In this is issue of Soft Secrets we are going to take a closer look atHarvesting, Drying, and Curing. The aftercare of cannabis can beconducted quickly in a matter of minutes or slowly over a periodof several months. Harvesting, Drying, and Curing are all areasof cultivation which often get overlooked by even experiencedgrowers. Having spent several months cultivating a variety ofcannabis, the harvesting and drying periods especially are oftenrushed -partly due to inpatients on behalf of the grower andpartly down to the illegality that cannabis cultivation presents.With hundreds of methods of Harvesting, Drying, and Curingavailable to the grower, Soft Secrets has decided to cover onlythe most popular techniques in this report.
At the end of the flowering period as plants mature they are ready for Harvesting. Cannabis can be harvested using a number of different methods and techniques. The method used to harvest the plants usually relates to the quantity under cultivation and the quality of cannabis the grower is aiming to achieve. 0ther factors including the net weight, commercial value, flavour, the medicinal effect, and even lunar cycles may also be taken into consideration when choosing an exact day when to harvest.
Harvest-time for home-growers often falls randomly; in relation to the longevity of the variety being grown and the date it was entered into flowering. Harvest-time for commercial growers however is usually a planned event – down to the exact day /week. Many indoor commercial growers will in fact work backwards on a calendar from the date of harvest to the day when they need to take clones or sow seeds. Connoisseurs may also use a microscope or light-loop to judge peak potency of the glandular trichomes before harvesting. 0ther growers will judge harvest-times by eye, in relation to the flowering time, or in correlation with astronomical events such as the wax or wane of the moon.
The time that it takes to harvest a single cannabis plant ultimately depends on the variety being grown and the method of harvesting used. Typically’indica’ species of cannabis are smaller, hold larger leaves and fewer bud-sites, making them easier and less time consuming to harvest. The’sativa’species on the other hand tend to grow tall with many individual leaves and an abundance of bud-sites. These plants are naturally more time consuming to harvest.