So far on the 4 harvests I’ve had my plant drys way too fast,cant get past 4 days before stems snap.than put into jars and o get humidity readings of high 40’s to mid 50’s at best. I’ve tried hanging separate colas, and entire plant with no real discerning difference. Temps at summer harvest are about mid 80’s at best. Winter harvests about low 80’s. In tent, dark. How can I slow it down and get to 7/10 days. Cant use a separate ac unit at this time. Paper bags??? Gota figure out a way to slow it down! HELP!
As you know, lower temperature would be good but that is sometimes hard to do.
Raising the rH in the drying area has worked well for me. I have used a humidifier to raise the rH but I have also hung very moist towels in the drying area to increase the rH. Be careful, high humidity and warm temperatures can lead to mold and/or mildew.
Exactly my fear, mold. I an raise RH with the “wicking” technique and a tub of water and a cloth but the temperature I have little control.
I try to keep the rH at 60 - 65% with good air movement using small fans.
I do have very good air flow though. 2 - 6" fans and good exhust and forced intake. So air flow is solid. I would like to try one of those small evaporation cooling boxes like they push on late note tv ads. But again concerned about adding too much humidity. Anyone used one of any other ideas appreciated.
I can get the humidity there fairly easily just the temp will be mid to high 80’s
What has your rH been when they dry too fast? Even an rH of 50 - 55% might be an improvement with less risk of mold and mildew.
Another thing that I do to hopefully prevent mold and mildew is to keep the drying area very clean and to use a peroxide rinse on the buds at harvest.
I don’t usually run intake and exhaust in my drying area unless the outside temp and rH are close to what I am targeting. Bringing in dry ambient air can really speed the drying process.
Too much airflow? I have issues with drying too fast. I’m trying something different this round. Way less air movement. I’m on day 7 and still going, my slowest yet. Again this would up mold risk though. So far so good I’ve been checking them daily.
I’ve tried quite a few ways including in a tent several times. This working out well.
I do shut down the intake fan for drying, keep exhust fan on for odor control thru the carbon filter and have one fan ocsolating inside tent. Not sure if I’m “too concerned” with mold. But lack of experience causes the fear.
I have learned so much here in the last 2 years and I have improved my understanding of the other stages of grouth but drying and curing I still need to work on for optimal results.
I know you said you have tried hanging the whole plant & also just colas, do you do any trimming on them? leaving all the fan & sugar leaves would help slow it down.
Ya I have to. I do dry trimming so I can leave as much on the plant in Hope’s to slow down where I can.
I’ve used this in the past for temp control in small spaces. Cheap to make!
Looks like it would help with rH as well.
That looks like a good idea. Have you measured any RH changes during use???
Was going to suggest a cooler with fan like in the above pic. If humidity is an issue can you use dry ice? Would using dry ice cause any issues? As in my opinion it adds cooler dry air… or maybe even half and half such as a bag of ice and a bag of dry ice should last longer.
In the application I was using it RH wasn’t even a thought. But it is a moist cool and works great. Dry ice would definitely work, but one block lasting maybe 30 hours at best for a week might get expensive?
30 lbs $3
We can get it for almost free with a purchase from grocery store lol