too much time at your site when harvesting; be efficient and fast. Just remember: all that matters is the removal and safe transport of your plants; however you do that is up to you.

Harvest in good weather

Make sure your harvest outdoor is done a safe amount of time before the first frost has a chance to damage your plants. It is best to harvest on a beautiful fall day with clear skies and lots of sun. Don’t overthink this, however, as harvesting in the rain won’t be the end of the world.

Rain will increase the drying time only by a fraction, and it will have no effect on the buds and resin glands. Don’t relax until you’re home safely with all of your plants. Once you have accomplished this, you will have very little to worry about from that point on.

Don’t try and predict your yield

There isn’t a black and white way of being able to know what your yield will be like ahead of time. You can identify a few signs that will give you a basic idea of whether the yield will be really good, decent or poor. All of the factors that you have already worried about (sunlight, water, and soil) will have an impact on your final yield.

You can guess at it a bit, though. For instance, if the plant is five feet tall, you should get a minimum of between two and six ounces of bud. Taller and bushier plants will produce more, of course. If you wait until after the peak harvest, you can expect a significantly smaller yield.

Whether you are growing indoors or outdoors, harvesting your marijuana can be a daunting task for beginners. With this guide, you’re well on your way to harvesting with confidence.

Thanks for reading. Please leave comments or questions below and don’t forget to download my free 70-page guide, the Marijuana Grow Bible, if you want to learn more about growing this magnificent plant.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do you know how much sun to expect?

An almanac has this type of information. You can also find it online. If you’d like something specific to cannabis, try my Grow Calendar.

Is there an optimal time to harvest your plants?

For the optimal amounts of THC, it’s best the harvest before the sun has reached its peak. For some, that means dawn, while others prefer to harvest at night.

How soon before harvesting should you flush your plants?

You should flush your plants about two weeks before the end of the flowering stage. For more on the flowering stage, read this article.

What do I do with my harvested plants?

After the harvest, you should immediately dry your plants, so they don’t go bad. For long term storage, cure your harvest. To learn how to dry and cure, read this article.

Do indoor growers need to be concerned about security?

In many places, it is legal to grow marijuana. Where it isn’t, indoor growers should use discretion. Plus, thieves steal whether it’s legal or not.  For tips on creating a secure indoor grow room read this article.   

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  1. By Sam ,28 May 2015
    I wanted to know if I can send you a picture of two plants of mine. I don't know what is wrong with them the leaves are curling/abnormal and maybe you can help me figure out the problem.
    1. By Jennifer ILGM ,29 May 2015
      Hey Sam check out our symptom checker to identify your marijuana Plant Problems or/and join the support forum, for direct contact with expert growers. You can post pictures there.
    2. By Eric ,26 Sep 2016
      You may have rust mites. They were an epidemic in our grow this year.
    3. By shawn ,29 Jun 2018
      how long does it take to determine if a plant is male or female? Mine is about two feet tall and I see NO sigh of it being male nor female? p.s it is growing fan leaves and secondary fan […]Read More
      1. By deadleg ,19 Sep 2018
        Have you begun flowering yet? (light 12 hrs on and 12 off) Are you growing indoors or out? Hydro or soil? Fill in those blanks and I'm sure someone will be able to answer with authority. Maybe even me :)
      2. By deadleg ,19 Sep 2018
        Have you begun flowering yet? (light 12 hrs on and 12 off) Are you growing indoors or out? Hydro or soil? Fill in those blanks and I'm sure someone will be able to answer with authority. Maybe even me :)
    4. By Tominator ,23 Aug 2018
      I had fungus gnats that made my leaves do that...also I am now using earthworm castings for all my nitrogen needs!
      1. By Tammy ,13 Sep 2018
        I used the earthworm casting also. I also put real worms in my soil.
  2. By justine ,11 Jun 2015
    This is my first to growing everything looks good I just need to know if I should harvest now so I can get started on my next go around
    1. By Cheri ,27 Sep 2015
      easy peasy and I am surprised it wasn't stated on this. I take a jewelry loop and look at my flowers. You can see tiny trichromes which are mushroom shapes that form once in flower if they are clear then […]Read More
      1. By Jennifer ILGM ,28 Sep 2015
        Great tip Cheri, thanks for sharing!
      2. By William ,23 Sep 2017
        You can also take a fairly close picture with an Iphone, then enlarge the photo. Trichomes show nicely in magnification.
  3. By latewood ,15 Jun 2015
    We cannot judge as to when you should harvest. As explained; Harvest time is judged by the maturity or color of the Trichomes.
    1. By Arnold bacon ,14 Oct 2016
      What about the smell all my plants have an awsum smell should I harvest them or wait a bit longer. I can't tell what color the mushroom things are can u help me out,?
      1. By Tominator ,23 Aug 2018
        look for the little hairs you CAN see with the naked eye to turn red or brown...harvest before they all go red or brown, about 75% of them.
      2. By Bobbo ,03 Oct 2018
        This late in the season you could be fairly comfortable harvesting now. I have An April grow that’s probably a week away, but if I harvested now, I would be Fine.
  4. By Male Or Female? How To Sex Outdoor Marijuana Plants ,30 Jul 2015
    […] identify which of your plants are male and which are female is a crucial element in achieving a successful harvest. There are several methods for using this identification to your advantage, and it is important to […]
  5. By dennis ,05 Aug 2015
    great seeds great imformation thank you
  6. By KSpence ,03 Sep 2015
    After harvesting, is it possible to use the same remains of the plant in the ground to grow again the next season? Or do you have to start over with the seeds and germinating and such?
    1. By kim ,26 Sep 2015
      Yeah, you can "RE-Grow" the SAME Plant(s), and Even BETTER, the Bigger the "SKELETON" stays, the Better, Bigger and Faster it will be! (U CAN DO IT MORE TIMES!!! but it will become WEAKER!!!) I allready did it 4 times […]Read More
  7. By James ,05 Sep 2015
    Thanks for all the info really useful
  8. By latewood ,07 Sep 2015
    It is totally possible to re-vegitate a plant if you leave enough foliage for the plant to heal it self. However; A re-Veg would begin immediately. This would be totally based on climate. If you are in a moderate climate […]Read More
  9. By Jennifer ,09 Sep 2015
    my plant is outside and it gets plenty of direct sunshine, with the summer coming to a end should I bring it inside? Its just beginning to flower, or can I leave it outside doing the upcoming months?
    1. By latewood ,12 Sep 2015
      Jennifer, That all depends. The plant will finish as the season ends. i.e. As days day shorter and cooler the plant will adapt and finish. Without knowing the region; Or, "Zone" you live in; It is hard to give you […]Read More
      1. By Welton ,12 Sep 2015
        OK live in Michigan and going through first ever outside grow. Plants at 8 and 10ft tall. They have buds covering then but not huge buds. My pistols are still light green. Weather getting cooler with highs in 70s. I'm […]Read More
  10. By Claude ,10 Sep 2015
    Here is the way I proceed to harvest. First, I cut off all the tops of my plants (30 of them) so I harvest only the big buds. I do that for all my plants. Then I take off the […]Read More
    1. By Jennifer ILGM ,11 Sep 2015
      Thanks for sharing claude!
    2. By Deb Bandy ,11 Sep 2015
      Hi, Claude! Thanks so much for your detailed narrative on growing/harvesting outdoors! You made things so much more understandable for me. My 1st "inground" garden this year...
  11. By Houston B. ,10 Sep 2015
    While I look to your site for growing and harvesting tips, I agree with Jools above that this article is just a bit useless to the average home grower. Believe it or not, most of us are not growing 30 […]Read More
    1. By Andrew ,14 Jul 2017
      I have a question... In another article, I've read that THC content is highest in the middle of the night, since the plant isn't busy photosynthesizing... Wouldn't that mean that one might want to harvest on a beautiful fall night? […]Read More
      1. By Bud man ,22 Sep 2017
        I thought that resin moved up and down like sap in a tree. So that the time to harvest is early pm whothe sap is up in the plant. Coments appreciated.
        1. By latewood_ILGM ,27 Sep 2017
          Bud man, Nope, We want to harvest just before or asap after daylight. As the Sun influences the plant, it takes up more nutrients. We want to harvest before this occurs for the best taste. Also; YHC decays in light, […]Read More
  12. By Debbi ,10 Sep 2015
    I live in northern with never grown here before so I'm not sure when to harvest my plants. Please help
    1. By ziplock ,11 Sep 2015
      Read the article again, and take notes. Your plant and your weather will dictate when to harvest. Mother Nature doesn't give guarantees. It's entirely possible that someone can have their weather deteriorate into cold and rainy, in which you can […]Read More
    2. By latewood ,12 Sep 2015
      My best advice is for you to download...Our Free Grow Bible. Give it a good read, or 2. Join our support forum. We will be glad to help to guide you through the early stages of learning to grow Cannabis. […]Read More
      1. By Harriet ,29 Sep 2015
        I've been trying to download the Grow Bible for months now. It just does not download. Please, what am I doing wrong?
  13. By thomas cappiello ,11 Sep 2015
    I was thinking the same thing, way too wordy. Needs to get to the point.
  14. By David Manevich ,11 Sep 2015
    I've been growing indoor in hydroponics but I put 3 in my vegetable garden this year actually started as a joke but 1 lived and is doing great. I'm in north east Ohio USA and I planted first week of […]Read More
    1. By latewood ,12 Sep 2015
      It is really hard to say, exactly. You did not mention a strain. (whether genetics are Sativa or Indica dominant.) From the time frame you mentioned; (early June), This could be just right. Unfortunately; Plants do not finish in exact […]Read More
  15. By sondog ,11 Sep 2015
    Get some sort of magnifier and watch the tricombs. They will first look like they are filled with clear liquid. They eventually will look like they are filled with milk. When the thc inside these tricombs begins to degrade the […]Read More
    1. By William ,23 Sep 2017
      A great way to examine trichomes, and pistils with magnification is to take a photo(s) with your phone, then enlarge with fingertips smear (? you know); anyway, you get a nice magnified close up of your beauties
  16. By Joe ,13 Sep 2015
    First few amber tricombs are visible the rest milky. Weather forecast has 1 1/2 inches of rain 2 days away. What do you think harvest now ( a little early ), or wait til after the rains and are there […]Read More
    1. By iknowtrichome ,13 Sep 2015
      You need to start boosting the P-K right now! If your plants aren't getting swoll and you don't give it what it needs you will be missing out on her full potential... Also you should defoliate your plants first sign […]Read More
      1. By Juanita ,07 Jun 2018
        iknowtrichome... I have read on quite a few occasions that you should exfoliate the plant at the first sign of flowering. I am in week 5 of flowering 2 beautiful BlackBerry Kush girls in a tent under 2 50w full […]Read More
    2. By latewood ,15 Sep 2015
      Joe, You can go wither way. I would not see any problem with rain; As it rains on outdoor plants all the time. I did not see you mention cold being a factor. This comes down to a matter of […]Read More
  17. By linda ,13 Sep 2015
    I agree, a lot of words with little info.
    1. By Eric Cartman ,11 Oct 2020
      I disagree, lots of info 'and' many words. Start yourself a cheat-sheet to get to the info you want, it's all here, just a little 'wordy' is a fair' critique.
  18. By Debbi ,14 Sep 2015
    I have been told that when I harvest my plants they say to put the roots in hot water before I hang it.Why is this?
    1. By latewood ,15 Sep 2015
      Debbi, I have never heard of that in all my years. I shop the bottom of plant off.
      1. By Debbi ,15 Sep 2015
        Thank you I haven't heard hat before but I was woundering.thanks again
    2. By Michael Obschonka ,11 Apr 2017
      Hi Debbi,it's was popular in the mid 80ies and was to force sugars and potential resin to to tops of plants.sugar was placed in the boiling pot and did change the colour of the plant after drying.
  19. By Bryan ,14 Sep 2015
    Would it be advisable to bring a 15 gallon, 3 foot plant indoors and run MH lamps on a 20/4 schedule and restart them as indoor plants? From what I read above on running a second cycle, it would seem […]Read More
    1. By latewood ,15 Sep 2015
      Bryan. 15 gallon 3 foot plants. Not sure what you are getting at. Somewhat vague overall on your description. Yes; You can bring plants indoors; B Ut, Why would you? Yes you can revegitate plants; If that is what you […]Read More
    2. By Uncle Scotty ,17 Jul 2017
      Yes, definitely bring them inside. Leave lots of greenery on them, put them under the lights, re-fertilize (not crazy amounts) and they will be fine for the Winter. Put them out again in the Spring and wait for crop number […]Read More
  20. By :b ,17 Sep 2015
    Growing in central Washington my plant has been flowering for a bit over 3½ weeks any estimates on when i should start to flush and harvest its my time growing outdoor its a blue dreams plant and any suggestions on […]Read More
    1. By latewood ,21 Sep 2015
      b on You have a minimum of 4 weeks left if growing predominantly "Indica" plant. as much as 8-10 weeks if growing predominantly, "Sativa". You are flowering fairly late in the season.
  21. By John Hicks ,18 Sep 2015
    I'm looking forward to putting all this great knowledge into action... But I have one problem.... My seeds have not arrived after 23days (Order Number: #36091) Waiting patiently........
  22. By scherri ,20 Sep 2015
    My question is, if the buds are starting to get Brown in them, is it harvest time, they look like they are ready, but, this is my first time, they are growing outside? Thanks..
  23. By latewood ,21 Sep 2015
    scherri I suggest you join our support forum and find our "ILGM support ticket". I created this for growers in need of direction when starting out; or , when in trouble, having issues during a grow. You can find, copy, […]Read More
    1. By latewood ,21 Sep 2015
      And I can say; Maybe you are ready to harvest, if the buds are getting brown.. really need a picture. As a warning; Turning brown usually means dryied out. Hope this is not the case. Join the forum. Peace :)
      1. By ron ,29 Aug 2016
        Wat if the buds get mold on them
        1. By WW ,13 Oct 2016
          Cut them off and throw away to save buds not molded. You wouldn't want to use them for any thing as you will be ingesting mold which is not good for man or beast.
  24. By Amy ,23 Sep 2015
    I have multiple strains outside. Growing in Washington (about an hour from the coast) Weather is 67-75 degrees high to 42-50 degrees for the low. My outside grow is really green still and leafy, the buds are about 5 weeks […]Read More
    1. By latewood ,24 Sep 2015
      Amy, Without knowing whether you have Indica Dominant, or Sativa dominant plants; It is hard to judge a finish time for your buds. Some small Indica can finish in 6-8 weeks. Clear cloudy is early. You do not want the […]Read More
  25. By Debbi ,23 Sep 2015
    I was wondering is 39 degrees getting to cold for my plants?
    1. By latewood ,24 Sep 2015
      Debbi, Plants are OK down to 50 f. Between 40-50 f; Plant cells start to deteriorate. Below 40 f; Plant cells start to die.
  26. By Bodie ,10 Oct 2015
    During transition, does the first week of transition count towards the 63 days of flowering?
  27. By latewoodl ,15 Oct 2015
    Bodie, Do not get caught up with counting days. That # is is a suggested time frame. Growing methods, and local environment can cause the # of days until finish, fluctuate. You do not harvest until the buds are ripe; […]Read More
  28. By Ruby ,03 Nov 2015
    Dudes, could you address the "flush" with respect to timing, PH and PPM prior to outdoor harvest. My girls are at that stage and I've never flushed before. The Indicas are ready. The Sativa has a little longer but it […]Read More
  29. By Ruby ,04 Nov 2015
    Would someone be kind enough to reply something???
  30. By latewood.ILGM ,05 Nov 2015
    Dude...If you joined our support forum you would get support in a more timely manner. When you flush; You just water the plants. Same PH you would use to grow with. Perhaps you should download and read our Free Grow […]Read More
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  32. By kiko c thc ,02 Mar 2016
    When i harvested last time, i put the fresh buds in a plastic bag and moved it safely to the drying house. when i opened tha bags the buds were all weird smelling and their color turned darker dramaticly. I […]Read More
  33. By latewood.ILGM ,04 Mar 2016
    I am happy to say that I have not had that problem. It is a bad idea to put wet weed into plastic bags though. You found that out..Better in Paper Brown bags IMO. I do realize the smell may […]Read More
    1. By Will ,01 Oct 2019
      God bless marijuana growers and marijuana tokers
  34. By How Much Should You Pay For Marijuana? – I Love Growing Marijuana ,04 Apr 2016
    […] When marijuana is grown outdoors, the season dictates when it begins to flower,  as well as when is the best time to harvest. Consequently, anyone growing their plants locally are going to harvest the buds right around the […]
  35. By Sid ,29 Apr 2016
    What about auto flowering for earlier harvest and standard for backup?
  36. By latewood.ILGM ,30 Apr 2016
    Sid, Sid, Sid... That is what we all do. Autos, Feminized 6 weeks later. Harvest the Autos. Induce 12/12 for the Fem's. :ds Ir is all good !
  37. By latewood.ILGM ,30 Apr 2016
    Sorry. I meant; After 6 weeks of Autoflowering; Add Feminized seeds. Another 6 weeks and you finish the Auto flowers. You can then switch to 12/12
  38. By Rino ,11 Jul 2016
    I'm potentially growing in Colombia, on the equator where there are no seasons and usually plenty of light on my roof deck. How many crops could I potentially get then? How quick is the turn around from a plant I […]Read More
  39. By Brock ,20 Jul 2016
    I see you mention best seeds for colder climates (North states & europe) and then seeds best for Southern states or temperate climates... So what seeds do you suggest for Midwestern states? We can experience really hot summers to feet […]Read More
  40. By Doubting Thomas Wright ,07 Sep 2016
    There is as much as 90 minutes less light per night. Are you a liberal democrat, with a degree in Aesop?
  41. By Farmerike ,13 Sep 2016
    Need help whats wrong with my plants
    1. By Roy ILGM ,13 Sep 2016
      Hi Farmerike, best hop onto our support forum where expert and fellow growers stand ready to help you out!
  42. By Jim f ,05 Dec 2016
    Can l grow 5_10 different varieties without cross fertilization. Do you sell 5 to 10 combinations.
    1. By latewood.ILGM ,05 Dec 2016
      Cross pollination only happens in breeding seeds. You may have some traits transferred if you grow many different strains at one. (not advisable) Growing 5-10 different strains is labor intensive due to the fact that Sativa dominant will grow taller […]Read More
  43. By bijay ,14 Dec 2016
    hello..bro i am from nepal here is marijuna naturally grow in jungle..so i suggeted to you...marijuna always best when it is grow in cold or dry place...
  44. By Patricia Cordova ,17 Mar 2017
    This is so interesting to me, o am a two time grower from seedling to harvest. I like growing my own marijuana I never new there was so much I can learn . I look forward to growing my own […]Read More
    1. By Roy ILGM ,17 Mar 2017
      Glad we're helping out Patricia :D
  45. By SEA ,17 Mar 2017
    Robert, your site is a book of knowledge I don't know why anybody would want to go anywhere else!
    1. By Roy ILGM ,20 Mar 2017
      Thanks SEA, glad we're helping out :D
  46. By Enchanted ,18 Mar 2017
    Hahaha straight out ay! Culdn agreee more
    1. By Enchanted ,18 Mar 2017
      My plants bout 50cm in height and just started to flower.... is this a bad thing? Is there any chance of it getting bigger before i harvest? Would i be able to get a bigger more successful 2nd harvest? I […]Read More
  47. By Judy ,04 Apr 2017
    I want to plant one or two of the tree of marijuana home
  48. By Puff`Puff~Pass.. ,21 Apr 2017
    Best site so far,and ive looked at a few Thanks Bud,Was looking 4 best time of day for cutting outdoor,and found it ,along with a few other useful tips...
    1. By Roy ILGM ,25 Apr 2017
      Thanks! And love your nick :D – I❤️GM
    2. By Gary ,12 Sep 2020
      What's the best time of the day to cut down the plants.
  49. By Skeeterskunked ,13 Jun 2017
    I think you all must be slightly ADHD or retarded not to enjoy the explicitly of the information provided. Nuff Said!!!
  50. By Tony ,22 Jun 2017
    do i havto uproot the plant to harvest it
  51. By latewood.ILGM ,01 Jul 2017
    Tony, No you do not need to uproot plant to harvest. Some growers cut off plant above pot and hang entire plant, and other growers remove fan leaves from and cut off individual stems. Happy growing :)
  52. By Robert Borsetti ,14 Jul 2017
    I usually just pick a bud and smoke it. If it makes me happy then I'm happy and it's time to harvest! Not all that complicated.
  53. By G ,14 Jul 2017
    I'm hoping this year i can finally harvest. every time i try someone steals the plant (s) way before they are ready, end of august... new house, new location, i have confidence i will finally see an end result. I […]Read More
  54. By Davie ,14 Jul 2017
    Thanks I received my grow bible.Perth,Scotland
  55. By Dude ,14 Jul 2017
    Great article budman (Robert)!
  56. By paparoach ,15 Jul 2017
    I have been growing since I was a teenager in the 60's everything has gotten way more scientific and open. I have alot of stories. Anyway I always have a hard time when to pick. And by the way I […]Read More
    1. By Roy ILGM ,16 Jul 2017
      It's nice to see we can still even help an expert grower like yourself! :D
  57. By Smithy ,16 Jul 2017
    When growing for medicinal purposes, is the best time for harvesting the same as what was described in this article.
    1. By Roy ILGM ,16 Jul 2017
      Hi Smithy, yes the harvest time remains the same whatever the purplose of the mj :)
  58. By Billy ,16 Jul 2017
    I am planning to grow my medical cannibus outdoors. However, I may have started growing to late in the season. Can I bring my three plants indoors to complete my harvest? Also, what amount of light (wattage) should I use.
    1. By latewood.ILGM ,17 Jul 2017
      Billy, I welcome you to join our forum at ilovegrowingmarijuana.com In order to truly answer you, we need to know how many plants in what size pots, and on and on, etc... Yes you can move the plants inside. You […]Read More
  59. By Joseph49 ,04 Sep 2017
    For kicks I read through this comment section and it's really bizarre how a bunch of people are commenting who obviously didn't even bother reading the article. The article is about WHEN to harvest and people come on and they […]Read More
  60. By Amy ,14 Sep 2017
    I have yet to start, however, by me reading all the info and forums I already have a clear idea from start to finish. Unfortunately, I have found little info on growing in water indoors. Which is best in soil […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,20 Sep 2017
      Amy, You should come and join ILGM support forum. We have a buyers guide for beginners to choose items from. I will personally help you put together a full list and at competitve pricing when you contect @latewood on the […]Read More
  61. By Amy ,14 Sep 2017
    Oh, and one more "Amnesia cuttings" Wtf is that?
  62. By Jane Doe ,19 Sep 2017
    It's beautiful! I hope I didn't harvest too soon or wait too long. I planted in early March, took that baby down today! I wish I could post a pic. This was very helpful information. Thanks.
    1. By Stacy ILGM ,20 Sep 2017
      We'd love you to join our support forum, you can check out allot of grow diaries on their and share your own photos too! http://support.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com/ Stacy
  63. By Paul ,22 Sep 2017
    Why do my plants only grow straight up and not bush out like all the pics I've seen?
    1. By E ,22 Sep 2017
      Are you topping, pruning and super cropping during veg stage? You also have to train your plants with a "screen" (string netting) to grow sideways during flower stage. If you do these things, your girls will bush out.
      1. By latewood_ILGM ,28 Sep 2017
        Yes we do. Thanks for sharing :)
  64. By Mitchell ,22 Sep 2017
    I grew two plants this summer (first-time grower), in a plastic hoop-house. Both developed bud rot at what I'm guessing was about one week before the plants were ready to harvest. Can I still use the plants, or are they […]Read More
    1. By Donna Laliberte ,23 Sep 2017
      I had the same problem today. I just cut out the rot and left the rest to dry.
    2. By latewood_ILGM ,28 Sep 2017
      MItchell, carefully inspect and get rid of the rotten area. You should be able to use the rest of the plant that is unaffected. Good Luck
  65. By Minnehonk ,22 Sep 2017
    From my 45 years of experience of outdoor growth in Maine, (where it is now legal to grow 6 plants per person) for a successful grow, I use organic fertilizers conservatively, small amounts of chicken mixed with aged cow manure […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,28 Sep 2017
      Minnehonk, Thanks for sharing. Molasses does not break down fast enough to be used in such a manner. To each his own. Just sayin' "Science". Happy growing
  66. By Sherry ,22 Sep 2017
    I'm a bit confused about the drying process specified in the Grow Bible and that specified here. The GB says dry at 90 degrees and then let cure 5 weeks. This says 64 degrees with 45 degree humidity and a […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,28 Sep 2017
      Sherry, I could not find this stat in the article above. When harvesting; Hang plants until the stems "SNAP" like dried twigs. Place in a paper bag to allow the inner bud to dry out and balance the moisture throughout […]Read More
  67. By dennis ,23 Sep 2017
    once the equinox has started how often should i water and can i still use phospherous and how often when and how do i flush properly THANKS ROBERT
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,28 Sep 2017
      dennis, Perhaps you should download and read the Free Grow Bible we offer, Or; Join our support forum at support.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com
  68. By gil ,25 Sep 2017
    Hi thanks for all your help can you tell me anything about growing ruderalis plants
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,26 Sep 2017
      gil, go to: support.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com and join our forum. We help growers ib that format everyday. :)
  69. By steve jaster ,25 Sep 2017
    Thank-you for all the info , I've read it twice; as I am a 1st time grower looking for good advice on growing, from start to finish and now I know what to look for when getting ready to harvest […]Read More
  70. By Leonard ,26 Sep 2017
    My bud has red hairs , but the tricomes are clear . Should we be harvesting?
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,26 Sep 2017
      Leonard, No do not harvest with clear trichomes indicating no THC is producing yet Wait for heavy cloudy trichomes with some amber colors before considering harvest. Happy harvesting :)
  71. By Cozmo ,04 Oct 2017
    To Whom It May Concern ......i have Bergmans gold leaf strain straight from seed,, How long is the flower stage of this plant., this plant had started outside then brought indoors around last week of sept., due to weather ,The […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,09 Oct 2017
      Cozmo, There is no set time for finish. Finish time is influenced by grow methods, veg time, etc...You harvest when the Trichomes are mostly cloudy wiht some amber. How much amber is your choice. Less amber = more up high, […]Read More
  72. By Deborah Nash ,09 Oct 2017
    After breaking down plant for transportation and into plastic bags ..what’s next...do i take them out and hang or just leave the bag open a bit to dry out...also i tried to dry like “ Tobacco “ i read somewhere.. […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,09 Oct 2017
      Deborah Nash, You should hang the plant and you wnt leaves to get crunchy. Buds qwill remain damp inside and must be curder. rather than explain the whole drying curing process; I suggest you join our support forum support.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com
  73. By mark genanatti ,03 Dec 2017
    very nice site with intelligence and knowing the closest timing to start thinking its time to harvest your girl thank you sooo much for your information.
  74. By Steve Sale ,25 Feb 2018
    I have been growing outdoors as well as indoors for a few years now. To date have not found any unusual problems that you guys didn't have a solution for! The Bible has great illustrations and soooo much information!! Thanks […]Read More
  75. By Allen ,13 Apr 2018
    This is the first time I have tried to become a grower. My plants are growing fast and seem to be strong. I am going to try and do the scrogging to keep the plants low and bountiful. Really don't […]Read More
  76. By Eric coghlan ,03 Jun 2018
    Free harvesting guide never came through?
    1. By Nicole ILGM ,04 Jun 2018
      Please contact the Support Team, they can send you the Free Harvesting Guide! ILGM
    2. By Nicole ILGM ,05 Jun 2018
      Please contact the Customer Support for the Harvesting Guide!
  77. By Steve ,11 Aug 2018
    Why would you put weed in the microwave,or stove. That is disrespectful the plant, and also it makes me question your ability to grow. When you wait a half a year for a good grow don't waste your time. Just […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,21 Aug 2018
      Steve, Sorry to offend you but, we share all options with the public and allow them to make a choice as to what suits them. IN general we do not condone microwaving plant matter but, sometimes a grower needs medicine […]Read More
  78. By Agrower ,07 Sep 2018
    Hey Y'all. First timer here. Any use for trimmings/leaves etc when harvesting (on a VERY small scale!) Waste not, want no
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,12 Sep 2018
      Agrower, On a small scale, not much to use trim for. If you want, you could make an infused Coconut oil, but, You need to be able to fill a mason jar with trim. Making Infused Coconut oil is an […]Read More
  79. By fred ,16 Sep 2018
    What a great site. Thank you so much! I noticed a typo: This is no accurate way of deceiding when it's time to harvest but it gives a an idea. I looked it up and it is spelled "deciding".
    1. By Stacy ILGM ,18 Sep 2018
      Thanks for pointing that out Fred, we fixed it right away! :)
  80. By Rick Montoya ,19 Sep 2018
    I noticed that you said harvesting them on a beautiful fall day I have heard that is a major No-No do not Harvest during the day you need to harvest in the middle of the night early morning before the […]Read More
  81. By Harriet ,19 Sep 2018
    I've been trying for a few years now to download your Grow Bible. I've yet to receive it.
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,25 Sep 2018
      Harriet, You do not download the Grow Bible until you enter your email address and receive an email with the link which allows you to access the server where it is located. good Luck :)
  82. By Chet ,19 Sep 2018
    Im in So Cal and in this article it mentioned year round growing outside. Can you determine year round growing potential by locating your 'Western Garden Climate Zone' ? Are there any other factors to consider, especially with the auto […]Read More
  83. By latewood_ILGM ,25 Sep 2018
    Chet, The only thing to consider when attempting to grow year round outdoors is whether or not your climate will remain in the necessary temperature range that would allow you to continue to grow through out the winter. In So […]Read More
  84. By robert burns ,01 Oct 2018
    Hi , Great site by the way . I live in NE Scotland my auto flowers which were planted 22nd june still haven't flowerd the buds are now coming they are in a polly tunnel but it is now getting […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,04 Oct 2018
      robert burns, It is required that you keep the plants at least at 60f. That is a bit cold but, plants adapt. I suggest you join our forum and see what other members in your area have to say. I […]Read More
  85. By MarijuanaSeedsOnline ,03 Oct 2018
    This article is very important especially for those who are growing cannabis. This in very informative.
  86. By terrence from jersey ,06 Oct 2018
    harvest time those of you that can.. take picture at various stages can compare..in photoshop..can zoom in take a good look at them pistils and trichomes slight sharpening of image good view
  87. By Freakmama ,08 Oct 2018
    Thanks for taking the time to share the abundant amount of information it takes to help us grow! I find this site the most helpful and easy to read/follow. I am totally surprised at most questions asked here though, did […]Read More
    1. By Stacy ILGM ,09 Oct 2018
      Thank you for the kind words! And amen on that, but it's our job. We love to spread the info! :)
  88. By Linda ,12 Oct 2018
    Thanks for the info on when to harvest. Since I live in Canada. I just need to make sure no one else harvest my plants before me.
  89. By Parker ,20 Oct 2018
    I'm a first time grower , I just pulled my plants hung upside down for a couple of days , I'm worried about the stank , its was strong but now it's getting weak , what can I do to […]Read More
  90. By Jackie Grose ,16 Nov 2018
    Question about harvest , indoor gro, diff strains, diff ages , CAN U/I at right time harvest just tops & larger buds at ends of limbs ,then let plants cont to grow & fill out ? My grow filled room […]Read More
  91. By a ,15 Jan 2019
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  92. By Jeanene ,03 Mar 2019
    my dark star plant has been on flower time since Jan 18th, but already the stigmas are 50% orange. Is it ready for harvest at just 6 Wks???
    1. By latewood ILGM ,07 Mar 2019
      Using the pistils to judge harvest readiness is not the best way. We like to look at the clear, cloudy, amber % of the trichomes. to do this you need a 60-100x pocket microscope or jewelers loupe.
  93. By SPARK ,15 Mar 2019
    I JUST RAN MY WHITE WIDOW FOR 65 days of 18-6 lights she loves light why would I need to trim her in the dark
    1. By latewood ILGM ,20 Mar 2019
      Spark. Not sure what you mean. This article is about harvesting, not trimming. We harvest before light in order to save all the goodies available in the resin prior to the lights coming on.
  94. By soil ph meters amazon ,22 Apr 2019
    Hi there it's me, I am also visiting this website regularly, this website is genuinely good and the users are actually sharing nice thoughts.
  95. By Brian ,17 May 2019
    I grew some outside do you use soil inside or Something different I was also told fish tank lights for tropical fish can be used and a heated ph unit I can run these from a solar panel and storage […]Read More
  96. By Mobikhan ,20 May 2019
    Plz send me how to make hash from cannabis complete process plz
  97. By latewood ILGM ,20 Jun 2019
    Brian, you cannot use fish tank lights if you have any expectation of a successful grow. I have no idea what a heated PH controller is. I suggest you join our forum and get some solid grow advice. Happy growing […]Read More
  98. By latewood ILGM ,20 Jun 2019
    NobiKhan, Look up Frenchy Cannoli. Also; Utube has tons of hash making tutorials
  99. By ANDY ,06 Aug 2019
  100. By Bill ,07 Aug 2019
    Hi: you said outdoor plants get about 6 foot. I have 5 plants that 11 To 12 foot tall, excellent seeds. Just starting to bud can hardly wait for harvest.
  101. By john ,22 Aug 2019
    Very informative, learned a lot, thanks, I am a first time grower
  102. By mccainc ,25 Aug 2019
    please help me to get This bible down loaded I have made several attempts to do so
    1. By Nicole ILGM ,26 Aug 2019
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  103. By Ronald ,07 Sep 2019
    Is a Model1'000 l e.d. duel chip made in China and a 1,200 watt king plus with switches anouph lite for my 5×5 tent ⛺? The made in China 1,000 watt is all spectrum
  104. By liaunna ,11 Sep 2019
    good info. I really aporeciate your help and advice re: cannibus growing. It as been really helpful yo me as I am a biginner In growing outdoor mariguana. THANKS AGAIN.
  105. By Laurel ,12 Sep 2019
    Hi, a friend has grown some amazing outdoor plants in various size grow bags all different strains...he has two in full bloom that are the most yellow color I have ever seen. He says they have been yellow since day […]Read More
  106. By Tj ,12 Sep 2019
    I am Curious about the curing process
  107. By Ron ,12 Sep 2019
    Should you cut off the large water leaves when its getting closer to harvest time OR just let them slowly turn yellow and fall off on their own??? I've heard pros and cons on this.
  108. By William ,14 Sep 2019
    Do you take plants down when they start seeding outdoors
  109. By Barnie ,15 Sep 2019
    Good tips but I have a question on wiltting .A large great looking plants branch just suddenely wilts and falls over ,cut it and a few days latter the same thing happens i have ended up with a 1/4of a […]Read More
  110. By Stephen ,20 Sep 2019
    Do you keep trimming off the big leafs when the plant(s) are flowering?week 6
  111. By Thomas Todd Anderson ,21 Sep 2019
    I need CBD Seeds ,Because at the present time I only have a HEMP License, I want to Grow In my Basement About 100 Plants CBD. And I talked , Selling CLONES for some Quick Cash!!!!
  112. By Andy ,21 Sep 2019
    I’ve learned alot about cultivation thank you Robert bergman its been alot of fun the only problem i have is i cant seem to find the seeds that i would like to get again they were pineapple haze in the […]Read More
  113. By Bill ,26 Sep 2019
    Is it Better to dry the plant whole or to cut the limbs and Dry them individually? Thanks!
  114. By latewood_ILGM ,01 Oct 2019
    tJ, I Advise You To Join Us Here: Support.Ilovegrowingmarijuana.Com wE HAVE MANY JOURNALS AND HELPFUL MEMBERS AND STAFF WILLING TO DISCUSS CURING WITH YOU. (OOoooops! "Sorry about the "caps")
  115. By latewood_ILGM ,01 Oct 2019
    Ron, for the best results we recommend allowing leaves to turn yellow, showing that they no longer can produce sugars. This is the natural process. Many growers like to remove fan leaves due to their belief that this help give […]Read More
  116. By latewood_ILGM ,01 Oct 2019
    Ronald, I advise you to do a search for this type lamp system and do your own r reserch. you can also, Join Us Here: Support.Ilovegrowingmarijuana.Com and members and staff may be familiar with that ;amp system Happy growing. :)
  117. By latewood_ILGM ,01 Oct 2019
    Laurel, I Suggest You Go Here: Support.Ilovegrowingmarijuana.Com Our Members And Staff Can Take A Look At Your Pictures And Give You Informed Advice. Happy growing :)
  118. By latewood_ILGM ,01 Oct 2019
    William, Yes normally we cull males to insure we have only females. If you want to breed in order to produce seeds; then you allow the pollen to be blown about. Most folks are looking for pure females to produce […]Read More
  119. By latewood_ILGM ,01 Oct 2019
    Bernie, We are not set up to do Q and A on off topic questions. I Suggest You Go Here: Support.Ilovegrowingmarijuana.Com Our Members And Staff Can Take A Look At Your Pictures And Give You Informed Advice.
  120. By latewood_ILGM ,01 Oct 2019
    stephen, It is a matter of choice. I also answer this below for another member. Peace
  121. By latewood_ILGM ,01 Oct 2019
    Thomas Todd Anderson, Hemp plants are CBD plants. How much CBD produced will be based on the quality of genetics and quality of grow. This is not a hemp/CBD article, So; I Suggest You Go Here: Support.Ilovegrowingmarijuana.Com Our Members And […]Read More
  122. By latewood_ILGM ,01 Oct 2019
    Andy, As far as I know; "pineapple Haze" is still available in our seed bank; Either in a mix pack or sold alone. Look in feminized seed section
  123. By latewood_ILGM ,01 Oct 2019
    Bill, I answered this exact question for "Ron" below. I Suggest You Go Here: Support.Ilovegrowingmarijuana.Com Our Members And Staff Can Help Give You Informed Advice. We Have A Lot Of Topics That You Can Research.
  124. By Randy ,12 Oct 2019
    Thank you for this wealth of info.... They are beautious plants❗️My wife Thought they were marijuana, but because of the leaf structure and I have lotsa Japanese maples, i said they were a bush variety of creeping maples... Plus they're […]Read More
  125. By Liz ,21 Oct 2019
    i got every answer i needed ! Thank you !
  126. By Joseph ,18 Mar 2020
    were two weeks into flowering black berry all plants are thriving we got three clones off three plants all doing well i thank Eric and the team for all there help and thank you Zoe well keep you posted in […]Read More
  127. By Willie ,20 Mar 2020
    I live in Florida and growing here is excellent been doing it since 1968 however drying is almost impossible because most of us have ac and it dries out weed in 2 or 3 days trying to keep a temp […]Read More
  128. By Lonnie ,24 Mar 2020
    Thank you for all your helpful knowledge, as a first time grower,I have one plant that has Started to flower,I m in FL. Is is ok for 13hr.of darkness indoors and 11hrs of outdoor natural light, thanks
  129. By Glenn ,04 Apr 2020
    Thanks Robert :) I am in Australia. The information you have provided me has been excellent and reassuring. I am 58 retired and have the time to grow herbs. Its really exciting watching them grow. We are just weeks away […]Read More
  130. By Mr. Greenlee ,08 Apr 2020
    I'm normally an outside grower I've been outside Grover for over 20 years I've got to the point where it's like y'all was talking about it's hard to manipulate the sun because the sun don't go away but you can […]Read More
  131. By Scott ,08 Apr 2020
    I had two plants and Reading this article made it easier to know when to harvest
  132. By Growing Medical Marijuana >> Step-by-Step Grow Guide! ,29 Apr 2020
    […] you grow indoors, you can create the right conditions for a cannabis plant to produce more than one harvest in a […]
  133. By Harry ,20 May 2020
    guide is good but not upto the mark. always remember rather than textually and theoretically explaining stuff its 1000x better to post videos,cos of the weather the growing conditions ,its september for u may be march for some,may be june […]Read More
  134. By Ursula ,05 Jul 2020
    From some growers ive heard that a 48 hour dark period before harvest is good for the thc development, is that recommend?
  135. By neil ,03 Sep 2020
    Will a heavy rain wash away resin from the buds.
  136. By Gregg ,08 Sep 2020
    Should you hang the whole plant when drying or cut stalks into pieces to hang and dry ??
  137. By Geno ,09 Sep 2020
    Hi some of my trichomes are clear and some are Amber I don't get it
  138. By Mike ,10 Sep 2020
    Why does my weed smell like wet grass
    1. By Eric Cartman ,11 Oct 2020
      Not enough info, likely was not mature.
  139. By Audrey ,10 Sep 2020
    I grow outside in containers so I can move the plants if need be. As the plants get close to harvest time I have always tried to keep them dry. Someone once told me that a rain will wash away […]Read More
    1. By Eric Cartman ,11 Oct 2020
      Nope, not true. Not water soluble. Not a concern.
  140. By Mark ,10 Sep 2020
    Hi, I grew Gold Leaf Auto in a tent with 24 hr 600 watt LED and I grew Gold Leaf Auto on my deck with normal sunshine. The Outdoor plants had a much fuller bud, much more potent and bigger […]Read More
  141. By David Reed ,10 Sep 2020
    I have been noticing my plants have more oil and odor towards the bottom of the plant than the top. I'm thinking I need to give them less light intensity close to harvest. Anyone, ideas?.
  142. By Todd ,10 Sep 2020
    Thanks for the great advice definitely helpful
  143. By Paul ,11 Sep 2020
    If someone was growing outdoors in pots, do they need to dry the whole plant roots and all or can they cut branches with buds and dry them? Asking for a freind.
    1. By Eric Cartman ,11 Oct 2020
      Generally hang the entire plant, roots not needed. But nothing wrong with branch by branch. So many variables to quality, most about growth, strain, and feeding... this issue is not one of them.
  144. By William ,13 Sep 2020
    Good evening I ordered ten wedding cake seeds I ended up with 3 plants that look like wedding cake but also 7 purple plants can I send pic can u tell me what the r
  145. By Stuart ,17 Sep 2020
    How many minutes do you need to burp your cannibus?
  146. By Trenton ,18 Sep 2020
    I think it's time to harvest how can I tell
    1. By Eric Cartman ,11 Oct 2020
      Short answer = Wait till most hairs are red and/or microscope the trichomes to see when there are milky. Don't ask such a simple question. TO ALL, DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE. Then, READ IT People!! It's FREE!! This site rocks and […]Read More
  147. By Gary ,22 Sep 2020
    How do I keep the worms away from outdoor plants
    1. By Bob ,26 Sep 2020
      make yourself a nettle nutrition mate
  148. By George ,23 Sep 2020
    I have a issue with security for my outside plants. I'm starting to flush them now but I have 2 weeks before I harvest can I light up the hole backyard with a security light. Will it hurt the bud […]Read More
  149. By Greg Walker ,27 Sep 2020
    I M in michigan getting ready for cold weather my plants are at the end so close but not yet I'm wondering how much longer is it going to take frost is coming maybe got 10 days of weather left […]Read More
    1. By Eric Cartman ,11 Oct 2020
      I'm in the same part weather area of the country, just one state West. My plants were covered in the first few possible frosts, one hit solid. And still need more time based on the pistil and trichome colors. We […]Read More
  150. By Shantel ,30 Sep 2020
    Do you have to pick your plants at 12 to 4 in the morning for peak harvest or is it the same if you just do it when the sun goes down? Does it really matter ?
  151. By Jondra ,03 Oct 2020
    I need help please I have been growing my plant and I can't tell if she is ready to harvest or not
    1. By Eric Cartman ,11 Oct 2020
      Many spots in this site, and definitely in the 'Grow Bible' your questions are answered. READ. Your post does not give any info on your situation. Sooo many variables. So based on 'no' info, wait, not ready yet...lol (most noobs […]Read More
  152. By Randy ,09 Oct 2020
    Love all the info... On my second year of outdoor growing (only 4 plants this year over the 17 I grew last year!).... Use the bend 'em down n let 'em spread technique.... Wife thinks they're "Creeping Maples"!... 😂Son got […]Read More

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