Pre-Harvest steps?

Discussion in 'Harvesting And Curing' started by StrawberryYields, Sep 4, 2018.

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    StrawberryYields

    StrawberryYields Active Member

    Hey everyone, I'm fast approaching my first harvest and I'm realizing now just how much I still don't know.

    I've been trying to read/watch step-by-steps to get an idea of how exactly to go about chopping, but I'm seeing a few other things I didn't eve know about.

    One person said they split the main stem 10 days before chopping. They said it promotes THC production. Is this something you do every time? I've never heard of it before..

    What's your preference with the number of hours of total dark before chop? Do you do any?

    Feel like I got out of the woods and into a briar patch haha any and all advise/tips/personal input is appreciated.
     
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    fishwhistle1

    fishwhistle1 Active Member

    Try to keep it simple the chopping part is easy. You probably want to do it in a few steps cutting the top mature colas first, let the bottom stuff finish up for a couple more days if it needs it. The hard part is the drying and curing process if done right you will have some pretty good tasting smoke (flavour gets better with age). If done wrong you can flush all your time and hard work down the toilet. Probably the single most important process of your whole growing experience so do your homework and get your jars cleaned and ready. Plenty of info out there on how to do this process correctly just go slow pay attention and good luck
     
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    TheDifferenceX

    TheDifferenceX Well-Known Member

    Just make sure you maintain good temperature, RH and air circulation during the drying process. So important.
     
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    Beachwalker

    Beachwalker Well-Known Member

    ^ everything above

    + don't split stems, it's a myth.
     
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    Budzbuddha

    Budzbuddha Well-Known Member

    You got plant pics
     
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    StrawberryYields

    StrawberryYields Active Member

    Yeah took these two days ago.
     

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    PURPLEB3RRYKUSH

    PURPLEB3RRYKUSH Well-Known Member

    Could have went another week, indicated by the brown fuzz sticking up, but still looks dank
     
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    StrawberryYields

    StrawberryYields Active Member

    I've still only cut down the first cola now. I was going for a 48 hr dark period before the next chop, so I can still turn the lights back on.

    The one I cut down was the tallest by far (I super cropped the rest). Being so close to the light, one leaf had started to get an amber twinge to it so I wanted to get at least that one down. I wouldn't have any issues keeping the rest going. Especially since I'm going for couch-lock lol

    And thanks for the compliment :D I'm very happy with her
     

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    Bugeye

    Bugeye Well-Known Member

    You aren't going to trick the plant into being any better with light manipulation. Just keep your schedule.
     
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    Lucky Luke

    Lucky Luke Well-Known Member

    Little things make the harvest go well. Long dry, long cure.

    A few harvest tips: Decent pruners and needle point scissors, powder free gloves, trim tray. Somewhere dark to hang your plant and something to hang it from, either whole or broken down into branches (depending on your climate. Im in spring so I hang the whole plant for a week then brake down into sections and hang on coat hangers for another week or so.). Air tight jars. Small hygrometers for the jars and Boveda packs for aging.
     
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    StrawberryYields

    StrawberryYields Active Member

    10/10 thank you!

    I've got most of it already, and they will be drying the same tent they grew in (2x4x5). I've been keeping a log of the temp and rH. That's between 55%-65% with the temp hovering around 60F (15.5C). Has some weird spikes at night that I can't figure out (the hygrometer I have in the tent will record highs and lows), but aside from that whenever I check it's on point.
     
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    Budzbuddha

    Budzbuddha Well-Known Member

    Don’t toss the trim ... there be some goodness in that.
     
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    StrawberryYields

    StrawberryYields Active Member

    Are they good to make tincture with? I've been wanting to do that for a while.
     
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    leather lungs

    leather lungs Well-Known Member

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    StrawberryYields

    StrawberryYields Active Member

    I checked the trics on more of the cola and they were looking extremely milky and most had noticeable amber. I've got two others in week 6 of veg that need attention though, so I decided to go ahead and chop her for the sake of quality control.

    Thanks to everybody for all the help. Now the real fun begins lol

    The first cola is drying nicely. I kept some sugar leaves on it to make sure it didn't dry too quickly. A few more days and they'll be ready to jar. The tent has had an rH between 57 and 63 (with random spikes in the low 70s...can't figure out why..they only last about twentyish minutes once or twice a day tops) and the temp is between 60F (15.5C) and 65F (18.3C).
     

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    Lucky Luke

    Lucky Luke Well-Known Member

    Humidity spikes in the flower room? Would it be at lights off? If so its the plants transpiring. The lights not on so its not evaporating as fast as it would with the lights on.
     
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    StrawberryYields

    StrawberryYields Active Member

    Oh duh totally makes sense. Thanks that's a load off my mind lol
     
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    Poppa11691

    Poppa11691 New Member

    During the lights off put ice in the pots they Frost up really nice
     

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