Approaching the harvest is the most exciting time during a cannabis grow. There are a few products that will help you determine when to harvest. There is also some gear that you’ll need to trim, dry and cure your precious crop. You may also want to process your crop further by making concentrates. Here, we give you our recommendations for the best microscopes to check trichomes, the best snips to trim your colas, the best jars to cure your buds, and the most affordable rosin presses for making concentrates. We offer a few other suggestions for tools to make harvesting, trimming, curing, processing and eventually smoking or vaping better and easier.
The best way to determine the ideal time to harvest is checking the trichomes on your buds. Many growers use passive magnification with jewler's loupes, but they prove to be frustrating. We recommend using either an optical or digital microscope. These will give you a much better look at your precious trichomes.
Optical 60-120x Microscope
Smart Phone Compatible Microscope
By the time you make it to harvest, you probably already have pruning snips. If not, it is time to get some, because at harvest time, pruning snips become trimming snips!
Fiskars Non-Stick Softgrip Microtip Pruning Snips
Bonsai Pruning Snips
These help protect the buds from your hands and your hands from the sticky resinous buds!
Box of 100 Nitrile Gloves
Trimming trays help you to harvest kief while trimming and contain the mess.
Mogobe Trim Tray with Detachable Screen
Trimming by hand is easily the most tedious part of growing your own, but there is a way to escape from “trim jail”!
A rosin press is an awesome addition for any home grower. Unlike most other extraction methods, a Rosin Press is “solventless”. They use heat and extreme pressure to extract the gooey rosin and concentrate the cannabinoids and terpenes that we love. The only reason that more growers do not have Rosin Presses is because they have been very expensive. However, that has changed.
I (Dr Coco) tested the 10-ton Mogobe Rosin Press and was impressed with the construction and performance. The Mogobe Presses are manually operated with a hydraulic press that delivers an even spread of force to the plates. The plates are large, and their temperature is precisely controlled with heating elements. You can set a temperature and the Mogobe Presses will maintain the plates within 1 degree Celsius of that setting.
Mogobe 5-Ton Rosin Press
Mogobe Pre-Press Mold and Hand Press
An accurate temperature and humidity reading during the cure is important to achieve the best results! Mini hygrometers are particularly useful for curing because they can easily fit inside the jar with your buds. This is the best way to monitor and maintain your precious harvest. You do not need one for every jar. You can make one work, but two or three will make curing easier.
This is not required, but you are going to want to know how much you harvested!
Ohaus CL201 Compact Scale
We recommend curing in wide mouth, one-quart jars. They create a perfect seal and are the best size for curing an ounce of cannabis. Unfortunately, they are not a great deal online. We include them here simply to show you what we recommend for curing. Other jars will work, but in my opinion, these are the best.
Wide Mouth Quart Jars
About Our Product Recommendations
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