Harvesting freshly grown marijuana is not for the faint hearted.
I have to say, my favorite part of the growing process is the budding stage.
I love setting up my LED lights, getting the temperature right and the air quality moist enough. I then get to keep everything similar day to day and just watch the buds begin to flower. My least favorite stage is when it comes to harvesting the plant. Nothing is more disappointing than ruining the product due to harvesting too rough or incorrectly. When harvesting, try to handle the product very little. First, harvesting has to be done at the right time. Too early or too late affects the smell or terpenes in the flowering stage. If you harvest too early, the flowers have not matured to the point of giving you a good smell. Always sad when I realize my product just will be bland. Next, the buds need to be trimmed at the stems and then hung up. What I do is attach my marijuana to clothes hangers. It is easy to trim them and leave them alone during that stage. Then there is the drying and curing stage of the plant. Drying them out requires me to set the thermostat to around 70 degrees, have about 50% humidity and I slowly dry them. The weed always smells like grass or hay at this stage. The final stage is curing. I put the product into jars around 80% full and frequently open them up to let out air and moisture. You can see a lot can be messed up here.