Timing your harvest can be a bit tricky as too soon your marijuana won't be very potent and too long will result into a narcotic effect and strong taste.
·Indica: harvest after 8 weeks of flowering
·Sativa: harvest after 10 weeks of flowering
·Autoflower: 10 weeks from seedling to bud
Although a longer flowering period may lead to a greater harvest, letting your plants flower longer doesn’t always lead to optimal results. You must time it correctly. Looking at your flowers is just one way to know if it is time to harvest. You can also simply time it based on the plant’s typical flowering time.
Curing Your Cannabis Crop
The best way to ensure your harvest lasts year-round is to cure it properly. There are many techniques for curing marijuana; and learning how to properly dry, cure and store your crop is a skill set that quickly pays for itself. The curing process involves two steps - initial and extended drying period. The initial drying period, usually takes about a week, after which you cure for 2 weeks to six months. The drying process can be done in the open air, whereas the curing process is done in a closed environment.
Curing involves drying your cannabis buds slowly in a specially controlled environment. Traditional curing, marijuana is dried in a controlled environment. In this case, the controlled environment is quart-sized glass mason jars. If your marijuana was dried correctly, the containers will create the perfect humidity due to the moisture left on the plant. Your jars should be stored in a room kept at around 70°F (21°C). A hygrometer can help ensure your jars maintain the optimal humidity of 60-65% RH.