How's everyone doing today? I hope everyone is staying medicated and smoking high-quality cannabis. It's been a while since I've had the time to upload a grow post or add any updates. Between writing articles to pay the bills and supporting my cannabis initiatives, tending my gardens, and keeping my Lord of the Cannabis Rings fans entertained (which the newest chapter is hot off the press), there just isn't a lot of free time to share my love for growing, but I'm making some time this morning.
They call it Gorilla Glue for a reason, numerous times I had to scrape and clean my scissors with alcohol wipes because the buds were so sticky, which made the trimming more enjoyable because it's a good sign of things to come.
I had to get creative with drying the branches this time because I had a Sweet Cheese autoflower that turned out to be photoperiod plant? I purchased the auto seed from Canuk Seeds, and they must have gotten their seeds mixed up because this plant has been in the veg room for 14 weeks taking up real estate, so it needed to go in the flowering tent immediately after the GG4 harvest.
I usually dry my branches by hanging them on the scrog net in the tent. I know some growers like to go about 5-days until the branch snaps, but I prefer to jar them right before the snap. I don't like drying my buds too fast, I'd rather leave a little bit of extra moisture in the buds rather than put moisture back in them as their curing. It might add another 2 to 3 days on top of the 3-week curing process, but I think it's well worth it. Just my opinion and personal experience from growing.
The cardboard box worked great for drying my buds in darkness with a little bit of air passing through the 2 finger holes on the sides of the box. I simply poked holes on both sides and ran bamboo sticks through them. The flaps on the front opened easy, so I could check on them. The aroma coming out of the box was amazing. It was like getting hit with gasoline fumes when you step out of your car to gas it up on a hot day. Below is why I needed to improvise a drying chamber.
This mystery Sweet Cheese is now inside the flowering tent. I had to super-crop some of the branches and really bend some of the longer branches across several holes under the net. I have to admit, it looked rather ugly at first, even breaking the main branch that I repaired with a pencil and good-ole duct tape. But on a positive note, 4-days later, things are looking up!