About to dry 3 plants in a few days. I’ve never tried to manipulate temp or humidity for drying before. Online it says to have 65-75 F temps with 45-55% humidity.
My grow room has 60-80 F temps with 31-59% humidity, though if the light is turned off, temps will drop. Is that close enough? I have a 4’x2’ grow tent I could use, I have a humidifier and space heater but not sure if I can get it in those ranges all day. I’m away 9 hrs/day.
I dry at ~70F and ~60% RH. I wouldn’t want a humidity much less than 55%. A humidity that is a little higher is critical to a nice and slow dry in 7 to 10 days. Every environment is a bit different. I use a small bathroom, a humidifier, a fan, and the exhaust fan in the bathroom to maintain 70F and 60 RH. You’ll have to experiment with a combination of airflow and a humidifier to get these tweaked as best you can.
I have a small 2x2x6 tent I use to start my seedling in. It’s in my basement stays around 60 degrees, my humidity is normally to low so I place a humidifier in there run on lowest setting. I have a small fan blowing air around and I’ll open and close vents on tent to get numbers where need to be. Have a thermometer with 24 hr memory on it, I’m the same away for about 10 hrs a day, work, so I can keep track of the high and lows during the day
I am a fan of dry trimming. For me, two main reasons.
More moisture available to buds to extend drying time. I strip most fan leaves and long stemmed leaves in the bud. Otherwise, all sugar leaves stay on the bud. More stems also provides moisture and something to use to hang buds.
I do all trimming by hand and having it dry is must faster and cleaner.
As an afterthought, if I over dry I get another opportunity to correct it. I load the buds into a tote and close it up. This allows the moisture remaining in the stems to provide the moisture to rehydrate the bud. Or, I may use the tote to simply extend the drying time.
After rough wet trim and initial drying, put in tote for a couple more days