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Can I Use Dessicant for Seed or Pollen Storage?

Smokin Moose

Fallen Cannabis Warrior
Desiccants are substances that have an affinity for water and will rapidly absorb any moisture from the atmosphere around it.

I have had several queries about drying skuff properly before making it into hash for long term storage. Using a desiccant is a simple way to do this.

If you are just going press and then smoke your hash drying is not really necessary the thc will decarboxylate as you heat it to crumble also as it burns when smoking it.

1) The best way to make sure that fresh skuff is not holding on to too much H2O, is to dry it in an air tight tin or glass container. It takes a week to 10 days for tumbled skuff and a little longer from a bubble bag. Once the skuff is dry it can be kept in a sealed air tight container for several years at freezing point with virtually no loss of potency. During that storage time a lot of the volatile terpenoids change and mature giving the final hash once it is pressed a totally different type of flavour and high.

2) Pollen kept in a very low humidity environment at near freezing or deep frozen will keep for months if not longer.

3) Cannabis seeds kept in the same conditions will store for over 10 years and still have nearly 100% germination.

The best dessicant for all three uses is silica gel with a coloured indicator. This can be used many times and will give many years of use. The most common indicator colour is blue when it is dry turning to pink when saturated. To recharge it you put it in a low oven on a baking tray at 110c for about 15 minutes until all the moisture has evaporated, once recharged it turns back to cobalt blue.

For skuff what is needed is an air tight container that has another small porous container in it containing a rechargeable desiccant. This is all that is needed for drying skuff at normal room temperature. A couple of ounces of silica gel will completely dry 6 oz of skuff.

For seeds use the same thing but in addition small porous containers are needed to store the seeds. It is important not to keep the seeds in the polythene/plastic bags used by the seed companies as they are impervious to water. The airtight container should be kept between 0 and 5 Centigrade, the salad crisper tray is fine.

Seeds are living organisms, storing them this way will slow down their aging process, aid their vigour and ability to germinate over a much longer period of time than normal. You can keep up to twenty thousand seeds in a jar 41/4 x 43/4 inches high.

For pollen to be stored neat, large plastic drinking straws cut into lengths one end sealed by melting the other end plugged with cotton wool are pretty good. I prefer to add extenders only when the pollen is going to be used, and never before putting pollen into storage.
 
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carnauth

New Member
Moose I dont know if i am supposed to post here or not but I was trying to find the ansewer to sumpthin. I was wondering how long and how to store pollen. Went here first https://www.420magazine.com/forums/...an-i-store-pollen.html?highlight=store+pollen
How long can I store pollen?
If stored dark, dried and cool you are safe keeping pollen 3 to 4 days. It is difficult to keep viable being highly susceptible to molds.
But you say you can keep it for months here? I thought that I smoked to much and read it wrong. Whats the deal, yo?:11:




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QUEENBUD00

New Member
Last year I had some male plants that I kept in a different location from the females..I left the males flower and collected pollen..I kept the pollen in my freezer....A few months later I dusted some branches of the females....And Im happy to say I had lots of seeds with the buds...some people like seeds in their bud...I perfer no seeds myself...
 

dixiecal

New Member
For seeds use the same thing but in addition small porous containers are needed to store the seeds. It is important not to keep the seeds in the polythene/plastic bags used by the seed companies as they are impervious to water. The airtight container should be kept between 0 and 5 Centigrade, the salad crisper tray is fine.

Seeds are living organisms, storing them this way will slow down their aging process, aid their vigour and ability to germinate over a much longer period of time than normal. You can keep up to twenty thousand seeds in a jar 41/4 x 43/4 inches high.


Confusing. You say "small porous containers are needed to store seeds; and don't use plastic, because it isn't porous. Then you say use an "airtight container". Which is it? Porous container or airtight container? Both can't be right!
 

toker69

New Member
I use porous containers to store pollen. Actually I fold a small envelopes outta white printer paper, and after adding some pollen inside I place them into a mason jar with some silica gel desiccants. (I always write a date, and pollen type on the envelope before loading the pollen.) I do use small plastic bags to store my seeds tho. I add one silica gel desiccant inside each baggie, and stuff them all into a clean white sock, and place the seed sock bundle into a mason jar also. (The sock is insulation from the cold glass of the jar.) I keep my jars stored in a little college dorm type fridge. I do keep a smaller quantity of seeds handy in a dresser drawer for my weekly plantings. When that bag runs out I pull more outta my cold storage. You gotta give things time to warm up before use tho. Don't try to use near frozen pollen on a bud. You're most likely outcome will be dead pollen, or a low seeding count. I guess I'm going to have to add this info as a journal post now, because this thread is pretty old.
 
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