Yes, it's that time of the season—grab your scissors and a beer, because it's cutting time!
I'll you a way of cutting down that will maximize your yield. This method involves taking larger colas while leaving smaller bud sites to fill in for another week or two.
Some tips to keep in mind before we dive in. Have your dry room ready, fans ready to blow, and fresh scissors. (Always use new scissors.)
Locating your tops should be relatively easy, they're the largest single colas at the tops (or ends) of your main branches.
Here are some tips on checking that your plant is ready for cutting:
-Check by feeling the tightness of the bud (or cola). If the nug feels full and tight with minimal 'squish' or give, that's a great sign that you're ready.
-Check the hairs on your nugs. You want all your larger white hairs to be gone and only red or darker hairs present. This shows the maturity of the nug and is a signal that the bud is getting all of its potency and is ready to be cut.
A nice sharp cut to free the big boys from your plants is all you need. Feel down the cola until it starts to separate and break off to the secondary branches. Locate the branches that will remain and cut the large nug from them and the rest of the plant. The smaller nugs (buds or colas) will remain on the plant for another week (possibly two) in order to receive the complete focus of nutrition from the plant. With the larger bud sites gone, the plant can now provide these secondary locations with primary attention.
Now to the dry room! You hang marijuana upside down so the plant dries out more evenly and you can get the last bit of nutrience out of your plant to your buds. Gravity pulls the last bit of moisture in the plant down to your nugs, allowing them one last sip and a nice, even dryout period. Drying your product too fast can dry it out too much, where as taking a long time to dry out can run the risk of mold.
Air flow is key in the drying process. You want to eliminate all moisture from the room, so if you're on a budget, a few fans and a small space heater should do the trick. You will need to check them every day throughout the drying process. One day you may just need to run the fans, while other days you may need the heater as well. Check the buds to see how they feel—you want your ideal dryness to have a dry, snapable steam with a slight amount of squish still on the bud. If your nug crumbles, you're slightly too dry. Typically the drying process can go from five to ten days, depending on climate and setup.
Nothing is uniform—some buds may be dried and ready before others. Don't be afraid to grab, check, feel, and trim your product at your discretion here. It may not all be ready on the same day, so be vigilant. And don't forget to have fun!
Check out other Grow Tips!
Proper Cloning Part 1 Prep Work
Proper Cloning Part 2 Taking Clones
Proper Cloning Part 3 Planting
Courtesy of Chewy at TheNug.com