After all the nitty-gritty procedures you took when growing and harvesting your plants, they’re finally big enough to be trimmed. You’re almost at the finish line so keep your eyes on the prize! Patience, the fruits of your labor will soon be realized, it will not be complete if the trimming process is neglected. We know you’re excited so let’s jump right into it!
So how does one trim their herb? First, let’s list down the things that you will need:
1. A set of clean and sharp scissors or sheers
2. A container to store the leaves
3. A string/clothesline to hang the stems
4. And finally a set of powder-free or rubber latex gloves
The scissors or sheers are important as it will be used to trim or cut the actual leaves. Make sure to use clean ones to avoid contamination and avoid using dull ones as it might give you a harder time trimming the leaves. The container will be used to store and catch any pieces that may fall off the stem while trimming them. The string will be used to hang the actual stem to make it easier to trim. Lastly, the gloves will be used to avoid getting the resin to your hands as they are actually known for being very stubborn when removing them.
Now that you have your equipment ready, it’s time to make the conditions of your cutting space optimal. For starters, make sure that the temperature of the room you’re going to use is at around 18°C -24°C while humidity should be at around 45%-55%. Avoid using strong electric fans as the wind might blow away any precious goods. However, you may use some sort of fan to make sure that the smell of the herbs you’re cutting does not linger in the room, perhaps and exhaust fan can do the trick.
Have everything set up? Great! The next part is to actually trim your herb! To make it easier for you (as we know you’re pretty darn excited already) here is a list of what you should do:
1st step: Remove unwanted or dead leaves.
Before even harvesting your plant, you should already remove any unwanted dead plants and separate them with the healthy ones. You can just simply pull them off gently or use the scissors or sheers
2nd step: Cut the plant
After removing the unwanted ones, the next step is to harvest the good ones. In order to do this, you must first cut the actual plant that is planted on whatever medium you used.Equip yourself with the necessary gloves and other tools.Make sure that you also set up the container just in case if any trichome resins fall while doing this step. You will need to use the scissors or sheers in this one.
3rd step: Snip side branches
After collecting the main stalk, it’s time to collect the side branches that goes from the main stalk.Going from the bottom upwards, cut each branch as close to the main stalk as possible. You can also cut the side branches even more if you deem it necessary in order to make it more manageable. Again, use the scissors or sheers and make sure a container is present at all times for those falling trichomes.
4th step: Remove the leaves
After cutting each side branch, you can now remove the healthy leaves from it. You can either use your hands again or use your cutting tools. These leaves usually have little to no THC content and are often disposed of.
5th step: Hang the branches
Now that each side branch is leaf-less, it’s time for them to be cured. Using the string you prepared, hang each branch while making sure that every part is exposed to air then place them in a cool, dry place. Ventilation is then needed to help make the curing process faster. Possible ventilation can come from electric fans and the like. As time goes by and as your herb dries, decrease the power of your ventilation source to increase moisture for your herbs. Take note, it’s important that you should not let the moisture exceed 50% as it may produce a mold which will definitely ruin your crop. By this step, you are actually simulating the drying process albeit faster than natural. In the end, this will give you a very tasty product! However, this step usually takes about a week to finish. Be patient! We promise that it will all be worth it in the end.
6th step: Remove extra leaves from bud
Check if your plant is well dried. You can actually tell if the curing process is done by observing the actual branch; if it’s dry, the curing process is finished. Once you are sure that the curing process is done, you may now remove the extra leaves from the bud. You can use your hands or the cutting tools and make sure to have the container present.
7th step: Store them up!
After removing the leaves, your buds are now ready to be stored! You can use zip-lock bags or anything that can ensure an air-tight seal.
After all that work, you’re finally done! When you’re attempting to do this, make sure that you’re well informed and prepared before jumping right into it. A rookie mistake that most novice growers commit is neglecting research; they try to do these things on their own which often ends up in a not favorable way.
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