Growing marijuana is one thing, but the job doesn’t end once the plant has reached maturity. Then comes the harvesting stage. And if you want your buds to take care of you when smoking them, you need to make sure that they are well-cared for and carefully harvested.
It’s not terribly hard to trim your plants, and you definitely don’t need to be Edward Scissorhands to master the art of trimming, but there are a few things that should be considered. Trim your buds the wrong way, and you’ll be wasting some of that precious THC. Trim them at the wrong time, and your precious weed could be ruined.
In this guide, we are going to take you through the trimming process. Whether you are trimming your buds for appearance, smoothness or for THC concentration, these are the things you need to know.
When to Trim
Before we get down to the dirty work, you will have to decide whether you are going to be a dry or wet trimmer. Most growers trim their cannabis buds before drying them, but there are some that prefer to do it after. There is no right or wrong, and it really comes down to preference.
Benefits of Wet Trimming
- Easy to trim
- Buds will tend to look better in the end
- Less harsh
Benefits of Dry Trimming
- In low humidity environment drying your weed with leaves can help slow down the process and will produce better quality buds.
- Can benefit more from the sugar leaves
What Will You Need?
There is no need for expensive machinery or equipment that is going to put you out of pocket. If you’re a home-grower, a pair of scissors is sufficient enough. A pruner is also helpful to cut off the branches.
How to Trim Like a Pro?
Step 1 – Remove Dead Leaves
Not everyone is a cannabis expert, some will leave their plants flowering for too long and some won’t harvest them at the right time. It also depends on the type of strain you are growing, but you will tend to see dead leaves on your plant. The first step of the process is to remove all of the dead leaves also known as your fan leaves.
You can simply pluck them off or use scissors. You aren’t going to need your fan leaves, so put them aside for disposal.
Step 2 – Cut Your Plant
There are two ways to go about this. You can cut your offshoots from the main branches and then cut your plant from the stem, or vice-a-versa. Cut each branch at the main stalk using a pruning tool and then use the tool to snip aside the main branches and smaller branches.
Step 3 – Trim off the Sugar Leaves
Now, this is the tricky part. On your plant, you will see leaves sticking out; smaller leaves than the fan leaves. These are the THC magical leaves and shouldn’t be removed, but they can be trimmed. Not trimming them would lead to harsh bud, which can sometimes be annoying to smoke.
Don’t throw your trims, as these are coated in sugar (THC) and make an excellent ingredient for hash, oil or butter.
After trimming, your scissors will be covered in hash. Also, don’t throw it away – it’s concentrated cannabis resin that you can vape, smoke or consume.
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Step 4 – Hang Them to Dry
Now that you’ve got some good looking bud, it’s time to hang and dry, or in other words, cure that harvest. Hang them in a place that is exposed to air and is relatively dry. The goal is for your branches to slowly, naturally dry, producing a flavorful, smoke-able product. Don’t expose your harvest to moisture or sunlight.
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Step 5 – Remove Excess Leaves
This step is often skipped, but if you want some really smooth bud, you might want to remove any additional leaves that you missed. These are the small leaves that grow out of the buds. You can simply snap them off.
Step 5 – Store Correctly
Store the dry, clipped bud in a mason jar or in an airtight ziplock bag to preserve it longer.
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