When your cannabis buds are large and ready to harvest then you need to try your hand at trimming. Don’t be scared but this is one of the most delicate stages of marijuana preparation and is the key to a bumper harvest.
But what exactly is trimming and why do some do it on dry plants while others prefer to work on fresh buds? Here’s our trimming guide to make sure you get the most out of this delicate process.
You think that an inaccurate trimming can make a lot worse or even ruin even the best crop. Before tanning and drying it is necessary to prepare the inflorescences by cleaning them of all waste substances, it is a job that requires a good eye, dexterity and precision, every grower has his own techniques but in general the process consists in removing with a pruning shears everything that must not be smoked / used. This will allow for purer, more beautiful and better buds but also safer from mold and bacterial proliferation. In addition to aesthetics, you should know that the best trimmed buds will be much more aromatic, will stay good for longer and will guarantee velvety smokes. This is because the presence of excess plant material in contact with the inflorescences can lead to the development of fungi or mold, accumulation of humidity and an uneven combustion. Especially the leaflets near the flowers could alter their flavor and even be irritating to the lungs.
Trimming (or as others say “manicure”) means finishing the cut of the cannabis bud in order to remove branches or leaves that are useless for consumption. After removing the tops from the branches it is in fact necessary to cut all those small leaves that adhere and stick to the inflorescences. In practice, you take sharp scissors that guarantee good precision and separate the gold from the silver, because those resin-rich leaves are not garbage but only an inferior material that will be used to do something else (but which, do not worry, will not be thrown away. ).
After discovering the importance of trimming your cannabis, it’s time to figure out how to do it. Clearly each grower has his own particular trimming method, some are more conservative, others do not forgive the presence of one leaf too much but in general the types of trimming are divided between: the wet cut (fresh or wet) that is done on the plant fresh and dry cut on dried buds. Both have advantages and disadvantages, you choose the one you prefer and best suits your needs.
Wet or fresh trimming consists in removing even small leaves that are around the buds immediately after they have been cut from the branch. Then the manicure is performed with the plant still fresh before the drying process. This type of cleaning is often easier and thanks to it a more precise result is generally obtainedThis is because you can see the parts to be removed better and it is much easier to remove and handle them. Removing the leaves immediately after harvesting is the easiest way to trim and is recommended for those with little manual skills or a beginner. It is also significantly faster. Large-scale crops that use many laborers for harvesting and processing or that resort to mechanical trimming with special tools practically only use this system precisely because it is more convenient in terms of timing and simpler on a practical level.
Dry trimming consists in letting the pruned branches dry before proceeding with the manicure to clean the inflorescences. After drying the various parts will be much more difficult to locate and remove, this will inevitably lead to many leaves sticking to the top, so the end result will be more difficult and probably less accurate. Having said this, in some cases it can offer better results, in fact with a later manipulation more resin will be preserved, moreover the buds will dehydrate more slowly thanks to the presence of more plant material and will therefore have a more intense aroma. Furthermore, wet trimming requires work in open spaces while dry trimming can also be done more comfortably indoors. Dry trimming can also be done at different stages of drying, by freshly cutting the larger leaves, starting the drying and leaving the removal of smaller leaves for last in order to obtain a more gradual and greater drop in humidity protection of trichomes. Once the branches are completely dry and break at the slightest pressure, they will be removed completely and most of the smallest leaves will have to be removed (which will then be stored to create cosmetics, edibles, tinctures, herbal teas and hashis).