Old School growers used to go off the Pistol being "withered" aka browned and shrinking. That's a good sign you are in the "harvest window". They would also squeeze the buds to feel the density.
Today we check trichomes to give us a more refined "harvest the effect you want" philosophy. But you will still have a decent 2-4 week window where thc is at its peak.
The issue is weight. Some strains put on most of the weight in the last two weeks, so chopping early can give you good bud but alot less of it. Like 20% less in some cases.
So here is the best advice I can give you-- When you think its ready, buy an 1/8th of some really good smoke, then don't touch your girl for another week.
The smoke will keep you from the early harvest out of med's excuse. :16:
yeh good 1st grow, it dosnt effect anything badly if you cut the whole plant or seperate branches, i do seperate branches, for 2 reasons.. 1- they dry quicker and 2- if the top part of the plant is ready then id take the buds off the top and leave the lower ones for another week or so
and yeh get a led light, or a stronger light, and maybe 20 liter pots, then youll notice the difference on your second grow
nice work ! reps +