Must leave plants drying for 2 months...any ideas?

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So I'm forced to leave my drying plants mostly unattended for 2 months. Outdoor grow, flushing and then no water a few days before harvest. I've been checking the trichomes and I may be able to harvest and start drying for a few days before I leave, but even so that won't really solve my problem. And yes, I may be able to harvest and cure some of the top buds before I leave, but the timing just doesn't work for the rest.
I'm drying in my basement, I have a Wi-Fi controlled dehumidifier and I'm pretty confident I can keep the temp around 65 and RH around 50% for drying and then raising to 60% for the rest of the two months. I also have an accurate hygrometer and a camera on it so I know what the exact humidity and temp is. I will have someone stopping by around 5-10 days and they'll let me know when they're dry, but there's no way I can get them cured in jars, there's too much and they're doing me a huge favor just by checking on them.

I've read some posts where people have hung the whole plant for several months and it seemed to work well for them. My main concern with doing that, given my situation, is the potential for Bud rot during drying.

So, should I hang the whole plant or branches? And should I wet trim or dry trim?

My current plan is to wet trim and hang branches. Since I can control the humidity pretty accurately I think I can avoid drying too fast, and that should limit Bud rot potential. Or am I overthinking it and should just hang the whole plant and when dry raise the RH to 60%, and do a dry trim 2 months later? Sorry for the long post, but this is the best crop I've grown so far and I really don't want to screw it up now...many thanks for any ideas!
 
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If I had to leave drying for any time longer than a week I would chop off the root ball and hang the whole plant upside down to dry. All you need to do is trim the plant up when you get round to it, can't vouch for the taste or aroma dried this way, but it should be ok at a push.
 
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Yeah if you can keep the tenps low and humidity hovering 60 I'd think you'd be fine. I haven't done it but I can't see how it would be detrimental in anyway. Maybe loss of some terps?
 
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Yeah if you can keep the tenps low and humidity hovering 60 I'd think you'd be fine. I haven't done it but I can't see how it would be detrimental in anyway. Maybe loss of some terps?
I'd assume that air flow and total room (air) volume would play a role... i.e. too high air flow (or too large of a room) could "strip" some of the terpenes / flavonoids .. but this is just my 2cents
 
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Thanks for the replies. Yes, after drying I should be able to keep the temperature around 60, toward the end of the two months it could probably go lower if I want, but I think 60 should be fine. And the space is not all that large, about 600 square feet, with a small fan pointed away from the drying area to keep the air circulating in the basement.
I'm bummed the timing worked out this way, but hopefully it will be ok. Thanks!
 
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Thanks for the replies. Yes, after drying I should be able to keep the temperature around 60, toward the end of the two months it could probably go lower if I want, but I think 60 should be fine. And the space is not all that large, about 600 square feet, with a small fan pointed away from the drying area to keep the air circulating in the basement.
I'm bummed the timing worked out this way, but hopefully it will be ok. Thanks!
The humidity is key. 60 degrees is great but RH is far more important. 60 and 60, you have no worries.
 
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I have accidently left a 4 coat hangers full in my all wooden wardobe in outside shed around 2 months.it was autumn when they went in .temps were around 15 deg c down to 6 overnite.it was dry but also soft.i took a hanger out and brought inside and once the dampness was gone it was too dry lol.it can b done but id gather you dont want temps above 16 deg ..dunno what humidity was but it would of been over 62%..oh it was hanging with all the branches cut off the stem and trimmed up..
 
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I would thoroughly check for any signs of rot, mold or debris because that shit will go rampant if it's there and you hang the whole plant, look it over with a uv light if you have one. If when you get back and trim up, they are too dry, you could put it all in paper bags rolled shut with head space at the top and raise the humidity of the room to where you want it, in a few days the bags should allow the buds to reach the ambient humidity of the room, just turn and burp bags at least daily. Might lose some flavor, but it will improve smokability at least. Also consider washing your plants as that will add time to drying, and using the 3 bucket method will reduce the chances of mold taking hold. Ideally I'd try to do this like a week before you leave, that's the danger zone for mold growth during drying, once it starts to lose some moisture, your odds of mold growth go down. And maybe throw an air purifier in the space, just to catch rogue mold spores? Just a thought.
 
guitarguy818

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Thanks for the replies. I've had a friend checking every couple of days with a light and no mold of any kind. Temps around 68-69, RH49-53%. The dehumidifier does a great job of regulating RH but unfortunately it also adds heat. Plus we've had an unusually warm Fall. Next year think I'll add a duct register in the basement, and then I can get temps lower with my central air. Regardless everything seems good so far. I cure in Mason jars with bovedas.
 

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