No matter the size of your cannabis harvest, it's important that you understand the pros and cons of wet and dry trimming methods so you can decide which will work best for your situation. To help you out, here we touch on some of the pros and cons of wet and dry marijuana trimming styles.
Wet trimming is when you seperate cannabis flowers from the stalk and trim away all the vegetative “fan” leaves and smaller "sugar leaves" from the flowers directly after harvest.
- It’s a simpler method, as it's easy to identify what's unnecessary and trim it away while the plant matter is plump with water.
- It takes less space since you don't have to dry entire stalks.
- It makes the entire harvesting process faster since you don't have to wait for the stems and fan leaves to dry out.
- It's easier to use hand-held trimming machines while flowers are wet.
- The flowers typically look better.
- It can result in marijuana flowers that aren't as flavorful or aromatic.
- More man-power is generally required, since trimming should be completed within hours of a harvest.
- Mold can develop due to the excess moisture.
Dry trimming is when you hang and dry harvested cannabis plants for a short amount of time before manicuring the flowers.
- It (generally) results in a more pleasant smoking experience, since the drying process gets rid of chlorophyll, the source of “grassy” taste and aroma in cannabis.
- The flowers dry out much more evenly when hung on their stalks for 1-2 weeks.
- A smaller workforce will suffice.
- It's time-consuming, tedious, and less efficient, mainly because it's harder to trim away leaves from dried marijuana flowers, as they will curl up and stick to the sides of the buds as they dry.
- It's more difficult to use hand-held trimming machines on dried marijuana plants.
- The chance for both mold developing (particularly where the flowers meet the stalk) and over-drying (particularly smaller buds) your marijuana harvest is higher.
- It requires a dedicated, climate-controlled space.