What should trichomes look like at harvest?
Trichomes are small crystalline mushroom-shaped bumps covering the buds. When trichomes are clear and translucent, then it indicates it’s too early to harvest. When your plant has trichomes with half clear color, then it’s time to harvest, and the buds are at its best stage with better potency.
Do trichomes grow on leaves?
Trichomes might grow off a leaf around the flower of a female plant, or a bract (pictured above). Capitate stalked trichomes have two main parts: the stalk and the gland head. The epidermal cells hold up the mature trichome forming the outside of the stalk, and a continuous layer extends over the entire bract surface.
What are trichomes on buds?
They are the sticky glands that cover the flowers and some small leaves of the cannabis plant. By definition, a trichome is “ the small outgrowth on a plant”. The etymology comes from the greek word trikhōma meaning “growth of hair”. Much like terpenes, most plants have trichomes that serve various purposes.
Should I trim leaves with trichomes?
Fan leaves have little to no trichomes, so get rid of them. If trimming wet, it may be quicker to gently pull these off with your hands, but they can be snipped off with scissors too. If dry trimming, you’ll need to snip them.
What happens if I harvest with clear trichomes?
Clear trichomes are healthy through the entire grow, since the plant is always making new ones. If you harvest when most (70 percent or more) of the buds are cloudy, they will have a more energetic high. These buds will produce the densest flowers, and may take a little longer.
Should I leave my plants in the dark before harvest?
Darkness helps marijuana plants replenish THC and terpenes. During the day, THC partly degrades and terpenes partly evaporate. So the best time for harvest is early morning. And if you extend the night before the harvest to at least 2 days, you can (arguably) get more flavorful and potent buds.