As we make our way through the month of October, harvest time grows near for outdoor cannabis crops. With growing cannabis being only half the battle of achieving the desired outcome, we felt it would be helpful to break down the steps to building the ideal cannabis “dry room”.
Step 1: Decide What Style of Drying You Want to Use
When it comes to a drying style, there are three main ways of going about this process. There is the whole plant limb style where you hang all or most of the plants in full form, with branches and leaves still intact.
Another style would be breaking down the plants to smaller branches and taking the time to de-leaf the large fan leaves from the branches, leaving mostly buds, stems and branches.
Lastly, there is the option of “bucking” (separating the buds from the leaves, stems, and branches) and spreading the buds evenly around “high-rise dry racks” that hang from the ceiling. This method is ideal for those planning to use trim machines as their trimming process. If you choose this method, ensure that you are moving the nugs around in the dry racks at least once a day so that mold does not develop.
Step 2: clean & Prepare your dry room
It is very important to clean your dry room before moving in any equipment or plants. This includes sanitizing the floors and walls to ensure that there are no mold spores or bacteria lingering in the space.
Once the dry room is clean it is time to start bringing in the items you need. Keep in mind that what you will need will be based on the size of your room.
- Make sure you have a dark room that doesn’t have any light leaks. Having a sealed room will also help keep moisture out.
- Make sure your room is equipped with electrical to power the fans, dehumidifier and heater/AC.
- Use heater(s) for winter season drying and an A/C unit for summer season
- Make sure you have fans to circulate air throughout the dry room. It is wise to have fans blowing from the ground and from the ceiling to keep the air moving in both directions.
- Have some tool or monitoring system that can keep track of the humidity and temperature in your dry room as these play a major role in the drying of your buds.
- A dehumidifier(s) is also necessary to help pull the moisture out of the room
- To reduce the smell coming from your dry room you may want to consider using a fan with a carbon filter.
Step 3: The drying process
The style we would like to outline here is the whole plant/large branch drying method during the
winter/outdoor harvest season.
When packing your dry room with your harvest, make sure you are labeling your rows of strains so that strains do not get mixed up. For the first 3-4 days, you’ll want to keep dehumidifier at around 50%. You want your temperature to be at between 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Every day after that raise the dehumidifier 5%, and once you get to 70-75% you should check the stems for readiness. If the stem snaps, you know it’s ready.