By Castulo Zane

What's the best approach to marijuana harvesting? Take one bud at a time? Or harvest everything all at once?

First, let's talk legality. Growing marijuana can be, but doesn't have to be illegal. Growing medicinal marijuana is legal in many US states. It's also legal in Canada. Therefore, harvesting it is also legal. Anyone who tells you different hasn't been to law school or is misinformed.

Now that's out of the way let's get back to the question. Should you harvest everything at once? Or should you clip the plant bud by bud?

My answer is one at a time, but that's based on a small grow operation for personal use. I actually think that its better to harvest the buds one at a time as they mature. In my experience the buds at the top of the plant mature first, but the ones further down mature later.

There are reasons to harvest all at once. If your garden is remote and time is an issue then you have to do what you have to do. Or, if you're growing a big crop you probably need to be efficient.

You may have to harvest all at once for other reasons as well. For example, if you think someone has discovered your secret marijuana garden and you're afraid that they're about to raid it you should harvest all at once. Or, if you're outside and the weather is turning cold and the plants are beginning to be frost damaged, again, harvest all at once. If mold sets in due to wet weather there is no sense in waiting. Salvage the crop.

If you don't have to, then wait. The budding process is a process, and it takes time. It doesn't happen all at once, and not all buds develop at the same pace. When you see them start to dry up and the hairs turn red, clip them.

Let each bud develop on it's own time. Cannabis concentrates it's growth hormone on the highest tips of the plant. This means that the top buds grow and mature first. They will also be the biggest.

This characteristic can be manipulated. If you bend the top below other parts of the plan they will grow more. That's another subject, though.

But, if you clip off the top cola then you are. by default, manipulating the growth hormone. It will have to go to the lower buds. They will grow bigger and develop some more.

That means, of course, that you don't want to just clip off the top bud at it's base. Take the bud and all of the plant between it and the next bud down. There are two advantages to this. First, you leave some stem that helps with curing. Second, you divert the plant's energy to the next bud in line.

In light of all this, which way is best? One at a time, if you can. Better buds that are clipped at the perfect time, and more yield. All at once is second best, and you should only do it if you have a good reason.

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