1. Harvesting your buds for drying
There are a few schools of thought on how to best harvest cannabis flowers: hang dry with buds on branches, or trimming buds and drying on racks. Which process suits you will depend on your setup, how much cannabis you’ve harvested, and especially how much time, manpower, and resources you have to devote to drying & curing. For instance, deleafing branches with buds and cutting them around 12 inches long seems to be the most common standard. You can hang dry these buds by tying string, wire or fastening the ends of the branches, similar to a clothes-line. This is optimal if you have a lot of space, with a climate-controlled room.
Alternatively, with a bit more time, attention to detail and some expertise in trimming, you can remove the buds from the plant right away and place them on drying racks. Rigging up a hanging drying rack is excellent if you have limited space to work with, but ideally you’d want to invest in a drying rack system that acts like a wine-fridge – compact, climate controlled, easy to monitor without disturbing your curing cannabis. That being said, you have to be extra detailed when deleafing, and careful not to over-trim – in fact, many less-experienced growers don’t choose drying racks because the harvesting process is much more involved when you’re going straight to removing buds from the stem.
Nevertheless, you’re going to have to get familiar with this process anyway, because even if you hang dry you’ll need to spend the time and effort carefully trimming your buds and preparing them for final storage.