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    When is it best to manicure your buds?

    when is it best to trim all leaf and tip off your bud so it looks its best?
    should it be done befor its dried or after and how much do you need to trim away? do you just cut it at the edge off the bud?

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    Re: when is it best to manicure your buds?

    It all depends on the appearance that you want, or the speed at which you want to get the job done.

    "Fresh" trimming is fastest. You just snip all protruding items off at bud level.
    "Dried" is slower, with the potential for more trichomes to be knocked off.

    Conniseur cut is when all the leaves are removed from the bud...and the most time consuming.
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    Re: when is it best to manicure your buds?

    IMHO, this is what a properly trimmed and manicured bud should look like... (This is one of Urdedpal's bud pics )



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    Re: when is it best to manicure your buds?

    Perfecto!!!
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    Re: when is it best to manicure your buds?

    and what if i cut all the leaf it jast slow the process ?
    but the quality will be the same?
    and it can suntan mor good ?
    let's say it supposed to tike 9 week so now its tike 10-14 week not included the wash and the dry ya?


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    Re: when is it best to manicure your buds?

    hmm.. not sure what you're asking. You don't want to trim the leaves off while the plant is still flowering - quality and quantity will suffer..

    If you wait until after it's harvested and dried to trim, it will be very difficult if not impossible to get the small fan leaves off without ruining all the trichromes on the buds.

    Any excess moisture during the drying process is not good.. not only will it slow everything down. but it increases the possiblity of bud rot or mold getting started.

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    Re: when is it best to manicure your buds?

    I tend to go overboard when trimming my bud. I trim all the leaf off at the stem, so I tend to open up the but a bit when trimming but its wet so it all goes back into place. Leaf gives you more weight if that means anything, but if you cut off that leaf and still cure it you can make hash or just make butter, oil, or milk with it and have a bake off.
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    Re: when is it best to manicure your buds?

    I'm all about the bake offs! Trim them so they look nice and use the rest. Waste nothing of the plant.
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    Re: when is it best to manicure your buds?

    i am having the same proplem this is my first harvest and i am wonderign if i am overdoing the trimming. shold i just cut all the leaves flush from my plant or do i have to dig them out. ill post a pic you tell me what to do.

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    Re: when is it best to manicure your buds?

    MadameCrash has a perfect picture of what a trimmed bud should look like. I sometimes do the connoisseur trim but really your wasting a lot of very good smokable bud. If you trim too much leaf you loose the crystal effect and people love to see all the crystals.

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    Re: when is it best to manicure your buds?

    I agree that the picture posted above is what you should be aiming for. The leaf within the bud actually has quite a high THC content so you don't want to be digging in and cutting it out.

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    Re: when is it best to manicure your buds?

    I trim mine even closer than the picture shows. I do it with fresh buds and want every bit of trim for hash oil/kief. I'm really getting into eating pot as it seems to greatly reduce pain from my arthritis.

    As I work up the cola I trim out anything with glands on it and separate each bud from the stalk for curing. It takes me a couple of hours to trim enough bud to get an ounce of dry. I'm a fussy old fart.

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    Re: when is it best to manicure your buds?

    totally love and interested in the chemistry

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    Re: when is it best to manicure your buds?

    Quote Originally Posted by teamgilly View Post
    totally love and interested in the chemistry
    I spent three and a half years getting my diploma in Environmental Chemistry and have the diploma and $30,000 student loan debt to prove it! lol

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    Re: when is it best to manicure your buds?

    i am currently working on my undergraduate degree in social work, however my first love is science and i love chemistry.ive been contimplating going for a second major in chemistry just for fun but i havnet decided yet

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