Newbie just wrapping my second legal outdoor autoflower grow/harvest/dry/cure in the urban and typically humid midwest. Both times I seem to have lost that good weed smell during outdoor drying. Both crops have still delivered the desired medical effects, but neither retained those good smells.
First grow was done Sep-Nov 2020 with GG #4 on covered back porch with grow light (my wife and children won’t allow anything indoors). Had tons of smell at harvest, very sticky. Dried outdoors under covered back porch hanging from hangers inside brown paper grocery bags, open end down, with fan on low blowing near the bags. Dried for about a week before jarring to cure and that dank weed smell was already fading fast and starting to smell more like hay. Figured maybe I dried too fast and so vowed to use less fan on dry attempt number two.
So this year, for attempt number two, I tried Northern Lights, grew between June-August 2021 (much hotter and sunnier months then previous attempt) with just natural sunlight up on the roof, then harvested (maybe a week too late, lots of amber trichomes, plus much less smell than previous GG #4 and much less sticky) and dried using same technique, only this time turned fan away from hanging paper bags, figuring it would pull less air than it pushed the year before (maybe?) and thus slow my dry time.
However, just checked buds after just three days of hanging in the bags out back, and my buds are already super dry to touch, not very sticky, and have already lost most of their weed smell.
I’m never going to be able to do any of this indoors where I can control every variable, just doesn’t work for my situation, so have to figure out next best options for outdoor everything every step of the way. On the plus side, I can make use of a covered back porch and grow light if necessary, though it was nice to have my grow up on the roof where it didn’t get in the way of back porch hangouts.