When it comes to a drying style, there are three main ways of going about this process. There is the whole plant limb style where you hang all or most of the plants in full form, with branches and leaves still intact.
- Make sure you have a dark room that doesn’t have any light leaks. Having a sealed room will also help keep moisture out.
- Make sure your room is equipped with electrical to power the fans, dehumidifier and heater/AC.
- Use heater(s) for winter season drying and an A/C unit for summer season
- Make sure you have fans to circulate air throughout the dry room. It is wise to have fans blowing from the ground and from the ceiling to keep the air moving in both directions.
- Have some tool or monitoring system that can keep track of the humidity and temperature in your dry room as these play a major role in the drying of your buds.
- A dehumidifier(s) is also necessary to help pull the moisture out of the room
- To reduce the smell coming from your dry room you may want to consider using a fan with a carbon filter.
The style we would like to outline here is the whole plant/large branch drying method during the
winter/outdoor harvest season.
Once the dry room is clean it is time to start bringing in the items you need. Keep in mind that what you will need will be based on the size of your room.
Lastly, there is the option of “bucking” (separating the buds from the leaves, stems, and branches) and spreading the buds evenly around “high-rise dry racks” that hang from the ceiling. This method is ideal for those planning to use trim machines as their trimming process. If you choose this method, ensure that you are moving the nugs around in the dry racks at least once a day so that mold does not develop.
Another style would be breaking down the plants to smaller branches and taking the time to de-leaf the large fan leaves from the branches, leaving mostly buds, stems and branches.
As we make our way through the month of October, harvest time grows near for outdoor cannabis crops. With growing cannabis being only half the battle of achieving the desired outcome, we felt it would be helpful to break down the steps to building the ideal cannabis “dry room”.
It is very important to clean your dry room before moving in any equipment or plants. This includes sanitizing the floors and walls to ensure that there are no mold spores or bacteria lingering in the space.
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Hanging the buds to dry the is standard practice
It’s important to control the temperature and humidity in the drying room
Once we see that we’re at the optimum point of harvest, it’s time to cut the plants. A common mistake, which can delay drying for several days, is harvesting the plants when the substrate is wet, or to put it another way, when the water content within the plants tissues is at the maximum. So if we want to properly dry our buds in the shortest time possible, it’s best to harvest the plants when the substrate has been dry for at least one day and their internal water content will be therefore lower.
Once we’re ready to trim, or to directly hang to dry if we want to trim the dried flowers, we must carefully check each bud looking for infection, in particular fungi such as botrytis or powdery mildew. If we hang a plant up to drywith some type of fungal infection, the infection may spread during drying, leaving uswith the unpleasant surprise of an infected and spoiled harvest.
Closely observing the colour of the trichomes is crucial to enable us to harvest the plants at the optimum time, with the maximum possible content of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, etc. During flowering, this colour changes from transparent to milky as the glandular heads of the trichomes fill with compounds, ending with a lovely amber colour.
In the same way, if we want to accelerate drying, it’s best to trim cannabis thoroughly before hanging them to dry, and also removing as much stalk and stem as we can. In this way less vegetable mass must be dried, and the bud drying process will be faster.
In our post about drying and curing cannabis, we gave you the basic information to dry your flowers perfectly. In this article we will focus on the most common mistakes made when drying our precious buds, mistakes that as we say can ruin the flowers we have been caring for months. Let’s see what the typical errors are when drying marijuana.
Both when we’re cutting the plants or during the trimming process (and also when hanging them to dry), it’s very important not to handle the flowers excessively. Trichome heads – where the various compounds that give cannabis its flavour and high are produced and stored – are very delicate, and can easily break off if we touch the buds too much.
We already have our flowers cut, trimmed, and ready to dry. However, we must bear in mind that the relative humidity level inside the drying room will determine both the speed of the drying and the quality of it. We want a slow and uniform drying, without peaks in temperature or humidity inside the drying area, which should be kept as constant as possible.
The 7 most common errors drying cannabis After months of giving our plants all the care they require, the time to harvest finally arrives. Whichever variety of cannabis you cultivate, you’ll