The taste was harsh and the potency was not there on top of there was a pounding headache from the smoke. I knew then and there that I was missing a critical steps in harvesting cannabis which we are going to go over in this article step By step so, you won't have to struggle with unsavory cannabis buds.
Why Flush My Cannabis Plant Before Harvesting?
The critical step of flushing cannabis or the leaching process is the step in the harvest life cycle that brings out the taste in the buds and makes it enjoyable to smoke. By pushing out any build up salts,fertilizer in the soil,plus ensuring that the cannabis uses up all left over nutrients so they don't end up in your beautiful green nugs.
There is three main reasons to flush your cannabis plants
Tasty Cannabis Buds- brings out the essential taste of the strain
Safer smokable buds- what I mean by that is you won't have any sparks and popping when blaze one,no harsh taste or pounding headache from smoking fertilizer stuck in the flower
More valuable buds- if you have 1-2 you will have a more value to your buds
Now that you know why its so important to flush your cannabis plants before harvest we will go thru the 3 step process to get some dank weed buds
flush your plants 7-10 days with plain water at a PH level of 6.0-6.5 or you can use a flushing solution that you can pick up in your local hydroponic shop such as botanicare clearex make sure to follow the directions when mixing such solutions.
when starting the flushing process use twice the amount of water you would normally use when watering your plants or water your cannabis till the drainage is clear. this will ensure your plant will use up any left over fertilizer in the 7-10 days of flushing.
Ok you've flushed your plants for 7-10 days by now you might see some leaves turning yellow don't panic this is happens because the plant has used up most of the nutrients.
Don't water your plants for 1-2 days before harvest the soil should be fairly dry but not dry enough to make the plants wilt.doing this will help speed up the drying process with out effecting the finished product.
Plan carefully where you will dry your cannabis buds before cutting your plants.
Drying will take 5-10 days all depending on temperature and humidity. Temperature should be around 68°-84°F with humidity around 50%-60% hang buds in a dark place with good airflow to avoid molds and mildews.
Never put fans directly on the buds trying to speed up the drying slower is better when drying and curing also keep harvested buds from intense light.
you will know they are evenly dry and ready to cure when the stems snaps when bent.
Best way to cure is to place in an airtight glass containers and opening them 3 times a day to let any built up moisture to escape.
When you open your container turn your buds to ensure that every side of the buds gets fresh air, they should be cured and ready to taste in 2-3 weeks.
These are the ways I get tasty cannabis buds of course every one has there own secrets techniques.
hopefully this helps you harvest some the best marijuana buds you can smoke please share this post with friends and family