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Timing is everything during this time. Depending on the strain and the high you are going for you will want to check the trichomes with a handheld microscope of some kind. My recommendation is 60x or above . Below is a trichome and pistil chart to use as a reference guide.
It May take a few grows of a strain to tell when which stage works best for you. You can also take branches off during different times and test that way . But be sure to journal and document your grows as much as possible if you are planning to clone and keep that strain for a while in order to harvest at the perfect time for YOU.
Quick Tip- Before Harvest starts. Cut stem before the lights come on or sun comes up. It avoids the rush of water the soil to the plant which can delay the drying process.
Next Trim all the large fan leaves first and separate them from the rest of the trimmings. Using your smallest scissors trim the smaller leaves around the buds. Be sure to save these trimmings to use later to make hash or you can let it dry, grind and smoke it in your blend. the roots have no useful value after harvest but you may be able to make cannavodka by letting your stems soak in vodka for a few weeks or more.(fun quick tip).
Ways to dry:
1. Hang the whole tree upside down and let it be
2. Trim all the branches and hang on a line. You can use any type of inexpensive string or line.clothes pins work well
3. Use of drying rack
Ideal Conditions while drying: temp 65- 75 degree Fahrenheit
& 45-55% humidity
Make sure you have a fan in the room blowing air around to decrease any chance of mold. High humidity is bad for weed drying environment
**These I feel are the only real options. There are lots of fast dry methods I will review as well**
Once the herb dries . hang drying can take 4-10 days or so depending on the size of buds,temp/humidity and air flow. The branch should break when bent or at the least not be very bendy. Once you are ready, place the herb in air tight jars .
Some people use plastic bags but the trichomes are more disturbed in the plastic.
open the jar twice a day for the first few days then at least once a day there after for the first week or two. After that you can open the lid once a week . Doing this allows the herb to "breath" and release the moisture from the glass. you should also take out the herb carefully and wipe down any excess moisture on the inside of the Jar.
I reccomend curing for at least a month less you absolutely can't wait. the longer the better. The slow release of the chlorophyll in the herb releases the flavor and potency and you will enjoy the smoke and taste much better.