Fuk Hurricane and local government forced premature harvest, can you help answer a few questions.

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  1. #1 OBXguy, Oct 2, 2022
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2022
    Hey good evening everybody, what a day! I was wrapping up the rest of my grow process, had to travel, no choice but to pray for no storm damage. Hurricane Ian got me in the last few hours and broke off my 2 biggest flowers. Then I learned the county is about rip right through my easement where everything is.

    So today l was forced to chop ready or not.

    To summarize, should I cut my big buds down into smaller pieces to avoid possible mold, and is a little bit of light going to bother the dry process? I don’t have many other choices.

    Thank you thank you everyone. Here goes nothing. I have started a bit and hope they are trimmed correctly. I am sure everything is not where it needed to be yet however I can help,an early harvest.

    First pics are pre storm and then post storm and them hanging and a few I trimmed.

    ps, there is a lot more, whew.

    Outer Banker

    The summer should I cut my big buds down into smaller pieces to avoid possible mold, and is a little bit of light going to bother the dry process? I don’t have many other choices.

    Thank you thank you everyone. Here goes nothing. I have started a bit and hope they are trimmed correctly. I am sure everything is not where it needed to be yet however I can help,an early harvest.

    First pics are pre storm and then post storm and them hanging and a few I trimmed.

    ps, there is a lot more, whew.

    Outer Banker

    here are my two questions number one when trimming and breaking the plant down the natural instinct is to keep these big large buds as intact as possible. My concern is mold building on the inside of the flowers though my environment is perfect at 60° and 60% humidity. Should I break large buds down into smaller pieces and hang those or just roll with the big ones. Here’s a picture below of some of the work I started out doing today. You guys are absolutely the best. 49A4B4B7-FEEE-4A52-97C9-3EC4FF5074EE.jpeg E6733603-EED0-4472-9AFA-C1CC04171281.jpeg 7AB89784-E381-4834-BDEB-F70CB2A962B1.jpeg 0445738D-C815-4F8F-960E-DBBAE60F08E6.jpeg F4D58521-B6CE-49B2-8A5F-62AF233FC31D.jpeg 1744AC4C-DE79-47E4-A742-98887788BF91.jpeg DA491A13-1119-4315-9FB8-97A6B94AAFCE.jpeg E56BC05D-E301-4F6F-BAE2-89CF88661253.jpeg 0A9E0C9D-513B-4C90-B51E-68227D754C45.jpeg F7EFBA73-12A0-4DB8-9A0C-268E2F336557.jpeg 1C38B35E-842E-4A3C-B7A9-8629AFA09CCB.jpeg 843D2BA6-5859-4563-AE7A-228B50321950.jpeg 679D436D-BE43-4591-8F73-95D4AA34D6F2.jpeg
     
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  2. Congrats on the plants - the more you grow the more you know....and learn.

    You should try dry trimming one of your branches and then compare to your wet trim job. You may find the dry trim is faster, and makes the bud look better.

    You have a fair amount of fan leaf still left on your wet trim nug...its cool, its ok, it'll smoke...it'll just have a little more leaf biomaterial.

    on drying - As long as your conditions are as you say, with no stagnant air, then mold wont be an issue when drying larger vs smaller colas.
     
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  3. @OBXguy

    This is how I get it done in Hot-Dry Southern California with low humidity. Adjust as needed for local conditions.

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    A lot depends on your local humidity. If your not drying at 70% humidity extra steps are needed to stay in range as the dry is the most critical step. Blow the dry and no cure can happen.

    I only take down off the plant what I can trim up in 10 minutes as longer then that and it wilts and makes trimming that much harder.
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    A jar of denatured Alcohol to dip and clean the scissors in keeps them from gumming up.
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    Hang until the smallest popcorn buds firm back up. In my local low 12 % humidity this can happen in just hours.

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    Strip all the buds from the major branches, cut into thumb sized nugs and bag them.
    A pair of grape scissors works best for this.

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    Stack bags in new clean closed trashcan overnight.

    Set back out during the day. They'll spend less time out and exposed as the days progress. Stir the bag contents a few times a day.

    This slows the dry and made all the difference in how my end product started to come out. Soft and squishy = needs more time exposed. Stiff and almost crunchy = needs more can time. At the end of 7 to 10 days you want to be at 65-62% when the can is first opened in the morning as that is your best read. I suspended a humidity gauge at the top of the can.
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    At that point it is perfectly dried and can be placed in jars with no pesky burping needed.

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    Half gallon mason jars with a 60 gram size 62% Boveda humidity pack for insurance and a 60 day cure will give you as good as it gets.
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    This works in low humidity zones and will get you a can of mold in Florida hurricane season. :)

    BNW
     
  4. Good Lord those buds are huge!
     

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