Outside of paying close attention to your plant throughout its entire lifecycle, there are two specific stages that a grower can strategically use to maximize the flavor of their harvests. They include the flushing period that makes up the last two weeks of the crop’s flowering cycle and the final step to the process, curing. It blows my mind when growers spend 5 months or more of their time and effort growing their plants but then destroy their crops flavor by failing to flush nutrients out of the buds. This causes an extremely harsh taste that will likely mask any flavor that your crop may have contained. Not only will there be no taste, but you’ll likely find yourself coughing much more than normal. People new to marijuana or occasional users may not notice any differences because they likely find any smoke to be harsh. It takes some experience to differentiate from batch to batch which still contain nutrients. Another way to tell if weed has been properly flushed outside of the taste is to look at the ashes. If they are completely black and do not contain any white coloring, that is indicative of a poor flush.
There are a few easy steps a grower can take to avoid any issues with nutrient build up. The most important thing is not to get caught up in abnormally fast growth that results from feeding the plants too much at a time or too frequently. Do not get impatient with your garden and give it the required time it needs to grow at a healthy, natural rate. Otherwise, you will be dealing with nutrient burn or best case scenario, some large plump buds that burn extremely harsh. Cannabis should be given just water for a complete two weeks at the end of its growing cycle. If you were using the correct amount of nutrients throughout the process, this is an adequate amount of time to ensure great flavor and a smooth smoke. However, if you were just boosting your plants with as many nutrients as possible, then flushing all that out will be very tricky. Cutting out a plants nutrients before the final two weeks could really impact the bud production negatively. It’s extremely important that during weeks 5-7 the plants are absorbing a lot of phosphorous so giving them just water is not a good plan.
Just like following a proper flushing technique it’s also super easy to correctly cure your buds. This is where a grower’s patience is really going to be tested. There is nothing like having smokeable buds lying around that you must resist breaking into. The difference between cannabis that has just finished drying and one that has been placed in jars for weeks, is night and day. You won’t gain any weight to your buds over time but the flavor and scent profile will be recognizable. I would argue that they also gain potency throughout the curing process. The buds are still maturing just like they do as you progress through the flowering period of growth. The texture and taste change and bud that has been cured always has a stronger scent. So I would bet there is going to be some maturing in the potency from my personal experience. Even if it didn’t increase the strength of the weed it is worthwhile to wait it out for 2 weeks. For the first week be sure to burp the jars for 10 minutes of open time a day. For the second and following weeks just leave the jars closed. I usually always break into my stash after 2 weeks, but if you want to wait longer, it is supposed to get even better with time.