If you are wondering how to dry cannabis after the long and winding path of growing and flowering, we have the answer for you! How to collect, dry, cure and store cannabis seeds There are different opinions and methods about storing your seeds for a long term – in frizzer, refrigerator or room temperature. After Curing marijuana buds is the process that allows the buds to dry slowly and the first week of cannabis curing will greatly affect the potency of your marijuana buds.
If you are wondering how to dry cannabis after the long and winding path of growing and flowering, we have the answer for you! Drying cannabis is not a very difficult part of the process, but it takes a minor issue while drying cannabis to make a huge disaster in your harvest. Here you will be able to find how to dry cannabis as well as how to go about drying cannabis outdoors.
Although it is not a big difference, there are some key factors that are important to point out while drying cannabis, whether it is drying cannabis leaves or drying the whole cannabis plant. Continue reading to find out our best practices for drying cannabis!
How To Dry Cannabis Like A Pro
When it comes to drying cannabis, we recommend drying the whole cannabis plant. The reason is that when you are drying the cannabis, whole-plant will help the trimming process and there will be less of a chance that your buds break or dry too much. We recommend you trim a few leaves although drying cannabis leaves is also possible, you just need to leave them on when you chop down the plant.
After you have decided what to do with your leaves, you should then chop down the plant and immediately hang it upside down in a dark and well-ventilated area. It is important that the first week of drying cannabis happens in the dark because light burns the THC crystals and takes away all the potency from the plant.
Drying Cannabis Outdoors
When you are drying cannabis it is also possible to do the process outdoors, but drying cannabis outdoors is riskier because someone may spot your harvest and snitch. or worse, steal it!
If you are sure about the place you will be drying cannabis, you can leave your harvest outdoors as long as the buds are not in direct contact with sunlight. The UV rays will reduce the potency of the THC, but the cannabis will also dry faster and become powder. Therefore we recommend a shed or roofed area for drying cannabis outdoors. If you leave the cannabis out for a week to dry (after the week of darkness) it will be more than enough. Now comes the difficult part.
How To Dry Buds Without Hanging
If you don’t have the space to hang your drying cannabis, you can also use nets that will allow you to lay your cannabis and should also allow for airflow. Remember that if there is any moisture left in between the buds that does not air out, you could lose your harvest to mould! The easiest way to drying cannabis whole plant is to hang it upside-down. Although nets are how to dry cannabis buds without hanging, we recommend you dry the cannabis in a well-ventilated place to avoid the extra risks!
Drying Cannabis As A Whole Plant
Once you are done drying cannabis, you need to cure it! Remember that difficult part we mentioned when drying cannabis outdoors? This is it. You need to trim all the buds off your plant. This will be the most tiring process, but all the leftovers can be used to make cannabutter. In this article, you can find out how to make cannabutter!
After trimming all the buds from your plants and freezing the trimmings for extracts, you should put the buds that are done drying in a glass jar or a humidity-controlled container. If you don’t have access to either, a Ziploc bag also works, but you need to squeeze the air out. Leave your buds to cure anywhere from a week to three weeks and your cannabis should be ready to smoke!
How to collect, dry, cure and store cannabis seeds
There are different opinions and methods about storing your seeds for a long term – in frizzer, refrigerator or room temperature.
After harvest, seeds continue to develop during drying and curing and if you pull them out fresh and quickly dried without some more dry and cure they don’t germinate very well. After harvest trim slightly and dump the buds in a humidor box for 12-14 hours for initial cure to even their humidity and prepare for slow dry. Then put them in brown bags for 2-3 days to dry a bit (usually moisture decreases significantly for that time) and then move them back to the humidor box to continue slow dry and cure for about 7-10 days.
When RH is about 63-65% inside the humidor and buds are ready for jarring, mature seeds start falling off. At this point start pulling out the seeds gently and chopping the buds on small bits. When all seeds are out, DRY THE HUMIDOR BOX VERY WELL AFTER BUDS ARE JARRED AND PUT THE SEEDS BACK. The point is seeds to dry on lower RH.
So about a month after harvest usually have 99.99% germination rate and store seeds properly tagged in plastic vials with some rice in the frizzer in air-tight containers. Make sure to remove all small bits vegetable matter and grade your seed before storing them.
SHORTLY: DON’T DRY CANNABIS SEEDS QUICKLY and don’t store them immediately after harvest.
Cannabis Curing And Seed MAGIC Tricks
Curing marijuana buds is the process that allows the buds to dry slowly and the first week of cannabis curing will greatly affect the potency of your marijuana buds. In some areas around the world, people cure buds for 2 – 4 months before use.
Buds that are cured well have more potency than buds that have not been cured or have been cured for only a short time. Many times, after a grower has dried their buds in a growing room, the buds will appear to be dry but still contain moisture. When these buds are placed in an airtight jar or container they will be moist and soft. If this occurs you will need to re-dry your buds before cannabis curing.
If you are going to be curing that are still attached to their dried stem, you will want to either cut them off the buds stem or cut them to lengths less than 12 inches (30 cm) before you place them into an airtight container. These buds in the container will even out in moisture content from one bud to another and some growers will leave the stems attached to the buds when cannabis curing.
“Snapping” & Bending Stems
If the stems fold instead of snapping when you bend them and buds are still moist then remove them from the container they are in and place them into a paper bag to be dried. If buds seem to have additional moisture you will want to leave them in the container with the lid off to let the excess moisture escape.
Be sure to check the cannabis curing containers several times a day during the first week or so of curing. Once the buds are dried evenly throughout, they are ready to seal in an airtight container and put in storage.
Exact conditions that are best for drying
|1. Temperature||65 – 75° F (18 – 24° C)|
|2. Humidity||45% – 55%|
|5. Leaves||Remove at harvest|
|6. Manicured Buds||Hang until dry|
Packaging and Storing
When packaging and storing marijuana, you will want to have them stored in an airtight container environment since this will help to preserve the aroma, taste, and potency of your buds. Using a vacuum sealer to remove all of the air in glass jars, bags, etc. are great things to do before storing them in a refrigerator.
Refrigeration of buds will slow down the decomposition of the buds. If the container that you are using is not airtight and is placed in the refrigerator, the buds will be exposed to higher levels of humidity which is not good for your buds.
You can store your cured buds in other areas that are dark and cool. Many times growers will place them in a cool, dark place in the basement, a dark room, cabinet or even bury them underground in a water-tight container.
If you are going to be harvesting seed crops, you will harvest them when they are big and ripe. Ripe marijuana seeds have a tiger stripe appearance with dark brown and black colors.
Seeds that are very light and white in color are not mature seeds or did not properly develop. And seeds that are the ripest start to break out of the female flower and showing hints of seed color.
Once a female plant is pollinated, the female’s energy is redirected from flower production to seed production. Seed are fully matured within six (6) to eight (8) weeks into the blooming period.
Many home breeders collect male pollen and use a paintbrush to dip into the male pollen to spread across a few branches of a female plant. This is only if they want to be able to produce seeds while keeping the rest of their garden full of sinsemilla flowers.
When you are storing seeds it is best to store them in airtight containers that are less than 8% humidity that is placed in dark and dry areas. You can remove all seeds that are not developed by picking out white and discolored seeds to discard them.
By finger testing your seeds you can identify healthier seeds from seeds that are not fully developed. Healthy seeds have a hard outer cask and will not break easily under the pressure of two fingers pressing the seed together while seeds that are underdeveloped have the tendency to break under your fingers pressure.
By keeping the healthiest seeds from your harvest it will help to ensure a higher germination rate when you decide to plant them.
During your harvesting period, you have the ability to rejuvenate a harvested female by leaving several of the lower underdeveloped branches and keeping the foliage and branches in-tact. You can rejuvenate this female back into a vegetative state by giving her an 18/6 day/night photoperiod.
This will stop the plant from blooming and the plant will revert back to the vegetative state. By giving a cannabis plant(s) an increased dose of nitrogen fertilizer will help her to begin growing more green leafy foliage, speeding up the process.
Keep in mind that the longer the female plant has been in the blooming cycle the harder and longer it will be to change her back into a vegetative cycle. After four (4) to six (6) weeks of the plant is under the vegetative light the plant will be reverted back to a vegetative state.
You may let this plant grow as much as you would like to take clones or re-bloom.
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