Wondering whether wet or dry trimming is better for your cannabis operation? Read on to learn everything you need to know in order to choose the trimming technique that’s best for you.
The Difference Between Wet & Dry Trimming
The difference is simple: with dry trimming, you completely dry out the plant before trimming it. With wet trimming, you trim the plant fresh after harvesting it. There are a number of pros and cons to each technique.
Pros & Cons of Wet Trimming
- Streamlines harvest process
- Takes up less space because you don’t need to dry the entire plant
- Less flexibility–wet trimming must be done immediately after harvest
- Wet trimming causes chlorophyll retention, which can make for a harsher flavor
- More likely to mold because of reduced airflow between buds
Pros & Cons of Dry Trimming
- Faster trimming – plant matter loses 80% of its size and wet through the drying process, making your 100 kg harvest only 20 kg at the time of dry trimming and resulting in faster processing.
- Preserves potency & terpenes, resulting in a higher quality product
- Dry trimming causes buds to lose more chlorophyll, which results in a smoother, less harsh flavour
- A slower, less overwhelming process–you don’t have to rush straight from harvest to trim
- Dry trimming is a neater process because the buds are less sticky and don’t create as much of a mess
- Dry trimming is more difficult and takes more time, whether you are trimming manually or by machine
- Requires significantly more space because you need a designated area for drying your plants before trimming