We’re planning our first harvest in about 4-5 weeks. We’re thinking of using our 5×5 for the drying space. What is the best way to hang/suspend the stalks/plants?
We only have 4 ladies so we might hang the entire plant. What else should we know about the drying stage, especially what to do inside the tent. Thanks!
If you’re whole plant hanging then hang them upside down from the main stem. Make sure the inside of the tent is cleaned out. Have a way to control humidity and temperature. Exhaust air periodically. No direct airflow on the plants after chop but keep a small fan on the floor. Don’t leave anything inside the tent with the plants (pots, water, drip pans, etc.). Slow dry conditions are best. It’s better to chase humidity over temperature as long as your temp is between 60-72ish. Old-school rule of thumb is 60-60. Better dry would look more like 67f first 2-3 days and 58-60rh. Drop temp near 62 or 63 after that and maintain 60-62. You want to aim for 10 days to 2 weeks from start to finish. Don’t procrastinate on trimming after that or you will probably overdry. It’s going to be more work than you expect, so expect that lol. Jars, grove bags, or a bud vault are best for storage. Burping is necessary in all choices. Keep an eye for budrot while you trim. Stem snapping isn’t always accurate. Don’t overdry or you will waste all your hardworking. Better to place in a 5 gallon bucket with a lid while trimming to let all buds equalize in humidity before placing in sealed container. You can throw a humidity sensor in there to get an idea of moisture content before jarring.
Most importantly, don’t dry to quick, if you think they are dry enough but not sure, cut a branch and trim some buds. Place those buds in a jar with a humidity sensor and seal it for a couple hours. You want to see 60-64 ideally. If you see lower then you overdried. If it’s higher then give it a bit longer.