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Monday, September 16, 2013

How to harvest and cure your Cannabis

harvesting cannabis
There are many different techniques to harvest, cut and dry your Cannabis plants. But the problem is that the drying process and how your harvest also has a big influence on the later quality of your weed. First you have to prepare your plants for the harvest in the last days of the Cannabis flowering period. The next step is the harvest and how to cut your plants to prepare them for the drying process. The last step is the drying itself; even here mistakes can be fatal.

Preparing your Cannabis plants for the harvest

As written in the previous posts about growing cannabis, you should stop fertilizing and spraying neem oil 2 weeks before the harvest. Just keep watering your plants and keep spraying water on your plants daily. Stop watering your cannabis plants 2 days before the harvest, as this will speed up the drying progress and so lowering the risk of mold during the drying. You can also turn OFF the light during the last 2 days, as this gives the final touch to the resin production and can greatly enhance the quality of your Cannabis flowers!

The harvest of your Cannabis plants

Here there are several methods available, commercial cannabis growers who have a really large amount of plants, often just cut of the buds and than start drying them. But this way you don´t get the best out of your plants, instead you minimize your chance to further enhance the quality of your Cannabis Buds. Especially when it comes to the taste and smell of the weed.

To get the best out of your weed, you should harvest one cannabis plant after the other. Cut the plant off just a few cm above the soil, now take away the big leaves of the plant, but be sure to also rip off the stems of the leaves. The leaves will just soak up energy of the plant, which otherwise would go directly into your bud. You have now the choice to keep the plants how they are and hang them upside down in your dark and dry room or wardrobe for drying.

But you can also continue to take away the cannabis plant leaves, since the big leaves are gone now, take some scissors and cut away the small and medium sized leaves. Finally you can also take small scissors to even cut away the leaves on the buds. When your cannabis plant is finally free of leaves, hang them upside down in your drying room.

Some growers also decide to cut away the larger branches to make the handling easier, but that won´t make a big change in your weed quality.

The drying phase of your Cannabis Buds

Drying cannabis buds
This is the process where the smell and taste gains it last touch and the decision is felt if you have a nice and tasty weed or an average street dope.

Commercial growers again go for the quick way, as speed is most essential to get the space free for starting the new grow phase in their cannabis plantation! So the cut off buds are just dried in a room with very low humidity and high temperatures. But this way your plants don´t have the chance to transform the last nutrients into taste, smell and resin.

It is better to hang your cannabis plants which are free of the big leaves or all leaves in a row and upside down, but be careful that they don´t touch each other and they got some space between each other. Otherwise you risk that mold is ruin your harvest during that final step on your cannabis plantation. Humidity shouldn´t be too high and proper ventilation should be ensured. Average room temperature will do nicely, under these conditions it will take around 2 weeks until your cannabis plant is dried and ready to use.

Oh one last thing, the room should be dark, so that really no energy and nutrients are used anymore for the photosynthesis. That way everything goes into the buds, forming a thick, dense, tasty and nice smelling cannabis of high quality.

How to be sure when the cannabis buds are ready to use?

That can be done if you try to snap the stems. If the stems from the buds easily snap, your cannabis buds should be ready to smoke. If they are still elastic and bend instead of snapping, than your cannabis plant still needs some more time to dry.

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