Hanging the Whole Plant to Dry: Cannabis Growing Etiquette

Growing weed used to be a hobby for most people doing it, but now it’s become a business. Since weed has been legalized in the likes of Canada and many other places, the cannabis industry has seen a surge in the number of investors and businesses throwing their names into the hat. It’s a race to the top to see who can make the most during this “green rush” period, but what about those of us who just want to grow our weed properly? You are legally allowed to grow four plants per person within your home in Canada (as long as you are using licensed seedlings!), and why wouldn’t you want to get the most out of it?

There are plenty of cases where somebody grows a wonderful plant only to cure it horribly, ruining the bud in the process. You can spend months tending to your plants only to ruin everything at the end, so growers must be aware of the proper drying techniques.

How Is Hanging the Whole Plant to Dry Beneficial?

Some growers will tell you that hanging the branches individually will yield the best results, while others will suggest that you should be hanging the whole plant to dry at one time. Some would say that it comes down to personal preference, but what if there was a list of pros and cons for each option? If you live in a very hot region year-round you may not have a choice, as hanging the whole plant to dry will give it a little extra time and won’t make it too “crispy”.

Smokers don’t want their weed to be too dry, which is why hanging your plants is going to come down to an exact science. You’ll develop your system over time, but this article can be used as a reference point when you’re getting things started!

Tips & Tricks for Hanging the Whole Plant to Dry

The flush of your plants needs to be timed properly, so take note of when your last water was. You’ll want to flush your plants for about 10 to 14 days with pure water, leaving the pump off for the last few days (when the drying/curing process is about to start). The plants are going to realize what’s coming, after all, they are plants that are living and breathing (we thank them for their sacrifice!); this is when they start to soak up all of the nutrients and resources available to them. This makes the plant grow as strong as possible during the last few days, but this is something that growers take years to perfect – the process is so simple, yet so hard to apply perfectly!

A seasoned grower suggested that you hang the whole plant at once, including the leaves – if the plant is too large to be hung like that, you can hang the largest sections available. You’ll want to hang your plants in a cool room (about 45 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit) with fans circulating air, let your plants hang until the branches begin cracking. You’ll hear the noise and it’s something you’ll become accustomed to!

This is when you can turn off the fans and peel away the crunchy leaves covering up your bud, which is followed by “deboning” (removing buds from the branch) and placing them in storage bags for six to twelve hours. If the harvest is very large and the branch sections are massive, you’ll need to get bags according to their size!

Where Can I Legally Grow Weed?

If you aren’t a business that is licensed to produced medical marijuana, there are a few places in the world where you can still hang the whole plant legally. While the United States has become more lenient with their cannabis laws, they aren’t diving headfirst into the pool like Canada – and it seems to be working quite well for them. While carrying and consuming cannabis is now legal in Canada, the weed being produced by the government is lackluster at best. Not only is the weed nothing to write home about, but the prices are also a problem; this is why growing your weed can become so important.

You won’t be spending money on the poor-quality government weed being shoved in your face, as you’ll have a few plants at home that you can harvest every few months to get your smoke. Knowing where you can legally grow weed is half of the battle, as you can’t begin growing your favorite strains until you know it’s safe. The places which you can legally grow weed (in your home, privately) are:

  • Canada
  • United States
  • South Africa
  • Uruguay

What Does Each Region Offer Cannabis Growers?

Canadians have it great, as the entire country is allowed four (4) plants per household, as long as the person growing is an adult. The legal age to be considered an adult is between 18 and 21 (depending on which province you’re in), but you cannot sell any of the weed you’ve grown yourself. The United States is a bit more limited as there are only a few states allowing weed to be grown at home legally (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Vermont).

South Africa stated that adult citizens over the age of 18 are allowed to use, possess and cultivate cannabis so long as it’s all done in private. Meaning, you can grow your weed and smoke it too, just don’t try to sell it! Uruguay is one of the countries that knew how amazing cannabis was before everyone else, as adult citizens have been able to smoke and grow up to six plants per home legally since 2013.

Remember, this is all just advice and we are NOT legal professionals – while this information is accurate, there’s no telling what you’re going to do with it. We just want growers all over the world to know why hanging the whole plant to dry can be beneficial, as well as how they can do so in a legal manner.

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