Medical cannabis is legal in 37 states nationwide, with more on track to join the list in the coming years. In most places, medical cannabis patients can grow their own medical cannabis at home, and many take advantage of the outdoor cannabis growing season. The season has just one harvest, but when it’s done right, it can be very plentiful.
In contrast, indoor cannabis crops take an average of three to four months to grow from seed to harvest, meaning patients who grow indoors can have three to four harvests a year. Outdoor growing has its own advantages, though, and for those who partake, harvest time comes just once a year: Croptober.
Croptober refers to October being the time of year when most sun-grown cannabis plants are ready for harvest. The flowering cycle of outdoor cannabis is triggered by a change in the length of the days. When days begin to shorten, cannabis plants begin to flower.
Additionally, the full moon is believed to help increase resin production in cannabis plants. This is one reason for harvesting during the full moon in October. The main reason the full moon is used to harvest not just cannabis but other crops is for its light. Before the days of tractors, combines, harvesting equipment fitted with headlights, and fields with generators and electricity, farmers used the full moonlight to harvest crops well into the night.
Last but not least, October is the harvest month for cannabis crops because, in most places, October is when the first freeze happens. Cannabis plants do not like freezing temperatures. Some cultivators actually wait until the first freeze and then harvest their plants. They do this on the principle that the plant will send all available resources (resin) to the buds to help them survive.
Whenever you decide to harvest, whether it be indoors or outdoors, here are some tips you can keep in mind to get the best results possible.
Pre-harvest prep will make harvest time a whole lot easier. It also stands to help you improve the overall quality of your bud in those last few crucial days before it’s time to chop your crop.
Harvest time is here, and it’s finally time to chop that crop of cannabis you’ve been carefully cultivating.
You’ve spent weeks flowering your cannabis crop to perfection. Now, you have bushy buds covered in trichomes with that dank aroma emanating from them. It’s time to dry your cannabis—but be careful. This is part of the process where many people mess up.
Curing cannabis takes time to perfect. There’s a lot that can go wrong during this process. There’s also a lot that can go right. Curing cannabis is an art, and all artists are a little bit different. However, there are some golden rules for curing cannabis that everyone should follow to prevent spoiling their harvest.
That’s the 411 on the Croptober cannabis harvest! If you integrate these practices, you will end up with flourishing cannabis plants. Do you have any tried-and-true pointers for harvesting cannabis? Drop them in the comments.
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October 29, 2022 at 11:00 am
That was a great tutorial. Appreciate the help.