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Hydro 101 with Deonna Marie: Proper Drying and Curing Techniques

Follow Deonna Marie's advice on how to dry and cure your plants. Follow Deonna Marie's advice on how to dry and cure your plants.

In this week’s edition of Hydro 101 we are going to discuss the proper way to dry and cure your finished harvest. I will also touch on the best time to harvest and enjoy the final finished product.  It's really important to take the proper steps in the curing and drying process to ensure you get a high quality product.

First let's start with techniques like how to dry and cure. Drying flowers usually takes anywhere from 2-6 weeks while curing your flowers can take anywhere from two weeks to two months. Where you live will play a factor in your drying time. If you live in a desert climate, the drying process is faster; if you live in a tropical climate it will take double the time. One of the easiest drying techniques is to take the branches and hang them upside down so the leaves droop/fall over the flowers. Make sure to hang your flowers in a cool dark place with very low humidity and plenty of ventilation. Some people even use a dehumidifier to speed up the process.

 The last step in the drying process is to place your flowers in a mason jar or similar air tight jar for the curing process. This will bring out the best possible aroma and flavors from your flowers.

Make sure to check up on your flowers daily to keep an eye out for signs of mold and mildew . Make sure to correct the problem immediately if you see signs of disease because it will only get worse and harder to deal with the longer you leave it. After the fan leaves droop down over the flowers and turn crisp or are easily breakable, you want to start trimming off the fan leaves.

The next step after the flowers are trimmed is the brown paper bag technique. This is another optional step, but well worth it in the end. Place the trimmed flowers in your brown bag. You do not need to close the bag - you will most likely end up with mold and mildew if you do. Once the flowers are in the bag you want to check every day and rotate in the bag so they dry evenly. Repeat this process until the drying is finished.

The last step in the drying process is to place your flowers in a mason jar or similar air tight jar for the curing process. This will bring out the best possible aroma and flavors from your flowers. Simply place the dry flowers in the jar for 7-12 days, checking daily for any sign of mold or mildew, and rotating the flowers from top to bottom. Also, make sure to store the jar in a dark, dry closet.

There you have it: a simple easy regimen to follow during the drying/curing process. This is where you reap the benefits of your long awaited harvest - the best part of the whole process as far as I'm concerned. Hope you enjoyed this 101, and as always fellow growers, Grow Big Or Go Home!!!

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