Know when to harvest your plants

Do you know the best time to harvest your high-value crops?

Did you know that when you harvest can make a big difference to the type of experience your final product delivers to the end user?

In today’s harvest guide, we’ll cover:

  • The importance of timing your harvest correctly

  • The most reliable ways to know when it’s time to harvest

  • How to harvest your crops, both indoors and outdoors

  • Top tips to help you get the most potency and yields from your harvest

So let’s get started.

Gather These Must-Have Tools For Harvest

There are a few tools that are considered must-haves for a successful harvest.

  • Big pruning shears: These are necessary for cutting through the tough stalks and branches of the plant. Large pruning shears are what you want.

  • Sharp trimming scissors: Smaller, sharper snippers like Fiskars Soft Grip Micro-Tip Pruning Snip are ideal for trimming buds and the smaller leaves around buds.

  • Gloves: While not a must-have item, this will make things cleaner and more sanitary while you’re handling your buds. Otherwise your hands will be covered in resin. (Top tip: Rubbing alcohol can help clean off resin better than soap and water will.)

  • Trays: A common way to trim is to use something like several cooking trays or bowls — one for the branches you cut off, one for trimmed buds, and one for all the plant matter you cut off the buds. But the best tool for this is the Trim Bin from Harvest More.

Differences In Harvesting Indoor And Outdoor Crops

There are a few crucial differences in harvesting your indoor versus outdoor crops.

The main difference, of course, is when you harvest.

If you’re growing indoors, you determine the lighting schedule of your plants so you can pretty much determine when you want to harvest.