How to trim weed properly is an integral part of your cannabis plant to yield more than expected. This will also give your yield a chance to have better quality as well as good plant health overall. Trimming or pruning is a process that most of the farmers use for their plant, which has also been proven effective for weed.
Trimming is the removal of all the unnecessary plant parts that steals the nutrients needed by your buds to grow bigger and better. This will allow the plant to supply the nutrients only to the integral parts alone.
Doing this method will not only allow your yield to increase in quantity and quality, but this will also allow you to study and observe your plants. You are not a bona fide grower if you will not have a piece of in-depth knowledge and interaction with your plants. Performing a regular trimming of the plant will allow you to develop discipline and concentration as well, which you can use to different aspects of your life.
In this article, you can begin your journey in becoming a real master grower!
What is Trimming?
Only Pro’s and experts only do the trimming because they have a huge real estate, but that does not mean that you cannot perform it. As the saying goes, “knowledge is power,” this is very true, the more techniques and practice you have, the bigger the change for you to excel in your craft.
Trimming the plants not only refers to eliminating unwanted shoots but also decreasing the leaves of the plant for it to receive adequate lighting for optimal growth as well as the consistent production of nutrients
When is Trimming Needed?
Trimming is conducted when your plant is already in its thick and leafy state. But that is not always the case; you can minimize your trimming work if you do LST or low-stress training first, you can manipulate the way the plant grows by dictating the directions where the branches will face, in this way you will attain a wide horizontal plant which will make it easier for you to identify parts that are not necessarily needed.
The vegetation phase of the plant is where you should focus your trimming on.
The vegetation phase is the best stage to trim because even though the plant will be shocked and injured, it will still have the room to regenerate and recover from the wounds it
Here are the things that you need to consider to trim the right way.
How to Trim Weed?
Focus on the Lower Branches
Cannabis is a complex plant like any other plant; it has its uniqueness as well as its separate genes. But like all plants, it feeds itself and provides nutrients to its every part. Imagine all the work it does just to feed every leaf, which is why trimming takes place. The plant used a lot of energy to supply the needs or the branches and leaves, which is why it needs your help to balance the nutrients it supplies its totality.
As you have already read a lot of articles by now, the bottom articles are known to be the weakest link in a cannabis plant due to the inadequacy of light it receives due to the canopy leaves above it. You can wait for the plant to reach a certain height so that you may remove the large branches.
The next thing that you need to target is the middle branches of the plant right above the bottom branches that you have already cut off. Make sure that you gave ample time for the plant to recover first. Select the middle branches that barely receive light.
As your plant starts to grow further, you have to be decisive on properly choosing which part of the plant should be trimmed. It is very important to have good equipment; a sharp scissor is always needed to prevent any unwanted damage to the plant. Never use your hands to cut any part of the plant; this will severely injure the plant and will cause it to experience intense shock wherein will delay your next trimming session as well as your entire growing calendar.
Trimming the Leaves
Never get too hasty in the whole trimming process, do not forget that the largest leaves of the cannabis plant contribute a huge part in the photosynthesis phase of the plant, without these leaves, it will cause the cannabis plant to have a hard time having its needed energy to feed itself. Only remove the drying leaves.
Never Trim During Flowering
When a plant is being trimmed, the plant adjusts itself, it begins to release all the chemicals needed to heal and grow back what was lost, so if the plant is flowering, it will not if have enough energy and nutrients to continue producing more buds and instead focus of regenerating.
Do not Over Trim!
Since you have already begun the endeavor of trimming, you might get too overly excited and get the feeling that you always have the urge to trim. That has a good side and a bad side. The good thing about it is that you already began to form a discipline rather than a habit; you have developed the initiative and a sense of responsibility that you have to look out for your plant.
The bad thing about it though is overdoing it, which will cost you a heavy price. Cutting off too many parts of the plant will hurt it, causing it to regenerate over a long period with no chance to produce high yields and better quality yields. Instead, it will end up producing buds that have low levels of THC, which makes it practically a waste of time and other resources.
How to trim weed the right way is a good addition to your skillset, this will also improve your knowledge regarding the behavior of the plant itself. But, the main goal here is to increase your yield, to do so, you have to trim the plant properly and give the love it needs so that it can give the love back by having more potent buds!