Drying In A Low Humidity Climate.

Hi everyone.

I just harvested four plants of the Psicodelica strain from Sweet Seeds. This is my third grow. The previous ones have been okay. I harvested and trimmed on Saturday. The plants have been hanging to dry for 49 hours total as of posting this. I have a tenant upstairs and while I have a legal ACMPR grow I keep it discreet so the fan that is attached to the carbon filter is running to keep the smell down. I do not have a temperature or humidity reader. Humidity in my city is 57%.

I just felt my buds. The stems are bending and not breaking but some of the buds are getting dry. About half still feel a bit damp. Should I start curing asap? I'm thinking I should jar them up tomorrow morning, but that seems to soon. Any advice would be appreciated.
 
Hi everyone.

I just harvested four plants of the Psicodelica strain from Sweet Seeds. This is my third grow. The previous ones have been okay. I harvested and trimmed on Saturday. The plants have been hanging to dry for 49 hours total as of posting this. I have a tenant upstairs and while I have a legal ACMPR grow I keep it discreet so the fan that is attached to the carbon filter is running to keep the smell down. I do not have a temperature or humidity reader. Humidity in my city is 57%.

I just felt my buds. The stems are bending and not breaking but some of the buds are getting dry. About half still feel a bit damp. Should I start curing asap? I'm thinking I should jar them up tomorrow morning, but that seems to soon. Any advice would be appreciated.
Jar it. It put in large plastic food containers at first. Just by stopping all airflow the buds will even the moisture out. Pulling from the middle making edges moist again. Then let get air again. Keep in mind it’s not dry. Watch mold.
 
So, 57% is just about an ideal humidity to dry at. 62% is optimal, from what I've read. I'd dry it for a few more days before enclosing it. I dry mine on the stem for about a week, and the weed is almost totolly dry to the touch. I then cut it off the stem, and put it in paper shopping bags for another week or two. The weed will feel a little moist again after the first day in the bags, and I turn it in the bags ever day or two. Then I put it in plastic tubs with a tight fitting top. It stays there for a couple more weeks, getting burped ever day or two. Then its ready to smoke or whatever.
 
So, 57% is just about an ideal humidity to dry at. 62% is optimal, from what I've read. I'd dry it for a few more days before enclosing it.
So that 57% is an anomaly here. Today it is 30%. Friday is supposed to be around 27%. I put my buds in jars yesterday. I will be keeping a super close eye on them. I was looking at historic humidity trends in my city and its quite low. I made some rosin last night with some of the buds and it came out wonderfully. There was one very large bud that still had a lot of moisture. I've done a week long drying upside down on my first grow and it was quite harsh even after a month or two of curing. I think it just got to dry to cure correctly.

Thank you for your advice.
 
So that 57% is an anomaly here. Today it is 30%. Friday is supposed to be around 27%. I put my buds in jars yesterday. I will be keeping a super close eye on them. I was looking at historic humidity trends in my city and its quite low. I made some rosin last night with some of the buds and it came out wonderfully. There was one very large bud that still had a lot of moisture. I've done a week long drying upside down on my first grow and it was quite harsh even after a month or two of curing. I think it just got to dry to cure correctly.

Thank you for your advice.
So, for future reference, our humidity is usually in the 30 to 40% range. The paper bag stage is a great way to slow down the drying in the middle of the drying process. Slower is definitely better.
 
old post but active members so il shoot my 2 cents. my climate is really dry this time of year because of the electric heat. RH is around 20-30. i just harvested a plant yesterday and my method to dry is to use my tent. i hang the plant completely untrimmed and cut large sections of branches. once hung i use a himidity controller to turn on the exhaust fans when humidity hits 60% and pulls it down to 50% when it pulls the ambient 20-30% rh air into the tent. i also have a small fan set to a timer to turn on low for 15 mins every 3 hours. i will hang the plants for 2-3 days until the leaves all curl downward cradling the flowers. at this point the stems are not all snapping. maybe just the thinnest stems may snap. at this point it is ready for a paper bag. i break all the branches down to smaller buds but DO NOT TRIM YET. put buds into paper bags for another 2-3 days until you get the stem crispy snap. THEN TRIM and into TURKEY BAGS with a hygrometer. at this point the bud should be 65-68% rh. regardless keep in turkey bags and burp daily until 60-62%rh and then into jars. this retains that stanky smell for my low humidity enviroment. heres a few pictures. one is the buds hanging and one of the bud branches with all leaves left on.
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the leaves will protect the bud while in the paperbags, if you do it like this youll feel the perfect moisture if the buds when you trim before going into turkey bags. also why turkey bags? turkey bags are ALMOST air tight so if a few buds are not completely in your target RH % the turkey bag breathes and doesnt cause the mildewy bacteria smell if you had put it in glass jars first. this way you enter the jars at a perfectly equalized rh. i dont know thats just how i have found to be the best method of drying and curing in not just a dry enviroment, but i also use it during the higher rh% months as well
 
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