SEP 02, 2022 7:18 AM PDT

How to harvest really good cannabis

WRITTEN BY: Helaine Krysik

What is the best way to harvest good weed? While there’s lots of information out there, some of it is contradictory or just way too much information for the lay person. Maybe you’re looking to grow at home and want to do it as simply as you can. Here’s what experts recommend:

Start with great soil

It all starts with the soil, making sure that it has the proper nutrients and trace minerals. Whether you prepare the soil yourself, or buy it, it starts here.

A quality seed or starter plant

This tip may seem like a no brainer, but you’d be surprised at how often this part gets overlooked. Some DIY growers will put an enormous amount of time into getting the soil and other factors right, but they haven’t paid enough attention to the actual seed or seedling. If you don’t have this, you won’t get a quality yield.

The growing environment

What’s your grow environment like? Have you put the time into creating optimal conditions? You want to control humidity, cross contamination, and your plant’s PH levels, for starters. If you’re growing indoors, you may need tools such as a grow tent, grow lights, a thermometer, the hygrometer, and a fan.

Make sure you’ve put enough effort into creating the proper conditions.

The Harvest

Just like you would with any other plant, you need to make sure you’re harvesting at just the right time. Factors include color, bud shape, and more. Too early or too late and the plant will not be at its most optimal or effectiveness.

After the harvest

After you’ve harvested, you need to dry, trim and cure your yield. Once you’ve done that, you can store it, which you should do in a vacuum sealed container. Keep it in a cool, dark place for maximum freshness and longevity.

 

Sources: Leafly, Weedmaps, Maximum Yield, Cannabis Business Times, Weedmaps

About the Author
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Helaine is a cannabis industry writer and marketing consultant. She has been active in the Illinois cannabis industry since 2020, and writes for a variety of national publications.
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