Hello everyone, I am about to start my first ever harvest but after all my research I have come to understand i have some things working against me. I have little resources so I have to use what I have for the most part. I live in Southwest Michigan where the temps and humidity can bounce around some. I have picked a string of days starting with this Weds where the temps will be in mid 60’s and humidity will be in mid to low 60’s for about five days before the humidity will shoot back up around 75-80 for a couple days. I have a nice little shed that is perfect for hanging but has no electricity for dehumidifiers or fans etc. I also grew an outdoor plant so I understand i need to wash my bud which can prolong the drying period. Im worried about the humidity being too much to overcome. If anyone could give me recommendations about how to give myself the best odds of getting my bud dried and to the curing process without ruining it I would be grateful. If I am pretty much screwed it’s ok just tell me…Thank you
Im few hours south east of you and i think you will be ok. You can only do what you can do. Ive dried and cured in unfavorable conditions before and turned out fine. Monitor things real close and if it dries a little fast oh well, it wasnt quite perfect but doesnt have to be to still be decent. Once its moved into jars or containers things will shape up
Put a fan on your freshly washed buds while gently tapping them till the water stops dripping then hang em up.
Also is there no way to run an extension cord out to a fan to circulate the air in your dry space. 75-80% humidity is pretty wet and greatly increases your chance of mold or mildew. Mold and mikdew require both high humidity and stale uncirculated air to thrive. Do your best to eliminate both and you will likely be ok.
Yes i just discovered i have an outlet outside my house. I hoping i can get my dehumidifier in there. I was looking at battery operated and rechargeable fans but most of the affordable ones look like garbage. Hopefullly i can run both a fan and dehumidifier from the outlet. Should i position the fan under my hanging buds ?
Want it blowing around but not directly on your plants. Try and keep it about 65% humidity and expect a 10-14 day dry.
Is it necessary to use reverse osmosis water to wash my bud? I have tap water that is filtered. It is high in Iron, not sure if that will hurt. Buying 15 Gallons of RO water seems crazy but can be done i suppose.
All depends on how much calcium iron and other solids you want to leave behind on your bud. Let some tap water evaporate naturally from a glass, you will see what I mean. Also, Ro water costs 30 cents a gallon from walmart fill station. Your talking about less then 5 dollars worth of water to ensure your buds arent covered with a bunch of dust and calcium, iron, fluoride and whatever else is in your tap water. You spent all this time and money to grow it, gonna fall shy on the last day?
That will work fine. The peroxide is going to attack anything in the water along with organic debris on the surface of your plant. If you were storing it mixed you would want to use distilled or R/O. You’ll be fine. I use a 5 gallon bucket filled out of the garden hose, dump a pint of peroxide in, submerge my flower for 6 or 8 minutes then rinse off with the garden hose. Hang on a string to drip-dry then into the drying space.
I think a fan is a good idea but doubt you’ll need the dehumidifier.
No that’s why im asking. I didnt really know about the fill station. I was thinking getting 15 separate gallons of the shelf. Which i would do if i had to. I appreciate the info.
Daily, we use a gallon of STORE bought bottled watter for coffee.
Then, the empty CLEAR plastic gallon bottles are available for garden use.
Water, domes, planters, or canteen for outdoor plants. All good.
Refill gallons, 35cents.
Plenty of people don’t rinse there bud that is a growers choice.
St. Joesph ho-rah
Lol I haven’t been home in like 15 yrs
Grew up catching baby turtles and ice fishing paw paw lake. Also sister lakes
Nice! Ive fished and ice fished those lakes as well. Used to catch snapping turtles on a couple different lakes around here mostly Lake Brownwood.