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Marijuana Harvesting

Harvesting your Marijuana

Marijuana HarvestingThe most important and exciting visit you will make is for the harvest. Plan this one out because, if everything goes according to plan, you will be travelling back home with a load of smelly sticky bud. If possible a night time visit would be preferable. Ideally plants will be ready to harvest when the buds have darkened, swollen and are glistening with THC crystals. But guerrilla gardening isn’t always ideal so keep an eye on the weather forecast. If extreme weather, or worse, an early frost is imminent and your plants are budding, but not fully ripe, it might be worth harvesting early. This is a judgement call and no guide can fully cover all eventualities. Harvest the buds with a clean, sharp knife. The fan leaves are usually discarded although some growers like to use them for cooking.

Drying your Marijuana

Drying your MarijuanaSo everything has gone according to plan and you now have a good harvest of sticky buds. Don’t spoil it now by being impatient. The best smoke will come from buds that are dried slowly. Hang the buds separately in a cool, dark, well ventilated area. Allow around 5 days for them to dry properly. Some growers use microwaves to dry them out more quickly but this is detrimental to both the quality and the taste of the smoke.

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  1. hey fellow growers its my1st time trying to grow this beautiful flower and I need help! I planted a handful of seeds in a flower pot and forgot about it and one day I seen 4 plants growing. I have been researching on da website learning how to grow outside when should I move my babies into a bigger pot are in the ground in my back yard please help ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. nathanielnw/nastynate

    as in the dark of the nite……….things go bump…….. smoke is good my first crop is the best yet………….

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  3. I have a couple of babies i started on, but i have 1 question,how long do your plants have to grow before harvesting?

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  4. i have my trees i mean plants ready to be chop im really happy i did really good,thanks for the tips,really helps.

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  5. I had an old stoner tell me that when I cut my plants to dip the stalk in boiling water for a minute before I hang them to dry. He says it will force the THC into the buds. He then said after hanging for a week or so, to cip the buds and store in brown paper sacks until ready. will this work to stop that horrible homegrown tatse and smell?

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  6. kansas homegrown

    You need to have your plants in the ground or started in pots by april and the prime picking time is the end of september or early october before the first frost. When ur ready to dry trim off all fan leaves and any big leaves after 4 or 5 days do a fine trim of smaller leaver pertruding from the budds save theses to make hash or butter. Good Luck

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  7. ive been trying to grow weed in my closet but i dont have the confidennce to start planting. what kind of light do i need to use to grow in closets???i was thinking of starting with fluorescent lights then changing to hps lights when it grows more

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  8. G-Town Hipster

    I got 4)5 gallon buckets for FREE, 1 plant each. 2 cubic ft poting mix = $17. Miricle Grow(for tomatoes) = $5.

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  9. Need weed for my arthritis. Some people just don’t understand! In my backyard, hidened for the most part, except from the electric meter man, I have been successful. Too expensive on the street.
    Don’t need the real potent stuff. Just enough to relieve my pain. Thanks for all the information. Tina

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  10. too people looking for harvesting tips. i keep and trim my plants @ 4ft. no taller. when buds are glistening with sparkles i pick my plant and hang upside down with twine from ceiling in basement . i trim all outer leaves. wait about 3-5 days and trim all outer buds leaving inner buds alone. i trim outer leaves again and store in wooden cigar boxes. i leaves boxes open at nite while i sleep . when i wake up in the morning i close boxes. before i go to bed i close boxes again. takes anywhere from 6-10 days but well worth it. primo buds along with flavor and high..and oh the high..just b patient my friends the slower the better. this has worked for me and i’ve been growing 12 years like this. i average about 9-12 ounces per plant. lasts me all winter. by spring im out and i have to start all over again. i grow for me and not for sale. even tho i do get more visits from friends during the months of oct. thru dec. then i have to pretend im not home ….enjoy and hope this helps..

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  11. just wondering. I have 5 acres of property and its goes down into a valley and there is a creek. flowing water. what is best way to conceal and keep from over growing.

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  12. You just need to go on the color then Jay. As the crystals get darker and more amber the CBD content is going up.

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  13. psychadelic mushroom

    my plant- dont let the males pollinate the females cuz them bitches’ll start focusin on producin seeds rather than makin buds with good levels of thc

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  14. Do you need to have a male fertilize the female to get her to grow buds?

    and what would be the best like nutrient fertilizer to buy at like wal mart or somethin to get the best results?

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  15. I GROW BUT CANT GET THAT TASTE WITH SOME OF THE SAME STRAIN I HAVE SMOKE SOUR D FOR EXAMPLE ,I CAN GET THE SMELL BUT NEVER THE TASTE AND DENSITY WHAT AM I DOING WRONG I GOT THE RIGHT SEEDS

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  16. I have a question… How can I get a second harvest out of my outdoor plant? To date I have taken some harvest from it as a result of wind, and clippings.

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  17. I want to try and grow some,but I do not have the money to buy the seeds.That weed really looks great.

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  18. put a hole in 1 of your walls and put a small fan in it, it doesnt get rid of the smell but it makes it less noticeable

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  19. I use 250w blue spectrum for veg and 200w red spectrum soon to be 300w for flowering.

    Used 400w hps bulb great results but very expensive to run along side ma wilma 4 pot drip system (Refresh water nutrients weekly an monitor ph) and small fan. ma 1st time wit CFLs.

    I think there great so far jus think it takes a lil longer to go thru flowering process. I have 4 plants and decided to top light up to 300 make sure theres enuff on friday. only 4 wk in so see how i get on hopefully nice budage lol

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  20. Dry in a convection oven on very low approx 40C.

    Put oven on 3 – 4 times a day for about 30 mins. Ensure air is circulating! Place on pieces of paper i.e. half sheets of A4 will do, raise large buds by laying across small pieces of wood, turn regularly.

    Takes from 48 hours to 4 or 5 days to dry right through depending on size. Leave buds in oven except for when using the oven for cooking. Does excellently!

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  21. Im new to growin and keep getting. Plants that have stringy buds how do i get my buds to be dense and full is there. Fertilizer or sumthing to use

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  22. Yes it is normal. Your plant is trying to put all its energy into the buds. My plant is 5ft tall and 6 weeks into flowering and it has been dropping leaves since the buds have started filling out.

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  23. my plant is close to harvesting.I live in holland.But am from states.growing time is diffrent!!!WOW what a BUDS!!!!!!

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  24. Can you get anything from a plant thats only aroung 2 1/2 feet tall? How do you tell when they are ready to be harvested?

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  25. My mother leaves are turning yellow and falling off. Is this normal?
    I have the plants out in my garden in containers.

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  26. I can suggest two alternatives:
    1) Try to let your girlfriend know what a great creation of nature is pot and get her to smoke a joint to prove it.
    2) If the above is out of question (although I’m almost sure she would like the smoke), use some type of incense and burn it prior to you girlfriend coming over to your place.
    I still insist on option # 1 !

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  27. i have 4 8footers growwin i used the seeds from the clinic when i bought some regular buds..i got two that cinsa and two that are either a kush or indaka, i use two tablespoons of t-16 on them once a month to keep the nitrate and potass-and magnes-..my buds are growin into some huge spears..i will be harvesting by christmass this year :)

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  28. i have 4 plants growin,..they are now t 8 feet plus and the buds are huge, i use once a month the t-16 fertalize to keep the nitrate-potasium-magnes- ..about two tablespoons..

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  29. If you really yhave no other way to dry your buds, hang a big, dark blanket from the ceiling next to a window, kinda in a squar shape, with the window kinda covered but still air coming in to ventilate.

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  30. well im new at this i just planted 4 days ago and well i dont have all the stuff most people have to dry them so wat do i do

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  31. So I am looking for a way to hide the smell of my weed from my girl friend I’m growing indoors and my grow room is not smell proof so I would be thankful if you got any help thank you :)

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  32. @Momma all the female plants will produce buds, male won’t.
    @Steven the plant takes roughly 4 to 5 months about 8 weeks to grow and 8-10 weeks to flower. it will be ready when all the hairs (pastils) turn brownish on the buds and you’ll see white crystals on the buds and leafs around it.
    Before you hang the plant it’s recomandeble to remove any leaves from the buds, start with the big ones (fan leaves) by hand, and then cut the smaler ones off the bud, hang it in a DRY place for 4-5 days and voilà you can smoke/sell/store the weed =)

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  33. I got like three pounds off my banna kush plant and I’m a week into my drying prosess

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  34. i have a question how long does the plant need to grow? when you hang the plant up to dry do you need to pick anything out, or just hang the plant as is??

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  35. Have a “plant” growing from seeds that I have harvested from weed that I had from a friend that was awesome,so I was told.I just want to know how do you tell if the home grown will produce any buds?

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  36. 41williamslove

    I’m put my seeds in the ground today.After 3 days in a dark place with a wet papper towel and all seeds are sprouted.

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