First, and often most misunderstood, rule of medicinal gardening: more cutting means more growth.
Medicinal plants are, for the most part, ridiculously easy to grow. Most of them hardly need you to intervene in their growing process. A little water, sun, and maybe some fertilizer now and again — that's pretty much it. Right? Well, actually…
There is one requirement that all medicinal plants have. And it took me a long time to accept this as the truth. The requirement? They not only like to be cut, they LOVE to be cut — they DEMAND to be cut. If you cut them correctly, and often enough, they will reward you by growing exponentially. The plants will be fuller, lusher, and almost unbelievably more productive with regular pruning.
It's one thing to say "trim your medicinal plants," but it's another thing altogether to figure out how your various plants prefer to be trimmed. So here are a few suggestions to help you get going.
When medicinal plants grow, trimming is essential. Trimming leaves will make the product more aesthetically pleasing, but there’s more to it. By bucking the medicinal plant bud and removing leaves, you’ll make parts of the nug with more trichomes more accessible. Additionally, by removing fan and sugar leaves, you’re getting rid of the parts that would cause harsh smoke. The foliage doesn’t wick away moisture too well. Furthermore, trimming medicinal plants is essential to the curing process. Curing–or slowly removing moisture from the bud–plays a part in enhancing the smoking experience. Lastly, trimmed bud tend to produce a stronger aroma, which may influence a purchase.
When it comes to trimming medicinal plants, you can either do it before or after drying. Growers use both methods, so there isn’t a right or wrong way. Cultivation specialists who prefer a wet trim are dealing with high humidity, are concerned about mold, and want the medicinal plants bud to dry at a quicker rate. Those who use a dry trim are dealing with low humidity, want the bud to dry slower, and are looking for the bud to be denser or tighter. So it depends on the grower’s preferences. As a leaf trimmer, your job is to be comfortable with both wet and dry trims.
Pruning is as easy as pinching with your fingers, to using snips or shears for heavier work. As a rule, when pruning leaves and flowers, a simple pinch of the fingers is adequate. Remember to pinch cleanly through the stem of the leaf, instead of crushing it, for the best results.
Use sharp garden snips if you prefer. They can help prune more exact locations on a bushy plant, and some gardeners simply prefer them.
It is not often that medicinal plants gardeners need to haul out the actual garden shears, but it does happen. Use rose pruning shears and stronger garden shears when you need a clean, neat cut through a woody stem. Avoid tearing or ripping off a stem of the plant if possible. This is unsightly and can lead to disease.
Pruning also helps prevent disease. When plants become overgrown and crowded, they can become the perfect place for mildew growth. Keeping your plants trimmed, so the air can flow freely around the plants is much healthier for them.
Overgrown plants become top heavy and unruly. If left to grow, bloom and die back on their own schedule, your medicinal plants can easily reseed and take over a garden. Pruning will keep everything in check, healthy, and growing on your schedule.
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