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Are you looking for info one harvesting and curing?

Discussion in 'Absolute Beginners' started by vatoloco, Apr 25, 2002.

  1. Sup Blades...thought'd I'd pass this info on to those looking forward to harvesting and curing. It's an e-mail from some marijuana connoisseurs which basicly says the same as Big Poppa.:smoke:

    Hi Guys (and Girls ofcourse).

    It's been such a long time again. But here is some great
    information for you to read.

    Here are three questions with answers about growing.

    1. What are the time periods for germination, flowering,

    2. What is the best method for cropping and drying.

    3. How do I get large buds (nugs).


    1: germination can take place over a time period of 3to7
    days quality of seeds determines this.and flowering can
    take place between 30 and 40 days unless your flowering
    indoors, flowering indoors takes a little less time, but
    your strain of dope your using may very from others, some
    strains take alot less time than others, your climate also

    2: as far as for the the best method, is really unknown,
    but i have a great method that works to unsure a greater
    taste a less harshness and high quality mellow high.

    Commercial growers take the colas from the plant and
    manicure them before drying. They usually dry them on a
    line, upside-down, which is fine.

    However, usually airflow is forced, and temps too high,
    humidity too low. As soon as the buds are considered dry
    (usually a few days), it is sold. The reason for this
    behavior is the fact they are, as I said, commercial
    growers and in a constant hurry to exchange their buds for
    cash. Every minute counts and they don't want to 'waste'
    the space or the time needed for drying and curing. This
    results in harsh, grassy tasting weed that lacks the
    full-bodied flavor and smooth stone of properly dried and
    cured bud.

    To do it right: At harvest-time all you have to do is cut
    the plant as low as possible and hang the whole thing
    upside down to dry on a line. The humidity should remain a
    constant 50-60%. Too high and buds will mold, too low and
    they dry too fast and taste bad. Temperature should be
    around 65-68 degrees, wherever possible. Make sure the room
    is dark, as light degrades THC.

    All kinds of processes, like the transport of sugars inside
    the plant still take place, even when you cut it down.
    These processes will slowly come to an end while the drying
    progresses, but are the main factor for the end-taste of
    your smoke. That is the first reason why you don't want to
    quick-dry your weed.

    The second reason is the way that a plant dries. Plants are
    made up of cells and, as we all know, cells contain mainly
    water. Exposed to air, the (dying) plant's outer cells will
    dry out first but the above-mentioned processes will still
    transfer water from the inner cells to the dryer outer
    cells, thus causing the plant to dry equally all over.

    By removing the stalk and cutting off the individual colas,
    you prevent this natural process by taking away the extra
    moisture that would be drawn from the stem to the leaves
    and bud. Got it? Good! Moving on... Make sure you hang the
    plants so that they do not touch each other (invites mold).
    With constant temp and humidity, the plants should be ready
    for manicuring in 1-2 weeks. At this time trim colas from
    the main stalk, and trim large and medium fan leaves,
    leaving most of the smaller leaves sticking out of the bud
    in tact.

    Hang them up again and for a day or two, until 'popcorn'
    dry. The stems should snap when you bend them, and the bud
    should be dry, but not brittle. Now for the curing... Trim
    all remaining leaf tight to the buds, and trim smaller buds
    from larger stems. Store them airtight; air at this point
    degrades THC. Note- ziplock bags are not airtight! You
    could use buckets with an airtight lid like used for food
    and sauces and such, but the best containers are those
    glass canning jars.

    Just put as much bud in it as possible using light
    pressure. The point is to fill it as much as possible, so
    not too much air remains in the container. The less air,
    the better. To be safe, check them the next day to make
    sure it's still dry (did not 'sweat'). Any excess moisture
    at this point will invite mold. If it did sweat and is
    moist (soft) again, lay the bud out on something other than
    newspaper and put in a dry place to get the last water out.

    Repack and place the container in a cool, dark place, The
    longer it sits (up to around a month, maybe longer) the
    better it gets, both in taste and potency.let your bud cure
    in the glass jars for 2 weeks, or more.opening them
    everyday and stirring them around with your finger to let
    the air circulate. If you're not in a hurry to sell your
    crop you owe it to your head to wait the extra time and
    have great tasting, very potent bud! Curing is the only way
    to make harvested bud more potent, so try it, you won't be

    3: and as far as getting big buds also depends on the
    strain of dope. but as long as you remove your males, (this
    helps to increase thc content and allow the buds to grow
    big because the plant doesnt have to use its resin and
    flowering time to produce seeds.)and give the plants
    atleast 9-12 hours of light a day.

    To Your Success.

    Ron & Vic

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