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So, how did harvest go?
Jeremy Plumb, commercial pot grower and my growing mentor, hadn’t seen the indoor kiddos for over a month, except for photos I’d been texting him, incessantly asking, “Are they done yet?”
He originally anticipated it would take around eight weeks for the plants to reach full maturity under a 12/12 light cycle – which means 12 hours of sun and 12 hours of uninterrupted darkness during a cannabis plant’s flowering period.
But, it actually took closer to 12 weeks because the light intensity just wasn’t as strong as it could’ve been, even though we used a T-5 and two bars of LEDs.
Extra time aside, our indoor grows were much more attractive than our outdoor grow was at harvest.
Jeremy’s first impression
Jeremy’s first reaction to the plants in person was a solid minute of ooh-ing and aww-ing. That was a major relief. Then, with a parent’s instinct, he pulled a pair of shears from his pocket and hacked away at dead leaves that should’ve been snipped weeks ago, revealing a more regal-looking shrub.
“They’re so ready,” he said.
And so began a three-hour long trimming marathon.
What’s trimming again?
I debriefed a little bit about our outdoor plant’s trimming process in this post. But ICYMI, it’s the process of chopping off all the leaves in and around the flower. Leaving behind a branch of little pine cone-shaped nuggets ready to dry, then consume.
Trimming can be done before (wet) or after (dry) letting the flowers dry for about a week. We trimmed this batch wet because the flower is less fragile at this point. You also risk losing less trichomes – the potent, crystal-like droplets that live on flowers and some leaves.
Be warned though, trimming wet produces a much stronger odor than trimming dry. Also, don’t touch your eyes while trimming. Trust me.
How to tell marijuana is ripe for the pickin’
There are two easy ways to tell a marijuana plant is ready to harvest, according to Jeremy:
- When the little white hairs on the flower, called pistils, become about 50 percent to 75 percent amber-colored.
- Those tiny crystals, or trichomes, turn about 25 percent amber-colored.
“We’re basically farming resin. The flower matrix just supports that resin,” Jeremy said, clarifying that it’s the trichomes that contain all the potency, not the plant matter.
Jeremy assesses his plants for ripeness under a magnifying glass. But we sort of just eyeballed them.
How much did we harvest?
To be highly scientific… about three coat hangers worth. Jeremy estimates a little less than two ounces of flower after it dries for about 10 days.
We also have two small bags of trichome-rich leaves. Leaves aren’t optimal for smoking because trichomes are minimal, but they have potential for a batch of magic brownies.
Because we had a little accident with our male plant, our indoor female plants produced seeds.
Though it was clearly a beginner’s mistake, I found the creation of seeds much more fascinating to witness than flowers. When trimming, tiny, plump zebra-striped seeds kept plopping onto the cookie trays we used to trim over.
The seeds are somewhat hidden, nestled in little pods on the flower (see photo below), the stuff you ultimately smoke.
“If you smoke the seeds, they’ll crackle,” Jeremy said, “They don’t contain THC, and you definitely don’t want to ingest burning seeds.” But he assured, any seeds that didn’t pop out during trimming, will likely be spotted while packing a pipe, bong or other smoking device.
But a warning to the lucky pot reviewer who gets to try this stuff: Smoke with caution.
The Oregonian has created its very own marijuana strain
I’d say the most tear-jerking moment of the whole harvest was when Jeremy realized we had – by mistake – created an entirely new strain of cannabis.
A cross between Blackdog and Dogwalker. Kind of a historical moment, I think. A mainstream media outlet created its very own strain of marijuana. Bravo.
Jeremy’s initial feedback on the goods
Jeremy said our indoor grow was more impressive than many of the growers who try to sell to Farma, the dispensary he co-runs on Southeast 9th and Hawthorne (except for the all the seeds in the flower). I think he might just be being nice.
Despite the good rating, here a few things he noticed when inspecting the plants in detail:
It’s been a solid five months since we planted those bad girls and to be honest, as exciting as this has been, I’m kind of glad an end is in sight.
I wiped down the walls and floor three times over with an orange-scented cleaner. And as Jeremy promised, once all the plants were gone, so was the smell.
But it’s not over just yet.
After the harvest dries for about 10 days, we’ll put the flowers in a sealed glass jar so all the smells and flavors blend together – also known as, curing – occasionally “burping” the jar along the way.
Here’s my mental checklist of final things to do:
- Lab test the indoor grow and compare to the outdoor grow results
- Have one of our new pot reviewers test our bounty
- Donate the remainder to a medical marijuana patient
- Reflect on this whole process
Until next time.