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Stages of a trichome

In this guide we will talk about the different stages of a trichome, k nowing this you can choose the best time to harvest our marijuana plants…

When you purchase cannabis seeds, you usually have information about flowering times , but you must keep in mind that times are guidance only .
So the best thing you can do is abide with the trichomes.

The trichomes start out clear stage ..

Milky state , the heads of the trichomes have reached maturity , containing within its appreciated and medicinal resin..

and finally they begin to degrade become amber.

After trying with different percentages , I set my best moment for harvest .. This does not mean they are absolute percentages for all plants or people, some plants, especially the sativas require a higher percentage of amber trichomes .

With this in mind, I like to harvest with 85/90 % of milky trichomes or
when there are 5% of amber trichomes…

Here are a few example of trichomes asking to be harvested

To see the trichomes , it is best to use a portable microscope 600x 100x increase …

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I wish you a happy harvest medicinal …

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Very good, I feel empowered, the information I read tonight has better informed me. Now I know what to do as a medical marijuana grower. Trichrome understanding can make or break a successful growing. I would love to be a forerunner in this industry. One Day. I will know in two more weeks whether or not my hard work will pay off. I am three weeks into flowering, and the indica plant is 5’10 and approximately 5’1/2 round, huge and budding big time. The skunk is beginning to permeate without interruption and now I looking for the weight, size, and crystalization and trichome development. I will keep you all posted. If I am a continued success here, I will transition to indoor growing in November.

Me encantan las fotos de tricomas…

So I’m assuming you prefer more of a couch lock type medicine vs a heady high

Stages of a trichome In this guide we will talk about the different stages of a trichome, k nowing this you can choose the best time to harvest our marijuana plants… When you purchase cannabis

Harvesting Cannabis By Looking At The Trichomes

Published : Nov 24, 2014
Categories : Cannabis cultivation

After months of carefully tending your plants, they are finally approaching maturity and you are excited like a little kid on Christmas eve. It is at this moment when the temptation to harvest is the most urgent, but impatience can destroy months of dedicated work.

While most are aware that white pistils mean it’s too early to harvest, it’s more tricky when the hairs turn brown. Often, the amount of brown hairs is used to determine the harvest window, but this method can be misleading. That is because the maturity of the plant is primarily related to the development of the trichomes, and not to the browning of the pistils. While they tend to develop roughly at the same time, judging only by the color of the hairs can be hit or miss.

The best way to judge the maturity of the plants is by examining the resign glands, also called trichomes. Using a microscope with ideally a 100x magnification, you can easily determine the state of the resin glands and take the guesswork out of the equation. The trichomes will go through 3 different stages:

1. Transparent

Clear trichomes only contain precursor cannabinoids and those are not psychoactive. Harvesting at this stage will not give you a potent product.

2. Cloudy

Milky resin glands contain fully matured THC. To obtain the most potent buds you want to get as close to 100% cloudy trichomes. Note that it is impossible to get 100% cloudy trichomes, since new resin glands are continuously being produced. Also, even after you harvest the trichomes will continue to develop.

3. Amber

Amber resin glands signal that the THC has been converted into CBN, which is a degraded form of THC. This means your product has lost a large part of its potency. CBN is not desirable in any harvest, since it produces a more narcotic feeling rather than a true high.

Since it is impossible to obtain a product with 100% cloudy resin glands, the rule of thumb is to harvest when around 85% of the trichomes are milky, 10% amber and 5% clear.

You can control the effect of your bud by harvesting a little earlier or later. By harvesting early you will obtain a product that provides a more cerebral inebriation („high“), whereas harvesting late will give you buds that trigger a more body-centered effect („stoned”). Thus you are able to obtain buds that will provide the kind of effect that best fits your needs.

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