The harvesting period is a very important time for any grower as you have patiently tended your plants and now this is when you reap your rewards. You need to get rid of the excess leaves and foliage around your flowers to make them look better. In reality, this isn’t something you really need to do, but a lot of people prefer more manicured flowers.
There are two options when it comes to trimming: wet and dry. Different growers have their preferences for both, and the debate continues to rage over which method is more effective.
It’s up to you to decide when to trim, but here’s the pros and cons to each to make your decision a little easier.
Beginners to growing as it is easier to get it right
Lower quality buds
Need to trim all at once
Your flowers won’t be as full of flavor as they would be following dry trimming.
When the leaves dry, they curl up and adhere to the bud. This makes it much more difficult to remove them.
The sugar leaves especially, can be almost impossible to find and cut off. In fact, when trimming dry buds, usually only the top parts of the sugar leaves are removed.
Since the process is more difficult, it is also much slower. You will need far more man hours to get through the same amount. An automatic trimming machine solves this problem, but even with machines, wet trim is much faster.
When medicinal plants is drying, there is a chance of mold. It usually forms between the stalk and the bud, so drying it after removing the stalk means a considerably lower risk of mold.
This becomes more important as humidity increases. In especially humid climates, wet trimming my be the only viable option
Both methods of trimming share a common target, which is to improve potency. Each of these has advantages and disadvantages.
If you're still torn between the two techniques, think no more: a combination of both may be the key to success. You can remove most of the leaves and twigs immediately after harvesting, when the plant is still moist, but not all so as to ensure optimum drying. Once the buds are dry, finish off the job for a spotless finish before moving on to curing. This double trimming might look like a lot of work, but will reward you with perfectly neat buds that are potent and intensely fragrant.
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