Best Ways To Boost Trichome Production

Tips to improve trichome production that every grower will benefit from.
13 September 2021
6 min read
Best Ways To Boost Trichome Production

  • 1. Trichome stages
  • 2. Good lights
  • 3. Adjusting the environment for each stage
  • 4. Plant training
  • 5. Plant supplements
  • 6. Genetics
  • 7. In conclusion

There isn't a magic formula to increase the trichome production, to achieve this you need a combination of different elements. Things like genetics, an optimal growing environment, adequate full-spectrum lights and good quality nutrients at the right time will result in more resinous buds.

If you want to get more trichomes then you should do what you need to end up increasing trichome production. Boosting trichomes is an improvement that can be made when your growing environment is not optimal. If you’re growing in a good environment, your plant will be able to grow to its maximum, and in this case, it will depend solely on genetics.

1. Trichome Stages

It doesn’t matter if you’re having trouble increasing trichome production or if your plant is super frosty; All cannabis trichomes go through several cannabis trichome stages, they are:

  • Clear:
  • Cloudy or Milky and;
  • Amber.

Clear Trichomes

“Young” trichomes are clear because they’re not filled with cannabinoids and terpenes yet. This means that they have not reached their full potential and the high won’t be as potent if you harvest at this stage.

Cloudy Trichomes

As your cannabis plant grows, cannabis plants produce and more of the chemical compounds mentioned before, so the trichomes start to turn cloudy or milky. When the majority of the trichomes are cloudy it’s a sign that they’re completely or almost completely filled with cannabinoids and terpenes.


Best Ways To Boost Trichome Production: trichome stages

The different cannabis trichome stages.

This means they’re at their peak potency and it’s when most growers prefer to harvest their cannabis plants due to the strong psychoactive effect.

Amber Trichomes

Due to being exposed to oxygen, heat, and light, trichomes will oxidize, which causes them to start turning amber. This happens because cannabinoids turn into CBN when exposed to the environment. Due to containing more CBN, amber trichomes provide a more corporal high so if you’re not looking for this type of effect it’s essential you harvest when the majority of the trichomes are cloudy.

2. Good Lights

Proper lighting is the most effective way to increase trichome production. As you may know, cannabis produces trichomes to protect the plant from UV rays, this means the more light and more spectrums you provide your plant, the more resin it will produce. 


Best Ways To Boost Trichome Production: Cannabis Planst Under The Lights

Healthy fan leaves under a good growing light.

This is not really a tip but more of an advice: providing good lighting will allow your plant to develop to its maximum (the increased trichome production is a consequence). If you cheap out on the light, it will reflect on the quality of the buds and can result in less potent flowers. Not everyone can provide the best lights available but be sure to provide them with the best quality lights you can.

3. Adjusting The Environment For Each Stage

As your plant grows, it will start producing more and more trichomes, these tiny glands are extremely fragile and volatile. Because of this, we have to ensure our plants are growing in the proper environment (especially) in the flowering stage, where there's a higher production of trichomes.


Best Ways To Boost Trichome Production: Optimal Growing Conditions

Maintaining the optimal temperature and humidity is crucial to promote the development of frosty buds.

 It is good to adjust our growing space to around 30-40% humidity and a temperature of around 26 celsius in the last 2-3 weeks before harvest. This will avoid the trichomes and terpenes from getting damaged or vaporized by heat and will result in an overall more potent effect and better-tasting flower.

Temperatures That Can Affect Trichomes

Chemical CompoundTemperatureEffect
Terpenoids39°C (102°F)Less volatile terpenoids start to evaporate.
THCA50°C (122°F)THCA starts turning into THC due to decarboxylation.
CBD66°C (150°F)CBD melts and starts to evaporate.


Remember to flush your plants for up to 2 weeks before harvesting to really make the flavor stand out.

4. Plant Training

There are two types of plant training, low stress training (LST) and high stress training (HST). Both of them are effective methods to increase trichome production and the overall quality of our flowers. They consist of training our plants by applying force, either by tying down the branches or by cutting or mutilating the plant in very specific places to achieve a desired size or structure to allow a better air flow and the light to reach deeper. This helps us to better use our grow space, especially the lights and fans, and avoid the waste of electricity.

Have in mind that plant training will not actually make the plant produce more trichomes but will allow her to reach its maximum production, the amount of resin will really depend on genetics.

5. Plant Supplements

There are a number of supplements intended for increasing trichome and terpene production, although they don’t do miracles, they will provide more of the nutrients your plant needs in the last weeks of the flowering stage. Some plants need more nutrients than others and sometimes what nutrient brands provide is not enough. Supplements can provide a more specific mix of macro and micronutrients for the final weeks of the flowering stage when the plant is producing more trichomes. 


Best Ways To Boost Trichome Production: Adding Powdered Supplements

Supplements will provide a more specific nutrient mix for the stage your plant is in, resulting in more frosty weed.

In this stage, our plant needs more potassium to develop buds properly. So most supplements will provide your plant with the exact amount it needs and some micronutrients will stimulate terpene and cannabinoid production. Now, remember you don’t need supplements to achieve this, you can simply provide the nutrients yourself by observing and providing what your plant needs.

6. Genetics

Choosing good genetics is the way to go if you want more resinous buds. By carefully choosing which genetics to grow and maybe spending a little bit more for seeds from a reputable vendor, you ensure you will grow something up to your expectations and won’t get disappointed after having wasted money, time, and growing pace.


Best Ways To Boost Trichome Production: Close Look At Trichome On Cannabis Bud

Starting with good genetics is the best way to guarantee a good marijuana plant.

Always remember that even if you’re growing good quality genetics, you will need to provide it a good environment for it to develop properly. If you fail to do that, every plant you grow will not be up to your expectations.

7. In Conclusion

When talking about increasing trichome production, there’s only much you can do. If you’re growing in an improvised growing space, these tips will be really helpful. But if you’re growing in a fairly good growing space and cannot get your plants to produce more resin, we recommend starting to look for better quality genetics.

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This post was most recently updated on September 13, 2021.

13 September 2021