Every person who has grown marijuana knows that several plant characteristics should be carefully observed. Harvesting, drying, curing, and trimming are all essential parts of maintaining your plants even after they’ve finished their life cycle. Trimming, however, is one of the most tedious jobs in cannabis cultivation. It can take up to 20 hours to finish trimming a single plant. But fear not, you don’t have to go through the pain of trimming weed or Cannabis all by yourself. Follow these simple steps to cut weed step-by-step and save precious time for more important things in life!
Here are the highlights of Trimming Weed:
- Cut off the large fan leaves
- Trim off all the sugar leaves
- Remove any dead or dying matter from your plant
- Take care of white powdery mildew if you have it
- Take the buds down, one by one, starting at the bottom of your plant and work your way up to the top
- Band up each branch before you start trimming so that nothing falls out while you’re busy trimming weed away! As far as bracing goes, there are many ways this can be done but just make sure that whatever you do doesn’t leave crease marks on your bud or worse still a break!
- If you strategically cut the sugar leaves they will fall off naturally, but if they still have a bit of stem attached they will bend and not fall off
- Be careful with the scissors near the bud as sometimes it’s good to leave some extra matter in order to encourage more resin production
- Cut around each bud with the scissors lengthways from top to bottom making sure that all stems are cut equally through when viewed from above
- Finally check your buds over for any missed bits and remnants of large fan leaves and moldy bud and make sure everything is perfect before jarring up!Cut off the large fan leaves
Start by Cutting Down the Stalks
Start by cutting down the stalks of your marijuana plants. These stalks are useless to you since they don’t contain any THC. Make sure not to throw these away, though, as they can be used for other things like making arts and crafts.
Remove the Larger Leaves when Trimming Weed
Next, carefully remove the larger leaves from your marijuana plant. The more giant leaves are typically located around the buds themselves but check every plant part. These big leaves might have hair on them, making edibles later. Once you’ve removed all these leaves, it’s time to move on to the next step!
Remove Dead or Dying Matter
At this point, your plants are now covered with only buds ready for extraction. It’s essential not to be stingy with your work, so you should try to remove every leaf obscuring the bud’s appearance. The same rules apply here as before; it doesn’t matter if the leaves are big or small, just cut them all down!
Should there be any extra leaves left on your plants after you’re done cutting them down, use your hand to rip them off. Ensure the part of the bud that these leaves have exposed is clean and free of any sticky resin.
Take the Buds Down
Now comes the time when you cut up all your buds into equal sizes! You can do this by clipping their stems with a pair of scissors. It’s best to cut the buds in half, but you can also cut them into thirds if they’re on the larger side. Remember that it’s better to have small pieces than big ones since they dry out faster and burn more easily!
Now that your buds are all chopped up, it’s time for…
Remove Excess Leaves and Stems
The most important step! It’s time to trim and remove all the excess leaves and stems from each little bud. This usually takes around 20 hours per plant, so brace yourselves for a long journey ahead. You can invest in Cannabis trimming machines or watch tutorials on YouTube. But if you choose the latter, make sure to stay focused and don’t let any distractions get in the way!
Dry Buds and Store Cannabis
And that’s it! All you need to do now is dry your buds and store them. You can set up a fan in a well-ventilated area and let the drying process take care of itself. But make sure to keep an eye on your plants and remove any bits of leaf or stem that might still be attached.
The next time you go to smoke, remember to thank yourself for doing all the hard work! And while you’re at it, take pride in knowing that your buds are among the best out there. You can even brag about how long it took you to trim them if you want 😉
-These instructions assume that the grower is using scissor trimmers, which is not an entirely suitable tool for the job. If you use bud-trimmers (handheld electric shears), then instructions will vary slightly (you would need to shave down the buds instead of trimming them carefully when trimming weed). However, this is a good starting point that can be adapted based on personal preference.
-It’s vital to leave sugar leaves intact, as they act like tiny prisms and reflect light into your plant. This causes increased production of cannabinoids and helps prevent dead spots in the room where light cannot shine inside/through your buds.
-Harvesting before any mold has developed will generally result in better yields harvesting mold has grown.