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Old 06-16-2019, 03:27 PM #1
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HARVEST - How to dry properly

hello everyone,


id like to pose the question to all, how to harvest
as this is my very first grow, (now that its legal), I have 2 matures about to come off.


I have read different things, been told different things as well.
from hanging plants upside down, with root system attached
as a whole plant, Ive seen pictures of just branches hanging upside down to dry, no main stem, no roots...


what is your favourite way to dry a plant, and why ?


thank you so much, for taking the time to post replies in my thread


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Cut and hang in a room at 65 degrees and 60 humidity for a couple weeks.
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Cut and hang in a room at 65 degrees and 60 humidity for a couple weeks.
^^ what he said^^ with the following correction.

A week to 10 days by branches only but after a week I start to closely monitor. IMHO to say 2 weeks is too general. What I was taught is that when the bud can snap off the branch (branch is still resilient) she is ready. It is all about what you like to do. If you are premature in "jaring" your harvest, you will have to pay close attention to your climate inside the jar and burp more often, until humidity sits where you want it.

I use a 62% Boveda pack and hygrometer in each jar. My RH is maintained between 59-60%. Some don't like to use Bovedas, I'm in the other camp
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It takes me weeks to get mine dry, I usually cut as low as possible on the plant while attempting to keep the plant together. This is for my smaller one ounce plants tho

For larger plants I figure in my mind the biggest section I can cut and wash in a 5 gallon bucket. Because I wash mine, in a five gallon bucket. So it can’t be too big as to not fit

Then hang whole sections up in dark closet. Couple fans in room. The bigger the plant mass is, the longer it will take for your bud to dry. The longer it takes to dry, the better the smoke will be.

It doesn’t matter if you hang a plant upside down or not as far as the high is concerned, that’s stoner science if you read that hanging it upside down vs right side up is better. BUT I hang every plant upside down because it’s easier that way, as you will soon see. I have never dried the plant with roots attached but as I stated the longer the better and the more plant matter attached the longer it will take to dry. I was told by a breeder I’m cool with that his stuff is best when dried for two weeks and then placed in jar for at least two weeks so I aim to reach that goal by default with all plants, leaving them together whole so it takes longer on purpose. Some plants get cut up a bit more as different strains take longer to dry than other (ime). I have dried buds by cutting the plant into sticks and it was way faster, like dry in 4-5 days and it wasn’t bad or anything. But I think waiting makes it taste a little better. You should experiment and see what you like best
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It takes me weeks to get mine dry, I usually cut as low as possible on the plant while attempting to keep the plant together. This is for my smaller one ounce plants tho

For larger plants I figure in my mind the biggest section I can cut and wash in a 5 gallon bucket. Because I wash mine, in a five gallon bucket. So it can’t be too big as to not fit

Then hang whole sections up in dark closet. Couple fans in room. The bigger the plant mass is, the longer it will take for your bud to dry. The longer it takes to dry, the better the smoke will be.

It doesn’t matter if you hang a plant upside down or not as far as the high is concerned, that’s stoner science if you read that hanging it upside down vs right side up is better. BUT I hang every plant upside down because it’s easier that way, as you will soon see. I have never dried the plant with roots attached but as I stated the longer the better and the more plant matter attached the longer it will take to dry. I was told by a breeder I’m cool with that his stuff is best when dried for two weeks and then placed in jar for at least two weeks so I aim to reach that goal by default with all plants, leaving them together whole so it takes longer on purpose. Some plants get cut up a bit more as different strains take longer to dry than other (ime). I have dried buds by cutting the plant into sticks and it was way faster, like dry in 4-5 days and it wasn’t bad or anything. But I think waiting makes it taste a little better. You should experiment and see what you like best


hey thanks for this info, I appreciate it...
that's interesting, take longer to dry, better bud


I was planning on curing it 30 days in glass mason jars, anyways


so now I know, bigger is better...
also, you wash your buds ? why may I ask ?


my 2 matures are indoor, and I didn't use any pesticides at all
but they got lovingly mist-ed, almost every night...
for months on end.... I never thought to wash prior to drying it


curious....


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^^ what he said^^ with the following correction.

A week to 10 days by branches only but after a week I start to closely monitor. IMHO to say 2 weeks is too general. What I was taught is that when the bud can snap off the branch (branch is still resilient) she is ready. It is all about what you like to do. If you are premature in "jaring" your harvest, you will have to pay close attention to your climate inside the jar and burp more often, until humidity sits where you want it.

I use a 2% Boveda pack and hygrometer in each jar. My RH is maintained between 59-60%. Some don't like to use Bovedas, I'm in the other camp

and I thank you, switcher man.....
curious, what kind of hydrometer we talking ?
like a strip or something, whats it look like.....?
where you get em...?


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Cut and hang in a room at 65 degrees and 60 humidity for a couple weeks.


thank you, for this info


what if I cant do 65 degrees tho,...?
and a 60% humidity....


be nice to have a cooler humidor eh...
a walk in....lol that be even better...


I was going to shut down half my grow closet
remove canopy light asm., on the one side
hang and dry in there....


but my day time temps, get up to 90...
way off the ball, with that temp....eh


she'd dry too fast, wouldn't she...?


thanks pal,


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Cut down. strip fan leaves off and cut to have managable branches.

I cut a v so it hangs a lot easier, I don't hang whole plants but by the branches.

Drying; slower the better, if you can get away with out using a dehumidifier then do that, but you need fans to have constant air moving around in your room!
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^^ what he said^^ with the following correction.

A week to 10 days by branches only but after a week I start to closely monitor. IMHO to say 2 weeks is too general. What I was taught is that when the bud can snap off the branch (branch is still resilient) she is ready. It is all about what you like to do. If you are premature in "jaring" your harvest, you will have to pay close attention to your climate inside the jar and burp more often, until humidity sits where you want it.

I use a 2% Boveda pack and hygrometer in each jar. My RH is maintained between 59-60%. Some don't like to use Bovedas, I'm in the other camp
Mine usually takes about 10-12 days. I also like to hear a snap before i start trimming. Or buck down into bins for trimming later on!
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