What Does Harvesting Buds Mean?
The harvesting of buds from a cannabis plant is a matter of timing when they are just right for the desired effect. Depending on the particular strain, buds that are ready to be harvested will show signs in their pistils and trichromes and the plant may show signs in its stems and leaves.
A less precise way to know when to harvest buds is to research when the particular strain being grown should be flowering. Sativas and indicas flower at different times, so knowing indicas will be ready about eight weeks after flowering and that sativas will be ready ten to twelve weeks after flowering will give a general guideline.