So in the last blog about Harvesting, we had briefly mentioned about trimming. We wanted to dive into this topic of trimming a little further and so here we are! The insane thing about cannabis is that there are so many varieties that each person will have different opinions based on their consumption preference, their strain preference and so on! In a cannabis plant, you will see that they have two types of leaves, the large fan leaves, and the smaller sugar leaves(these are closer to the bud). So that's why we decided to talk about the effects of Wet vs Dry trimming!
In the previous harvesting article, we talked about knowing when was the right time to harvest. We very lightly talked about the concept of trimming your plant. Let's go more in detail and see if there is a difference between Wet or Dry Trimming and if there is a perfect balance (yes there is!). We will be talking about the various pros and cons of each method:
So once you have seen that your cannabis has passed the flowering stage, you will need to start cutting down your marijuana plant. wet trimming is when you trim all leaves before your drying phase from the main cannabis plant. Some growers prefer this because they can go right into the trimming stage without having to wait for it to dry.
This makes it easy to access and trim with pruners. Removing the leaves right after the plant is harvested is recommended by a lot of growers. It’s an easier and more practical method, especially for beginners. Think about it this way, if it is wet, the more you will be able to see and find those leaves, the easier it is for you to cut it off. If you are the kind of person who prefers to get things done right away then wet trimming is the way to go for you as it is faster and less time consuming when compared to dry trimming. With less moisture that is left in the plant, because you trimmed out the leaves, the aeration in the bud is increased and therefore the drying time is also decreased.
But like all good things, there are some cons that we would like to mention. Although it is an easier task, it requires some level of dedication. This is because when you cut the plant after flowering, they are incredibly sticky and when cutting you will see the trichomes, some part of the bud also sticking to your hand! To prevent this messy task, you could ideally get some latex gloves and some rubbing alcohol to keep your hand and tools clean during the process.
This is the other option. Hanging your freshly harvested cannabis plants to dry straight after cutting them down. Once you cut them down you generally hang it upside down for about 2 weeks to a month. Once this time frame is complete, you will then proceed to trim off the excess leaves (fan leaves and sugar leaves)around the cannabis plant. This is a slower method and requires time and patience! It might take longer, but it surely is more effective in certain scenarios. By drying your cannabis plant before and curing it; growers have preferred this as a method because it makes it a more flavorful smoke. By leaving the leaves on and letting it dry, the leaves will theoretically wrap around the bud and ensure that the humidity is constant until you decide to trim it.
Dried leaves are harder trim when compared with wet trimming as all the leaves have coiled up and are surrounding the bud. This makes for a cumbersome task of making sure you are able to separate the leaves properly from the bud itself without any wastage involved. The sugar leaves will be the hardest to trim in "dry trimming" as they are the ones that stick to the buds. You must be patient and scrupulous when doing this task! Again this all comes down to personal preference as some growers have said they would much rather leave some of the leaves as it is coated with THC from the bud. We personally suggest trimming all the leaves as this will help when you start curing your bud.
If you are one of those people who would much rather buy a trim machine that does it for you; then remember that most of this equipment support mostly dry trimming and that wet trimming is only offered by a few and is incredibly expensive! But again the best is always by hand as you have more control and you can limit the amount of wastage that occurs. It would be a good idea for you to check out this link if you still have doubts about harvest accessories.
This is it. The moment you have all been waiting for! Now we are going to talk about what we recommend to do. Basically our method is to combine both methods of the wet and drying methods! It is a little longer, but trust us the wait is worth it.
There are two ways of doing this, you can start by removing your fan leaves slowly after the flowering stage; during the flushing stage. You have more or less 2 weeks during the flushing stage, so ideally you can start by removing the fan leaves one by one. This will make sure you have fewer leaves to cut once you finish the flushing stage and are ready to trim.
The other way is waiting and once the flushing stage is over you start trimming. So, to start, once the flowering stage is finished, cut off your Cannabis plant's stem and then proceed by cutting off the fan leaves. Once this is done you will have a smaller plant that will then be ready for the drying phase. So now, once the drying time (2 weeks to a month) is over, you can now start cutting off the smaller sugar leaves around the bud. This is a labor of love that will definitely impact your bud in a better way! Once this is done, you are ready for the curing phase!
Like we mentioned in the first, there is no such thing as a "right way" of doing something. There are just so many techniques and methods that have been created by people that it's hard to say what is better. It all comes down to your personal preference and what kind of bud you are looking for. This will influence your decision and choose between one of the above-mentioned methods.
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