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TOPIC: cutting and drying ?

cutting and drying ? 8 years 6 months ago #27747

When cutting the tops from the root how close do you make the cut to the rings.
When drying the roots I will be using a 10' by 10' spare bed room will be able to regulate the temperature and have fans to circulate the air can you also use a dehumidifier or will this cause them to dry to quickly.

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Re:cutting and drying ? 8 years 6 months ago #27751

I usually leave about 1/4 inch of the stem on the root above the last growth ring. I have dried roots before in a spare room of the house, with all windows open to keep the breeze circulating. Keep them out of direct sunlight. I put mine on a frame with window screen, so they are lifted off the ground and can get air underneath them. After about 5-10 days, I usually go flip them over, being very careful not to break off any root hairs. (I don't know why it matters, when I give the roots to the dealer, he grabs them in handfuls and all the root hairs break off anyways).

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Re:cutting and drying ? 8 years 6 months ago #27757

You are on the right track. Lots of air movement is the key. I don't know if I would leave the windows open though, as this could introduce cooler, moist air. Just keeping them at room temperature (or a little warmer even) and lots of fan action is all you need.

I would trim the stems within a half inch or so.

On a screen, you won't have to turn them at all.

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Re:cutting and drying ? 8 years 6 months ago #27763

Thank you for the information B CASTLE and mortis

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Re:cutting and drying ? 8 years 6 months ago #27764

Case closed. It was cut and dry. (OK, sorry for the bad joke).

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Re:cutting and drying ? 8 years 6 months ago #27766

Interesting fellas, I have always twisted the stem off at the root neck making sure not to break the neck.
Thanks,
Dave

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